Northern Ireland Premier League Ground Guide

Windsor Park
Linfield v Portadown
Saturday February 23rd, 2013, 3pm
Premier League
By Mike Turner
(Neutral fan)

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

My friend and I were on a short weekend trip to a very cold Belfast and decided to pop along to Windsor Park to watch the game between Linfield and Portadown. We try to go away once a year to a different city and football ground.

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

We took a taxi to the ground, as it was a cheap and quick option, and a taxi back although there are buses.

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

We had a few beers in our hotel then the club house before kick off. Home fans very welcoming to us.

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

Windsor Park is far more attractive on the inside! From the outside the impressions are not good, as it looks a bit worn and tired. The Alex Russell and North Stands look attractive in a new-stand kind of way, the South Stand is certainly old but retains character and the temporary seating stand has…temporary seating – complete with a lone steward (presumably wondering why he’s patrolling that part of the ground).

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

Standard of football was poor to be honest, and a small crowd did not make for any atmosphere. It was a bitterly cold day, and my friend Neil had forgotten a hat, so we spent the second half in the club house which overlooks the pitch and enjoyed some beers with locals. Linfield won the match 2-0.

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

Managed to flag a taxi back to our hotel, so no real effort.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Windsor Park, particularly in the club house! I think I would recommend going on a warmer day!

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