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I went to the Bristol City v Cardiff City game on the 25th August. I must say at the outset that I am not a fan of either team!

However, I live in Bristol and I go with friends who are ardent Bristol City fans. So it is as much about catching up with friends as it is watching a game of football. What a nice way to while away a Saturday afternoon.

Smart cards at Bristol City

As I go to several Ashton Gate matches every season I have a members card. It is really easy to ring the stadium and pay and they sort the card entry system out for you. The added bonus for the 2012/13 season is they no longer have an annual renewal charge. Also, I gather entrance prices for the card members are now variable and based on the opposition and how far in advance you book the ticket. I think this is a much better way of doing business.

Given that I live about 8 miles away from the stadium, travel is easy. In fact as my friend has a car park pass at the Winterstoke Road car park end of the ground, then it’s a doddle.

Ashton Gate Winterstoke Road Entrance

Rip-off food prices at Ashton Gate

My friends and I have a long standing joke about the food outlets outside the ground. It’s all about pricing. Who in their right mind is going to pay £6.50 for a bacon and sausage baguette? Well, not me or anyone else I guess.

And my long standing gripe is about the tea. For £1.80 you get a small cup with no lid. Price I pay elsewhere is usually around £1. I have no problem paying £2 for a cup when it is a decent size – and comes with a lid. Yes, I have a thing about lids where hot water is concerned.

I gather there are new style food outlets within the ground, but I did not try them on this visit.

Bristol City v Cardiff City - Sat 25 Aug 2012

I usually watch the game from high up in the Dolman Stand. It’s great watching this high up as you can really appreciate the formations and tactics in action.

And so to the football…

As for the game itself, Bristol City won 4–2. I did not rate the Cardiff City team and they do not look like the force they have been over the past few seasons. Perhaps they had an “off” day. Time will tell. Most of the goals came about via defensive errors. I am also not yet convinced that Bristol City are anything other than a bottom 10 Championship team. Again, time will tell.

Needless to say, being a neutral and watching six goals go in, it was a very enjoyable experience and the time whizzed by. One final disappointment was the size of the crowd. Just over 14,000 for a game like this on a Bank Holiday Saturday.

Where was everybody?

Post written by Martin Preedy
Blog: smarty09.wordpress.com, Twitter: @MartinPreedy

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One Response to “Bristol City: A home win, good seats but pricey grub!”

  1. Aubrey Chappell August 18th 2014 at 2:24 PM #

    Where is the entrance to the ground car park from Winterstoke Road?