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Greenhous Meadow
Shrewsbury Town v
AFC Bournemouth
League Two

Saturday, February 27th 2010, 3pm
Alex Jones
(Bournemouth fan)

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

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 standard.

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 generated.

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 least three.

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

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.

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