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Milton Keynes Dons v
Plymouth Argyle
Tuesday, January 18th 2011, 7.45pm
League One
Richard Furse
(Plymouth Argyle fan)

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

It was a new ground to visit. However with my club (Plymouth Argyle) having lost the last three games and in financial turmoil and with MK Dons having just lost one home game all season, it's probably fair to say I expected little from the match.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
Other than some traffic on the M25 my journey up was very straightforward. The ground is outside the main town and is very easy to find. I parked at the stadium (which costs 5). However I'm told there is free parking on the adjacent trading estate. 

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

There is a McDonalds outside the stadium and I stopped for food there. The few home fans I spoke to seemed friendly enough. Then I went inside the stadium and drank at the bar in the away end.

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

It is an impressive stadium, high tech automatic turnstiles, wide spacious concourse for fans to mingle and chat. Also excellent facilities and toilets. The away end looks no different to rest of the ground and sits behind the goal. Seats offer a very good view of the pitch, amazing legroom and are padded. I can't recall a more comfortable seat at a football ground. The pitch itself looked an excellent playing surface.

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

Stewards were relaxed, friendly and helpful and the toilets are spacious, clean and well equipped. Home fans are dwarfed by the size of their stadium and I had to strain to hear them at all. Little banter between the home and away supporters. Atmosphere in the away end was good, a certain 'gallows' humour has developed among Argyle fans in recent years. So no-one was more surprised than the away fans when we were 2-0 up after 25 minutes with 2 contenders for goal of the season including a spectacular 35 yard strike from Kari Arnason. In the end the result was a welcome 3-1 win for Plymouth.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

There were no problems or delays getting away from the ground. I was out of the car park in minutes and on my way home.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I really enjoyed the game and the stadium. Easy to get to and definitely one of the best grounds in this league. Satisfying win and a stadium I would have no hesitation in visiting again.

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