Watford v Charlton
Saturday January19th, 2008, 3pm Championship
League Mark Barber (Charlton
1. Why you
were looking forward to going to the
ground (or not as the case may be):
I was looking forward to the game. It was
a key game in the race for promotion and I
was feeling quite confident that we could
get a result.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
I travelled, as I do for every away game
by the official supporters coach. The
journey was easy and we encountered very
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
We arrived at Vicarage Road one hour
before kick off. With time to kill before
the game, me and a friend of mine decided
to get something to eat. As Watford is
situated near to the High Street there
were lots of options for food. We rejected
the option of the chip shop and the nearby
café and we decided to go to the Chicken
and Ribs shop. Home fans were mixing with
away fans on the walk up to the ground but
there was just friendly banter and did not
appear to be any trouble.
4: What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other
sides of the ground?
Three sides of the ground were good,
however there is one poor stand. It is to
the left of the away end and has a number
of supporting pillars and some temporary
seating. I have heard they are planning to
develop it. The away end is shared with
home fans and is pretty much exactly the
same as the Rookery End which is directly
opposite. Obviously the Rookery End isn’t
shared with home fans. The final stand is
the Rous Stand. It is a two tiered stand
with a row of executive boxes running
along it. Probably the most impressive
stand in the ground. I must say it is hard
to get an impression of the ground if you
are looking at it from the outside.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The first half was on the whole a poor
affair with limited chances, however the
second half was a much more open affair.
Watford took the lead on 62 minutes, but
Charlton equalised through a long range
Darren Ambrose goal on 77 minutes. After
that it was Watford holding out as
Charlton squandered a number of chances to
win the game. As for atmosphere there was
a large away following from Charlton and
the away end atmosphere was increased by a
drum which Watford allowed in. As for the
home fans they made no noise all game. I
can assure you this is no exaggeration.
The toilets were OK, as were the pies
although they were pricey. Concourses got
quite cramped at half time.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
Very straight forward journey home. We
received a police escort away from the
ground and onto the motorway.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day
On the whole a reasonable day out. Good
performance from Charlton and a key point
in the race for promotion, but the Watford
supporters were a bit of a let down.