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Huish Park
Yeovil Town v Birmingham City
Championship League
Saturday, August 10th 2013, 3pm
  Andy Tilley
(Birmingham City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
It was the first away game of the Season, a ground not many of us had visited before and as expected, was a complete sell-out. It was also Yeovil’s first ever home game in the Championship so this added another point of interest for many.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
We travelled to Yeovil on one of the Club’s official coaches. The coaches left St Andrew’s at 9.30am. The journey was going fairly well until we hit the Bristol area. That’s when it was very much stop-start traffic all the rest of the way to the ground. As we got closer to the ground we barely moved for all of the traffic, which may have been made worse by the fact that it was a nice, sunny, warm August Saturday afternoon which may have encouraged people to venture out for a day out. We eventually arrived at Huish Park at around 2.30pm, so all in all, it took us approximately five hours to get to Yeovil.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
We didn’t have much time before the start of the game so we quickly went and claimed a spot in the open Copse Road Terrace, which was filling up fairly quickly.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
My first impression when we arrived a Huish Park was the fact that it was a hell of a lot different to the other grounds in the Championship. You could see right into the ground from some areas and I liked the look of the place. The three home stands were practically full half an hour before the game kicked off and everybody was raring to go. After getting off the coach we purchased a programme and headed over to the Copse Road end. Blues fans also had the choice of seating in the Screwfix Community Stand, but sitting down at away games doesn’t appeal to me! Due to the size of the away support there were several large queues to get through the turnstiles, but everyone got in pretty quickly.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game wasn’t the best. Very few chances from either side first half other than a shot that Yeovil had which hit the post. Second half we took the lead through and own goal, and managed to scrape through and claim a 1-0 win. The atmosphere from the home fans was excellent, they really got behind their team who fell very unlucky in the end. Other than a few songs Blues fans struggled to get an atmosphere going, which probably didn’t help because of the lack of a roof over the stand to help the acoustics. Wasn’t too impressed with the facilities at the ground, but then again I wasn’t expecting a lot for a ground of this size. From what I could see there was just one very small portacabin toilet each for men and women, which of course created massive queues. As we stood at the back of the terrace, we could see over to the outside ‘concourse’, and noticed that there were people queuing for burgers at half-time that hadn’t moved in the queue when the second half kicked off! So if you need to go anywhere at half-time, be prepared to queue.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
We drove towards the gates to leave the ground at around 5.10pm, but nobody was moving at all for a good 25 minutes due to the congestion, so were sat waiting for a fair time before we really got on our way home. We arrived back at St Andrew’s at around 9pm.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Great day out, great much needed win to boot. Nice little ground and I do hope Yeovil surprise everybody and stay up this Season. However the traffic problems around the ground are a massive problem and the facilities are below par for a Championship ground in my opinion. We are playing Yeovil again in the Capital One Cup next week, and the only thing putting me off going again is that I can only imagine the journey there being even more of a nightmare on a Tuesday night at rush hour!

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