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Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton Wanderers
Championship League
  Saturday April 26th 2014, 3pm
  Cameron Ormerod

(Bolton Wanderers fan)

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

This game was the penultimate game of the season. With both teams having nothing to play for, I was expecting a drab affair.

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

We got on a train from Bolton, changed at Manchester Oxford Road and got on the train to Sheffield. The journey itself wasn't too boring or long, relatively fine. Hillsborough itself is located 3 miles from the railway station so we got on the supertram which is popular with all fans judging from the amount of football shirts being worn by people on board. The tram journey is around 20-30 minutes and you get off at Leppings lane, a 2 minute walk from the ground.

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

On exiting Sheffield railway station there are 2 pubs named the Howard and the Globe, both admit away supporters. We went in both but out of the two I would recommend the Howard as it is much bigger and can accommodate lots of fans without you feeling cramped. Near the tram stop there is a number of food establishments which were all packed out so we decided eating in the ground would be the best course of action.

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

The ground itself looks huge compared to other Championship grounds. However it does look a little aged and could do with a revamp. I also thought the surrounding areas of the ground were not pleasing to the eye.

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

The game, which I was expecting to be quite boring, was actually a great game (from us Bolton fans's perspective) 3 goals in 30 minutes sealed the fate of the game, however Sheffield Wednesday did pull one back in the second half. The atmosphere in the away end sounded electric however talking to some Sheffield Wednesday fans after the game, it seemed we didn't sound so loud to the other fans. The home crowd didn't make much noise. The food on offer was average.

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

The tram stop is quite busy after the game however the trams which are used by fans are virtually empty so the ques are normally gone as everyone can fit on one tram.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Sheffield Wednesday is a good away game and I would recommend anyone who has not taken an away trip to Hillsborough to do so. However I do think the prices are a bit high, 27 is a lot for a Championship club, no matter how big the club or its ground is.

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