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Bramall Lane
Sheffield United v
Hartlepool United
League One
 Saturday December 31st 2011
Neil Hawley
(Hartlepool United fan)

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

We had been doing quite well away recently and Bramall Lane is somewhere I've always wanted to go.

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

We went down on the Friday and stayed in the hotel next to the ground. I would recommend it for fans making a long trip.

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

There is a chippy on Shoreham Street we used before the game. I would recommend it. Very welcoming for away fans.

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

It is certainly a Premier League ground, there is one old stand, the Kop which was the biggest. There are however three very modern, new stands.

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

Stewards-good, they were very welcoming and friendly. Blades fans we met sitting above us, but there were no problems. The atmosphere was brilliant and over 20,000 fans were at this game. Crowds we can only ever dream of. I enjoyed the Blades fans singing the 'The Greasy Chip Butty' song. They came out flying and too a 3-0 lead before half time. We bagged a nice consolation goal though.

6. Getting away from ground after the game.

We got out of the ground easily and found our car parked in the hotel car park. Was then an easy drive home, arriving back at about 9pm, in good time to see in the New Year.

7. Summary of overall thoughts:

Go to this wonderful ground. One day it will host Premier League games, I'm sure of it.

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