Away Days - Bradford City

First Impressions -- Around the ground -- Facilities -- The Stand -- Overall -- Pictures

Fixture: Bradford City V Preston North End
Carling Cup Second Round
Valley Parade
Tuesday 24th August 2010
Kick off:
Final Result:
1-2 Coutts, Treacy (AET)

First Impressions

I pinpointed this match as a "must attend" as soon as the draw was made - an ideal opportunity to tick another ground off as well as it being in the bottom division (I don't have many League Two Grounds to my name).

The first glimpse of the ground came whilst I was on the coach - perched nicely on a hill (the ground that is, not the coach!) Already I could see how two of the stands were towering over the rest of the ground, but I thought the ground looked quite impressive at first glance.

Around the ground

Upon arrival at the ground I opted against have a walk round - I couldn't actually be bothered, so instead just took a photo of the exterior of the Midland Road Stand. I then bought a programme and went in.

Inside, I could tell how lopsided the ground really is. To the left of us was the small TL Dallas Stand which looked really cramped but I suppose 'cosy'. Opposite this was the Carlsberg Kop Stand and next to that the Co-operative Stand. These two stands tower over the rest of the ground, and whilst looking very impressive, must surely be detrimental to any atmosphere fans try to create.

I had 'mixed' feelings about them, on the one hand they look very impressive and must offer a great view but on the other hand (as I said earlier), they make the ground completely lopsided.


Like with the actual ground, I had some mixed feelings about the actual facilities.

Overall, they were quite decent but I thought the cramped concourse was an annoyance and I could also see how the catering staff were struggling with just one catering bar in the away section.
Having said that though, at least they had a decent queuing system (barriers separating each queue) - this certainly helped avoid the scrum you get at most grounds, including Deepdale.

As for the toilets, they were of an ok standard.

The Stand

From my experience, it seemed Bradford did the right thing moving away fans from the TL Dallas Stand to the Midland Road Stand. For starters, we didn't have any pillars in the way.
The view from the stand was excellent - just a clear view of the pitch and I could see all the action of the match clearly. The steepness of the stand seemed absolutely right too - not too shallow and not too steep.

With the legroom - that was excellent too and there was plenty of space to let other people past to take their seats (after standing up of course!)

As I said with the facilities, I had some mixed feelings particularly with the width/size of the concourse and only one catering bar, but otherwise I felt they were of a very good standard.


Well, it was a very rare North End away win and I got to see it! It was an ok PNE performance, but nothing particularly special apart from Keith Treacy's performance.

The ground, despite being lopsided and some concerns with the concourse etc, I felt it was excellent. In general, it looked very smart & modern and from the Midland Road Stand at least, a very good place to watch football from.


Appearance: 8/10
Facilities: 7/10
Enjoyment: 8/10
Fans: 6/10
Stand: 8/10

Overall: 7/10


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