Leicester City v Watford
Satur day, September 27 th 2008, 3pm
By Morgan Nock
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
I was looking forward to this game, because it was was the start of my 92 journey. It was shaping up to be a good game, because Leicester were in good form, and Hartlepool were in OK form too. Oh how I was wrong!
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking:
I travelled by train, and it took around an hour from Birmingham New Street. The ground was well signposted (although around a mile and a half away!), but there were plenty Leicester fans around from about 1:30 to follow, and once you get near the ground you really can't miss it!
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Before the game, I stood outside, took photos and generally took in the atmousphere. I bought my Programme for £3, which I felt was quite steep for League One, but it as great value, as the programme is quite big and thick. I also bought a pin badge with the date, and club crests on to commemorate the day. I did however get a few dodgy looks for wearing shorts and flip-flops in September!
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
I was very impressed with the ground, as it looks great on the outside, and buying tickets was reasonably easy. On the inside, it was even better! It's a bowl shape, so no gaps for the wind, and just looks great for League One, simply because it's a Premier League ground, and how Leicester have slipped so low, I really don't know. the Away section, because you can't call it an end, it a small corner, where there were a few hundred "Poolies", was much the same as the rest of the ground. Impressive.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
Atmosphere was great! Game, not so much! 1-0 to Leicester, goal scored after 2 minutes, and relatively boring afterwards. End-to-end stuff, but all efforts straight at the keeper. Leicester fans were unhappy from the 5th minute onwards, really on the teams back, when they were winning! Chicken Balti Pie, top-notch, other food expensive (as usual!), toilets weren't bad, and stewards quiet.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Nice walk back after the game, missed the train though, but it wasn't too long for the next one. No trouble, but there were loads of police! You'd think they were playing a big/local team, not Hartlepool!
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
I enjoyed the day out, despite the lack of quality in the game, and would love to go back to the Walkers' again.
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