v West Ham United
March 2nd 2013, 3pm
By Philip Peagram (West Ham United fan)
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
I had never been to Stoke City before. I had heard
that it was a good Stadium to visit. Plus I always
love travelling away with West Ham.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
We stayed in Stoke for the weekend. We stayed
north of Stoke in Hanley and travelled to the
ground by bus. Very good service and cost £1.90
each. Goes from Hanley Bus Park, stops at Stoke
Railway Station then drops you right near the
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
We had a few drinks and food in Hanley centre
before the game plenty of pubs to choose from.
Couldn’t see many pubs in the area of of the Stoke
train station. On arriving at the ground we went
to the Harvester Pub right opposite the ground.
Mixture of home and away fans. £2.90 a pint of
lager. Got very busy quickly and when we left
about one hour before kick off, there was a very
long queue to get in.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
The stadium looked very impressive as we got
close. It sits slightly up on a hill. Away fans
were at one end of the ground behind the goal.
Very good view of pitch and right next to where
the player’s tunnel is. Very nice stadium and was
well worth the visit.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Game was very good and an away win for West Ham.
Very good atmosphere and the away fans kept
singing for 99% of the game. Facilities were also
very good in the ground. Alcohol was available at
£2.90 for a pint of lager. They also served
Bitter, Guinness and spirits.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
After the game we weren’t sure where we had to
catch bus back to Hanley. As it happened they laid
on buses from the ground for away fans that went
to Stoke train station. £2 each. Police escort all
the way. Six police motorbikes, two riot vans and
two police cars! It was a very quick journey as
they stopped traffic to let us through. Not sure
if they do this for every away team? We then got a
taxi from the Train station back to Hanley. Just
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
My overall thoughts for the day were very good.
Had a great day / week end, football was good,
food and drink was reasonable. Would recommend any
one to go for a visit Stoke FC.