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Etihad Stadium
  Manchester City v Aston Villa
Premier League
Saturday April 28th, 5.15pm
Thomas Forbes
(Aston Villa fan)

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

I was looking forward to going to the game as following the Villa away can be a laugh and a roller coaster of emotions, I was looking forward to this one though because I haven't been the Man City away and had heard good things about the ground and I always enjoy my trips to Manchester when following Villa and England.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking:

We caught the National Express from Digbeth Coach Station, only a tenner return so we could go central Manchester for some drinking before the game, finding the ground was easy as we just got a taxi when we left the pub.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Before the game there loads of us in the city centre drinking at the two pubs in Exchange Square Oyster bar and Old Wellington inn i think they are called where the atmosphere from our fans was pretty good especially with the warm weather too, I didn't notice too many places to eat or drink around the ground probably with it being a new ground and all.

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

I was pretty impressed with ground when I first saw it compared with other new stadiums it is a lot better and different to say, Derby, Leicester etc. Inside was pretty standard but spacious which was good as there was a lot of villa fans in there also when I sat down at half time there was a fair bit of leg room.

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

The game itself was pretty good especially as we won 2-0 in the end and they missed a penalty, there was quite a lot of banter between the two sets of fans, I was right next to the divide which wasn't very big 3 rows of seats, the stewarding was fine no trouble from them i only ever seen em just stand there, I didn't try any of the food on sale in there too packed and probably too expensive nor did I go in the toilets I didn't want to leave the game the atmosphere was pretty good from our end but overall I thought the City fans were pretty quiet maybe because it was an end of season game I don't know.

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

After the game we walked back to the city centre as the roads were rammed  and so were the buses and I couldn't see any taxis but walking only took 20 minutes and we just followed the crowds and experienced no trouble.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall I enjoyed the day out, we won 2-0 the weather was good and the atmosphere was terrific, I'd definitely go back again it was a nice ground to go and has the city centre down the road to pass the day away.


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