Sunday, 15 October 2006

Stadium Review #2 - Poltair Park

As I won't be able to get to any away games this month, here's my review of St Austell's ground after they played Argyle reserves in the Carlsberg South Western league...

Ground Information: Poltair Park (St Austell AFC)

Appearance: Typical non-league ground, with a raised stand at the halfway line, a tea hut and not much else. But all in all a tidy affair. 8/10

View: Superb, a good view from where ever but you are quite far from the pitch. 9/10

Getting there: The ground's just round the corner from the train station, a few minutes from the town centre. Once you know where you're going it's not hard to find. 7/10

Facilities (toilets, TVs etc): If you suffer from a mould phobia don't go to the toilet! The club house was welcoming and more than adequate. 8/10

Food and Drink: Food was cooked as you waited and very reasonably priced although my fellow supporters weren't too taken by the ladies' attitudes or cooking styles. The chance to take alcoholic drinks pitchside was a novelty. 5/10

Stewarding/Police: They've only got 2 stewards! They've only got 2 stewards! If you can call them that - sort of pseudo ticketman/programme seller. 10/10

Surrounding area (what's there to do outside the ground): Get drunk! The St Austell Brewery is just down the road and they sometimes do tours. Plus the town centre is nearby. Unfortunately they're not much else in St Austell. 5/10

Home fans (their contribution to the atmosphere etc): Very friendly bunch. Seemed surprised at the Argyle support's singing - some tried correcting the lyrics (cheeky). Fair doos to the guy who tried singing back 'Dirty northern b**tards'.

Total score: 57/80

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