Bescot Stadium - Walsall
Saturday 12 February 2011
V Bournemouth, League One 3pm
By Tino Hernandez
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or
not as the case may be):
ground I had somehow never been to, together with the fact that
Bournemouth were pressing for a second consecutive promotion and
can’t have everything. The train journey was incredibly easy which in my
book is always a huge plus but it has to be one of the worse grounds to
find any food at all outside, although you were welcome in the supporters
club. Other reports said there was ‘half a shopping centre’ close by but I
couldn’t see it. Home fans friendly enough. Take out local rivalries and
the odd historical reason for a rivalry and my experience at this level is
that we all just love football and respect fellow loyal supporters whoever
Banks Stadium is now 20 years old and starting to show its age in my view.
Looks a bit ramshackle.
was confusing. Signs on the gates imply you need to have bought tickets to
get in and this was confirmed by the programme seller. However, lots of
it me or is the pitch pretty small too? We were being the goal and very
close to the pitch which makes it very exciting when your team is pressing
to score and extremely nerve wracking when your keeper is under a lot of
is pretty compact making for a good atmosphere though the attendance
wasn’t great. Stewards were perfect – hardly noticed
we could have been 2-4 down at half time, plus we had the embarrassment of
wildly celebrating a disallowed goal.
Balti pie was great. Coffee fine. Big downside though is the catering is
dispensed through two small hatches. Fine when getting into the ground
early but ridiculous if you want something at half time.
a train within 5 mins of leaving the ground and then caught a connection
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
worth a visit and would go back. Transport for the non driving fan coming
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