Shrewsbury Town v Southend United
Saturday, November 20th 2010, 3pm
By John Spooner
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
New ground not visited
Easy to find from A5 and
parked at Brooklands pub for £5 by roundabout on A5112. Then a
minute walk to the stadium.
Watched Arsenal lose 2-3 to
Spurs on Sky in away stand. Locals were friendly and as we parked home
fans were asking how long the trip was etc.
Ground looks impressive
from outside but is plain inside with four matching stands and
nothing special about the architecture. The pitch is obviously in good
condition being new and the view from the away end is great. Plenty of leg
room, although floodlights are blinding if you look up at any high
The game was lifeless in first half with both teams cautious but Shrewsbury came out early from half time and ran through a series of warm up exercises and it paid off when they took an early lead.
Stewards were quick to control fans from both sides after a fracas on the pitch when a Southend defender apparently fouled the goalkeeper going for a loose ball.
Southend then took the game to Shrewsbury and deservedly equalised with 4 minutes from time when Grant volleyed home a great goal.
I thoroughly enjoyed the cottage pie at half time even if a bit pricey at £2.70p. Toilets were clean and stewards friendly. Allowed fans to sit anywhere in the whole of the away stand and no problems displaying Southend flags.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
No problem leaving the ground but care is needed on crossing road outside the ground as traffic can be heavy and fast moving.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
An enjoyable day out and a good football match.
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