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A Rotherham Fan's View Of Villa Park/The Match

A Rotherham Fan's View Of Villa Park/The Match

I had a brief chat with Herringthorpe from Vital Rotherham and thought I`d share her thoughts on the visit to Villa Park:

Had a good journey there - after filling the coach up (and waiting for one late comer - there's always one isn't there!) we set off around 4.20pm and got the coach parked up around 6.30pm - not bad considering a fifteen minute or so hold up on the motorway.

Had a little look at the stalls around the ground and then thought of the problem of how to get my friend, on crutches, into the Doug Ellis Stand. We walked to the away gates and there was a lady steward who came and asked if she could help. She sorted the scanning of our tickets out and took us to a lift and told us how to get back down at the end of the game and then left. There was me and two friends now in a lift with buttons in front of us that we had no idea which one to press! Well, we decided to start on the top floor hoping we didn't end up in the executive boxes while the 'posh' folk were scoffing down their prawn sarnies! Luckily we got straight to where we wanted to be. The next problem came when we discovered our tickets were way, way up the stand. Another steward came over and said not to worry and sit where we wanted! (Well, we probably would have done anyway!). He also explained that we weren't allowed to stand up in this stand during the game - not sure how that would have worked if we'd scored to be honest.

I thought the pitch looked superb and we all like the big screens (something I feel we're missing at the New York) - though soon realised when the game began that the people 'working' the screen didn't show the Millers shots at goal! The seats were OK - a bit narrow and not much leg room.

The game - after the initial couple of minutes I thought the Millers gave as good as they got for twenty minutes or so and might have got an early goal but, once Villa had scored the first goal, (against run of play?) it took us a bit of time to get into our stride again. The other two goals were deserved and all three were well taken. I think Villa's class and fitness showed in the second half and we looked tired - but the only thing I'm really disappointed in is that we didn't score in front of our fans - who I thought out-sung the home fans for most of the night.

Wasn't impressed with Mr Delphs tackle on Frecks who had a couple of minutes earlier took the ball off him. And not impressed with one or two of our fans deciding to fight each other - what that was about no one seems to know.

The stewards pointed us to the lift to go back down and off we went only to get there and find all doors closed and bolted! One was bolted from the inside and I managed to undo it and off we went to our coach - (we were halfway home before I suddenly thought maybe I should have told someone I'd undone the door!?) The Police (I presume) were ages letting us out of the coach park but we got back into Rotherham at 11.45pm.

I think Villa will do well this season - there was some good passing last night and Benteke, of course, is different class and I thought Jores Okore had a very good game.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday August 30 2013
Time: 10:14AM


I think you forgot to mention that you bought a beer and it was half empty!
30/08/2013 10:51:00
Nice to read an overview from a fan of the opposition.
Pride of Lions
30/08/2013 11:09:00
So two stewards offer help without promoting and you point out the negatives? Must be a joyless life being a millers fan....
30/08/2013 13:05:00
It's a joyless life being from Rotherham. Definately one of the biggest dumps in the UK. Fighting each other is the norm for people from there, must be the interbreeding.
30/08/2013 13:34:00
Will we be repeating this feature any time soon.....? Say, for the Madchester United game ?? I would predict a minimum of 50 comments.
30/08/2013 14:09:00
the only problems the Man U fans have is the train back to Euston is always full
30/08/2013 14:21:00
To be honest Herringthorpe we have a couple of cons at Villa Park but the pros do outweigh the cons.
30/08/2013 16:48:00
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