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FA Cup 3rd Round  v Leeds United
Saturday, January 7th 2006, 3pm
Sam Wood

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

I was looking forward to visiting the JJB stadium as I had heard nothing but good things about from the people that I know that have been there. Also I was told that the home supporters were a friendly bunch of people, and this turned out to be pretty true.

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

The journey to the ground from the train station was fairly easy, it was a ten minute walk and you just have to follow the main road (and all the other fans) and the stadium will appear from out of nowhere on your right hand side.

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

As soon as we walked out of the train station the police directed us into a pub right next door that had been reserved for the Leeds support, the beer was cheap and the staff were very friendly and welcoming. Also there is a chip shop just next to the pub that we visited and the quality of food was pretty good and it was fairly cheap.

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

When I first saw the ground looming up at us from a distance I have to say I was extremely impressed by how well the stadium was designed and built. Once in the stadium I was in for a slight surprise as our tickets said row FF I was expecting to be near to the pitch, but the reality was we were closer to the back of the stand, such is the size of it. The away end has plenty of leg room, has no supporting pillars, is completely covered and it made for a good atmosphere when the Leeds fans were singing. The other stands in the ground were identical to this one and I must say the designers did a magnificent job with this stadium.

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

The game was a great one, we totally out played Wigan apart from a (ten minute spell when they scored) and had it not being for some dodgy refereeing decisions we probably would have run out as victors, but in the end we managed a one all draw to bring them back to Elland Road for the replay. However I must say the atmosphere did not live up to the game. If it was not for us Leeds fans constantly singing the ground would have been near to silent. This was probably partly to do with the attendance (10,000 with 4,000 Leeds fans) and I believe that it was partly to do with the fact that Wigan is still primarily a rugby town. The stewards were hardly noticeable during the game, and they only seemed to appear when they were called upon. On the concourse there was a very limited selection of food on offer and there was no room at all, as a result many fans had to make do without till  they got out of the ground.

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

Getting away from the ground after the game was easy, as we just walked back  up to the pub towards the train station the way we walked down. We didn't have any encounters with the Wigan fans and I don't think any of them even spoke to us.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall this was a great day out, as a result of a great game, laid back (maybe too much so) atmosphere, friendly locals and a great pub. I would recommend making this trip to anyone.


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