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Sheffield Wednesday v Charlton Athletic
Championship League
  Monday April 21st 2014, 3pm
  Anthony Earl

(Charlton Athletic fan)

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

To be honest I was not really looking forward to our visit to Hillsborough much due to us being in a relegation battle and the fear of losing and dropping into the bottom 3 playing on my mind.

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

Being a bank Holiday Monday the traffic was pretty light and we made good time after setting off from sunny Southend we arrived in Sheffield in less than 4 hours with a quick stop for breakfast. The ground was very easy to find after leaving the M1 with plenty of signs and parking available opposite the ground at a cost of 5.

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

We got there fairly early with a few hours to spare so we visited The New Barrack Tavern which was a 10 minute walk away from the ground in the direction of the City Centre. The Pub was very welcoming and we had no problems getting served although we were not in colours.

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

This was my third trip to Hillsborough but it still has that charm that the older grounds do. We had a quick drink and hot dog on the concourse before taking our seats. Our seats were in the upper tier of the stand and due to a very small travelling fans we was allowed to sit or stand where we wished.

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

The game started off in explosive fashion with Wednesday racing into a 2 nil lead within 8 minutes and looking like they would score every time they entered our half. We managed to pull on goal back to make it 2 - 1 after just 10 minutes. They game settled down after this as we managed to bring the scores level at 2 - 2 just before half time. We started the second half much brighter and the comeback was complete on the hour mark as Marvin Sordell fired home for the Addicks, his third goal of the day for the match ball. We managed to hold on to take a vital three points.
The atmosphere in the home end was a bit flat but to be fair for them it was a nothing end of season game. The 200 odd Charlton fans made a bit of noise as you would expect with a comeback.
I found the stewards helpful and friendly as I always have at Hillsborough.

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

As we was parked in a car park opposite the ground we was in our car and on the road within 15 minutes of the full time whistle and after a bit of heavy traffic getting onto the M1 we was away and happy with 3 points.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall a very enjoyable trip to Hillsborough which is one of the great old grounds with History which is always worth a visit.

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