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Discussion in 'Premier League' started by Kenp, Dec 31, 2004.

  1. pookspur

    pookspur Moderator Staff Member

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    i'd be all over brentford v hartlepool in league 1. knocks millwall into a large cocked hat, does brentford.

    griffin park is a simply brilliant english football ground. one of my 3 or 4 favorites. granted, you will not get huge, heaving crowds, nor the quality of football that one gets accustomed to watching the prem ... but it's what english footy's all about. sat right in the middle of the neighborhood with a pub on every corner of the ground. get there early and get a couple pints in pre-match.

    ... and i believe i'll just put my money where my mouth is, here, as i intend on being there for the coventry city match just 4 days prior.
     
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  2. RichardL

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    in total, not per pub, I presume...

    I'd have loved to have gone to Griffin Park when the western end of the ground was a huge terrace. The place had a capacity of over 30,000 in the early 80s.
     
  3. RichardL

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    One option is Ipswich v Sheffield Wednesday.

    Ipswich is only about an hour outside London from Liverpool St Station. The ground is bang in the centre of the town, almost directly opposite the station, and is a really good ground as well. It should get a much bigger crowd than Millwall v Huddersfield.
     
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  4. pookspur

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    good call. i've not been to ipswich (though i'd like to), but i've been with wednesday away a time or two. they can bring some atmosphere, wednesdayites.
     


  5. anderson

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    Thanks very much for the advice. Is it fairly easy to get tickets for a game at, say, Ipswich? Is that something you can normally do at the ticket off on game day, or do you need to make arrangements in advance?
     
  6. pookspur

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    i'd be quite surprised if you couldn't just roll up on game day and get it. i can't see it being a problem, at all.

    that said, if it were me*, and i knew i was going to take the time/effort to ride up to there, i'd go to ipswich's website and buy one (or however many you need) online. you can usually either have it/them posted to you (assuming you order far enough in advance), or (more simply) just collect it/them at the ticket office on match day.

    obviously, this may be stuff you want to play by ear, and disinclination to sort all this early would be understandable. but if you do want to get it done in advance, not only can you be more selective about your match ticket(s), but you can usually knock a few quid off your train fare by getting those tickets early, as well.


    *technically, if it were me, i'd be sitting with wednesday ... but that's an entirely different procedure. :D:p
     
  7. pookspur

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    incidentally, any time you find yourself looking up and down the fixtures lists, trying to decide which game(s) to choose from, here is a little resource that you'll want to have handy.

    http://footballgroundguide.com/

    the football ground guide is really nice not only for giving you a feel for the grounds being considered, but for sorting all sorts of gameday logistics, as well. it's a great site.
     
  8. RichardL

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    Portman Road holds 30,000 so it's unlikely to sell out.

    Ipswich have never quite adjusted to not selling out though, and still have a multi-tiered booking priority system in place, even though virtually every game will go to general sale.

    http://www.itfc.co.uk/page/MatchTickets/0,,10272,00.html

    You should have no trouble at all buying on the day, although you can save £2.50 by booking in advance. Ipswich's highest crowd last season was 5000 under capacity. Only a strong promotion push would make it hard to get in.

    It won't be empty though, and it'll have something of a premier league feel - certainly a lot more than Millwall.
     
  9. pookspur

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    say richard, while you're here ...

    i'm going over in september and thinking about including spurs @ reading in my itenerary. that said, though i'm a member at spurs, i'm not sure i'll have the requisite loyalty points to get a ticket in the away end. my questions are these: will reading's tickets go to general sale? and what kind of bother would i get were i found out? i certainly wouldn't be obnoxiously anti-reading - or 'asking for it' - but would i have to keep my affiliations entirely under wraps? i've been in grounds where away fans mixed with no bother at all, and some where it would mean automatic ejection (or worse). how do you see spurs at reading in this regard? thanks in advance.
     
  10. RichardL

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    There's a chance that tickets wouldn't make general sale, but if they did you'd most likely get a ticket in the south stand - the same stand the away fans are located. There are no season tickets sold for this stand, and there'll be as many seats available for there as for the rest of the ground put together.

    If you want to sit elsewhere, just avoid the East Stand, and don't wear anything identifying you as a Spurs fan, or celebrate if Spurs score. You are unlikely to get any bother physically, but if you start jumping up and down then you might annoy enough people for the stewards to think it'd be best if you were "invited" to leave.

    If the people next to you have cottoned on to you being a Spurs fan and comment, you can just lie and say that while you are a Spurs fan, you also wanted to see this game as you also looked out for Reading's results when Convey played for the club - essentially lie and pretend Reading use to be a sort of 2nd team.
     
