Carrow Road - Norwich City FC
Saturday 23rd October 2004
Vs Everton, Premier League, 12.45pm
By Debbie Smaje
Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may
I wasn't! Thanks to Sky TV again, we had to endure a 5am start for one of our longest trips of the season. Even worse, me and my dad managed to miss the coach, and had to drive by car at the last minute. On the other hand, Everton were unbeaten away from home (unheard of after last season!) and expecting another win at lowly Norwich.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
A long hard journey across endless amounts of identical scenery! Boredom aside, the journey was very straightforward, all motorways and A roads to Norwich City Centre. Managed to get lost and ended up parking quite a way away, then struggling to find the ground! Didn't see much parking nearer the ground either.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
We were around 3 hours early having rushed the drive, so we walked all over town trying to kill time! The City Centre wasn't far away, plenty to do there. The home fans were okay with us all day, although a little trouble did seem to break out after the game, but it was dealt with pretty quickly by the police.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground.
Its strangely small, very easy to miss. I only knew we had found the ground because of the crowds outside. The away end was a brand new stand, the other 3 stands also have been redeveloped in the last few years. There was a lot of building work still going on, filling in the one corner of the ground. Even though the away fans are stuck in a corner to the side of the goal, the view was surprisingly good, even as low down as I was.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
started off very loud, and Everton started the game with a bang, 2-0 up after
half an hour through Kilbane and Bent. We were well in control and in no danger
whatsoever. However, thanks to a mistake by Pistone, McKenzie made it 2-1 within
seconds of the restart. 10 minutes later, it was 2-2 thanks to Francis. Everton
were hanging on, and threw on Duncan Fergsuon, who scored a header on the break
with 15 minutes left. Somehow, despite being battered for the entire second
half, we managed to come away with a hard fought win!
Atmosphere in the away end was electric, especially towards the end, Everton fans singing 'We're going to win the League' for the first time in about 20 years!
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game
We parked a fair way away in the City Centre, despite having to turn right into a road with roadworks, we were away very quickly, home by 8pm.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out
Not bad, a bit of a strange ground though. Very small inside and out. I don't like to say it, but there was something very 'first division' about it, but I can't really describe what. Good little ground and a good day out.
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