Tuesday 1st December 2009,
By Peter Radford (Wycombe
I was looking forward to seeing
Wycombe at the second of three big grounds
this season against a team that were with us
at the foot of the table but only because of
their points deduction.
Parking was difficult and we parked a good
15 minutes walk away however once on foot
the stadium was easy to find.
The ground itself is a standard “new-built”
stadium and as ever it was a little soulless
even with 16,000 fans inside. It was
nowhere near as bad as 2,000 at Darlington
earlier in the year but these new stadiums
need to be at least three-quarters full
otherwise they feel hollow. As with
most new grounds the seating started well
back from the playing area which is again is
so different from the intimacy that you find
in most old grounds.
The atmosphere was friendly both inside and
outside the ground and the facilities were
good. If you want a programme don’t
forget to buy it outside as none were on
sale inside and I had to find a steward
willing to flex the rules to let me back out
to pick up my souvenir.
The atmosphere was improved by the number of
scoring opportunities that the home side
created which made for a tough night for the
visiting supporters however given that they
only converted one of these the score line
left us with some dignity.
I know it is their job, Health and Safety
and all that, but I was disappointed as ever
that the stewards felt the need to spend
most of the first half trying to get some of
the away fans at the back to sit
down. This process is always made worse
by the fact that little effort seemed to be
made to get the home fans to our right to
sit down. Thank goodness for safe
terracing where those who understandably
want to stand can do so in peace.
Wycombe were battered and the locals
departed happy. It was a safe enough
walk alongside them back to the car albeit a
long one. But by the time we started
the engine the traffic had died down and the
journey back to the M3 easy.
It was good to have added the ground to my
tally, having “lost” the Dell from my list
when they switched grounds. A typical, good
quality, functional stadium but not a ground
to rush back to unless you are a “Saint”.