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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Notts County
Carling Cup Round 3
Wednesday, September 21st 2010, 7.45pm
By Jamie Straw
(Notts County fan)

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

This was a fixture I was looking forward to since the draw, as cup competitions often throw up the opportunity to tick another ground off the list as was the case with Plymouth and Watford away in previous rounds. Notts had a few decent players in Lee Hughes, Ben Davies and a hard hitting midfield and having held our own in the cups last year with Wigan unable to beat us in 2 matches I fancied this to be a decent match with a decent sized travelling support.

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

Travelled by unofficial coach which dropped us by the away exit easy enough. The driver stated he would be there after the match.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Went to a pub before the match with a mixture of home and away fans but I never really felt comfortable in there, as there was a bit of an 'atmosphere' between the two sets of supporters. After the pub I went into the club shop to pick up a Wolves club badge (I get one for each club visited) and then went into the stadium.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

I really like Molineux, it is a proper football stadium with four individual stands.  Both of the sides are two tiered and unusually curve around the pitch. We were located in the bottom tier of the Steve Bull stand which gave a great view. The ground is soon to be developed according to the locals and I hope the ground does not become another soulless arena.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The game was a cracker with Notts leading for much of it and really giving Wolves a game. But a dubious penalty award and having a man sent off changed the game in Wolves favour, with it finishing 4-2 after extra time to the Premier League side. The stewards were friendly enough and even engaged in some banter with the fans with one in particular resembling Lee Hughes who was getting constant abuse throughout the match, laughing when the fans were singing "Are you Hughesy in disguise?" after his substitution. The catering was on the pricey side with 7.50 getting you a pie and a beer!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Unfortunately this is what the game will always be remembered for. Flares were thrown onto the pitch following Notts scoring and visiting coaches were attacked after the game, with one fan requiring hospital treatment. I would advise anyone travelling to exercise extreme caution after a game here.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A potentially great day out with a real exciting cup tie played at pace for 90 minutes in a quality ground with a good atmosphere, ruined by mindless thugs after the match. 

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