I have been trying
to tick this one off the 92 for several years and
despite living in Swindon which isnít that far
away, I have never quite managed to get there to
watch my 2nd team (Exeter City) so at last a
midweek game that I was able to get to and get it
ticked of the list
The Kassam is very easy to get to and is signed
from the M40, As it was a midweek game the Oxford
ring road was a bit busy but not too bad, so we
arrived earlier than we thought we would. We took
the advice of other reviews and swerved the car
parks, but as you go past the ground there is
street parking all down one side of the main road
for about a mile, so we parked up and wandered
back towards the stadium.
Opposite the open end there is a bowling complex
and Sports bar, so we popped in there for a few
pints, both sets of fans were welcomed and shirts
were no bother, there was also a fast food outlet
of sorts in there which seemed burgers, and
southern fried chicken in a box, but we passed
that one up as it wasnít long before kick off.
The first impressions of the Kassam are poor. It
has only has three sides and one side and the home
end are identical in style with only the Main
Stand having an upper tier. As its still a fairly
new ground its typically bland with no character.
The away fans are placed in the side stand at the
open end and it can be a bit open to the elements.
The access is good and the viewing of the game is
good with no obstructions in the way.
The game its self was very good with Exeter in 3rd
place and Oxford in 4th it was an evenly fought
contest and both teams were ďat itĒ and trying to
win the game but it ended in a 0-0 draw which was
fair, although Exeter were denied a stonewall
penalty that the ref just somehow missed it.
He was poor throughout though and baffled both
sets of fans and players with some awful
decisions. But it was still one of the best
0-0 games I have watched in a long long time. The
food was very average in choices and prices, BUT
the steak and Ale pie was worth every penny of the
£3.00 and I would highly recommend it.
There were only just over 5,000 at the game and
although it was slow going on the main road past
the ground, once we were moving we were soon back
on the M40 and got home in an hour and 10 minutes
so cant complain at that
Overall it was a decent evenings entertainment, it
was a good point for Exeter especially as most
around us dropped points. The pie was very good
the ground isnít one I will bother visiting again
but its another one ticked off and I only have 27
to go now. So far I have managed all 65 grounds
watching either Tottenham or Exeter, and taken my
time, I have now decided to finish the 92 in the
next two years so have abandoned that plan and
will be taking in some neutral games, starting at
Brighton in 3 weeks time.