Molineux - Wolverhampton Wanderers
Saturday July 30th 2005
Vs Aston Villa, Pre-season Friendly, 3pm
By Anthony Williams

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 the Villa.

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 comfortably saved.


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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