down to the One Call Stadium was
straight-forward as I had gone on one
of the official club coaches. We got
to the ground nice and early.
Itís fair to say there are plenty of
facilities close to the stadium, as a
retail park was located directly next
On arrival, we went through the
turnstiles, which are managed by
ticket machines, where each person
scans the barcode on their ticket,
which unlocks the turnstile and allows
them to pass through. For some
reason, my ticket wouldn't be accepted
and the turnstile would not unlock. A
friendly steward noticed this and let
me though one of the gates instead.
After finding my seat, two things
occurred to me. Firstly, it was still
a long time until kick-off, and
secondly, it was really cold, being
early January! A quick trip to the
food kiosk was in order, which is
located under the stand. A good
selection was available at what I
thought was really good prices.
A cup of coffee was £1.50 for example.
I also noticed they sold Pot Noodles
at £1.50 too, which actually is a
really good idea!
After reading a previous review about
the stewards I was a little wary, but
must say that all of the staff were
very friendly, helpful and
polite. One addressed me as
ĎSirí and asked if I needed any help
finding my seat.
Another thing that surprised me was
how good the view was from the away
stand. Their largest stand looks
really nice, and the away end had
decent seats. I tracked down the local
radio station on 103.2FM and listened
to their commentary. The commentator
made a point that Mansfield had been
in the Conference for a few seasons,
and said how good it was for them to
see the away end full.
Scunthorpe sold out the away end with
1,220 tickets sold.
The Town fans and Scunthorpe fans both
made a lot of noise from the start of
the match, which made for a great
derby-like atmosphere. I was greatly
for the good views from the away stand
when Hayes scored an amazing goal on 9
minutes right in front of us!
Understandably this quietened the home
crowd a little but they encouraged
their team to pull something back.
Half time saw a really big queue at
the kiosk, but the staff on it were
still friendly and coped well.
Scunthorpe won 2-0, and itís fair to
say that the decent ground and
friendly atmosphere made for a good
day out. Best of luck to Mansfield
Town in the future!