1. Why you were
looking forward to going to the ground (or
not as the case may be):
Stevenage FC is a fairly local team to where
I live and also a new league team since
they’ve never played in the Football League
before. I heard so much about them from
Luton Town circles where a rivalry
has built up between those two clubs and I
was eager to see what Stevenage FC was
really like. From an MK Dons perspective, I
had mixed feelings about this match as MK
Dons had selection issues ahead of the
fixture and knowing that Stevenage are a
good team (they must be to escape the
Conference League), this had the potential
to be an FA Cup upset.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
Stevenage FC was easy to find – I input the
postcode into my Sat Nav and it brought me
there without any trouble. The car park was
clearly signposted and is very big but most
of all – it was free of charge! It is
literally across the road from the stadium
and whilst you’ll be crossing a busy dual
carriageway, there is an underpass.
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
I went into the Club Shop to purchase some
souvenirs. The shop is small and well
stocked and the staff were friendly. Walking
around the outside of the ground I passed
many Stevenage fans and they were no trouble
whatsoever. I did see a bar where home and
away fans were happily congregated.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other
sides of the ground?
Crossing the road from the car park, I
passed the entrance to the home end and was
pleasantly surprised when a steward said
hello. I did read on this web site that
Stevenage was a friendly club and this
confirmed it. Other stewards were friendly
and helpful when I asked for directions to
the Club shop.
The stadium is quite small with lower
stands, tall floodlights and open corners
but is fairly modern. There is a
scoreboard/mobile screen on the opposite
side of the pitch, clearly visible from
three sides, and an analogue clock halfway
down the pitch and above the home main
Away end is all seated, situated behind the
goal and there was sufficient space to move
around unlike some old grounds, which can be
There are three home stands; an all-seater
stand running down one side of the pitch and
terrace stands behind the opposite goal and
running down the opposite length of the
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The stewards and staff at this club are very
friendly to away fans. Once in the ground, I
purchased a burger + chips + mineral water.
The prices were similar to other grounds but
the food, especially the chips, were nice.
Stewards inside the ground were helpful and
I did see one helping a lady carry several
items of hot drink and food back to her
Toilets are basic but were clean, roomy and
The Stevenage fans are passionate about
their club and whilst you get the usual
banter, they were very well behaved and were
no danger whatsoever.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
The only drawback to having a large car park
is that it can take time to exit it after
the match. If you’re in a hurry then you
need to arrive here early and park near the
exit and consider leaving just before the
end of the match. Otherwise, I left on the
whistle and it took me about 20 minutes to
exit the car park. Once on the main road, I
didn’t have any problems with the traffic
through and out of Stevenage.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day
Stevenage FC is a nice friendly club and if
you’ve never been here before, I definitely
recommend making a visit. The ground is
clean and safe and definitely somewhere
where it’s safe to bring your children.
You can wear your colours around the
vicinity of the ground without feeling
threatened and the stewards will make you
feel most welcome.
Credit is also due to the Stevenage fans for
helping their club to provide a safe and
ended 0-0 with a good performance from