you were looking forward to going to the
ground (or not as the case may be):
This is a ground I have been wanting to go for
around two years, but never made it, so at
least I got there this time. I once went to
the old Ayresome Park as an away fan with some
Oldham mates and found it very intimidating in
the open corner area so I was interested to
see how things have changed in 20 years.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
I left Rochdale at 9.30 for a Sunday 1.15 kick
off and found the journey very easy apart from
the roadworks on the A1, the A19 is by far an
easier way to go and that is what I did on my
return home.116 miles going and 2 hours ,
coming back 107 miles and 1 hour and 30 mins.
Car parking was very easy due to this website,
come off at the roundabout as stated and turn
right, then turn first left after going over
the A66 .You can then turn right onto at least
5/6 streets with loads of free parking and its
about 15 mins walk and so easy to get back on
the A66 to go home. Good for that!
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
With being 90 mins early I do what I usually
do and walk around the ground just to have a
nosey and see whats going on. I got a ticket
for the home end North West upper (note in
this section rows 20 to 27 are padded seats
why i dont know but are comfy and the cheapest
in the house �23 ). Then it was for
refreshment time, I had a burger then a
sausage sarnie (I had missed breakfast) from a
stall outside the ground. Surprisingly both
were cheap and very good.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other sides
of the ground?
The ground to me is nothing special , it
reminded me of Derby county but thats the way
never grounds are going (give me Hillsborough
anyday). Not really much to say about these
newer grounds apart from they do their job ,
seat you in safety and try to get as much cash
out of you as they can.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The game itself was probably the worst game i
have seen as a neutral and the atmosphere was
pretty poor from both sets of fans, felt like
a pre season game and was a big let down.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
With there being such a poor crowd and the
good parking area I was on my way in minutes
after walking to my car, this is a real plus
and I advise people to look at this when
travelling to the riverside.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A good day out spoiled by the fayre on show,
the football was shocking but the travelling ,
eating and parking made it an easy day out.