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Matchroom Stadium
Leyton Orient v MK Dons
Saturday, October 12th 2013, 3pm
League One

Russell Bradford
(MK Dons fan)

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

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 ground/car parking?

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 ground?

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 the match.

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 sprinkle
r soaked him!

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

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.

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