Peterborough United v Watford
Saturday April 21st 2012, 3pm
By Joe Cummins
was really looking forward to the match because
London Road is essentially the only ground with
terracing I'd be able to travel to with Watford
for some time. It was slightly disappointing
however because if Watford had previously won a
few more games, then this could have sent us to
the play-off's as it was the second last game of
the season. I was still looking forward to it
however as I knew it would be a fun day out.
Getting to the ground was relatively easy as it
was a straight road from the A1 all the way to
London Road. We parked about 10 minutes away from
the ground as we wanted to avoid post-match
congestion. The station wasn't far away either so
coming by train wouldn't be too much hassle. The
ground is quite visible because of its large
Upon leaving the car park, we crossed under a
small subway onto a main High Street. There were
various places to eat and drink there but there
wasn't really the kind of pub me and my Dad were
looking for. We crossed a bridge just off of the
High Street and found this nice place with an
outside seating area and a drinks kiosk. There
were many Peterborough and Watford fans there so
it made for a nice atmosphere before the game.
When I first arrived at the ground, I was quite
impressed by the Norwich and Peterborough South
Stand that was relatively big and had two tiers.
The two ends were terracing of course and the low
roof made for some nice acoustics inside. The Main
Stand wasn't as impressive, but it housed 800
seats for away fans, if you didn't fancy standing.
The game was probably the best away atmosphere you
could get at an away game this season. The low
roof over the away terrace makes every song sound
really loud and all away fans would probably be
impressed by the atmosphere. Unfortunately, the
home fans were some of the quietest bunch i've
ever seen and there were a few " Library..."
chants coming from us! The only time I heard them
was when they scored.
The stewards were generally rather laid back and
only really had to react when loads of Watford
fans came to the front when we scored. The
hospitality in the terracing was quite poor to be
honest. There was one serving hatch that served
all the general stuff as well as some pies,
however since it was the only one it was always
packed. There was also only one ladies/gents
toilet, this caused queues and was very
The game itself was quite exciting resulting in a
2-2 draw. The home side took the lead early on
through a penalty. Before Watford bounced back
when the Peterborough keeper failed to clear his
lines. Watford then took the lead when Sean Murray
netted an excellent direct free kick. However
Peterborough levelled the game when Davis knocked
in a rebound from outside the box. The game was
good to watch with both teams playing relatively
Getting away was pretty easy, you just had to walk
across a dirt path until you reach the main road
again. There didn't seem to be an awful lot of
Police presence around the ground. However once we
reached the car there was a lot of traffic getting
out of the central area. The way back to the A1
was relatively easy as London Road joins onto the
junction on the A1.
Overall I was rather impressed by the day out, the
terracing was a laugh as I hadn't really been on
one before. The game itself was quite good, even
if we were only 14th by the end. I would recommend
it to families and men alike because of the fact
there is both terracing and seating for awy fans.
The ground is also not far from the centre of town
so you can do a bit before the game as well.
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