v Ipswich Town
FA Cup 4th Round Saturday 23rd January
2010, 3pm Ben
The Tractorboy (Ipswich Town fan)
1. Why you were looking forward to
going to the ground (or not as the case may
an Ipswich Town fan I had never been to
Southampton. The FA cup is always well
supported by the Ipswich fans and I felt
it was an ideal opportunity to go to the
game. Having beaten Blackpool away in the
last round I was slightly optimistic prior
to the game.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
I travelled to the game via the clubs
coaches the journey was smooth. We stopped
at South Mimms service station and there
was a friendly banter with a
few Saints fans. The coaches were
parked at the back of the Northam Stand –
the away end.Without any delays
it was a great start to the day.
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
the game I bought a match programme, then
had a decent Cornish pasty inside the
ground. The home fans were very friendly,
making the whole experience a lot easier.
The stewards were fine and entrance to the
ground was quick and easy. The stewards
did search through the bags upon entrance
through the turnstiles. There was no
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other
sides of the ground?
ground was certainly very smart and modern
both on the outside and inside of the
stadium but in my opinion lacked
character, it looked more like a bowl than
a football ground! St Marys is certainly
very similar in appearance to
Middlesbrough’s’ stadium. The view from
the away end was excellent, positioned
behind the goal. As it was a cup
game extra seats were provided to
make the away end even larger.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc..
game itself was very frustrating from an
Ipswich point of view. The atmosphere was
great with all Ipswich fans in full voice.
Southampton fans were surprisingly quieter
than I thought they were going to be.
Losing 2-1 was a little embarrassing...
but losing 1-4 at home to Portsmouth in
the next round is worse! Toilets were
clean; it makes a change from some
grounds! Pies were good according to those
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
away fans were not held behind after the
game which is always good for a quick exit
The coaches parked behind the back of the
stand making which guaranteed a fast exit.
Although I heard Park and Ride was easy
and cheap as well I would recommend
travelling to the ground by coach. More
banter was shared between the fans as the
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day
Southampton ground is very impressive and
well worth visiting. On the whole it was a
very enjoyable day, pity about the result
but in all honesty Southampton did deserve
the win. Everything was first class apart
from the result. I would certainly return
if the sides were to meet again.