United v Northampton Town
Saturday August 17th 2013, 3pm
Simon Turner (Northampton Town fan)
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
I had recently moved to London and with Southend
effectively being on my doorstep, I thought this
would be a good opportunity to tick another ground
off on my list and to support the Cobblers.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
I got a train from Stratford to Prittlewell
station which is the closest station to the ground
and with the help of a friendly Southend fan, I
found the ground with little trouble.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
There isnít too much to do for an away fan before
the game as most of the pubs are for home fans
only so it is probably best to just head into the
ground. It is also worth mentioning that the
ground does not sell alcohol to supporters (away
fans at least). I have read before that Southend
fans have a bad reputation but everyone I spoke to
was friendly and I didnít feel unwelcome.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
I met a mate of mine outside the away turnstiles
and we proceeded to struggle with the electronic
ticket barrier where the stewards had to help out.
Roots Hall is a nice enough ground that can be
considered unique unlike many of the modern
stadiums. The away stand is great for singing and
chanting due to the way the roof echoís.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game itself was very disappointing from a
Northampton perspective as we missed a penalty and
had a player sent off in the space of 20 minutes.
From that point it was all Southend and the game
was only ever going to end one way and Southend
did enough to win 2-0. The atmosphere was good
with both sides singing and producing some good
banter throughout the match. Stewards were
anonymous most of the time but I did see them
remove a Cobblers fan but Iím not sure why. The
facilities were basic but they served their
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Getting away was fine and I was back on the train
to London within 20 minutes where I had a pleasant
chat with an old Southend fan about the game and
our teamís prospects.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Other then the result it was a nice day out and
one worth doing, especially if Southend leave
Roots Hall for a new ground which seems fairly
likely. Overall it is definitely worth a day out.