DATES VISITED THIS
20/4/2002 - Hull 1
Lincoln City 1
I really wish I had given a damn about going
to more away games sooner because it would have meant I could go to Boothferry Park a bit more. Now, I know that first sentence
would have confused some people due to it not being the best of grounds, but I liked it despite giving it a relatively low
score. I found it very nostalgic. Unfortunatly though, they were due to move to the KC Stadium the next season, so this turned
out to be the only visit to this famous ground that I'll ever make.
Now, I'm not going to lie, a lot of Hull fans
have a deserved reputation for violence and this trip into the City was no different as loads of little chavs and general
other scum kept throwing stuff at the coaches, although pleasently, outside the ground where the fans could easily reach each
other, no violence was present which was a very nice suprise.
Getting to the ground, you see the away end that
famously has a Spar shop built into the back of it. Slightly to the left of those are two sets of stairs, one leading to a
gate for home fans and one leading to the gate for away fans. I remember thinking that this could be potentially very dangerous.
Anyway, getting into the ground, it's was like a throwback really. The ground reminded me a bit of Stamford Bridge before
redevelopment. The away end is a fairly large terracing although the view of the action is quite poor and it's hard to create
atmosphere due to their being no roof. The stand to the left of us was the main Hull stand, the infamous, Kempton Stand. A
stand that can apparantly scare the pants off the Terminator with it's atmosphere. This stand was alright but no particully
thrilling. The stand next to this was a massive stand and resemble's Walsall's end. It is a very large terrace area with a
large section of seating above it. Again, not great but could have been worse. The final stand was a dodgy seated area.
Overall the ground was quite good but was definitely
starting to show it's age and it's a good thing Hull moved, although I would have loved to have gone there for more matches.
The pictures you can see on the right were taken
in May 2007, 5 years and about 2 weeks after my visit. As you can tell the ground has just been left to rot effectively.
With vast plant-growths in the corner and grass that is approaching knee height, it's amazing they hadn't knocked it down
by this point, 4 and a half years after it was last used.
Overall Ground Quality : 2
Ease of getting there : 8
Atmosphere : 2
Programme : 9
View of Action : 6
Terrace Nutterage Factor : 5
The "football" feeling : 8
Friendliness of Home Supporters : 0
Quality of the game : 5
Chances of Coming Here Again If Given Chance : 0 (not possible)
Overall : 45/100