you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may
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
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car
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.
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.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
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
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
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.