1. Why you were looking forward
to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
Great club, last day of the season and friends who support the two Sheffield
clubs recommended it. It looked like a fairly modern ground and I hadn't been
since the 80's watching another club there.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking:
Easy ground to find. Heading M5 southbound leave at Junction 1 and turn left,
you can't miss it! Parking is everywhere, on industrial estates, on grass,
central reservations, take your pick.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Went to McDonalds, conveniently opposite the ground and had a chat with some
home fans. They were great, but it was a big day for them with a play-off place
on the line. They recommended a place up the Birmingham Road called the Royal
Oak where we made a quick stop. According to a couple of lads, the beer wasn't
great. I was stuck on the juice.
Inside the stadium there was a decent atmosphere. The home fans were fairly
welcoming, which was surprising, as we didn't get that on previous visits to the
Midlands, with Wolves, Stoke and Birmingham. I had expected the same from West
Brom, yet I was pleasantly surprised. Atmosphere was a bit flat at times.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then
other sides of the ground:
Ground was great. Jeff Astle gates were a fitting tribute as I remember him from
years ago. The stand to our left and the in front were a decent size and fairly
modern, and so was ours. The one on the left desperately needs work to bring it
in line with the others. Not much leg room and no-standing policy strictly
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
Don't mention the game. We were outplayed, outclassed. 7-0 full time. We were
shocking but we were already safe which made the blow a bit lighter. Pies were
nice, the famous chicken balti pie. Stewards were very strict and very
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Jumped in the car sat in traffic, but it wasn't that bad, mainly because a lot
of home fans stayed behind at the final whistle. Plain sailing once on the M5.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
I'd like to see a better game where we put up a real fight but the stadium is a
massive improvement from the 80's, the fans were OK, stewarding was poor, food
was good and I would consider returning, hopefully putting in a better display!