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White Hart Lane
Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion
Premier League
Thursday 26th December 2013, 3pm
  Sam Stevenson
(West Brom fan)

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

I had never been to White Hart Lane before. It is always nice to go to a new ground, shame West Brom seem to have been away on more than their fair share of Boxing Days recently.  And with both teams having recently sacked their managers, I felt it was a good opportunity for us to get a result.

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

We drove, and parked very easily (for a tenner) in the Tottenham Community Sports Centre almost opposite the ground.  It was probably easy because we arrived too early! Very simple access for away fans from this car park.

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

I was with my parents, so ate some sandwiches in the car and listened to the Hull vMan Utd game on the radio. Saw the away coaches arrive, no 'trouble' on the road and happily walked to the ground in my colours.

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

Looked quite modern, very narrow turnstiles (I'm not that big, but it was a real squeeze) then quite a climb up to the upper tier. Had a couple of drinks in the concourse before the game (3.50 for a 500ml bottle of cider). Pretty good view, although we were right in the corner (near Adrian Chiles).  Decent Baggies support, other three (four) sides were almost full, the stand to our right had two or three large pillars that would have blocked some people's view.

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

Referee gifted Spurs a free kick which they scored from, we equalized very soon afterwards and probably edged the first half.  Second half was more even, our keeper was the busier and we probably held on in the end. A fair result. Spurs fans were quiet in the first half, but better in the second half.  Baggies fans loud all game. 

The stewards were exceptionally friendly and fair: 

Everyone from the ticket checkers and security outside the ground to those 'watching' us during the game.  Don't remember seeing any police: they almost weren't needed. Big congratulations to Spurs for the quality of the stewarding!

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

Disaster!  Almost an hour to leave the car park:  to be fair there was a sign warning that the exit would be closed until the away supporters coaches had left. But we were still not moving 30 minutes after that.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: 

A good day out, a decent ground and a vital point for the Baggies.

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