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Hillsborough, Sheffield Wednesday
v Hull City, Championship League 
Wednesday 8th December 2004, 7:45pm
By Anthony Wallis

Sheffield Wednesday 2 - 4 Hull City AFC

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

This was the first time I had had the opportunity to travel to Sheffield Wednesday with my team and we made a late decision the day before to attend.

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

We travelled along the M62 and then took the southbound M1 to Junction
36 and followed the road straight into Sheffield as advised on this site.  We parked at the Somerfield Supermarket (perhaps not advisable on Saturdays) as did many other Hull fans.  To be honest its pretty easy to
find (even on the first visit and midweek) and the local police where in
attendance to point us in the right direction.

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

Unfortunately no time was available to visit the local hostelries as we
arrived at 18:30 and wanted to go straight into the ground.  Plenty of
Wednesday fans hanging around outside the pubs and there was a bit of an
atmosphere even before we approached the stadium.

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

Did not actually get a view of the famous old ground until we were
actually on site (so to speak), its obviously an old ground and has its
own unique character.

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

GAME - Excellent entertainment (as you may be able to judge by the
scoreline above) an early goal for Wednesday helped the general tone of
the match and Hull City then played magnificently to finally run out
4-2 winners.

ATMOSPHERE - BRILLIANT the early home goal buoyed the home support and the away fans responded in kind, three away goals before half time sent the City fans into raptures and increased the general tension around the stadium.  Home fans generally quiet until they pulled it back to 3-2
before Super Danny Allsopp finished the game off at 4-2.

STEWARDS / ADMINISTRATION
Was there any prior organisation to this game?  SWFC initially sent
2500 tickets to HCAFC and then did not make the game all ticket.  All
2500 tickets were sold before the weekend.  On the night there were
three turnstiles available for ticket-holders and three turnstiles for
those wanting to pay on the day.  On the face of it this seemed to be
enough.  Unfortunately when we started queuing (approx. 19:00) there
were already some 1500 fans waiting for admittance the queues grew
longer and longer until there must have been about 3000 fans all over
the site trying to queue.  At about 19:25 the club managed to open
another turnstile!  We eventually took our seat at about 19:35 at which
point the tannoy announced that the game would be delayed by 15 minutes
due to traffic congestion on the M1.

Away fans were still entering the ground at 20:30.  To be honest the
general confusion and lack of turnstiles operating was amongst the worst
I have seen in 12 years of following Hull City around the country.

PIES
Did not have time to gather any refreshments at the ground.
TOILETS

Not bad to be honest for an old ground plenty of room and fairly
clean.

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

We were asked to remain in our seats after the match and (as usual)
were actually allowed to leave pretty much when we liked.  The police
then formed a cordon in front of the away fans and walked/escorted them
all the way down Leppings Lane towards the A61 Dual carriageway.  Some
Wednesday fans were waiting outside the Travellers pub and the police
had cordoned off the area and shepherded the Hull fans to the other side
of the road to avoid any clashes (although a couple of pint glasses were
launched towards us).

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out
A decent time was had by most of the Hull City fans, although the
organisation by the club could have been much better.  The lack of
information or intelligence regarding the potential number of away fans
could have been very serious indeed.

 


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