Glanford Park, Scunthorpe United
Scunthorpe United v Stevenage
League One

, January 21st, 2012, 3pm

By Matt Farley

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

Like many Stevenage fans, I was looking forward to going because it was a new stadium in League One to experience. When the fixtures came out, at the start of the season I remember saying that I would definitely go to Scunthorpe as it would be a really good day out. It would also be really good to see Boro play a team which had been relegated from the Championship last season. It still wasn't that long ago, when we were playing the likes of Grays Athletic in the Conference.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
The journey to Scunthorpe was very simple really. We drove all the way up the A1 which took about three hours from where we live. There was little traffic which also made the journey much pleasant. To be honest finding the ground was really easy! As you approach the Retail Park you can see the floodlights from down the bottom of the dual carriageway. The parking was also very easy as there were so many parking spaces in the Retail Park which to be honest is really just like take your pick! On the other hand we opted to park on the road outside the Reisure Park where there was a  long row of parking spaces.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Before every game that we go to with Boro, we like to take a walk around the stadium and get a feel for it. The home fans were very friendly, they seem like a very nice bunch of people who love their team and have a lot of passion for their football. There we a few Scunthorpe fans that we had a good conversation with before the game and they were very welcoming. I remember one of them even offering to buy us a pint!

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

I was actually quite surprised really! From the outside the stadium looks like a League Two or Conference stadium at first glance. The away stand is a nice stand which I think holds just over 1,600. The view is really good and you have a bit of leg room, even if you are over 6 foot tall like me. There is only one bit of advice that I would offer for fans attending a game at Scunthorpe in the winter and that is to take your coats, scarfs, gloves and hats. The wind blows right through the stand, making an already cold day a freezing one! So wrap up well.

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

Other than the really windy conditions that wrecked some of the play, the game was a good match. After just losing our manager to Preston we were just happy to settle with a point. The first half was a bit of a dull, other than Luke Freeman missing a sitter for us just before half time.

The second half was much better though. Scunthorpe scored literally at the start of the second half which was disappointing, but we salvaged a point at the death when Darius Charles equalised, with a really good turn and shot.

The facilities were average, the only bad thing about it is that it's really hard to find the toilets! The concourse underneath stand is good with televisions showing a live game if there is one on. The atmosphere from their fans was not the best. They didn't really sing so our fans had to up it by singing load and hard. The food inside the stadium is really good though! The pies which are priced at just below two pounds are delicious. I would have to say that they are the best for pies maybe in the whole Football League.

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

Getting away from the stadium after the game was very easy. Really it's just a walk out of the entrance and then it is just all about finding your car! Probably the easiest stadium to get away from after the game by a long shot. Everything is set out to perfection really around the ground. 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out
Well Scunthorpe away was an amazing day out! Fantastic supporters, parking and view inside the stadium. For me it was a brilliant due to the fact that we had picked up a point, even after losing our Manager. If I get the chance to go to Scunthorpe again, then I would have no hesitation in doing so.


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