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Globe Arena
Morecambe
Fleetwood Town
League Two
Thursday, December 26th 2013, 3pm
Jamie Smith
(Fleetwood Town fan)

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

Having missed the 'sea food' derby as it has been christened last season through illness and our current good form in the League, I was highly anticipating a great atmosphere and taking 3 points home on Boxing Day.

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

I took the official supporters coach from Fleetwood. We left at 12 noon and got there at about 1:15pm, with no major traffic until we got into Lancaster.

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

After I got off the coach I  walked into the town center, got a KFC and met a few friends who had stayed over the night before at the Midland Hotel. We then went back up to the ground and went into the pub right to the stadium where we had a few pints.

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

The Peter McGuigan Main Stand is the first thing you see from the exterior, which makes the Globe Arena look impressive from the outside. However inside the rest of the stadium does not live up to the Main Stand which towers over the rest of the small looking ground. Talking of small, the turnstiles into the away end have to be the thinnest I have ever squeezed through and the concourse at the back of the stand is very cramped too. This made getting a pie at half time a very difficult task. The views from the Bay Radio Terrace at one end, which is given to away fans, are though very good as it is raised above pitch level. However, it is set back from the pitch.

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

The pitch was in a pretty poor state and the home side seemed to cope better with the conditions than us. Morecambe were fortunate to take the lead when a downward header deflected off the pitch in front of goal giving our keeper Davies no chance. The acoustics in the away end are superb and our fans were in fine voice to which the players responded and on any other day we could have scored two or three. but it was not to be and Morecambe won 1-0.

In my opinion the stewards were heavy handed with the away fans which led to some unpleasant scenes between the fans and stewards. Although it took a while to get served the pies were very good. I had a meat and potato pie which cost 3. Overall facilities weren't anything special but I've seen worse.

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

Getting away was easy, got on the coach, got on the M6 and was home in no time.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Decent ground, good food, but a poor pitch and turnstiles. Good acoustics in the away end. It was though on the whole a good day out. My only wish was that the Morecambe fans had vocally got behind their team more.


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