Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Awaydays #2 - Hull City

The club: Hull City (The Tigers); KC Stadium

The ground: The KC is an impressive stadium, set in parkland very much like Home Park. A totally wrapped round bowl ground, with a sweeping roof and a two tiered main stand. The concourse is industrial, with bare brick work and steelwork, but the seats are quite flimsy. 7/10

The facilities and food: Hull gave Argyle an extended concourse meaning there was more room than usual and more toilet facilities (curiously one set of gents only contained urinals). The pie was extremely hot and the filling fell out. Hull do a 'pie and pint' deal before 2pm and sell draught lagers and bitters.. 7/10

The stewarding/police: No complaints, the segregation at Hull is very rigid - away fans are caged in outside the ground as well as inside and there's the usual strong 'defensive wall' between in the corner between the home and away fans, nonetheless the stewards allowed fans to stand on the back three rows throughout the match. 8/10

The travelling: The longest journey this season, but very straight forward by road, the KC is easy to find and has a humongous car park; the station is 15 minutes away through a dodgy area which has been improved, there are regular bus services back to the centre but the queues get very long.. 6/10

The surrounding area (what's there to do outside the ground): You could sit in the parkland, and there's a small shopping area with a Sainsbury nearby, but very little else. The pubs are not very welcoming however this year we found a very amiable social club. The New Walton Social Club charges £1 per visitor (no admittance after 2pm mind) and is quite cheap. With your back to the away end, head over the car park to the road, turn right and head up towards the level crossing and cream coloured pub, the club is next door. 5/10

The home fans (their contribution to the atmosphere etc): Started strongly, especially after their early lead, but dropped off as the game progressed. The majority of noise comes from the left of the away end, who tried to remain vocal throughout. Again there was a 10 minute period of silence during the second half. 5/10

Total score: 28/60

Awaydays League Table:

Hull City (KC Stadium) - 38
Torquay United (Plainmoor) - 27

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