Away Days: Bristol City

Kent based Iron fan Ryan West continues his away fan diary, this time reviewing our trip to Ashton Gate.


The third long trip for the Scunthorpe United faithful since the start of the season. Saturdays journey was the better of the 3 – the 180 mile trip was fairly stress free compared to the Swindon game! Leaving at 9:30am stopping for a coffee break at Reading services on route, we arrived at the car park at 13:40pm. Avoiding the £10 car park at the ground – we parked up around the corner for half the price… £10 parking! Yeovil was £2!

The ticket fiasco!

With work commitments it is not always possible to book tickets in advance, so deciding to pay the £3 extra on the gate made sense. Stress free … or so we thought! Being pointed towards the ticket office by the stewards in the Car park we found out that tickets couldn’t be purchased on the day. The thought was “are you F***** joking!?” That would have been the reply if they hadn’t had a change of heart & let us in!

My old man refereed them to the OWS which advertised cheaper tickets in advance compared to on the gates. The reply was along the lines of: “we will sell you tickets but don’t go advertising it”. I pre warned them we wouldn’t be the only ones. The other Bristol City Official said “the reason we aren’t selling tickets on the day is because we have to move the netting over into the home section”.

I forgot how hard it was to move some netting! Communication & customer service skills clearly non existent!


The game

Pre match prediction was 2-0 – I wanted a performance & wanted us to give it a go, I didn’t want us to defend for 80 mins & then conceded late!
The first 10 times were worrying! We always seem to start games so slow, It could have easily been Swindon all over again.
The first half was entertaining with ‘McSheffrey hitting the post & we played some good stuff on the counter! As expected Bristol City had most the possession but we looked committed & organised.


The second half we created chances but as Russ said in the post match interview, “we need to be better in both boxes”. That was obvious as from our own poor corner, Bristol City caught us on the counter which lead to their corner…1-0. Gutted as it was a very soft goal!

I never feel confident when going 1-0 down but we gave it a real good go. I think their quality showed though in the end. Within a minute of coming on, a lapse of concentration on our part saw Cunningham beat the offside trap to fire past Bobby (would be speaking to Peterborough about a permanent deal if I was Swann). Game over!

The fans

Starting with the Negative, Adelakun was poor on Saturday but a few comments from a couple of Individuals were harsh! The young lad has flare & can produce some magic, remember the goal v Walsall? The boy is learning, he will make mistakes but he does some good things too. No winger is consistent at this level. That’s why they play in the lower leagues.

Apart from that, I thought the 300+ fans were fantastic throughout the whole 90 minutes. They were entertaining, got behind the lads & didn’t stop singing!

What have we learned? 

The injures we have are well documented but at least we are starting to get a settled side. I like Nolan but he is our weak link at the moment. A fully fit Nolan is a good defender but at the moment it is obvious he isn’t fit!

Wilcox still needs to find the balance in attack, McSheffrey has earned his position in the number 10 role but it leaves Madden too isolated. He needs play on the shoulder of the last defender, not with his back to goal! I wish Deon was 10 years younger & could play every game. We look a completely different team with him in the side, for the better!

It’s going to be a long season. The loan window opens again this week so hopefully Wilcox will look for a couple of players, especially someone to replace Syers!

I am never happy in defeat but it was much better than Yeovil away & we are getting better.

Stick with the boys, keep the faith! See you at Chesterfield!



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Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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