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The Hawthorns
  West Bromwich Albion v Blackpool
Premier League
Saturday 15th January 2011, 3pm
Sean O'Neil

(Blackpool fan)


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

This was a game that the fans were waiting for. Having already beaten West Brom earlier in the season this was a chance for our second premiership double in a week. Also, proper fans!

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

Easy to get to and we parked in the 1st car park on the left as you leave the motorway.

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

First stop, pub! We walked past the ground and whilst the kids got a McDonalds we found a pub just up past Morrisons about  a five minute walk past the stadium. It was a bit of a dump, but it was friendly with mainly tangerines inside...the Guinness was good!

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

The ground looks really good, a traditional looking ground. I hate the soul less bowls we sometimes have to endure.

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

Now.. the game was a gem! We lost 3-2 in a game that could have been 9-9. Both sides went for it big time and entertained a near as dam it full house.  The atmosphere was fantastic, both sets of fans creating plenty of noise that the game deserved.

One gripe though...the stewards! The worst I have encountered in the Premier League so far and seemed to take great delight in removing people for standing!  I have no problems with sitting down but please set the same rules for fans 15 feet away! A shame really because everything else was just about perfect. So a word of caution....stay sat down even if you are only 13 years of age.

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

No probs...straight out and home in 2 hours

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Top day out, its rather good be a travelling tangerine at the moment!


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