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