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Rodney Parade
Newport County v Dartford
Saturday, March 30th 2013, 3pm
  Conference National League
 
Gideon Birch
(Dartford fan)

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

It was my first ever Dartford game outside of Kent, and there was good weather. I'd looked up the stadium on football ground guide beforehand and liked the look of the Bisley Stand

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

I took the supporter's coach to Newport so finding the ground of course wasn't a problem. There was a bit of a walk to the away turnstiles from where the coach parked, but that wasn't a problem.

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

I stayed in the away bar in the Bisley Stand before the game. It was modern and had the Sunderland v Man United game on TV.

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

The Bisley Stand was very modern and eye catching. The other stands, not so much. The Hazell stand particularly looked as if it has seen better days and both ends were uncovered.

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

It finished 0-0 but it was still a good away day. The stewards were much more pleasant and helpful than at some grounds I've been to since. The only downside of the day was that they were only expecting 20 Darts fans (or at least that's what I heard) but 119 of us turned up. They ran out of food at half time.

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

There was no problem getting away. Bit of traffic but that's what you'd expect after a football game.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Excluding the boring game, it was a great day out. Great stadium and a good-ish atmosphere.


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