1. Why were
you looking forward to going to the ground
For me, this was a ground I had never been
to so I was looking forward to not just
seeing a new stadium but also hoping to see
my team finally get a win away from home.
2. How easy was your journey and finding the
The journey was very easy, catching a train
from Exeter at 7.40am to Birmingham where we
stopped for lunch at around
10.30am before getting a train to
Bescot station, on arrival it was the short
walk under the M6 to the ground, arriving at
3. What did you do before the game and were
the home fans friendly?
On arrival at the ground my first stop was
the club shop to get my programme, inside
the staff there very helpful. I then
moved to the Saddlers Club, which
cost £1 to enter. This club
is of a good size with Sky Sports TV
and comfortable. Reasonable priced drinks
can also be found. The home fans were
friendly and happy to talk about the coming
4. First thoughts on seeing the ground?
When you see the ground from the motorway it
doesn't look too bad, but from just outside
it looks just like a trading estate B&Q,
but once through the gates the trading
estate atmosphere goes and a match day
atmosphere gets going. The stadium is an
original box stadium.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards and facilities?
The game was very good, despite Exeter going
down 2-1 and down to 10 men, the atmosphere
was good from both sets of fans as both
teams needed points for different reasons.
The stewards were very helpful and kept very
low key, intervening when needed, you
would hardly know they were there. The
toilets were small but clean but when you
have a large following queues can be a
problem, same can be said for the
refreshment outlet as that is separated by a
large barrier, obviously so the outlet can
be shared with home fans, but the products
are good and reasonably priced.
6. Comment on getting away after the game.
Getting away after was straight forward as
all exit gates were opened and I just
had the short walk back to Bescot station, I
had a short wait then once through
Birmingham I was home just before 9pm
7. Summary of thoughts of day:
Overall it was a good day, despite the
result. The weather was good and the
home fans made us welcome.