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Glanford Park
Scunthorpe United v
Sheffield Wednesday
Tuesday, January 24th, 2012, 7.45pm
League One
Chris Morris

(Sheffield Wednesday fan)


1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground?

Having not been to Glanford Park before, so it was another ground to 'tick off' as you might say. It's also not one of the 'modern lego stadiums' you are seeing popping up everywhere. As you can tell I am more of a fan who prefers to see grounds with some character although compared to some football teams the ground could be classed as new as it was only constructed in the 1980's.

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

The journey was fairly straight forward and easy. I got a lift from a friend in his car. I can't remember the exact route, but coming from Sheffield it's not far at all. It took around 45 minutes to get there. The ground is just off the motorway near a retail park so it was fairly easy to find. There was an estate around a five minute walk from this retail park, where a nice gentleman let us park on his drive, after we wasn't sure if we could park near the ground due to signposts giving warnings about parking. 

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

Feeling peckish we all went to the Mcdonalds for a pre game bite to eat, the food was fantastic there, well cooked and fresh, impressed with the service there too, quick as well, which you don't see in some other Mcdonalds. We didn't really socialise much with the home fans, although they all seemed well behaved and happy in general, no trouble makers or anything about, after our food we went into the ground where we found the away supporters bar. 

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

The ground itself, has to be one of the smallest grounds I have seen to. With all the stands are fairly equal in height, it made it a neat little stadium.  Although for the shorter supporter like myself if you are unfortunate enough to be behind someone tall, you'll struggle to see!. Luckily I was stood behind a shorter person so I could see the playing action easily. You will have to keep track of the scores and times if you are an away supporter as the scoreboard is located above the away end, which makes it impossible to see. 

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

The game itself was good. Wednesday ran out deserved and convincing 3-1 winners, with the odd shakey spell, but overall I thought the result was fair. Scunthorpe had goal scoring opportunities, but blazed their chances over the bar, or out of the ground on one instance!. So a word of warning, don't park too near the ground or you may come to find the car with a football through the window!.

The stewards were very friendly, and helpful, as they guided us to the club bar and welcomed us to the ground. The club bar itself was particularly spacious and the alcoholic drinks on offer were sparse, with Fosters, Strongbow and another beverage on tap. 3.20 for a pint is on the steep side although if you really like a drink, and drink quick a two pint glass is 6.20. Although I may add the pint of Fosters I had that day was very nice, well chilled as well. 

The atmosphere was mainly generated by the Wednesday support, which was of no real surprise considering that we took the entire away end, and part of one of the side stands. A good following for a Tuesday night game, even if it was just 40 miles up the road. The Scunthrope fans made odd pockets of noise, but only really cheered when Jordan Robertson netted for them. Fantastic support from Sheffield Wednesday as per usual on away games. You could generate a decent amount of noise in the away end too I felt, which made the atmosphere feel better. 

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

Getting away from the ground was fairly easy, as it is located right next to the motorway, apart from the usual match traffic. We were back in Sheffield for 10.30pm. 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:~

One of the more enjoyable away days out for me as we had won. I sometimes feel that I am bad luck away, so the win at Glanford Park (which was out first ever win there) was a welcome surprise. After a small blip of form against Charlton and Hartlepool, it was important to seal a win, using our game in hand to go equal on 53pts with Sheffield United and Huddersfield. The squad lived up to the challenge and came home worthy winners.


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