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Plainmoor
Torquay United v
Oxford United
Saturday, Match 3rd 2013, 3pm
League Two
 By Chris Hayter
(Oxford United fan)


1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I have never been to Plainmoor stadium  before and it isn't too far from where I live to travel to support my team Oxford United.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I arrived on my own at 1pm by train at Torre train station (nearer to the ground than Torquay railway station). From there i got a taxi to the stadium which i rang for when i arrived which is 1.3 miles away. The taxi cost 6 each way which was pretty reasonable. The taxi arrived within 5 minutes. The taxi company I used was Torbay Taxis who seem to have a good reputation after researching them on the internet. I'd fully recommend getting a taxi to the station as it would be quite a trek by foot! Taxi drivers were very sociable and the driver to the stadium found it rather amusing that I came to the stadium from Cornwall! You can pay your taxi fare by debit card which is very useful as I rarely carry cash on me.

Torquay United Main Stand

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

I researched this ground weeks in advance and noticed there is a supporters club at the ground called Boots And Laces which is away fan friendly. Once I got in the supporters bar it was generally busy and they seemed to be doing good business serving drinks and hot food going around too. The Boots And Laces pub is bigger inside than you would imagine. The Torquay fans seem a friendly bunch. There was an FA Cup game going which was on tv, which had a fair few watching it inside the club. Wigan versus Everton were playing and Everton lost which was a shock. I bought a bag of peanuts and a pint for just over 4 - very reasonably priced indeed.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

From the outside it looks run down and shabby, however, once inside it looked a nice and bright stadium.  I stood up on the away terrace side behind the goal, which didn't look particularly attractive but that didn't matter too much. The new Bristows Bench stand looked quite remarkable and two of the blocks on this stand were open to fellow Oxford United supporters.

View from the away terrace

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

We won the game 3-1 which made my day. Torquay fans were virtually quiet whilst myself and fellow Oxford fans were singing away throughout the game. Stewards had virtually nothing to do. Toilets were very clean. I can't comment on the food as I had eaten before the match.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

No problems at getting away from the ground although there was a police presence escorting us away safely which was fine.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I wished I bought the match day programme however it was an enjoyable visit, and I will definitely visit again. I would also sit in the Bristows Bench stand if this is made available to us again.


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