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Bootham Crescent
York City v Morecambe
Saturday, February 2nd 2013, 3pm
League Two
By Stuart Waring
(Morecambe fan)

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

Having never been to Bootham Cresent before, when it came up on the fixture list I earmarked it off as a potential away day. And as it is not too far from Morecambe it sounded like a good fixture, and Morecambe had a decent chance of getting a point away from home. So we set off with the hope of a good game of football and a chance of Morecambe getting a result.

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

The journey from Morecambe doesn't take too long. We went in through Harrogate and in on the A59 Roman Road. The traffic was fine throughout until we got onto the final 2 or 3 roundabouts where there was a lot of traffic queuing although this is to be expected at around 12 o'clock on a sunny Saturday. The ground is very easy to find, being just north of the town centre and quite refreshing as some of the other League Two grounds are out of town and can be tricky to find! Having being told beforehand that there are resident only parking restrictions around the ground, we didn't chance getting a parking ticket and parked in a pay and display just outside the city walls. Whilst it was rather dear (about 9.50 for 6 hours) it was cheaper than a parking fine!

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

We arrived just after noon and after parking up decided to go into York beforehand. Whilst we have been to York beforehand "seen the sights", we went on the York wheel as we had never been on it and spied Bootham Cresent from up in the sky. We went round the town for a couple of hours, but only had a cuppa and decided to eat once we had arrived at the ground. We saw small clumps of Morecambe supporters in town, but didn't find any York fans until we were on the housing streets heading right towards Bootham Crescent. They seemed welcoming though and didn't look very threatening!

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

The ground is bang slap in the middle of a street, and there were old turnstiles as we entered. As we went up onto the terrace, it reminded me of the away end of Accrington Stanley, with being open ended behind the goal and red crowd barriers. First impressions of the ground were that is was a small, compact old-fashioned ground that looked very tired and worn and in need of a refurbishment or a lick of paint at the least! The home fans packed the home end at the opposite end of the ground, whilst the covered seating on the right hand side slightly reminded me of the old seating at our old stadium Christie Park. The other seating on the left looked compact and short of leg room, although the stand itself was quite large and rounded the corner flag to stop next to the seating.

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

The facilities were basic but on the fact the ground is old they seem to fit in. The pie stand was a small hut on the left of the stand just above the corner flag and served a range of goodies, although the high prices of York were reflected here, paying 2.90 for a pie, 3.50 for a burger, 2.20 for a brew etc. My dad opted for a meat and potato pie which he really didn't think was worth the price, although the chicken balti pie seemed a hit among the other supporters. The stewards were relaxed and friendly enough. The game was quite lively, with Morecambe winning comfortably 4-1. The home support was very quiet and subdued, no singing, although they did get behind York when they were on the attack.

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

Just a quick brisk wall back to the car and easy access back to the roundabouts and the road back, although there was a lot of traffic and a lot of queues but we got going after 15-20 minutes.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

A very good day out, York is a pretty city to visit and the game was good to watch, made all the better by a good thumping win for the Shrimps away from home to continue a good run of form both at the Globe and away from home too. Would definitely visit again next season if both teams stay up.

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