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Sixfields - Northampton Town FC
Saturday 25th April 2010
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):

I 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 occasion.

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

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.

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

I 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. 

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

The exit 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 attendance. 

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