Sixfields - Northampton Town FC
Monday 13th April 2009
Vs Southend United, League One, 3pm
By Jack Douglas
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or
not as the case may be):
I was looking forward to this game because both teams had something to play
for. Southend have a chance to reach the play offs and Northampton needed
three points to get out of the drop zone with 4 games left.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
The journey from Southend was an easy one as Northampton is well sign posted
from the M1 and there is a large car park near by for all fans to
park. It was a struggle to get out as it has a small exit but once we were
out we were on our way.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans
Before the game we headed over to a busy KFC which coped well under the
pressure of 4 bus loads of hungry Southenders. There are numerous
restaurants to choose from and Fridays offer alcoholic drinks.
Home fans didnít seem too bothered by us. Mixed with us in the restaurants
and around the stadium with no trouble. Sixfields Stadium allows fans to
walk all the way around the stadium with no barriers and thatís what some
home fans did, walked in front of us and inro the stands.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of
away end then other sides of the ground?
The ground from the outside looks quite impressive as you can only see the
west stand but the other 3 stands are minimal. The away stand is not the
best Iíve been to as it is low and difficult to see the other end of a small
pitch, even at the back. Northampton allows some spillage of fans into the
East Stand as the South Stand only holds 600 or so fans I believe.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies,
The game was not the best footballing game as the pitch seemed slippery and
bobbly which meant both teams mainly resorted to the hoof and run tactics.
Southend took the lead in the first half but Northampton equalised soon
after the break. Luckily Southend then scored two more to give the Shrimpers
a bit more comfort but they somehow allowed Northampton another goal which
built a pressured final 15 minutes.
Southend fans sang there hearts out, as we are beginning to get a name for,
a fan brought a bag of balloons and they floated about the stand along with
a large England flag with Southend badge and ďbouncebackabilityĒ written on
the red of the St.George going from side to side.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Getting out of the ground was simple but, as said before, the car parks were
cramped at the exits. Would allow an extra 20 minutes on the home journey as
the round-about at the end of the car park doesnít do it any favours.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Great day out. Would do
again next season depending on the league positioning of the two clubs. Cant
complain about the result as we got the 3 points but would prefer better
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