Britannia Stadium - Stoke City
Premier League v Portsmouth
Saturday, February 21st 2009, 3pm
visited 76 clubs (some grounds have changed) I was
looking forward to adding Stoke to my list.
Amazingly, not only had I not visited the Britannia
before, I hadn’t made it to the Victoria Ground
either. Now living near Lincoln in the East
Midlands, the drive to meet fellow Pompey fan Gary,
travelling from Redcar, was plain sailing.
Walking to the ground found friendly locals, stewards, and police. The view from the away end was great although on a windier day I could imagine the draft would not be too appealing. The game itself is best forgotten as is the disappointing atmosphere. For 2 sets of fans with noisy reputations the lack of singing left me incredulous. The reverse fixture at Fratton Park was much noisier where both sets of fans let go with full voice.
The toilets were a little cramped, and a request for 1 tea, 1 coffee, and 2 muffins was met with the delivery of 2 bovrils, but other than that the stadium experience was satisfactory.
Unfortunately, on the way back to the car a small group of drunken Stoke idiots tried to provoke a fight with anything in blue. Their pathetic posturing would have been laughable had it not been for the children with us. However, this should not attract from a most agreeable day out. They were the sort of morons that can be come across any time day or night at almost any place in the UK. I always think that a resolve to return even when a match has been that dire always speaks volumes.
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