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Boleyn Ground
West Ham United v  West Bromwich Albion
Premier League
  Saturday, December 28th 2013, 12.45pm
Stuart Hollis
(West Brom fan)

1. Why were you looking forward to the game

For me and my two sons Josh (15) and Jake (12), this was to be our first away game of the season and our first ever in London. I had heard that West Ham have passionate support so was looking forward to the day.

2. Travel and finding the stadium

After getting a National Express coach from Birmingham to London Victoria, we got on the Underground line direct to Upton Park station. As expected the train got very busy as we got nearer the ground. On arriving there was quite a queue waiting to exit the station, but it moved quickly and then it was just a case of following the crowd for the short walk to the stadium.

3. Before the game

We arrived about 35 minutes before the kick off, so just walked straight to the ground. A few people had told me beforehand that the West Ham fans were not the most welcoming but we saw no evidence of this and felt safe at all times.

We were slightly disappointed that we didn't get to see much of the ground from the outside because of the way the away fans enter it, but that's hardly a big deal. The concourse was slightly cramped and the prices for food and drink were about what you would expect really for London i.e. expensive!. The ground itself though is impressive to look at inside and the views of the playing action were good. We were sat very close to the home fans in the East Stand so there was plenty of singing and chanting at each other before the game.

4. The Game itself

This was a big game for both teams as we were both near the relegation zone. My eldest was expecting a cagey 0-0 but it was a great game to watch which ended 3-3 with both teams leading at one point and both having late chances to win. The banter between the fans was great and always friendly.

5. After the game

We had decided to stay in London overnight so were not in any rush after the game but within 20 minutes we were back on a tube train from Upton Park station. The queue was big but moved very quickly, was very impressed with the speed in which we got away.

6. Overall

We had a great day out and Upton Park is somewhere I would go back to again.The West Ham fans are very passionate but we saw no trouble at all in or around the ground, there was good banter between the fans which was given and taken in a good manner, this is the way football should be.

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