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Britannia Stadium
Stoke City v  West Ham United
Premier League
Saturday, 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 may be):

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 ground/car parking?

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 ground.

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 ground?

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 the game:

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 over £4.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: Game attended:

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.

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