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Home Park, Plymouth
v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Championship League
Saturday, August 5th, 2006 3pm

By Phillip Evans

We were looking forward to visiting the ground because it appeared to be quite modern and stylish. Also, Plymouth seemed an ideal place to make a holiday out of the trip, as it is on the coast and we wanted to see the Hoe and the Barbican. What's more, there are so many places to visit nearby in Devon and Cornwall.

The journey down to Plymouth was very smooth and we had no trouble in finding the ground. We asked some friendly Argyle fans in the city centre for some directions and they were very happy to help us. We decided to arrive at Home Park early to ensure we could park, and we could not believe it when we found that secure parking was offered there free of charge.

Before the game, we walked around the stadium and chatted to the welcoming Argyle fans, before deciding to wait for the Wolves team coach to arrive. Unfortunately, it did not arrive at the entrance we expected it to and so we missed out on the opportunity to greet the players. There were plenty of burger bars around the ground but we decided to enter the ground and have a delicious Ginsters pasty! (2.30)

The away end was the same as the home end and side, with the three stands joined together. This part of the ground was modern and of the average appearance nowadays. The other home side was the grandstand and the bottom of this was a standing area, not particularly attractive. Overall, Home Park appeared decent at first.

The game was not the most thrilling with Wolves creating very few chances. Argyle had the better play and it was only the Wolves keeper Murray who saved them a point. However, the atmosphere was fantastic and deafening, there was some friendly rivalry between the sets of fans. The stewards kept the fans in control well and I was glad to see that they enforced the rule that fans must sit down throughout the game - usually I end up not seeing anything because everyone is blocking my view. After the game, a steward even came up and shook our hands, saying he thought Wolves fans did themselves proud and asking us what we thought of the game.

By the time we had chatted about the game outside the ground for 10 minutes and got in the car, we were able to pull off the car park and get away. The stewards do a great job in clearing the car park, in what is run on a first there, first out after the game basis. Getting out of Plymouth wasn't too bad and we were soon back on the motorway and heading home.

We enjoyed the day out so much that we even emailed the club to thank them for great hospitality. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending any football fan to visit Home Park to see their team play.

 

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