Greenhous Meadow Stadium
Shrewsbury Town v Hereford United
Saturday, September 10th 2011, 1pm
By Patrick Burke
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
Eventhough I had an awful day out in the away end of Gay Meadow in 2003 (with Everton), I decided to brave Shrewsbury again and see if the new stadium would be a better experience. I am also fed up with the most overrated, money-spinning league in the world - The Premier League. So the chance to go to a local derby, just an hour's drive away persuaded me more than a protest over Bill Kenwright a 30 minute train ride away.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
It was a relatively easy trip down the A5, we left a little late (12pm) as we had forgot the Everton flag, which we have taken to every ground that we have been to. Shrewsbury must be the worst ground for parking; everywhere was either residents only or no parking at all. Maybe we made a mistake, when we followed a sign saying 'Football Stadia'. It took us 15 minutes to find a parking spot, then a pub which was closed and we were a mile away from the stadium. Very annoying! We used the 'follow the fans' technique to find the stadium, which was probably best, as you can't see the ground until 100 yards outside it.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
We had no time to do anything before the game. I must comment on how well behaved and helpful the home fans were, particularly for a local derby! We got talking to an Aston Villa fan (who Everton were playing on the day) and had a good discussion over who was going to win Everton's game for much of the second half!
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
From the outside, the ground new and tidy. A very well set out stadium! What was particularly noticeable was the attractive Main Stand with a great facade. We choose the Salop Leisure stand and had front row seats (and got ourselves and our flag on tele). There no pillars in any stand so wherever you decide to sit, you are guaranteed a great view of the action.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
It was an entertaining derby, ending 3-1 to Shrewsbury. I also saw something I've never seen in my life at a game before. At 2-1, the Shrewsbury goalkeeper came 25 yards out, hit the ball straight into the path of a Hereford player. The Hereford player shot and hit the bar, with the ball bouncing back to the very relieved goalie! The attendance was disappointing however the train line was off apparently. Good banter was created between the fans, as you'd expect for a huge game. The stewards were very friendly, and even let us down the player's tunnel at the end! I didn't have a pie however the toilets looked as though they had been cleaned by someone who wanted it to look good.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
I had no troubles leaving the ground although were held up by a tractor on the way back which was frustrating to say the least.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
I thoroughly enjoyed a day out a the football league's family club of the year, which is justified! Great views, friendly stewards and fans, however, don't make the mistake of going by car, you'll regret it!
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