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Rodney Parade
Newport County v Exeter City
Saturday, March 16th 2014, 3pm
  League Two
 
Steve Ellis
(Exeter City fan)

1. Why were you looking forward to going to this ground?

This is a new ground to visit in the Football League and like Exeter City they are a supporter owned club

2. How easy was your journey?

The journey was straight forward, travelling up on the supporters coach leaving Exeter at 11am, arriving in Newport just after 1pm.

3. What did you do before the game?

On arrival at the ground went through the turnstiles, picked up my match day programme for 3.50 before heading up to the away supporters bar at the back of the Bisley stand which gives good views of the stadium and has sky sports on a few screens. Pints of lager or cider priced at 3.80, glasses of wine I was told at just over 5.

4. First impressions on seeing the ground?

The Bisley Stand looks very modern and runs the length of the pitch, the Hazells Stand opposite is old with supporting beams at the front, then there is the old style open terracing at the North End. The Synter away stand at the opposite end, is all seated and open to the elements and set on unsteady staging. The pitch looked quite well cut up in places and the line markings from the rugby were not properly erased.

5. Comment on the game, atmosphere, refreshments, stewards and toilets?

The game was fairly even and at the end the 1-1 draw was about right. The refreshments are on sale in a wooden hut behind the Synter Stand offered amongst other fayre, burgers priced from 3. The toilets for visiting fans are under the away section of the Bisley Stand and were clean and modern. Some of the stewards were friendly and helpful but most were very heavy handed.

6. Comments on getting away after the game?

Very easy walk back to where the coach dropped us off and a straight forward journey home.

7. Summary of the day out?

A good day out but would of been better with the win that we needed.


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