Walsall v Bradford City
Saturday, October 5th, 2013
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
2. How easy
was your journey/finding the
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.
What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home
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
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.
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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