Wolverhampton Wanderers v Notts County Carling Cup Round 3 Wednesday, September 21st
By Jamie Straw (Notts
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
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
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
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