DATES VISITED THIS GROUND : 17/10/2002, 1/5/2004, 18/9/2004, 10/9/2005
THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE VISIT DATED: 10/9/2005
Having visited the
Memorial Stadium three times before, I wasn't particully looking forward to the game or visiting the stadium because, I aint a
big fan of mainly terraced grounds. There were some things to look forward to those as we were not in the seated stand
behind the goal rather than the terrace. Getting to the ground once you're in Bristol is almost as complicated as getting
into Wycombe and after half an hour of driving around, you encounter a place makes the football ground seem really random. It's in a massive housing estate and then you just come across a random football ground, it's
quite amusing in a way.
After being in the terrace, I was
really curious about what it'd be like to go into the seating stand and it felt really odd going into the ground because there
were no turnstiles, just a random steward on the gate. You get into the stand and look out and surprisingly, it's a better
view than the one you get from the terrace. The stand however is temporary and it is incredibly unstable. The stand kept vibrating
quite badly in the wind and often felt like it would collaspe.
The stand to the
left is very similar to a cricket pavillion with terracing below and seating above once again. This stand also has
the most annoying/slowest scoreboard in the world. The scoreboard reads like this, ROVERS 0 0 LINCOLN
03, this basically is the score is in the middle with the minutes on the right, all in the exact same text and size so anyone
who hasn't been before and sees this after arriving late, don't think you're 3-0 up, don't laugh but in 2002/3, someone came
up and saw that and thought we were already 3-0 up.
The stand behind
the far goal is a large terrace which is apparantly where all the singing comes from and when they get going, they're quite
loud. The final stand is a pitch length terrace with a fairly large seating section above it.
Overall, the ground
isn't too bad but it isn't too good either. I do look forward to the trips here but I don't think I'd be too bothered
if we didn't have to go their again.