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
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
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
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.