Northampton Town FC
Saturday 25th April
Vs Shrewsbury Town, League Two, 3pm
By Andy Saunders
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
had been to Northampton's old County ground but have never got the
chance to visit the new one. Because Shrewsbury was battling for a play
off place with Northampton it had added extra spice to the
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car
Very easy, I had a sat nav but did not need it in the end
as the ground was well signposted from the motorway. It is on the edge of
the town on a Leisure park. Car parking was good and there was lots of
spaces but had to pay £3 for the privilege, Northampton rugby club was
playing on the same day and I fuond Car parking was not as bad as I
thought it was going to be, We bought a lot of fans too.
you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
arrived early for the game as I was worried about parking so I found
myself getting very bored as the only things around the area were
a few fast food eateries and a Cinema. I had a KFC and a burger at a
van parked at the ground.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?:
Looked to me when I first saw it was that It looked smaller than I
imagined it to be, The three stands around the sides where tiny with an
overpowering main stand which did look good from the outside (not as big
as Crewe's main stand though). Seats were not cramped and I
had comfortable leg room.
5. Comment on the game itself,
atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
Game was awful. Our
manager putting only one striker up front in a 4-5-1 formation, which
was getting us nowhere fast. In the second half he pushed more
men forwardm but we were undone and Northampton scored two
goals. We was chasing the game after that and in the end lost 2-0 which
ended our hopes for a play off place. Atmosphere was good and the main
bunch of vocal home support came from the end of the main stand closest to
the away fans. The stewards where the friendliest I have seen for many a
year, always helpful and good to have a chat with.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
was a bit tight getting out of the leisure complex as there was only one
small roundabout to cope with a lot of traffic but once you get on to the
open road its is a peice of cake.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of
the day out:
Great day out (apart from the result) was very sunny
but not much to do on the leisure park though. Stewards and fans where
very friendly but a big overkill with the amount of Police in
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