West Ham United v Doncaster Rovers
Saturday, March 10th 2012, 3pm
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
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
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
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
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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