Peterborough United v Wolverhampton
22nd 2012, 3pm
By Thomas Sperrink
Why you were looking forward to going to the
ground (or not as the case may be):
I was really looking forward to visiting
Peterborough as I knew quite a few Wolves fans
would be travelling and I expected a good
atmosphere as most Wolves fans would be housed in
the standing terrace.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
It was a really easy drive from Birmingham up the
M6/A14/A605 and then we managed to find some free
street parking off Oundle Road about 5-10 minutes
walk from the ground.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
We visited the Palmerston Arms for a pint as the
landlord had posted on a Wolves message board that
we would be welcome there (which I thought was a
very nice touch as he also left his phone number
should fans require parking). It was a great
little pub with all the ales poured straight from
the barrels which are housed behind the bar the
other side of a glass window. The service
was very quick and the beer was excellent.
The home supporters were
very friendly and although my father and I were
happy to chat between ourselves I did notice a few
conversations between opposing fans.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
We walked down to the ground and it was easy
access to the away stands. We chose to buy
our tickets in the seated area adjacent to the
pitch while the majority of away support was
housed in the standing terrace to our left behind
the goal. The stand we were in was pretty
dated with wooden seats and with standing areas
behind each goal only the stand opposite us looked
like it had been recently built. There were some
supporting pillars in front of us but they didn’t
block our view particularly badly.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc..
We both grabbed a balti pie and a Bovril before
the game which were the best I’ve had in a couple
of seasons, however we bought ours 20 minutes
before kick off and they were the last 2 so I
would suggest they probably do not stock enough
for a larger away following. There are a
couple toilets in the seated stand and the half
time entertain was quite funny with the mascots
having a running and throwing competition.
The game itself was utterly dominated by Wolves
who scored a penalty mid way through the first
half and added a second late in the second half
but rarely looked troubled by a fairly toothless
Peterborough side. The atmosphere was pretty
good, although some moronic Wolves fans threw a
couple of flares onto the pitch after we scored
and despite a steward being about 3 foot away it
was left to the goalkeeper to remove this from the
field of play. In their defence the stewards
in my stand were fine and created a relaxed
atmosphere. The Peterborough fans did seem
to rouse themselves in the second half when their
side showed a bit more bite but in the end the
timing of the goals kept the Wolves fans on top.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Getting away was easy enough, we walked back to
the car and the traffic was a little heavy but not
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
I would definitely recommend a trip to
Peterborough as the ground was a blast from the
past and created a good atmosphere. I think
the ground will probably change in the coming
years so I would recommend getting a trip to
London Road before it changes too much.
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