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Plymouth Argyle v Oxford United
League Two
Saturday, February 16th 2013, 3pm
 By Chris Hayter
(Oxford United fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I have seen the Home Park stadium exterior many times, as I have passed when travelling through Plymouth, but I've never been inside. I don't live far from Plymouth and I wanted to see my team play away from home for the first time ever!

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I travelled in a car. My mate is a Plymouth fan and regularly goes to the games. There wasn't much traffic on the road and we arrived in Plymouth at 1pm. Finding the ground was easy as it is signposted as you come into Plymouth. The car park at the ground is free however getting out of the car park after the game apparently takes a long time and my friend did not want the hassle so we parked in a multi storey Car park in the city centre.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

I met up with my Uncle and his best friend in a pub called "The Britannia Inn". They had travelled down from Oxford that morning. It is one of the first pubs your see as you come into Plymouth. This pub has door security and ID may be required (I was asked for proof of age and I'm 24)!
This pub is very welcoming to away fans although I did feel intimidated by the sheer number of home fans there. Home fans seemed okay. Waiters were about serving food which looked nice as they were being brought out, and after a quick look at the menu the prices were not bad either.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Upon walking to the ground, it was hard not to notice scaffolding along one side of the stadium. I think some exterior repair work might be going on. We found the away end after walking half way round the stadium. Upon entering the away end, despite a large number of fellow away supporters there was plenty of seats which were comfortable and not cramped.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The game sprang to life after the quarter hour mark when James Constable scored a tap in after good quick passing by us. Plymouth looked nervous throughout and regularly gave the ball away - twice they gave the ball away to our strikers that should of put it away. The game finished 1-0. The atmosphere was electric, we were louder than the home team who were mostly quiet throughout. Stewards seemed okay and there was no trouble. Toilets were in good condition. I can't comment on the pies/pasties as I ate before I came to the ground.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was easy after a short walk into the City Centre.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I would thoroughly recommend going to Home Park. A nice stadium inside and out. I will definitely go again.


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