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Adams Park
Wycombe Wanderers v Aston Villa
Pre-Season Friendly
Saturday, July 20th 2013, 3pm
Jack Howley
(Aston Villa fan)

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

It was Villa's first English Pre-Season game of the season. Benteke had signed a new contract the day before so I knew that the atmosphere would be fantastic in the Villa end. Also I hadn't been to Adams Park before and was excited about visiting as it was Mike Bassett Football Manager.

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

There was a mix up at Birmingham Moor Street Railway Station but was soon sorted. The journey to High Wycombe was around one and a half hours. There was supposed to be a bus taking us from the station to the ground but wasn't there when we got off the train so we walked it. The walk was about 40 minutes and i got my directions from my iPhone app.

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

We weren't hungry before the game so we got KFC in the town center on the way back but there was many places to choose from. The majority of people at the game were Villa fans. In fact, a Wycombe fan said that he had never felt like the away team at a home game before.

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

From the outside the away stand didn't look too special, however they had opened their new club shop on the same day and it looked quite good. Once inside the ground looked very impressive for a League 2 ground and was made better by the fact that you could see the hills behind the stands.

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

The Villa fans were in good voice all game. Around 10 minutes in, Marvin McCoy crossed the ball in and it went in, putting Wycombe ahead. 15 minutes later Matthew Lowton headed the ball in to equalize. About 5 minutes later, Wycombe went ahead again. In the second half, Ashley Westwood scored a free kick from just outside the penalty box and around 30 Villa fans invaded the pitch. The game finished 2-2. The second half was probably the most boring half of football i'd ever seen. I almost fell asleep whilst standing up.

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

It was pretty easy getting away from the ground as I was walking but I didn't notice much traffic on the roads. Trains going to Birmingham were every half hour so it was pretty easy getting a train home.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I'd say that Adams Park is one of my favorite lower league grounds. It was a great day out and very hot. Would have been made better if we had won or the second half was more exciting.


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