1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
The fact that I had a rare Saturday off work, so I
went down with my fellow MK Dons fans Andy and his
son Matthew as I wanted to see the Dons play.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
The journey was relatively straightforward. It
took around two hours to get to East London from
my home in Leamington Spa. Even though we did get
off at Leytonstone Tube Station instead of Leyton
Tube Station, but we soon realised our mistake and
hopped back on the tube and got off at Leyton. The
ground was only 10 minutes walk from the station!
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
We got a call from a couple of Dons fans who were
in the Leyton Orient supporters bar. As you would
expect this was mainly home fans but the gentleman
on the door let us in for the fair sum of £1. The
supports bar is really really impressive; nice
decor, Sky Sports and Leyton Orient
memorabillia hung on the walls. What set this
apart was the fact that real ale and cider was
sold. I'm used to drinking commercial larger and
cider when I'm at football, so to see this was a
welcome and pleasant surprise. As for the home
fans in there, some were giving us confused looks
as to why we were in the supporters bar, but most
were welcoming and gave us some playful banter
whilst we were there.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
The stadium is a tight, traditional ground where
you are close to the pitch. Furthermore, in the
away end there was a small section of wooden
seats. This is a far cry of the padded
luxury I am used to at Stadium:MK and a
couple of supporting pillars may have dampened the
view, but we got seats on the front row where
there was an excellent view of the pitch. It is
interest to note the residential flats built in
each corner of the ground, as it adds something
different. And as I expected, some people where
chilling with a beer on their balconies watching
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game was rather tepid in all fairness. We took
the lead through a great strike from Bamford. But
it went with the form book in the end as Leyton
Orient equalised and then took the lead to win
2-1, which I felt hard done by as there was not
much in it. The atmosphere was good and the
attendance was over 6,000, which I believe was
their biggest attendance of the season. Maybe this
was down to it being an international weekend or,
just cause the home side are in such good form.
Either way it was a noisy match. The stewards kept
themselves quiet and didn't really get involved
with anything, but the one steward that was by the
pitch did look like Orlando Bloom, which made me
chuckle and the other one manned his post
admirably even though before the game the sprinkler soaked him!
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Easy as getting there a bit of a packed tube from
Oxford Circus due to the shops shutting but we got
to Marylebone in good time and was back in
Leamington by 8pm.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Really good, not bad at all, as I was led to
believe by others before the game. Apart from the
result it was worth going to and one place I would
happily go back to.