West Ham United
Saturday, March 10th 2012,
Ben Stott (Doncaster Rovers fan)
1. Why you were looking forward to
going to the ground (or not as the case may
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
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
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
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.