Saturday, August 11th 2007, 3pm
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may
As I'm normally on holiday for the first game of the season
I took the chance to have a great day out and it didn't fail. It was also
my first time at Molineux. Hoping to see a great Watford away win I ticked
this game as soon as the fixture list came out!
2. How easy was
your journey/finding the ground/car
I had just walked through the
front door from holiday when I realised my train leaving from Watford
Junction was in 40 minutes. We got on the Virgin train which took us to
Stafford and then hoped on to another train to Wolverhampton
which worked out quicker than going on a straight train all the way
there. Luckily someone did their homework! We arrived in
Wolverhampton in great time, 1:30pm for a 5:20pm kick-off. We headed
straight for the town centre.
3. What you did before the
game pub/chippy.... home fans
The town centre was very busy
with lots of people enjoying the hot summer sun. We searched and searched
for a pub where we could set up camp but none seemed to let away fans in.
Eventually we found a student bar where gradually more Watford fans
entered. We set off for the ground not 100% sure where it was. It's
important you don't wear colours when walking around you never know who
you might bump into!
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other sides of the
I had a quick peep of the ground
when we got in and my first impressions was that it was definitely fit for
a Premiership team. We made full use of the good concourse facilities and
didn't take our seats until the crowd was roaring for the teams as they
entered the field. Our seats were in the back row in the lower tier on the
side, it was close to the pitch and not very high up.
5. Comment on
the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets
The deafening shout of Hi-Ho
Wolverhampton sent shivers down my spine as the game kicked-off, and the
atmosphere was persistent for a large percentage of the game. A minority
of the away support were standing and it just so happened I was the one to
get told to sit down and get a warning! Luckily as the game went on more
and more people were standing which saved me from a further warning. The
South Bank (home end) was loud in the first half singing lots of classic
Wolves songs. They went one up with amazing scenes as the 'Ring of
Fire' was played to get the fans dancing. It wasn't until the 82nd when we
equalised with a thunderbolt from Jordan Stewart even if it took 7
deflections! This sent the Watford fans wild and the home support silent,
minutes later the ref gave a dubious penalty to Watford, King stepped up
and placed it into the top corner like it was a penalty in the local park.
We went crazy, a few ejections followed and the deafening tune of the Ring
of Fire went up from the away fans.
6. Comment on getting away from
the ground after the game:
With the adrenaline
running it was hard to keep quiet outside the ground. The two sets of fans
had a bit of history between each other which made for a very intimidating
journey to the station. We had to pass a subway en-route to Wolverhampton
central which wasn't the nicest experience. Wolves fans call it the tunnel
of love and I can see why! Finally we got to the station with over
200 Watford fans waiting for the train. A few annoyed home fans tried
to cause trouble but there were to many over-joyed away fans to deal with.
The train journey home was a very entertaining one. The ring of fire
rang out whenever a Wolves fan passed down the train. Even Villa
fans joined in with the singing, not to mention the conga!
Summary of overall thoughts of the day
Overall it was a
excellent day out, maybe I'll have to book the holidays a bit earlier so I
will be able to make the first game. Although Wolverhampton isn't the
nicest place at times it was a good laugh
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