1. Why you were looking forward to
going to the ground?
Iíd been to Swindon with Crewe before and
enjoyed my day so I had high hopes this would
be the same.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
Took the train down from Crewe and it is a
long one. Got to Swindon easy enough and the
ground is easily spotted from the station. I
didnít come by car but a fellow fan who did
bemoaned the £10 car parking charge at the
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
Me and my mate went and grabbed some food in
town first then headed towards the ground.
After a toss up between the cricket ground bar
and the pub we settled for the latter. The pub
in question is the Merlin and is very easily
located from the ground. Be prepared to be
IDíd by both the door man and the staff at the
bar. Your also best advised to arrive early as
the Merlin fills up with home fans quite
quickly. I kept my club colours covered up
just in case and whilst the atmosphere wasnít
intimidating, it wasnít overly friendly
either. We then got some cheap and cheerful
food from a kiosk outside the stadium.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other sides
of the ground?
The County Grounds most noticeable feature is
its four massive floodlights that can be seen
for miles around. In the modern era of
floodlights along the roof of stands
floodlights like the ones at Swindon are a
dying breed. Itís a big ground by League Two
standards but the away end is easy to find. We
had to buy tickets first then go to a separate
turnstile to get in. Why we couldnít pay on
the gate I donít know.
The away end is quite spacious if you have a
modest following, but for bigger away crowds
the concourse could become very cramped. The
view from the away end is fine but is hindered
to your right by a pole, which lets it down.
The seats are also wooden which is a shame as
the rest of the stadium has plastic seats.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The stewards for some reason felt the need to
really box us in, we only had a small
following of just over 300 but they only gave
us 1 Ĺ blocks and about 20 rows. It made
things very cramped and some fans had a few
problems with one of the stewards, I think for
swearing. The game wasnít too bad from a Crewe
perspective in the first half, but a stupid
error by one of our defenders led to the ref
giving a penalty and low and behold we went in
The toilets were average and again with a
bigger away following things could get very
claustrophobic. There was only 1 kiosk for
fans to get food and drink, but it was more
than adequate for us. 2nd half and we donít
turn up, concede 2 more and it finishes a
comfortable 3-0 win for the home side.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
Got away no problem and we were at the station
within 10 minutes.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
In summary a decent day out result aside. The
price to get in was a scandalous £25, which
for a cramped away end, with wooden seats and
a pole to hinder your view is stupid. The
stewards were unfriendly and the decision to
box us in was even dafter.
Overall Iíd say the day out was a 6/10. Good
location, good pubs, good food (outside the
ground and in town), but the away end, whilst
being fine for us, would struggle with bigger
followings and there isnít any real value for
your £25. I would go again, but only if they
lowered the price of entry.