Swindon Town v Yeovil Town
Saturday, November 17th 2012, 3pm.
By Stuart Jackson
As a keen Yeovil Town supporter, my son and I travelled to the County Ground, the home of Swindon Town to watch the game.
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 stewards
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.
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