Swindon Town v
League One Saturday, November 17th 2012, 3pm
keen Yeovil Town supporter, my son and I
travelled to the County Ground, the home of
Swindon Town to watch
It was just under a 70 mile journey from home
and so a relatively near game to travel
to. We parked
near to the ground at St Josephs School. We
did pay £5 for the privilege which seemed a
bit steep, but it was secure and the
staff were very pleasant.
The County Ground had many burger type vans
around it to cater for those who still hadn't
had their lunch. We had already eaten, but
they seemed to be doing good trade. We
purchased a programme from a very friendly
seller and noted that it was ex Yeovil striker
Andy Williams on the cover! I also bought two
tickets for the half time raffle and likewise
the staff were very friendly and happy to sell
to an away supporter.
Underneath the away sextion there was a bar
solely for visiting supporters, which was a
nice touch as well as a dedicated ticket kiosk
for those still to purchase tickets. Once
inside, although the stand was not new it was
clean and well laid out. The refreshment bar
inside had the benefit of a television too
which meant that we were able to keep up to
date with the earlier kick off. Although I
didn't buy anything, I noted that prices were
reasonable and maybe a tad cheaper than ours!
The away supporters are positioned to one end
of the Main Stand from where views of
the whole ground are excellent. Again the
were very friendly. The tannoy system was not
particularly good as one had to listen
carefully due to a lot of echo. Another
disappointment was that at half time, the
announcer never told us of the other half time
scores around the country.
The game sadly for us ended up by Swindon
winning 4-1, but other than some mistakes
(from which they scored), Yeovil played well.
We away supporters made a lot of noise and
were surprised at how quiet the Swindon fans
were throughout (goals not withstanding) ...or
maybe we just couldn't hear them due our own
chanting. Watching Paolo di Canio's antics on
the touchline was also very entertaining and
provided some relief as their goals went in.
Getting out of the ground and back to the car
was easy enough and then out of Swindon itself
was very straight forward without any delay.
We were made very welcome at the County Ground
and wish Swindon success for the future.