Elland Road -
Saturday, February 19th , 2011
V Norwich City, Championship League 3pm
By Steve Chambers
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
I had visited Elland Road the last time we where both in the Championship. I was looking forward to the atmosphere as it was a near sell out (apart from the top tier of the massive East Stand). We were issued 2,800 tickets and had sold out our allocation which included the corner infill and half of the stand behind the goal. We where situated five rows back to the left of the goal, not in the corner as before.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
had a relatively trouble free journey from Norfolk, meeting up with fellow
Canaries at the Park Farm Cafe on the A17. As we approached Leeds about 30
miles out we were greeted with snowfall that progressively got worse as we
travelled along the M62 and then the M621 however we managed to get to
Leeds without any major problems. We had decided to stay overnight in
Leeds, so before the game we parked up at the hotel in the city centre and
caught a taxi to the ground, which cost about a
taxi dropped us off right outside the ground near the Old Peacock pub,
however even though we were not wearing colours we decided after a chat
with a local bobby to walk down to the Drysalters which was about a ten Ė
fifteen minute walk from the ground. The pub was rammed full when we
arrived about 1pm with a mixture of home and away fans exchanging banter
and songs the beer was £2.25 a pint for Carlsberg and £1.99 for Fosters so
after a few pints we left to pub about 2.40 and walked up to the ground
grabbing a burger by the ground for £3.
ground itself is quite impressive, especially the East Stand on one
side, all looking tidy. Plus there is a statue of Billy Bremner
outside the stadium. By the time we got into the ground the teams where
just emerging and the atmosphere was electric with the Norwich and Leeds
fans both in full voice, coupled with a loud PA System. I
couldnít quite understand why the top tier of the large
East Stand wasnít open as I can imagine itís a fantastic place to sit
with excellent views of the game. However after the game I had a chat with
a Leeds United friend he said that unless it going to be sold out then
they wonít open it to save costs in terms of stewarding etc..?
game kicked off at an electric pace with Leeds doing all the pushing
and hitting the woodwork twice, before going one
up. Norwich rode out the storm and got back into the
game, hitting the woodwork ourselves before
equalising just before the break.
the game we got way fairly quick, walking towards the city centre and then
flagged a taxi down back to the hotel.
An excellent day out, good beer, good banter, excellent atmosphere. All the Leeds fans that I encountered where friendly and even though we both wanted the same, those 3 precious points with the season run in just around the corner, we both had to settle for a point a piece.
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