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Bootham Crescent
York City v Bradford City
Saturday, March 2nd 2013, 3pm
League Two
By Ben Hoole
(Bradford City fan)

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

Yes; it was the first game I looked for when the fixtures were announced. Itís a short train journey away and there are plenty of great pubs in York, so it was one I was excited about.

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

Fine, we got the train from Leeds at 10.30am. It was packed full of City fans so we had to stand for most of the journey but the Police were friendly once we arrived in York.

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

We went to a few pubs before the game, the Maltings near the station is recommended, friendly and good beer. Thomasís on Museum Street was as welcoming though, so would give that a miss next time. We also visited the ĎPitchside clubí at the side of the Main Stand which had a fine selection of ales. The York fans were very friendly.

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

Iíve been before in í97 and it hasnít changed a great deal. Itís a tidy little ground, slightly worn in places but one I enjoyed visiting.  The away end is a small open terrace (thankfully the weather was uncharacteristically pleasant) with a covered terrace opposite. Both stands on either side of the pitch are small seated stands.

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

The game was poised until late in the second half when we managed to score a fortuitous opened which squirmed under the Ďkeeper, followed by a second from Gary Thompson. The away end was packed so queues for the tea hut and toilets were long; I queued over 15 minutes for a pie. Thankfully it is at the side of the terrace so I didnít miss any action! The pies were nice and the stewards were friendly. The York fans made some noise at times but I found the atmosphere surprisingly flat in the away end- partly due to it being an open terrace.

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

Fine, we waited in the bar until the crowds dispersed before heading back into the City Centre for a few celebratory pints.  

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a great day out, lovely ground full of character and we left with three points! A favourite away day for me.

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