Prenton Park - Tranmere Rovers
Saturday November 19th, 2011
V Sheffield Wednesday, League One 3pm
By Dan Brennan
I've quite liked the look of Prenton Park, it seems to be a nice tidy ground and with Wednesday finding their feet under Gary Megson I had a very good feeling coming into the game.
Tranmere's very easy to get to. Coming from the South, just head towards Manchester and Birkenhead is signposted all the way from there, it was literally motorway all the way there which I always think is ideal as it's a lot harder to get lost!
We had a quick look in the Mersey Clipper which is directly opposite to the Main Stand, but it seemed to be a little hostile as there were a fair few Tranmere fans in there so we moved to the Prenton Park which is directly opposite to the away stand where live football was on plus we got a pint of Carlsberg for £2.20!! The pub was mainly Wednesday fans though the few Tranmere fans were friendly.
The ground is a good size and is certainly good for League One. The Kop is visible from a fair way way away outside the stadium, but none of the stands are small. The away stand, although not beautiful looking from the outside (although I didn't see any of the exteriors looking nice at all) is functional and a good size. Once inside, The Kop really is a good sized stand as is the Main Stand. Although this stand is showing it's age it's got nothing really wrong with it and I do like the odd stand with character. The stand to our left was simple but nice, reminding me of one of the stands at Wycombe.
The game itself turned out nicely from Wednesday who, courtesy of goals from Chris Lines and a late one from Ryan Lowe, came from a goal down to win the game 2-1. Tranmere's fans were disappointing in numbers and in volume. In a crowd of just over 6,500, Wednesday packed out the away stand with 2,000 and you heard scarce little of the Tranmere fans at all which I thought was a bit feable. The stewards were fine, the concourse is a bit dismal but spacious and easily big enough for even a big following like ours.
Getting out was very simple. Quickly out, little traffic, was soon on our way back down to Sheffield.
I really liked Prenton Park. Although the support and atmosphere from the home fans was disappointing. I found the ground itself to me very nice for League One standard and would recommend it as a day out for any fan. The locals were actually very friendly and get a bad report which I found to be unfounded but I wouldn't recommend going to The Mersey Clipper - stick to the Prenton Park. Good day out, good ground, and another good result for Wednesday!
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