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|Awful ground in an awful location.... with the usual awful infrastructure...|
at 08:46 13 Nov 2019
for a new stadium.
Left Ellenbrook shops at 18.20, should have been at the ground by 19.00, even allowing for the journey to take twice as long as it should.
Got to the Ardleigh turn-off and the queues were already back to there, so we turned off and went through Severalls at 18.40.
Got to Axial Way, less than a mile from the ground and it took 50 minutes to then get to our booked parking space at the ground.
We could see the traffic coming in from the A12 as well, it was complete gridlock around the ground.
Apparently there was a broken down lorry on the Copdock roundabout (although we didn't go that way - left Ipswich via Belstead and Copdock back roads), which Col U knew about. Stuart Watson tweeted Col U had announced it was likely there would be a delay to kick-off..... so Col U knew there was a problem and fans would be late arriving.
Yet the match still kicked off at the scheduled time. We missed the first 2-3 minutes, but there were still large gaps in the away section, and people were still coming in constantly for the first 30 minutes of the game.
Given it was a 19.30 kick-off, there is no reason why they couldn't have delayed the start for at least 15 minutes, which would have allowed more fans to see the start, or even 20.00.
How on earth do they cope with a big game? Another awful, soulless out of town ground with dreadful infrastructure, whether you travel by car or train.
Only consolation is that where we ended up parking was very close to the away stand behind the goal, so we were back in the car 1 minute after the final whistle, out of the car park, back along the A12 and back to Ellenbrook by 21.40.
[Post edited 13 Nov 8:47]
at 15:37 6 Nov 2019
Coaches got back to PR at 3.15am and I was in bed 15 minutes later.
Managed to get some sleep on the way home (most of it), and was up at 6.30am this morning.
My eyes are stinging.
The things we do.....the getting home wasn't helped by wandering around Rochdale looking for the coaches after the game as they weren't where they dropped us off (outside the Ratcliff), they were parked half a mile up the road round a slight bend so you couldn't see them from the ground. Very helpful.
[Post edited 6 Nov 16:52]
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