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Roots Hall
  Southend United v Northampton Town
League Two
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 may be):

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 ground/car parking?

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 ground?

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 purpose.

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

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.

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