Barnsley: Oakwell. Friendly and 75% modern. Horrible food.
Blackburn: Ewood Park......modern, friendly...and te best hotdog on chips ever at a footy ground.
Blackpool: Dump...Dump...cheap and nasty, cold dark and miserable place.
Bolton Wanderers: Modern and very nice. Easy access, easy parking and provides good grub and beer.
Burnley. 2 new stands of similar design the other two stands are from the 70's as was the behaviour of Burnley fans.
Burton Albion. Lovely ground and a very family orientated club. Magnificent portions of chips. FAC R3...we lost 2-1.
Bury: Tidy little ground with good fans. Food served from a very small hatch but the pie was hotter than the sun.
Derby County: A direct copy of the Riverside.......but not as good!!!! Sheepheads baaaah a lot.
Doncaster Rovers: A new and impressive ground. Fans are really good and deserve more.
Huddersfield Town: Nice ground, decent fans some nice John Smiths beer and half decent grub. Like it.
Hull City: Impressive Stadium and looks even better when full. Great access and facilities as you would expect.
Leeds United: Outdated, (except for the new stand), expensive, rip off, living in the past.
Leicester City: New, modern and that's about it..
Oldham Athlectic: A bit of all worlds with a new stand under construction, a very old main stand and two recent
stands behind each goal.
Plymouth Argyle: One old stand of charater and the other three follow the modern template. The ground has some nice features.
Peterborough United: I like this ground and the away fans stood until last season. The away fans stand is now demolished and a new stand erected in its place. The Main Stand is very old, wooden, rusted seats but has character.
Preston North End: Impressive Stadium with four modern stands.
Rotherham United: A very new stadium but has strange rooflines. Not a big ground for the money.
Sheff United: The away end is small and a net fixed above it to stop the top tier of United fans throwing missiles.
Sheff Wednesday: A very big ground but dated in places.
Walsall: A ground well suited for its location. Built in the 90's its not bad.
Watford: A ground you can't walk around. The very old stand is now replaced.
Wigan: Functional but not much character. The pie thing is a myth, they are average.
Nottingham Forest: I just find this a dull and soulless ground. Pies are expensive and inedible.
My Wild Life
Boro FC Away Days.
My first ever away game was in 1974, the Jackie Charlton promotion season, and a visit to Turf Moor, Burnley. The PE teacher at our school arranged a bus for the match and off we went. The early 70's was blighted by soccer hooligans. Our coach trip was given plenty of advice on how to stay away from trouble. Leaving the ground early was once bit of advice. Newcastle United had played Burnley a week before and the team coach had its windows smashed on route from the ground.
The game itself, the Boro were trailing 1-0 with minutes left on the clock. My school mate and I decided it would be best to leave before the whistle and head for the safety of the coach. We got lost on the way to the coach and when we arrived couldn't understand why the rest of the lads were so happy. Boro had equalised in the last few seconds of the game, 1-1. So that was it, first away game and missed the goal.
Fortunately the away day experience is much improved. Its possible to walk around in safety, in your team colours at most grounds, without any trouble. Just a bit of common sense is needed to make a good away day.
Over the years I've visited many grounds, I think I'm up to 50 to 60 now. I'm not a lover of London so have given all grounds there but Wembley a miss. Plymouth on a Bank Holiday Monday was a treat especially as we won 2-0.
I do like the lower league grounds, its football as it should be. The League Cup Round 1 always gives the opportunity to visit Bury..Oldham...Preston....proper family clubs for fans.
Worst ground has to be Leeds...they live in the past and behave like they are in the past. The ground is a dump and they charge Premiership prices for everything. I have visited this ground since the mid seventies so I can speak with some authority. I even witness one Leeds fan break the nose of another Leeds fan...even Leeds fans hate Leeds fans!
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