City Of Manchester Stadium
Sunday October 3rd 2010
V Newcastle United, Premier League 1.30pm
By John Price
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
It wasn't so much I was looking forward to the trip as it was one of the many I was planning to go to this season and I knew we'd no doubt be beat; however, I still always look forward to away games hoping for a valuable point or an almost impossible.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
We normally go by train, but as my mum wanted to go shopping at the Trafford centre, we decided to drive down from Newcastle instead. The ground unlike Newcastle is pretty much in a residential area. It's pretty easy to find and I know from past experience it's also easy by train (just use Ashbury's Station and it's a short and direct ten minutes walk away max).
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
As the ground doesn't really have too many pubs around (or any away fans would dare to go to!) I, like pretty much all the Newcastle fans just went to the ground for a few pints, a pie and a sing song despite the astronomical prices!
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
The ground from the outside looks pretty good and new, but still hasn't really got any wow factor or any real character like Villa Park for example but it certainly isn't naff looking like most new..ish ground such as the Reebok and DW Stadium. On the inside again fairly similar story, no wow factor and it certainly doesn't feel as big as it actually is.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
After a fairly even start, City got an incorrectly awarded penalty which unsurprisingly Carlos Tevez converted. Jonas Gutierrez got a well deserved equaliser five or so minutes later. After half time, the game opened out and was end to end stuff. Adam Johnson later made it 2-1 to city. Then Shola was fouled in the area but a blatant penalty wasn't given so the game finished 2-1 to city. As per normal, the Geordies made themselves heard and for about 85 minutes of the game out sang the City fans who if I'm honest were truly quiet! There was no real problems with stewards, they seemed fairly laid back, and concourse was spacious and kiosks were ok, well staffed etc..
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Had an easy exit from the stadium, don't know if that would of been the case had we won. I got picked up at Ashbury's Station, no real traffic etc...
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Although we were beat i still enjoyed the day, it was a real good game. However, Eastland's is only what i would consider an average stadium. As for the trip I wouldn't put people off going but it certainly wouldn't be a high recomendation.
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