Hillsborough Sheffield Wednesday v
Charlton Athletic Championship League
Monday April 21st 2014, 3pm
Anthony Earl (Charlton
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
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
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
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
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
Overall a very enjoyable trip to
Hillsborough which is one of the great
old grounds with History which is always
worth a visit.