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Bescot Stadium
Walsall v  Exeter City
Saturday 9th October 2010
V Exeter City, League One 3pm

Steve Ellis
(Exeter City fan)


1. Why were you looking forward to going to the ground (or not)?
 
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 ground?
 
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 around 12.30pm
 
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 game.
 
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.


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