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    thanks for that richard. pretty much as i'd suspected.
     
  12. Tottenhamtilidie

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    The loyalty point requirement for this fixture are ridiculously high due to the proximity of Reading to London (30 mins from Paddington by train). I have 400-odd points & can never get near a ticket in the Spurs section. Might be worth doing my old trick (that i have done for Fulham/Brighton etc in the past). That is, registering with Reading FC via their website & thus you are on their database & in with a chance of a ticket in the home end if by some mircale they to general sale. Mums the word ;)
     
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    cheers for that, matey. i was all but certain that my loyalty point total (which i can't even access at the moment, but in the neighborhood of only 60-70) wouldn't be enough for reading, but i appreciate the confirmation. as to registering with other clubs ... well ... i'm still getting emails from charlton, fulham, palace, watford, etc. :D
     
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    From Glory-Glory

    A little heads up - couple of mates i normally go with dont reckon theyll have enough loyalty points for Reading one just rang me said he logged onto readings site registered for free and there was still a couple hundread tickets on general sale in the area right next to the away end. Better than nothing if you're willing to sit in the home end but dont think you'll get a ticket through the club (THFC). ​
     
  15. pookspur

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    thanks again, mate, but unfortunately it's no longer pertinent, as i've opted out of that weekend. i'll be doing QPR at the lane the following sunday (as well as our europa league group stage game on thursday, should we be drawn at home), instead.
     
  16. Tottenhamtilidie

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    No prob. I am probably going to miss QPR but will also do the Europa game if it is at home. Where do you like to sit? I am generally in the Park lane upper. We drink in the Bell & Hare before games. Join us if you fancy it.
     
  17. pookspur

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    park lane upper for me, as well.

    i used to get 'em in at the antwerp arms pre-match, but i guess those days are over. :( no quarrels with the bell & hare, though, and i'll almost surely be in prior.
     
  18. RegularGuy

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    Sorry if this is not quite the right thread for the question, but it's related to visiting England to see footie, so I figure here is as good as any place. I'm thinking of making the trip in the spring. I would love to be able to see two games in a weekend. I seem to remember in years past that there were often games on both Saturday and Sunday until late in the season, except for recently the last two matchdays all have simultaneous starts.

    When I look in the Barclays web site, it seems to indicate that for pretty much the entirety of 2013, every start, for all 10 teams, is at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Is this accurate? Will there be no Sunday games in March or April, if I wanted to visit and try to see more than one?
     
  19. pookspur

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    there will almost certainly be sunday games most weekends (as well as saturday games that do not start at 15:00). the football league fixture lists come out in the middle of the summer, but the finalized dates/times aren't determined until later. they'll move games for various reasons, but most are down to setting the television schedules or making adjustments for midweek cup or europe matches, i.e., a team with a europa league game on a thursday night will see their saturday game moved to sunday for an extra day's rest.

    anyway, the fall adjustments are made in july, a few weeks before the season starts, with adjustments for later in the season coming ... er ... later. i'm pretty sure that by the new year most of the tv adjustments for the rest of the season will have been made public. someone else might be able to give you a better estimate of when, though.
     
  20. RegularGuy

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    Thank you for the help. This makes sense. Cheers!
     
  21. pookspur

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    no problem.

    by the way, i don't know if you've looked at the rest of this thread, but if not, just a suggestion: don't get so caught up the premier league that you're not looking at the complete fixtures lists. the championship has been producing some very decent football over the last couple of years, and the grounds/atmospheres at some games will be very good. and even some lower division matches - where the football may not be as good, but the grounds/pubs/times can often end up as worthwhile as any prem match - can be well worth your time.
     
  22. RegularGuy

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    This is very helpful and sounds like good advice. I have some people to see in T&W, so might build my trip around seeing a game at the Stadium of Light, and then trying to see whatever else I can on the other day of that weekend. A game in the championship might be nice -- especially if tickets are more manageable.
     
  23. pookspur

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    yeah, that's one of the nice things about lower division games; you can usually roll up and get a ticket on matchday - and often just pay on the gate. not having to secure (often difficult) tickets before setting off is rather convenient.
     
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    Usually easy to get tickets for lower league games. Sometimes it's neat to experience those games too. Fans really get into the games!
     
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    Hi -- I had one other question. When attending a game where you are a neutral, where do you sit? I assume that when I visit, I will be cheering for the home side. Will one get grief being a netural in the non-away sections of the stadium? I wasn't planning to invest heavily in the home side's scarf, etc. Just planning to go to Stadium of Light and maybe Loftus Road on an upcoming trip to see some matches as a neutral. I might also try Anfield. I likely would be quietly rooting against the Reds, but not obviously so. :)
     

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