1. Why you were looking forward to going to the
ground (or not as the case may be):
This was my first visit to
Molineux and after hearing some great reviews of the ground and atmosphere
I was expecting this to be a special day out.
2. How easy was your
journey/finding the ground/car parking?
We took the train from Manchester with a friend,
were both Blackpool exiles, and as I'd travelled this route but never
alighted in Wolverhampton I half knew what to expect. The ground itself is
a 5 minute walk from the train station and is heavily sign posted making
it easy to find.
3. What you
did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
We went in
the nearest pub to the ground 'The Great Western' which is generally for
home fans but if you get in there early enough, like we did, the landlord
will welcome you with open arms. There was no trouble before the game but
this was, in retrospect, an ominous sign as events took a nasty tone
during and after the game.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
As you walk
along the dual carriageway to the stadium there is a lot of burger vans
and not much sign of stadia anywhere until you reach the University where
the ground appears suddenly and looks like your looking into a valley. It
is an impressive stadium with four separate stands all brightly adorned
with Wolves' colours. All held up by large steel structures that give the
stadium character unlike a lot of Premier League grounds. The stadium
itself is really easy to access with minimal queues but there is a stop
and search policy rigidly enforced by the security staff. The away end of
the ground, in the Steve Bull stand, is evenly spaced and your view of the
pitch is excellent wherever your sat. The only restrictions are made by
the stewards who form a line between the home and away supporters. There
are two large screens on either side of the ground but both these were
switched off during my visit.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets
This was probably the worst performance from Blackpool this
season with very little to cheer about from the away fans after
going one nil down within the first few minutes. The rest of the
game panned out completely in favour of Wolves who had a chance to open
the flood gates and improve their goal difference considerably. How we
lasted until half time only goal down is beyond me. This wasn't helped by our start striker DJ
Campbell who exemplified the frustration of the Blackpool fans by pushing
Wolves centre half Richard Steerman in the face and being shown the red
card. The second half was all Wolves and they ran out 4-0
winners. There was some very sad news
during the game as Dr Peter Lake, a Blackpool supporter, went into cardiac
arrest and unfortunately passed our away after the match. Our thoughts are
with him and his family.
The atmosphere was buoyed by
Wolves biggest home crowd of the season (29,000) however the homes fans
nearest to the away end vented a lot of abuse towards the Blackpool fans
and threw coins and other objects towards us after the second goal
went in. On complaint of this towards the stewards no motion was made to
eject any of the Wolves fans. During half time I was very impressed with
the speed of service from the refreshments kiosks. However this may have
been down to the expensive cost and lack of food on offer. I paid
£6.80 for a pie and a pint but you could have paid £7.00 for a hot dog and
pint. Generally though this is quite standard at most Premier League
grounds. The toilets were also very clean.
6. Comment on getting away
from the ground after the game:
We had an easy journey away from the ground and
even stopped in a city centre pub for a quick pint before the train. A few
stories did materialise after the game that some Blackpool
fans were set upon by Wolves fans.
7. Summary of overall
thoughts of the day out:
A terrible day out given the scoreline but a must
for anyone trying to 'do the 92'. I would strongly advise keeping colours
hidden when visiting