v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Championship League
Saturday, September 18th,
By Tom Noble
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground? (or not as the case
Having never even visited the south-west of England before, I decided to
make the (very) long trip to Home Park not only to watch Wolves struggle
against a newly promoted team, but also to see what the region had to offer.
I had seen the ground on television a number of times, and always thought it
seemed like a nice, compact ground that could generate a good atmosphere.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
We decided to make this journey on the supporters coach. The journey was
long but smooth, and being on the coaches meant that
we sailed straight to
the ground via police escort. I would imagine that traffic could get quite
heavy in the build-up to the game, so I would advise getting there early if
going by car. Parking was available at the ground, and there seemed to be
plenty of streets around the place which looked safe enough to leave the
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
As a result of being on the coach, and being a little late, we were
sheperded straight to the away entrance, without much
chance to chat to the home fans or sample the local
food outlets. I must say, however, that the walk
around the ground was quite pleasant, taking us through a small park
behind the new side stand.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then
other sides of the ground.
Unfortunately we didn't get the chance to have a look at the one remaining
old stand from the outside. The new stands were your average modern stand, but
the green paint made it obvious where you were. On entering the ground I was surprised
at how small the the stands were. As a result of this,
the concourses became quite crowded at the peak times,
another reason for
getting in early. However, it was clean and cosy, and the compact nature of
the stand meant a good atmosphere could be made. The view was OK, could've done
with being further back really, but we were close to the action which
added to the experience. The old stand looked great, with the paddock to
the front, a real throwback to what it would've been
like some years ago.
5. Comment on the game
itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The toilets were fine, but did get crowded at half time. The game was a
scrappy affair, and the first half ended predictably goalless. Second
half,and to no-ones real surprise, David Friio heads home
for Argyle. However, the game was to turn on a clear foul on Kevin Cooper in the
area, and Carl Cort slotted the penalty away right in
front of the away fans, which sparked
great celebrations. And alas, with 5 minutes to go Dean Sturridge popped up
to lash the ball across goal and complete an unlikely but very welcome
comeback. 2-1 to the Wolves it ended.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game.
We were made to wait for about 5 minutes to allow the home fans to disperse, and
as we were escorted around the ground the same way we came in, we were
periodically stopped by the police as more home fans left the ground.
Could be annoying if you were heading for the train,
and the traffic was building up again by this point.
Back on the coach, and we were escorted away again straight
through the traffic, and back to Wolverhampton on
another trouble-free journey.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out.
I was generally impressed with what Plymouth were doing with their ground,
although the stands were a little on the small side. The atmosphere in the
ground was good, with the home fans often responding to our songs and so
on. All in all an enjoyable day out, and I would
definitely go back to Home Park next time.
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