Aberdeen v Ross County
Saturday August 11th, 2012
Premier League, 3pm
By James Kidd
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
Although I'm from Newcastle and primarily a Newcastle supporter I've followed Aberdeen for the best part of 30 years now and try to watch them as often as possible when their fixtures don't clash with Newcastles although that isn't very often so it's always exciting when I get the chance to visit Pittodrie. The fact that this was the first League meeting ever between the two sides added to the occasion and I was looking forward to seeing how good Ross County were with them being on the back of a 32 game unbeaten run stretching back through the previous season.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
We left Newcastle at 7:40am and the 4hr 30m train journey meant we were in Aberdeen just after midday. We found our hotel easily enough and made our way to the pub to watch Peterhead v Rangers in the Scottish 3rd Division.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
There aren't many pubs near the stadium and since Pittodrie as around a 20 minute walk from the centre we decided to head to Archibald Simpsons which is a Wetherspoons pub situated on the corner of Union Street and Castle Street and is around a 15 minute walk from the stadium. The pub was very busy with a good mix of home and away supporters who were all in very good spirits, especially when Peterhead took the lead against Rangers!
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
The stadium is a bit dated in all honesty. It was of course the first all seater stadium in the UK but other than the Richard Donald Stand which was built in 1993 the rest of the stadium is looking a bit tired these days. Ross County brought around 1,000 fans with them and they were all situated in the South Stand, towards the Richard Donald stand.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game was pretty poor. Aberdeen were marginally the better side but Ross County were very determined and showed why they were unbeaten for so long and it was no surprise that it fizzled out into a 0-0 draw. The crowd were pretty subdued for the most part, despite the attendance being over 14,000 but the poor football on display meant it was difficult to get excited about what was happening on the pitch. We were in the Richard Donald Stand, four rows from the front of the Upper tier and had a railing which runs the full length of the stand obstructing our view of the goal we were behind. You would probably need to sit at least six rows from the front to get a totally unobstructed view of the match. The facilities in the stand are pretty good though.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
We walked back into the city centre after the match for a few more drinks. Obviously we were on foot but noticed that the traffic around the stadium was all flowing freely and it is quite an easy stadium to get out of, even with a larger than normal crowd. The atmosphere was very relaxed with both sets of supporters mingling and wishing each other well for the rest of the season.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
I love Aberdeen! It's a very nice city although even in the summer it can get pretty nippy so it's always worth bringing a coat with you! It wasn't a great game but the day on the whole was very enjoyable. We took the opportunity to visit several of the many pubs the city has to offer after the match and also found a great Indian restaurant which is where we ended our night. It's a long way to travel for many people in the UK but it's certainly a trip I would recommend taking.
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