Mill Farm - AFC Flyde

Pliny Harris

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How Easy Was The Ground to Get To (from the station, by car, etc)
Very. Just off the M55 J3 on your left. Going up from Wesham the main stand sticks out from a distance.

If Applicable, How is Parking Near The Ground?
Car park in the ground costs £5. The Aldi supermarket next door is sniffy and directs football traffic away. But there are new estates being built just off the Mill Farm business park where parking's free, so long as you don't mind coming back to find a busybody has stuck an A4 paper saying NO FOOTBALL PARKING onto your windshield, as if we were going to come back next week and park in the same place. In fact, stick it to them and park in front of their geraniums. Don't move next door to a music venue if you're a light sleeper, don't move next door to a football ground if you don't like football fans. Parking outside the ground premises probably gets you out quicker anyway.

Based on Where You Were Sat, How Was the View?
The three stands are set close to the pitch without any barriers in the way, which was a nightmare for the stewards but made the views very good. All apart from a very slightly raised, convex pitch. I imagine the seated stand's views are better as well. Another aspect to the unfenced perimeter is the whole ground feeling within quick reach and almost claustrophobic. Topped off with a nice clock high on the grandstand's wall, which appears to have two large storeys of directors' boxes.

How Were The Stewards on The Day?
Low in numbers and pretty calm. Inept, as usual, but not in a way that caused any fracas. The game was originally segregated, but it was clear that neither barriers nor staff were imposing this, so in the second half everyone spread out, which excited AFC Flyde's first-time fans when they had an away following walk amongst them. The stewards took a lot of mocking and didn't seem to accelerate things.

If You Ate at The Ground, How Would You Rate the Food?
Didn't see any come to think of it, but wasn't about giving a club like theirs any more money than I had to.

How Was The Atmosphere At The Ground, From Both Sets of Supporters? Does the Stadium Hold the Noise?

Very good acoustics under the terraces, which was almost completely untested by the home fans. Spread out in the second but the first half atmosphere was cracking from us.

How Are the Pubs and Local Attractions in The Local Area?
The local area seemed to be a village with some generic Georgian pastiche estates attached to it and one or two carvery pubs, could be any corner of England. Resorted to somewhere six miles out for beer and a meal but even that was mediocre. Completely incongruent setting for whatever they're trying to do here.

Overall Score Out of 10?
A good looking ground, with two well-built terraces and a commanding grandstand, but that's about it. Not the sort of place suited for the football it's aiming for, and indeed that will prove in the coming years...

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