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Milton Keynes Dons v
Brentford
 
Saturday, March 31st 2012, 3pm
League One
 
Sam Ferguson
(Brentford fan)

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

I was looking forward to travelling up to Milton Keynes for this game, I had heard a lot about the stadium, having heard such things as it being a "mini Wembley" I was very excited for this game.

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

Journey was very easy, a 1 hour train journey from London Euston to Bletchley, then a 5 minute walk to the bus station, then a 10 minute bus ride to the stadium, in all cost me about 17 for the entire thing, return.

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

Looked inside the club shop before the game, got some strange looks from home fans but did not feel threatened in any way.

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

From outside, the ground looks like a prison, but once inside, my opinion changed. Electronic turnstiles and a very nice open concourse were the first things I saw, very nice. The away section which is mostly in one corner, holds around 2,500 fans, and we brought up about 2,000. Seats were extremely wide and comfortable with a lot of leg room.

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

The game itself was enjoyable, with Brentford winning 2-1 with two superb goals. The atmosphere in the away end was fantastic. Brentford fans not stopping the singing the entire game, shame that the home fans were not the same, only really making noise when they equalised. The stewards were friendly and tolerant, allowing fans to stand if they wish. The food inside the ground was plentiful, but only two small catering facilities and one small toilet created a huge queue of fans all the way along the top of the concourse.

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

Home fans were a bit more unfriendly on the way back.  The loud, singing Brentford fans didn't help, by somewhat intimidating some of the the home fans on the walk to the bus stop. But other than that the journey was just as easy as the outbound journey.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A great away day, will definitely be making my way back to Bletchley next season
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