Glanford Park, Scunthorpe United
v Tranmere Rovers, League One 3pm

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

By Matthew Dean

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

It was the last game of the season and my team Tranmere were lying in 7th place needing to take all 3 points of Scunthorpe who were lying in 6th place I just couldn't wait for the game to begin

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

Journey was very straight forward as I travelled with the official supporters coach. It took 3 hours to get there with no stop offs in service stations.

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

Before the game began I went to the old farmhouse pub, the pre match atmosphere was brilliant with about 400 Tranmere fans in the beer garden singing and partying around there were a few Scunthorpe fans amongst the Tranmere fans and were very friendly.

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

I had previously been there a few months before in the Johnston's Paint Trophy and thought it was a nice little ground. The view from were I was sitting was great as I was in Row D just behind the goal. There were supporting pillars in the way of some fans views who sat further back.

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

The game itself finished 1-1 with a late equaliser from Scunthorpe in the 88th minute to send there fans into raptures and left Tranmere fans in devastation. The atmosphere from the away end was electric with more than 1600 supporters crammed into the AMS stand with beach balls, toilet roll and other items. The atmosphere generated from the home stands was a little disappointing but understandable as Tranmere were on the front foot and were 1-0 up for most of the game. The toilets were very small and crampt and the stewards at Glanford Park were very friendly.

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

Getting out of the stadium took several minutes as the police were giving the official coaches a escort from the ground but had to handle with other matters on the pitch as jubilant Scunthorpe fans were celebrating on the pitch.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

On the whole the day out before and during the match was amazing to be apart of with such a big crowd, atmosphere and match, the only thing that spoiled the day was obviously the goal Scunthorpe deservedly scored with 2 minutes to go crushing my hopes and dreams for another season.


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