The County Ground
Swindon v Bournemouth
League One, Saturday, January 1st 2011, 3pm.
By Tino Hernandez
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
I don’t live in Bournemouth anymore but as I was visiting my parents for Christmas, who still ive in the area, then this was a rare treat being able to catch a Bournemouth supporters coach from Dean Court to the match and back again.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
Supporters coach made swift progress to Swindon, less than a couple of hours for us.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Very impressed that the main catering van had chilli sauce on offer. Not seen that before. Although someone, doubtless trying to be helpful, shouted out to me – that’s not tomato sauce!
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
I loved the big old fashioned board advertising the match as you approached the ground. Quality. Ground looks oddly ramshackle from the outside though parts of it are fairly modern. Last time I was here we were behind a goal which I remember was fine. This time we were in the truly decrepid Arkells stand at one side of the pitch. It was like being transported back in time to the 1970s. Very poor indeed. My worst experience since Chesterfield’s old ground at the end of last season.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc.
The stewards were intend on trying to fill up sections seat number by seat number so they were a bit annoying, stopping every one to make sure they were definitely going to the seat on their ticket. About 1,000 Bournemouth fans on New Year’s Day so the atmosphere was great. Last time I was here we lost 0-4. This time a fabulous 2-1 win with an overhead kick from our centre half clinching the points.
I didn’t bother with the food, as the concourse was tiny in area, the size of a couple of living rooms, which you have also have to pass to get to your seat. For some reason there are, in addition, very heavy doors to go through. Bad fen shui - I’m sure!
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Supporters coach made a quick exit.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Supporters really should not have to pay £20+ to sit in the ancient Arkell’s Stand. Stewards could chill a bit. .
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