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New York Stadium
Rotherham United v Swindon Town
League One

Saturday, October 12th, 2013, 3pm
 
Ashley Morris
(Swindon Town fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground:
 
Me, my partner and little one were looking forward to going to the New York Stadium as it has been newly built and an away ground we had not yet been to. 
 
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We travelled up on the Friday and stayed the weekend in Sheffield but have to say the M1 was a nightmare all weekend. Getting to the Ground was easy enough as we had the sat nav but was well signposted in any case and found great car parking in a disused nightclub (Liquid) car park for 3 that was only a few minutes walk to the ground which was great as we had the little one and the weather wasn't great.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
 
We arrived at the ground about half one and had a quick walk around the Stadium but due to the weather we decided to go and get our seats and a cup of tea.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
 
I have to say the Stadium looks impressive and is a credit to Rotherham United FC as some of the new grounds look soulless. Once inside we walked down the concourse which was long and very clean there with two TV's at either end showing the early kick off of Plymouth VS Portsmouth and got our seats. We sat right at the back in the corner of the stand and had a brilliant view of the game.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Once we had got to our seats I decided to go and get us a cup of tea from the concourse which costs 2 each I didn't buy any food but noticed they sold burgers + pies including the chicken balti pie for 3. The stewards were very friendly and helpful and even had a programme seller in the concourse.

The game itself was very slow for us to get started as Rotherham dominated the first 20 minutes and should really have been two or three nil up with Revell, Pringle and Mills all going close but we started getting into the game and struck in the 33rd min with MOTM Alex Pritchard scoring a sweet free kick. After the goal it was just one way traffic with us capitalising on the stroke of half time to go in 2 nil up through Luongos deflected shot. I thought Rotherham would come out more fired up after half time but it never materialised and we controlled the whole 2nd half scoring another 2 goals through Ajose and N'Guessan and could of added a few more with some of the best football I've seen us play in years with several bouts of 'Ole! Ole!' coming from our 540 fans who were obviously in great spirits as we ran out 4-0 winners and ended our woeful away form. I have to say that the home fans were very quiet all game and never really gave their team any support and a lot left after the third goal went in which didn't help the team.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
We left about 5 mins after the game finished and it was a quick walk back to the car. There was a road closed outside the ground which looks like they do on match days so the traffic wasn't to bad and due to the fact that a lot of home fans had left before the full time whistle we was back on the road and to the hotel in no time. 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was a great away day for us and would recommend to any football fan. The New York Stadium is a very tidy and smart looking ground and would go again.  


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