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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Swindon Town
League One
Saturday, September 14th 2013, 3pm

Ronan Howard
(Swindon Town fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I had never been to Molineux before and it definitely looks one of the better grounds in the league.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Went by train, direct journey and walkable from the train station, perfect.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Spent a couple of hours in the Walkabout pub – as others have noted this is literally the only pub available to away fans pre-match. Can’t say that there was a particularly friendly or unfriendly atmosphere around the town but I get the impression if we were a visiting West Midlands club this situation could have been  a lot different.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
Very impressive, but also very confusing in terms of trying to find the entrance – we were sat in the lower tier of the Steve Bull stand to which entrance seemed to be accessed on two sides. Stewards very helpful though so not too much of a delay getting in. However I have never seen so many police at a ground outside of a derby setting – spoke to a couple of officers beforehand expressing my surprise, to be told that “I think we’re more worried about them than you.” There had apparently been crowd trouble recently and with a derby against Walsall the following week, the police were on their toes. Not intimidating as such but set a tone.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Absolutely staggered we didn’t get anything from the game – Wolves managed to get themselves in front through an absolute fluke of a cross, followed by some poor defending which allowed Kevin Doyle to head home just before half time.
What followed in the second half was some great Swindon play and dominance on occasion which paid dividends on the 82nd minute to give us some hope when Dany N’Guessan pulled one back. However it was short lived, as Wolves sealed it at the death, only for an even later consolation with a stunning strike from Ryan Mason for Swindon fully 30 yards out leaving the travelling faithful scratching our heads as to how we hadn’t at least got a point.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Pubs seemed to be friendly enough to visiting fans after the game and had time for a couple before getting a train back with no problems

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Great stadium, fantastic atmosphere from the home fans, very good game of football – gutted we got nothing from the game, and would’ve been a better day out in some ways if the centre of Wolverhampton didn’t seem to go on lockdown when a match is on. Would definitely return however.

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