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Bescot Stadium
Walsall v  Southampton
Saturday 5th December 2009, 3pm
League One

Phillip Mould
(Southampton fan)


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

This was our first ever visit to the Bescot having not played Walsall since the early sixties. I was quite looking forward to it, as it was another ground I could tick off the list. Such has been our fall from grace there will be a few more of those this season!

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

I decided to travel by train for this match and the journey was quite
straightforward, Southampton to Birmingham then another train to Bescot Stadium station.

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

I had been warned that there wasn't much around the ground so I decided to find a pub near Birmingham New Street station. The home fans were quite friendly with some good banter between both sets of fans.

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

On first sight, you could easily mistake the Bescot Stadium for a retail park. The large floors-to-go stand dominates the rest of the stadium, as it is double the height of the other three sides. The away end itself has a low roof, which creates a lot of noise, especially when full as it was for this game.

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

The 2,100 Saints fans made all the noise (and almost half the attendance) with the home fans barely raising a whisper until they scored their solitary consolation. The game itself was fairly even for the first twenty minutes or so until we took control of the game and stormed into a 2-0 half-time lead. The second half saw us content to soak up some Walsall pressure and then hit them on the break. We
scored our third but then switched off at the back allowing them to score almost from the kick-off. We never looked in any danger of conceding anymore and we ran out comfortable winners.

The stewards were excellent, you barely knew they were there, which is how it should be, but were helpful and friendly when you needed them. I didn't try the food but the toilets were clean and tidy if a little cramped when busy.

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

As the train station is only 5 minutes walk from the away end it was very easy to get away after the match. But be warned the train gets very overcrowded, especially as Aston Villa were also at home and the train stops at Witton and Aston stations, so be prepared to be crammed in.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall a good day out, helped by the result of course, would certainly
consider a return visit. It is just a shame that ground was not full, as I am sure the atmosphere would have been a lot better if it had been so.


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