Saturday, October 20th
2012, 3pm John
Spooner (Southend United
My son and I were
looking forward to a first visit to The Globe
Arena, with both sides having won their last games
and hoping to climb the table.
The journey was easy for us Southend fans living
in North Wales with a 90 mile trip compared to a
near 300 mile journey for the majority of
travelling fans from Essex. Using exit 34 of the
M6 takes you easily to the ground. We looked at
parking options and decided to park at the nearby
school for £4 and a short walk to the ground.
Before the game we took the opportunity to drive
along the promenade and see the Eric Morecambe
statue and enjoy the stunning views of Morecambe
On arrival, the first impression of the ground is
that it is new and obviously built with limited
funding, with one side having a large all seater
stand but opposite is a severely limited standing
uncovered area. The away terrace was closed to
Southend fans and we had to sit on one side of the
all seated Main Stand which is comfortable and
gives a clear view of what was a good looking
My only gripe is that it was £5 extra to sit and I
felt a bit miffed that Morecambe had saved money
on stewards by closing the away standing end and
made took extra money by charging Southend fans
who wanted to stand behind the goal. I guess that
is the economics for most clubs at this level.
The game lacked atmosphere until the 2nd half when
the home fans in a small crowd of 1,643 got
behind their team and were rewarded with a late
goal to settle the match.
The stewards were friendly and approachable, and
the cafe area with a live Sky game is clean and
roomy, the toilets were also clean and modern but
the highlight has to be the pies. They are the
best ever, I can recommend the meat and potato and
my son said he had never tasted a better pie. We
asked for gravy and it added to a superb treat.
The pies were £3 but for and extra £1 you got a
drink too, excellent.
After the game travel from the ground and local
school was easy with traffic moving fairly freely.
Overall we enjoyed our day at Morecambe except for
losing of course. It was a mild sunny autumnal day
and although the game lacked sparkle both sides
tried hard and it is always nice to experience a
first time visit to any ground.