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The Den
v Bolton Wanderers
  Championship League
Saturday February 15th, 2014, 3pm

John Power
(Bolton Wanderers fan)

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

As a visiting Bolton Wanderers supporter the trip to the new Den was eagerly awaited as I had missed the previous seasons fixture.

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

We had chosen to drive down to West Ruislip and then jumped on the overland train which connects through to Central London and the tube network. After arriving at London Bridge Railway Station, we discovered that South Bermondsey station was closed and a replacement bus was provided.

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

With time to kill we had a couple of drinks in the big pub opposite London Bridge station that was showing the early game on television. Food was also served and some good cask ciders were available. No issues with opposing groups of supporters with everyone mingling happily.

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

Having got off the replacement bus service at South Bermondsey, we were surprised to see that there were no Police to be seen. It appeared quite okay for both home and away fans to be walking down the same road to the ground, amazing considering that they usually they have you in a covered walkway from the station which is segregated completely and under CCTV. Seems like rail works override all this!

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

No issues getting to the ground though, the actual structure was visible a good way off and away supporters entrances well marked. Plenty of " football factory" comments as we saw both of the tunnels though. The stewards were relaxed, the food at the ground was well priced and varied and much better than a lot of Premiership grounds I have been to.

The game was great if you were a neutral a one all draw with us missing a penalty, having a goal disallowed but also clearing off our own goal line twice!

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

Although we never saw any trouble and we walked back to Surrey Quays tube station in the midst of all the Millwall supporters, we were always on our guard. This is a spooky place and the locals are hostile believe me. I don't think many small groups go there and give it " large" you will come unstuck.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The ground atmosphere was really good. It is evident that the Millwall supporters both young and old have no problem letting the opposing fans, players, officials and anyone else that is remotely outside their clique, know exactly what they think about them. Overall a great day..

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