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White Hart Lane
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United
Premier League
Sunday 6th October 2013, 4pm
  James Weeks
(West Ham United fan)

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

Well, being a member at West Ham, games like Spurs and Chelsea away are normally sold out before Members can touch them, so hearing it would reach our goodselves, I could hardly resist. It was also going to be a new ground for my 92 count, so that added to the excitement.

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

We caught the 10:26 from Exeter to London Paddington, which took just 2 hours 7 minutes meaning we had some time to spare, but after eating we took the tube to Liverpool Street and then the Greater Anglia service to White Hart Lane. After leaving the station its a short 10-15 minute walk to the ground, on a busy match day just follow the numerous amounts of fans and you'll get there soon as the ground is visible upon arrival.

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

Because we suffered a loss of the tickets, we needed to pick up duplicates at the ticket office which was right outside the away end. There's a lot of nice looking food trailers around the ground which I couldn't ignore. The Spurs fans around us were pretty nice blokes and didn't make us feel intimidated or out of place. However, once we reached the area by the away section, the looks we were getting weren't so friendly, whether this was because of the whole Anti-Semitic incident last season or just because of the rivalry I wasn't sure.

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

From the outside I was a little impressed. It towered above the near by houses and shops and stuck out remarkably. Because we were row Y of the upper tier (right at the back) we had a very good view of the stadium, which struck me as quite a strange ground, with four stands that had been filled to each side, giving it an enclosed but individual look. It did look smart.

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

I tucked into a Burger and a coke which was the best meal I've ever had at a Football ground before, the Burger was superb and the two cost around 6, maybe a bit hefty. The game began and the first half was very poor, chances a few from both sides. A well worked free kick saw Nolan fire just wide but apart from that it was a bit of a damp squib. 0-0 would be a brilliant result if we could hold on, but we didn't hold on to a 0-0. Corner came into the box and a header from Reid struck Nolan who was stood on the line, prompting a man in front to say some words I'll never forget, "Nolan you're useless!! You can't do anything right-" before he could finish, Reid had put in the rebound and bodies flew everywhere, down the aisles, over chairs, in faces, drinks in the air... Then, Vaz te scored and the scenes were repeated again, and then again after an incredible solo goal from Morrison. The atmosphere was unreal and as the whistle blew, the ground was empty apart from the 3,200 Irons in the corner, celebrating a mind blowing 3-0 win!

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

Joining the Police Escort we hopped on a train to Liverpool Street, crammed inside the small carriages the atmosphere was incredible, the hundreds singing whilst getting off the train at Liverpool Street made the day, the noise was electric and the whole day was summed up.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Very nice ground, best day of my life and the best away end I'll ever experience, I'd highly recommend visiting WHL if you're a travelling fan, the food is exquisite and if you have half the day we did, you'll have a ball. Definitely will be visiting in the future. 

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