Madejski Stadium, Reading
v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Championship League
Saturday April 30th 2005, 3pm
By J Sheppard
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be)
5. Comment on the game
itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The game was very entertaining with Wolves outplaying a disappointing Reading side to run out 2-1 winners after being a goal behind at half-time. The atmosphere from the Reading fans started okay but ebbed and flowed as the frustration mounted and they soon lost heart. As usual we made a lot of noise from the away end and the celebrations that followed the win showed that even these 'nothing' games mean a lot to a lot of people. The worst point of the day was the situation in the refreshment area at half-time. After exiting the gate it was near impossible to move, the queues backing right onto the exits back into the stand. I gave up getting a drink and struggled my way out but God help anybody who was desperate for the toilet!
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game
Due to the ludicrous crush at half time and the post - match celebrations we decided to leave it a while before we left our seats to go and find the bus, which incidentally leaves from the same place you're dropped off. However leaving earlier may have been beneficial as there was a huge queue for this bus and we had to wait another half an hour alongside good-natured Reading fans before the buses came back and took us back to the station.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Madejski, a brilliant win gives real hope for next season and despite awful train journeys to and from Reading it was all worth it. The stadium is certainly classy and as I'm sure has been said before, would certainly not look out of place in the Premiership.
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