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Bescot Stadium
Walsall v  Tranmere Rovers
Saturday 23rd October 2010, 3pm
League One

Alan McKeown
(Doing The 92)

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

I was actually looking forward to going to the Banks Stadium, as  I have never been there before, so it was the excitement of ticking another ground off the list and enjoying another game of football. 

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

I must say I was very impressed. It was really easy to find, there was signposts leading you all the way to the ground as you came off the motorway. There was a car park bang opposite the away end of the ground and it cost 2 which is very reasonable.

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

I never got to do much before the game because we got there about 40 minutes before kick off, me and my girlfriend had half a lager, we were located in the Floors to go stand in the middle tier, as you enter this part of the stadium and go up about 3 flights of stairs, on the middle floor, there is a massive function room with a big screen, so you can watch live football and football scores, there was loads of tables and chairs, 2 bars, it was 2.80 for a pint, 1.40 for half a pint, there is also windows in the concourse area which allows you to stand and watch the game in the warm if that's what you prefer.

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

My first impressions of the ground were it's a nice tidy little ground, pretty clean and very easy to find seats as there are plenty of signs. There is also a retail park behind the stadium which is ideal if you need to kill a bit of time before the game.

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

The game itself was not the best, a lot of long balls and the defending was pretty poor, it was mainly errors that led to all of Tranmere's 4 goals. The atmosphere was not to bad for an attendance of 3,600 it was pretty lively, stewards were very friendly and helpful. I was not too impressed with the toilets thought, very basic, 2 cold water taps which I found bizarre and there were not very clean both the the men's and ladies (as per my girlfriends advice).

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

Getting away from the ground was not too bad at all, after coming out of the car park we got held in a queue of traffic for about 5 minutes, once we got out of that queue it was a straight forward journey and no hold ups.  

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

My overall thoughts of the day, I really enjoyed it, fairly good atmosphere, obviously the ground and the facilities helped the day as well, we got our tickets for 9.75, as they were purchased through the Sun Newspaper football ticket promotion back in August, The tickets worked out to be a reasonable price per ticket for this level of football, I would not pay the normal price of 18 per ticket that seems to be on the high side but that's just my opinion.

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