Madejski Stadium, Reading
v Sheffield United, Championship League 
Saturday October 1st 2005, 3pm
By Dave Fratson

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

As a Sheffield United fan, I was hoping that we could give Reading a run for their money at the Madejski, and possibly extend our lead at the top of the Championship. We also wanted to see if the comments people made last season about the stadium were true, and so they were.

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

Apart from the ground being in the middle of nowhere, it was relatively easy to find. Car parking was okay.

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

After not being able to find an 'Away pub', we decided to enter the ground. The home fans outside the ground seemed friendly enough.

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

From the outside the ground is very impressive. From a distance it looks a lot bigger than it is, but it is still a nice ground for a Championship team.

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

The game was cracking for 60+ plus minutes, until the referee failed to award an obvious penalty to the Blades for the decapitation of Keith Gillespie!! Okay, he should of sent our keeper off as well, but it was a blatant penalty! Then, in the 89th minute, Reading stole the game and scored! The atmosphere was fantastic, except (bizarrely) Reading fans singing "We are top of the league", when the mighty Blades were still 3 points clear!! And also, the "Easy" chant, when the game had belonged to the Blades until their second goal? Stewards were friendly, and the toilets OK. Food and drink were quite expensive but not as bad as other places.

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

Poor stewarding meant it took 1 1/2 hours to get out the car park, and back onto the M4.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out.

Cracking game, except the result. Nice stadium, loyal and noisy (at times) fans and friendly staff and stewards.


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