By Mike Turner (Neutral
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
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
We took a taxi to the ground, as it was a cheap
and quick option, and a taxi back although there
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
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
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
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Managed to flag a taxi back to our hotel, so no
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!