Wolverhampton Wanderers v Barnsley
Tuesday August 21st 2012, 7.45pm
By Scott Leonard
1. Why you were looking forward to
going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
As it was my 17th birthday the day before and we like to go to an away match. In addition we had played very well against Middlesbrough 3 days before so this should be a good game against one of the promotion favourites. Also the stand we were sat in was the new Stan Cullis stand which would be great to see a brand new stand.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
As we do with the away games my dad drove to the game. For the first two thirds of the journey there was little traffic until the M6 which meant an half hour delay but we had set off In plenty of time anyway so no real issues. We used a sat nav so we didn’t have a problem in finding the ground. After looking for some parking we found parking being offered at a private car park about 10 minutes away from the away end for £5 although there was a very steep ramp down to it and it wasn’t lit at the end of the game.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Having already eaten at a McDonalds on our travels we had no need to go for food so we went straight to the ground but we did pass quite a few burger vans on the way to the away end. We walked around the ground in colours and had no problems with any Wolves fans.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
The turnstiles only opened 45 minutes before the start of the game but the initial thoughts on the stand was that it looked very new and modern. If you have to sit right in the end few rows then your view may be blocked by the roof from one of the other stands and as some Barnsley fans were singing ’24 quid and I can’t see’ as the upper tier is quite high up. There was also plenty of leg room which was a rarity for me being 6 foot. The other 3 stands looked OK.
View from the new away section:
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game started off badly for Barnsley with Stephen Ward scoring after only 6 minutes after a mistake from the Barnsley goalkeeper. We stayed in the game until the 60th minute when Ebanks-Blake scored a goal which appeared to be well offside. David Edwards then scored 10 minutes later which finished the game at 3-0 although we did get a goal back through Tomasz Cywka but it was far too late. The atmosphere was similar to most grounds with the away fans making most of the noise and the home fans largely quiet. Hardly noticed
the stewards and police although some Barnsley fans began singing ‘There’s only one sexy copper’! My Dad had a pie which was expensive at £3 but he said it was nice. My brother also had a portion of chips for £2.50 which were very expensive for how few there were. The toilets were OK and modern.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
We walked back to the car and managed to be out of the main traffic within 20 minutes and we were back home in Barnsley by 11:50pm.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
The day out was great apart from the result. The new stand had very modern facilities and I would highly recommend a visit to Molineux.
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