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Adams Park
Wycombe Wanderers v Gillingham
League Two
, April 11th 2009, 3pm
Symon Chaplin

(Gillingham fan)

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

My first visit to Adams Park and a top of the table clash between Wycombe Wanderers and Gillingham.

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

Incredibly easy from Gillingham, Motorways M2, M25, and M40 and you're practically at the ground. We parked in one of the industrial sites on the road leading to the ground for 3. Luckily we got the last space, which meant we were first out and got away really quickly. The ground itself was very well signposted.

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

We stopped at the Motorway Services just before leaving the M40, they were spotless and looked quite new. Plenty of other Gillingham fans were there as were a few from Wycombe who we found friendly and knowledgeable.

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

Being a reasonably new stadium I was a bit wary, but I've got to say
it is very impressive and set in beautiful surroundings. The away end is spacious, the seats had plenty of legroom and the view was excellent with no obstructive pillars. The main stand to the left of the away end I thought looked superb, to the right of the away end is a smaller all seater stand and there is a small covered terrace opposite the away end.

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

The game was a very nervy affair between two teams who didn't want to lose! Wycombe shaded the first half and scored the only goal of the game through John Akinde (he's got a good future ahead of him) The second half saw Gills dominate but an excellent defensive display by the home side and a missed penalty by our leading scorer Simeon Jackson meant the Chairboys took all three points. The stewards were polite and friendly, the toilets were of a good standard and there were two refreshment outlets in the away end, service was friendly but a bit slow. Most of the atmosphere came from the Gills fans, but I must say when the rest of the ground did get behind Wycombe it sounded impressive (they need to do it a bit more though!). One excellent touch was the provision of "home" and "away" programmes.

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

I've heard it's a nightmare getting away from Adams Park, but not for us, having been the last car into the car park we were the first one out!

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Despite the defeat this was one of the most enjoyable away trips I
have made. We were greeted by a "Good afternoon" from the stewards, the programme seller and the turnstile operator. We were made to feel absolutely welcome rather than being annoying opposition fans (which is the impression you get from most grounds).  I felt that Wycombe had gone out of their way to give everyone a good day out. The PA man was excellent and the half time penalty competition for under 9's was well organised too. Being Easter Saturday it was a nice touch that Wycombe were handing out Creme Eggs to the children, including the Gills fans.

Overall Adams Park is now down as my favourite away ground and I must congratulate Wycombe Wanderers for being, in my opinion, the most friendly and best organised club in League Two (or maybe League One?).

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