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Bootham Crescent
York City v Tamworth
Saturday, April 16th 2011, 3pm
Conference Premier
By Luke Barber
(Tamworth fan)

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

I have been to York on a number of occasions previously. But this was a really important game as York had mounted a serious challenge on the play offs and also had our most successful managerial duo of Gary Mills and Darron Gee at the management helm. Whereas my team (Tamworth) were in a relegation battle and had lost the manager only 2 days previously. So I wasnít looking forward to the game itself as I fully expected York to be too strong on the day.

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

A group of five of us went on the train and we left Tamworth at 07:46 and arrived in York at 09.45, so we had plenty of time to get our barings and a lot of research was done, so it was fairly easy to find the ground via foot. From previous experience, it is a very difficult place to drive round and not much in the way of parking nearby as some of the streets are for badge holders only.

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

We had plenty of time around the City Centre and we found a number of pubs that were happy to have our custom and were very friendly. We ate in the morning and that sufficed until we headed back after the game. We didnít really see any York fans around, quite surprisingly for a club of their size.

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

Having been on a number of occasions, I already knew what to expect. The away end at York is on the basic side with a big open terrace. The remainder of the ground includes two good sized seated stands and a covered terrace which housed the more vocal York followers.

4. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The game for us was superb with us running out 2-1 victors in a surprising result so everyone was understandable over the moon. The atmosphere from York was quiet for the vast majority and it is always hard to generate any noise on the open away terrace. The stewards are always friendly and whilst they monitor the away fans, donít really get involved too much and always let us enjoy the game. The toilets are poor and open to the elements, but I didnít mind this.

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

A very easy 20 minute walk back to Station and it didnít seem that busy so assumed that everyone got off ok in a good amount of time.

6. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A fantastic day in a lovely city with a very unexpected victory. I will definitely be going up to York again next season, for another enjoyable day out and hopefully another victory to follow.


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