Preston North End
v Exeter City League One
Saturday, August 20th 2011, 3pm Steve Ellis (Exeter
Why were you looking
forward to this game?
I was looking forward to this game since the
fixtures came out. It is a stadium I had never
been to and being an Exeter supporter not one you
would think you would ever go to! Plus it was to
be the first real test of the season.
How easy was the journey, Home fans friendly, what
did you do before the game?
The journey itself was very easy leaving Exeter at
7.30am on the supporters coach and arriving just
before 1pm. On arriving I waited along side Exeter
fans and Preston fans for the Exeter team to
arrive. The home fans were friendly and easy to
talk with. Before the match I took a walk round
the stadium having a look at the main entrance and
also the statue of the great Tom Finney, known as
'the splash'. Once through the turnstiles I
went pitchside in order to have a proper look and
take pictures of the legends that are printed in
the seats before the ground started filling up, I
then returned to the bar on the concourse and
watched the end of the live Sky Sports game.
What you thought on seeing the ground? and inside?
As we arrived the ground was tucked in behind
houses but as we left the coach it is easy to see
how much work has gone into modernising, as all
four sides looked new. The away end looked quite
steep so if your not that good with heights dont
go to near the top but no matter where you sit you
have good leg Room and superb views. The other
stands pretty much the same.
The game itself was a 1-0 defeat for Exeter with
Preston scoring just before half time and Exeter
going down to 10 men during that first half, our
keeper doing his best to keep us in the game with
a few good saves, but with 10 men Exeter seemed to
be the better team in the second half.
The atmosphere during the game was excellent,
refreshments were a good range of food and non
alcoholic and alcoholic drinks all at usual sort
of prices or meal deals for £4.50. The stewards
were very friendly and helpful and stayed
out of the way and taking time to chat with the
visiting supporters and offering to take pictures
for supporters. The toilets were also clean.
Comment on getting away after the game:
Getting away after was fairly easy, just a slow
journey back to the motorway but when there it was
an easy journey home. arriving just after 10pm.
Despite the result it was a fantastic day out.