1. Why you were
looking forward to going to the ground
(or not as the case may be):
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
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
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
5. Comment on the
game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies,
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
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
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..