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Matchroom Stadium
Leyton Orient v Hull City
Tuesday, August 27th 2013, 7.45pm
Capital One Cup 2nd Round

Marcos Brown-Garcia
(Hull City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was looking forward to the game as I have not been to Orient before. Although visiting I have visited most league grounds with the Tigers, Brisbane Road/Matchroom Stadium had always evaded me.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The journey was easy as it always is for teams in London. Most grounds are connected by a nearby tube station and Leyton Orient is no different. I parked on the outskirts of London and jumped on the tube. 5 stops later I was there. The nearest station is Leyton and the ground is roughly a 10 minute walk to the ground. You exit the station turn right and walk down the road until you can see a park on the left. Walk through the park and the ground is clearly visible. One the evening in question Hull City fans were in the North stand which was located immediately after leaving the park which was ideal. My understanding is usually away fans are in the East stand so considering I exited the park at the North East corner this route would be ideal regardless. Although I like to travel by tube when walking out of the station you walk over the motorway so the motorway appears to lead right to the ground. The appeared to be lots of street parking although I'm not sure if there is a permit scheme in place.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

I ate in London at on Oxfords Street which was only 20 mins away from Leyton Station. As ever in London as long as you plan timings you can eat/drink anywhere as a trip on the tube is easy and carefree. On the high street leaving Leyton station there is a supermarket and numerous takeaways and a pub so if you wish to eat/drink closer you can. I walked to and from the ground surrounded by Leyton Orient fans wearing my colors and there were no problems or comments. The fans seemed friendly.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Upon seeing the ground I was intrigued. The ground seemed to look bigger on the outside than it is on the inside. I only saw behind the East and North stand. Behind the North stand it looked tired and outdated, but I like that as it looks traditional. However when you get into the ground, other than the East stand the ground looks very modern. Both ends are small and the side stands are not particularly big. The ground has a lob sided look as non of the stands are identical. The south stand has flats behind it and people were sat on the balconies watching as they overlook the pitch. The away end in the North end was small but the view was excellent and you are really close to the action. The East stand is old looking and looks tired. The west stand is seating at the bottom then a tall roof which contains what looked like offices or executive boxes. At the top of this stand is the gantry for reporters and camera men. I read a few negative comments about this stand but I like it as it makes the ground seem bigger.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game is the worst I have seen in 23 years of going to watch Hull City home and away. Hull didn't register a shot in the first half but Orient were poor too. It really was awful. Hull City eventually scored and won the tie in extra time. The atmosphere was irritating as the Hull City fans were giving the Orient keeper (Jamie Jones) banter. It was funny at first but after 120 mins of grown men screaming what they thought were funny comments it became very annoying. The stewards were very fussy, they wouldn't let me take pictures with my camera and were nagging to keep my feet off the chair in front which I was resting on. However they did seem friendly. The facilities are basic but tidy and clean.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was easy and was the same walk back to the tube station. After the game the station was much busier and there was a 10 minute wait for the next train. The train was much busier but after each stop this became less and less so. All in all an easy trip back to the car.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The day out was pretty average fare, travel, food, match. The Leyton area itself isn't particularly great but I always enjoy away days in London. The trip was very easy with no holdups but the match was absolutely shocking. It took the shine off the day.

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