Morecambe v Swindon Town
Friday, April 6th 2012, 3pm
By Max Springer
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
I'm a Swindon fan living in Blackpool so it seemed an easy away trip, you can practically see Morecambe Bay from where I live! It was my first ever away trip so I was looking forward to the match very much and couldn't wait to get there!
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
We drove up the M6 and got off at junction 34, managed to follow the sat-nav to get us to the ground, we were met with heavy traffic but that's to be expected on a bank holiday weekend. The ground was easy enough to get to, only taking us around 15 minutes once we were off the M6.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
I got to the stadium around 20 minutes before kick off so didn't have too much time to mess about so I just went straight to the ground. I had to ask a Morecambe fan which stand was for away fans and where I could buy my ticket, he was very helpful and friendly.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
When you first see the stadium from the outside then it looks great! I loved it's look and just the new feel to it. The weather wasn't great so I had to get into the away stand quickly (Which involved going through the tightest turnstile ever!) It was your 'run-of-the-mill' terrace with a low roof, I'd always wanted to watch a match in a terraced stand and enjoyed it. The rest of the ground, however, didn't look that good at all. The Main Stand looked a bit small, and the other two stands just seemed incomplete and were lacking the new feel that the Main Stand had to offer.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Swindon were awful in the first half and should've been 2-0 down to be fair to Morecambe! We got going second half and a classic Paul Benson goal gave us the lead and he ended up being dragged among the celebrating Town faithful, we could've scored more but the final result was 1-0 to the Town. The stewards were lenient enough and didn't seem to get too involved with the fans which is fine by me. The atmosphere was incredible among our fans who were having our promotion party, and we sung the entire 90 minutes, with the low ceiling and terracing providing even more atmosphere. The food and drink kiosk was built into the stand, which wasn't the best and was in a very narrow alleyway behind the stand, service was fast though.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
There were only 3,000 fans there so it was quick to get away, not too much football traffic either and we were out of Morecambe in around 20 minutes.
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