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Boleyn Ground
West Ham United
Doncaster Rovers
  Saturday, March 10th 2012, 3pm
Championship League
Ben Stott
(Doncaster Rovers fan)

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

I was really looking forward to this game for many reasons and as soon as the fixtures came out I looked straight away for this game. West Ham being a big club is something Doncaster don't get to visit that often and the stadium also looked very nice so I was really excited about going there.

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

We took the train from Doncaster to Kings Cross which took just under two hours. We then took the tube on the Hammersmith and City line from Kings Cross straight to Upton Park, which was pretty straightforward.

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

As we arrived fairly early in Kings Cross we stopped off at a Burger King across the road. I can't really comment on the home fans as I just kept to myself and I didn't have my colours on show and experienced no problems walking with the West Ham fans. I would say that if you had any so called history with them, then to exercise caution when walking about the area.

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

My first impressions on seeing the ground were good. The West Stand which was the first one I saw from the outside, was very impressive with the turrets standing out from the rest of the stadium. I had a little walk up to the statue of some of the 1966 England squad which was impressive too. The away end when we eventually found it was ok but as we brought a decent following of about 1700 it was quite cramped as the concourse was very narrow. Just a shame about the East Stand though which looked out of proportion to the rest of the stadium.

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

I didn't have any food or use the facilities so can't comment on them. The stewards though were very helpful and friendly. When we walked up the steps we were greeted and shown to our seats which was nice. The atmosphere though was to be honest appalling from the West Ham fans. Apart from singing the famous 'Forever Blowing Bubbles' when the teams walked out, the only noise they made was when they scored. Donny on the other hand were singing non stop from about 2:30pm and I was pretty much deaf by the end of it after we scored and at the end of the match which finished 1-1 which is a great result for us.

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

We stayed after the game for about 10 minutes cheering and applauding the team. Once left we walked back up to Upton Park station to see a massive winding queue going on for what seemed miles. We joined the back but surprisingly quickly we were at the front and in the station. Weirdly once on the platform it seemed almost deserted, hardly anyone was about so we boarded the train back to Kings Cross.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall it was a brilliant day out, stress free and enjoyable, would recommend to anyone who is thinking about doing it.

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