Wolverhampton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers
Saturday March 10th 2012, 3pm
By Tom Croft
1. Why you were looking forward to
going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
Well as our season wasn't going too well, we were slightly apprehensive about visiting Wolves. Despite this their form was poor at the time and having just sacked manager Mick McCarthy, we felt this was a game that we should get three points from. Also Rovers had put on free travel so tickets sold out in a snap, so a great atmosphere was definite.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
We took advantage of the free travel so the journey was fairly simple although we were stopped about 10 minutes away from the ground and given a rather large police escort which may have been due to the fact we had roughly 15 coaches. We parked in a car park about 5 minutes away from the ground and followed the crowd to the ground.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
We decided against going to the pub beforehand as we were told it was a rather long walk and there was no guarantee that children were admitted (we had a number of minors with us). We just got a programme and went straight into the ground where we had a beer. Home fans seemed okay although it did "kick off" at the end of the match with what seemed to be a small number of fans from both sides trying to reach each other.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
At first seeing the ground it didn't look overly impressive although when we were in the stand it did look pretty decent. The home end (opposite to where we were) only had the lower tier at the time as the upper was being built but I'd imagine that once that stand was complete it would be a very impressive stadium. One odd thing was that whereas most stands are straight the stand to our right kind of curved round the pitch being that those sat in the middle were further away from the pitch from those at the ends of the stand.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game got off to a slow start with both sides creating a few half chances but with Rovers getting slightly more of the play until close to half time Junior Hoilett rocketed in a half volley from a part clearance to make it 1-0 to us going into half time. The second half was a different story though. It seemed as though the goal had given us a lot of confidence and we came out and really put Wolves to the test and managed to break them down for a second time with a 20 yard shot from Hoilett making it 2-0 to us. After this it never seemed like Wolves would get back into it even though they did create the odd opportunity they couldn't score and the game finished 2-0 to Rovers.
The atmosphere was outstanding from the Rovers fans for the full 90minutes. It was obvious that the free travel had encouraged all fans to get behind the lads. There wasn't a great atmosphere from the Wolves fans apart from a section of them close to the away fans who did continue to try to get things going. Stewards were friendly enough. Had a bottle of Kingstone Press Cider (£3.20) and a Steak and Ale pie (£3) before the game and must say the pie was probably the best I have ever had at a football ground so well done to Wolves there! The concourse was large and toilets clean enough.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
As we took a lot of coaches getting away did take a while but once we got about 20 minutes away from the ground we were well on our way home.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Overall this was one of my best away days of the seaon. Great weather, great result, decent food/drink, a nice stadium and awesome atmosphere.
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