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Away Days - Walsall

21 August 2012

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The first game of the season is always eagerly anticipated and with it being an away game it made the win on Saturday all the more special for the 1000+ fans that travelled to the Bescott Stadium. 

The majority of the Rovers coaches set off at 11am and it was nice to hear people on the journey up speaking positively about the Rovers prospects this season. We arrived at the stadium in plenty of time and the majority of us were left waiting outside turnstiles in the rain until 2pm which didn’t go down to well but gave us time to take in not so familiar surroundings a small stadium with a real lower league feel to it, something we didn’t often see over the past four years. 

Once in the ground we and many others decided to move seats to find a view which wasn’t impeded to poorly by the obstructing pillars which lower league grounds tend to have. It was also nice to see the Rovers away end near enough full out singing the lowly home support. 

I can’t comment however on the food and drink quality and also their prices because not once did I get anywhere near the concourse as it was extremely busy and some supporters were even stopped from going into the bar area at half time for it being “too full”! Again not to go down well with some Rovers fans wanting a celebratory pint after the first half score line. 

The home supporters, however, seemed friendly and speaking to a few of them they were very impressed with our performance not only of our players but of our fans as well. Comments such as “loudest away support for a long time” and “louder than the Sheffield clubs” were much appreciated. 

Overall a superb day out, a fantastic atmosphere and the result to go with it. Hopefully more away games alike to follow. 

Ryan Dunphy

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