Saturday July 30th 2005
Vs Aston Villa, Pre-season Friendly, 3pm
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be)?
Once I saw our pre-season fixtures I knew that this was the one to go to.
Plus it had pulling power because it was local and I thought that
this would be a good ground to go to for my first ever away game following
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
I went with the official coach so it was very easy. However there didn't
seem to be much parking around the stadium itself.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Well as said before I went with the official coach, when we got there we
parked at a car park 5-8 minutes walk from the ground. We had a
police escort to walk us to the stadium as soon as we got off the coach so I
never really had a chance to mix with the Wolves fans. However both sets of
fans could mix while walking around the ground and there was no trouble.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then
other sides of the ground?
I knew that the Molineux was Premier
League standard before going to it so
it was just a matter of looking forward to going and wondering what
it was like. When I entered the ground I walked
out onto the seating area and was very impressed with the view and the whole
structure of the ground.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc...
The food and drink were quite over priced (£1.70 for a bottle of Coca Cola!)
What can you say about toilets? Er... They were clean. The atmosphere was
fantastic with some good banter but some
Villa fans took it too far and came out with some horrific chants which I
don't believe any fan should get. The stewards were good, just acting when
necessary and not going overboard. If you are a Villa fan though the game
itself was depressing...
In the 16th minute Lee Naylor crossed low to leave Sorensen stranded and
Carl Cort shot into an empty net. Wolves
made it two 2 minutes later with Cort
providing the ammunition for Seyi Olofinjana to shoot neatly past Sorensen.
Gareth Barry did some good work for Solano to cross in which Phillips threw
himself at and scored with a powerful diving header. Apparently 3 Wolves
players hit the crossbar but I only saw one clearly, when Cort shook the
crossbar. Not much else happened apart from various Wolves
players testing Sorensen with powerful, low shots, all of which were
6. Comment on
getting away from the ground after the game:
Well to cut a long story short, an elderly person was supposed to be boarding
the coach but didn't so a member of staff went looking for him but
they both got lost so we had to travel around Wolverhampton and the
Molineux itself (getting strange looks from Wolves fans exiting the ground along
the way) THREE TIMES! In the end everyone was found and boarded the coach. A bit
of a shambles really. The rest of the journey home had no complications.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out.
I was very impressed with most facilities at the Molineux and can see why
people call it a Premier League
ground. However two things bothered me: 1. The
overpriced refreshments bar and 2. Spectators could smoke in the seated
areas while watching the game. Seeing as I know two people with heart
problems I thought that this was disgusting, putting other people's health at
risk. I felt that the Molineux was a great stadium to attend my first
ever away game with Aston Villa. The Molineux
deserves a place in the Premier League
and should Wolves be promoted in 05/06 or any other time, I would gladly make
another trip there.
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