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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Watford
Championship League
Saturday, August 11th 2007, 3pm
Josh Freedman
(Watford fan)

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

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 parking:

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 friendly?

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 ground:

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 etc..

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!

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

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 10/10.

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