1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
The trip to Shrewsbury represented a new ground
for me, and from fellow supporters reviews of last
year I new it was a trip I couldnít afford to
miss. Also Bournemouth were in great form, and
promotion was looking a certainty for the debt
riddled club. I was going hoping that it would
conjure up 3 points, and it wasnít as far as trips
to Grimsby and Rotherham!
2. How easy was your
journey/finding the ground/car parking?
The journey from Bournemouth was rather straight
forward. It took around 4 hours, which wasnít as
bad as it seemed. The signposting around the
ground was very helpful, albeit supplemented with
program notes I had on me. However, the ground
really is in the middle of nowhere, so leave
plenty of time for drinking and getting a bite to
eat. The car parking directly outside the ground
was for home supporters only, so we found a local
car park and I reckon a fiver is pretty much
3. What you did before
the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Before the game we just wandered round the ground,
and had a look in the club shop. We then had a
bite to eat inside the ground, and I found the
food to be extremely good at a reasonable price.
The added luxury of watching Sky Sports was great,
and the choice of refreshments was also good. I
tucked into my usual chicken balti pie, and it
didnít fail to disappoint.
4. What you thought on
seeing the ground, first impressions of away end
then other sides of the ground?
My first impressions of the ground was that it was
fairly modern, but quite bland looking. Like many
nowadays, it compromised of four similar one
tired affairs. The away end and its facilities
were extremely good, and a good noise could be
5. Comment on the game itself,
atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The game itself wasnít great, ending in a one nil
win for Shrewsbury. Bournemouth deserved to get
something out of the game, but in all fairness if
it wasnít for the wood work it would have been at
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
The atmosphere was relatively good, with the home
fans who made the noise congregating in the stand
to the right of the away end. We had no problems
with stewarding, while the pies were quality! The
toilets were also fairly standard.
7. Summary of overall
thoughts of the day out:
Shrewsbury is definitely a ground I would visit
again. Its combination of modern facilities,
welcoming fans and good atmosphere makes it a
better ground to go to for league two clubís fans.