1. Why you
were looking forward to going to the ground (or not
as the case may be):
heard about the facilities etc., of the Stadium of
Light from a Sunderland fan I work with. I was
looking forward to going there, knowing the fair
minded Sunderland people (also ex-girlfriend from
the 70s came from Sunderland!!)
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car
Took me 3 hrs from Liverpool travelling via Kendall
(to travel with two
other Palace fans) by car. We used the Park &
Ride scheme - excellent getting into the ground -
frustrating wait getting away after the game... got
back to the car about an hour after the end of the
match. Glad it wasn't raining!
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home
We went straight into the ground as it was close to
kick off on
arrival. Local fans were on the whole friendly.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
Very impressed by the scale and size of the stadium.
Felt the PA
system was a bit OTT. I know my hearing isn't as
good as it was but the volume of the PA was
far too high. Made it uncomfortable to listen to.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards,
pies, toilets etc..
Game itself wasn't anything to write home about. I
was disappointed by the lack of singing from the
26,000+ Black Cat fans. There were only 150 or so
Eagles fans present yet even their local radio that
night it was admitted we were out singing them at
times. Tea and steak pie excellent. Stewarding was
one of the worse that I have encountered. Within 5
minutes or so of the game starting one steward was
nose to nose with one of our fans. He was taken off
the stand and returned 10 minutes later after a
"lecture". Completely unnecessary at that point in
the game. At the beginning of the 2nd half one young
Eagles supporter (14/15 yrs old?) was removed by the
stewards. There were several incidents - stewards
should go on a crowd management course! Later,
during the 2nd half the stewards were withdrawn.
Much better atmosphere when they left. Also, when
leaving, a couple of young Sunderland fans were
giving us a bit of lip, but nothing worse than I've
received at other grounds. They were standing
(cowering?) behind a Police horse. Police rider
backed the horse into them and growled, "Go home!"
at them. Again, I felt this was OTT.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the
As already commented we waited a long time for the
Park & Ride buses - very popular service with
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
On the whole a good night out - we got a point (0-0
draw) and most of the Sunderland fans were like our
own - out for a good time. Did feel crowd control
was heavy handed (have since read the review
of the ground which warns of this aspect) by both
local Police and stewards. Proud to have supported
the Eagles on a night when support from London was