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Banks's Stadium
Walsall v  Bradford City
League One
Saturday, October 5th, 2013
Sam Hodgson
(Neutral supporter)

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

I was looking forward to going because apart from the Hawthorns I had yet to visit another League ground. As some of my mates fancied going we all set off for the Banks's Stadium.

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

We caught the train Smethwick Galton Bridge, directly to the Bescot Stadium station. You can easily see the Tile Choice Stand from the station and it is only a 5 minute walk to the ground itself.

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

We decided to get to get to the ground slightly early to take in the views of the Bescot and find our seats, but we first visited the programme office next to the away end and also watched the TV's inside the ground before making our way to our seats.

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

My first impression was that it was a small but decent-looking stadium. I had good seats just behind the goal in the lower tier of the Tile-choice stand, although I couldn't see any of the upper tier apart from a few hands dangling over the edge where people were leaning against the wall. The away end is decent sized and looked good for making noise!
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game wasn't bad, with Walsall having a lot of possession, getting forward, but they seemed to make too many passes and not enough shots. Bradford punished them just before half-time, with a stunning out side of the box rocket from Kyle Reid that nearly broke the net of the top corner. Bradford scored again within the first 5 minutes of he second half, with James Hanson finishing after being put through on goal by a clever chip of the saddler's defence. Walsall had a lot of chances but were too afraid to shot, and you could tell from the 60th minute they weren't going to equalize. The atmosphere was good, and at one point during the first half the Walsall fans made the most noise, but Bradford made plenty of noise during the rest of the game. I barely noticed the stewards, probably as there was no hint of any trouble. I did enjoy a chicken balti pie at half time for an average price of 2.90.

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

Getting away from the ground was simple. We got on the first train going but it was packed with Bradford fans heading for Brmingham New street, but me and my 4 friends managed to get to the seats before they did!

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I quite enjoyed the day, with a good game, good atmosphere and a pleasant ground to watch it in. I think I may be visiting more 90 new grounds soon!

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