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Adams Park
Wycombe Wanderers v
Carlisle United
League One
, April 6th 2012, 3pm
By Craig Milne
(Carlisle United fan)

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

It's been a while since my last visit and this was going to be another important game in the run in to the end of the season.

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

The drive was great no traffic problems and it was a Bank Holiday. Finding the ground was easy it's straight off the motorway and follow the brown signs. 10 mins from the motorway if your 2 hours before k.o. any later though and the traffic's terrible expect a long wait or use the park and ride provided. I parked in what they call the top car park and because we arrived before 1pm parking was free..brilliant. Otherwise the industrial estate charges for you to use their front or rear car parks. Around a fiver seemed the going rate.

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

Visited the Half Moon around about 15mins away but a bit of a mission as all the locals I asked had never heard of it. It used to be an old traditional pub, now it some sort of smart wine bar type thing. A decent pint though of Harveys Sussex ale and an outside terrace, punters were all friendly , staff not so much. Hot food was available.

Then we walked back to the closer pub the Hourglass, much better, friendly staff, pool table, a good mix of home and away supporters. There's a decent bit of garden out the back for a sunny day. Again a nice pint, Brakspears this time.

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

The ground is in an ideal position for me close to the motorway and tucked behind an industrial estate. The grounds certainly grown since my first visit. The away end is a good size and has enough snack bars and facilities. The stand helped to create a good atmosphere. .

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

A great game where Carlisle had lots of chances. Carlisle went one nil up only for Wycombe to come back in the 91st minute.  Aarrgh! Stewards were good and quickly dealt with some fans who ran onto the pitch after the equaliser.

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

Having parked in the top car park there was around a thirty minute wait before we could leave it. Thankfully Radio 5 live and some sandwiches left in the car passed the time. When leaving the ground we turned right at the first roundabout (we should have gone left for the M4) however we headed for west Wycombe and having spent 10 mins driving through single track country lanes we joined the motorway having hardly seen another car. From memory of my previous visit, getting to the M4 from the ground is a bumper to bumper ordeal, I would recommend the right turn.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A great day out. A decent game of footy but not a great result. Our supporters buses left at six am allowing for traffic, but arrived at 11.30 am as the roads were so clear, they are something not to be relied on and it's a main route into London so be careful and allow extra time you can always visit the local hostelries if you are early.


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