Prenton Park Tranmere
Rovers v Yeovil
Town Saturday 26th
January 2008, 3pm League One Jonathan Saunders (Yeovil Town fan)
1. Why you were
looking forward to going to the ground (or
not as the case may be)
I had never
visited the ground before and as both
teams were locked on the same points it
was set to be
an entertaining game. Tranmere is one of the more
better grounds in the league and so I hoped for an enjoyable day out.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
I took the
official coach as I didn't fancy the 450
mile round trip by car.
The ground was pretty easy to get to and
we arrived at 12:30pm. On arrival the
sheer size of the Kop was something to admire.
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
We headed for
the Mersey Clipper which is opposite the
ground and they admitted
away fans. Inside you will find large bar
area, with raised seating and plenty of
widescreens to watch the early kick-off.
Plenty on offer with a pint or Fosters (£2.40) and Strongbow(£2.45) going down
well with the travelling support. Food was
also available and looked fantastic. The
locals are friendly enough with some good
friendly banter, well when you could
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other
sides of the ground.
The ground is one of the
better ones with three of the stands
being rebuilt in recent years. The Kop
dominates one end of the ground and
reminds you of the home end at Walsall.
The main stand was the oldest stand but
still didn't look bad with plenty of
seating available. Opposite was a
smaller stand which housed a fair few
families, young kids etc. The cowshed
(away end) was very steep, but at least
it kept you close to the pitch and had
no supporting pillars impeding your
view. The food inside the ground was the
usual burgers (£2.20), hot dogs and a
selection of pies. I do believe alcohol
was available in the away end, but stick
to the Clipper Pub, far better and beer
out of a glass rather than a plastic
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The game itself
was quite an eventful affair with Yeovil
going down 1-0 within the first 5 minutes
to a thunderbolt by Calvin Zola. We rarely
got out of our half during the first 45
minutes but it improved after the break.
The 250 or so Yeovil fans had something to
cheer when Andy Kirk drew us level soon
after the restart. However Scott Guyett
made a mistake at the back and brought
down Zola for a penalty. Up stepped on
loan Jension Myrie Williams and he made no
mistake from the spot. It got worse when
moments later Marc Bircham was dismissed
harshly for a 2nd bookable offence. The
last 20 minutes we pushed and pushed but
couldn't break the Tranmere back line. I
must admit the atmosphere within the
ground was poor with only the home drummer
trying to make some noise. We were know
better but on the performance we had a
good reason not to be. The stewards seem
friendly enough but the toilets are usual
football league affair.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
Was on the M53
in ten minutes and back at Huish Park by
10pm including a stop at Strensham.
7. Summary of
overall thoughts of the day out:
Good day out at
Tranmere, tickets are cheaper then most
league clubs and great pre-match venue in
the Mersey Clipper. Would recommend a visit.