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Huish Park, Yeovil Town
Saturday March 5th 2011
V Huddersfield Town, League One, 3pm
By John Midgley

I arrived on the direct South West Trains service from London Waterloo (hourly on Saturdays) to Yeovil Junction station. Immediately outside the station is a bus stop which is served by the 68 bus into the town centre every 30 minutes (it is timed to meet the train from London). As the bus pulls out of the station you realise that the station is well out of town, right in the sticks! It wound along country lanes for about 5 minutes before the town centre suddenly appeared.

I got off in the Town centre outside Loyds TSB (ring the bell as the bus enters pedestrianised area). This stop is also served by bus 1 which takes you right up to the ground, make sure you catch one that says 'Abbey Manor Park' on the front. For anybody arriving by rail, ask for a 'Plus Bus' with your rail ticket for an extra £2.80 which is valid on both services. I had a few minutes before the 1 bus so I popped into the Mermaid pub just a few yards away. Good beer, good food and nice atmosphere with friendly regulars. One or two Glovers fans on the 1 bus pointed me in the right direction upon arrival at Huish Park. The 1 is a circular service, catch the return bus from the same stop after the match.

My first impression of Huish Park was that it was a very friendly place. Before entering the stand I went to the gents, where, above the urinals was a bouquet of flowers with a small sign reading “Please do not move the flowers! We hope you enjoy your time at Huish Park”. How nice! There was also a sign outside the ground welcoming all Huddersfield Town fans, players and staff.

I was body searched upon entry but hardly noticed the stewards after this. No police inside the ground and a relaxed atmosphere about the place. The public address system sounded a little dated, and the slow but enthusiastic  announcements/team readings etc would have been more at home at a poorly attended village fair than a professional football match but it all added to the nice feel of the place.

I was in the Copse Road terrace with around 400 other following supporters. The atmosphere wasn't as good as I was expecting having heard a lot about the ground from others but maybe with more in the away end and during a better season for the home side, this would be different. There was a large contingency from the local primary school in the Agusta Westland Community Stand immediately to our right which created some unusually high pitched noises whenever the home side were in possession!

At half time the food was fairly bog standard, pies, hot dogs, Tetleys tea, coffee Aero hot chocolate. Usual stuff and usual prices.

A very enjoyable away game is the conclusion despite the dull football and the 1-1 draw. Will visit again if the opportunity comes up. Would recommend checking the weather before choosing where to sit as wouldn't want to be on that open terrace on the rain! There are usually seats allocated in the away end of the Cowlin Stand for those not brave enough or without waterproofs! Ticket prices increase by £2 on the day though I think.

 

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