The second half saw a different Tranmere team. Vicarage Road is a fairly neat ground which affords a decent view. The only problem with the ground is the concourse which is quite small for a Premier League stadium. The concourse was a very narrow one not that big compared to some other grounds with a food kiosk at the end which seemed the widest end of it So much more space but nowhere to stand and eat your food as there were no shelves. If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me email@example.com and Ill update the guide. My friend managed to get me a ticket as a few people sold their tickets on due to it being so close to Christmas. A 4-3 win made the trip to Watford even more pleasant than usual. Well, it's been a long time since we've been able to visit a Premier League ground. home fans friendly? I met my friend in the Moon Under Water Wetherspoons pub in the town centre. As a Surrey based Boro fan, Watford is counted as one of my "home" games. Easy. The Watford fans were friendly and we encountered no problems before or after the game. Christopher Harrison a visiting Middlesbrough fan recommends the Odd Fellows in Fearnley Street It is only a couple of hundred yards from the ground and they even had a barbeque in the beer garden. Tea is 1.70 and Steak Pie 3.40 (and very tasty). We parked in the Harlequin Shopping Centre though probably wouldn't again as it seemed a bit archaic in there. Also no alcohol being served in the away end is a bit of let down. Saturday January 15th, 2011, 3pm What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Vicarage Road Stadium? Our train was a 'slow' one and took 40 minutes. That gave control of things to Watford and the most recent addition to the ground was a few extra seats, which were installed in 2015. We went to the Moon Under the Water Wetherspoons pub on Watford High St and then a caf about five minutes walk from the Vicarage Road ground. For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website. A good choice of beer at ridiculously low prices. Sir Elton John Stand as it has been named, opened in December 2014 and was further expanded six months later, by the addition of more rows of seating to the front of it. It was a great game. 7. All Blue. and I had a Watford supporting pen pal in the 80s. The Police approached us to tell us that we should arrive earlier at the ground and handed out leaflets published by the club informing us that the away end was being renovated and two temporary turnstiles were in place. Vicarage Road Watford was to be the first of the 92 on my YouTube channel, Groundhopping FCand the ticket prices were excellent value at 10 for adults and 1 for a child. The rest of the ground looked good particularly the Graham Taylor Stand with its curvy roof. The fact that Watford hadn't won a league game all season and Coventry were unbeaten with a potential giant-killing on the cards may or may not have had an effect. Around 2,200 visiting fans can be accommodated in this area. On the whole, there was a very relaxed atmosphere inside and outside the ground. Really easy. Asking staff outside for directions to the club shop and away pubs were met with polite and friendly answers. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? Not the most spectacular ground but certainly not the worst I've ever been to. Not wishing to violate one of the better pre-match traditions we went to the pub. Fair play to the (long suffering) Derby support who sang throughout and were noticeably nosier then the home fans. Vicarage Road Stadium has been improved recently, not only with the opening of the Sir Elton John Stand on the East side of the stadium but also with a number of cosmetic changes both inside and out. What you did before the game pub/chippy. Eventually, the aforementioned Elton John repurchased the stadium. Had a good view of the game from the Vicarage Road end and the other three sides of the ground looked decent, I definitely prefer grounds like this when you see all the shiny new identigrounds cropping up. Food looked okay but usual expensive rates . The stewarding poor as a lot of fans were stood in gangways, which were slippy due to rain. Once we had arrived we headed straight for the away end and bumped into a few home fans on way to the away turnstiles. Its clear this ground is older then what my Brother is used too at Pride Park though I thought this had far more character. The concourse is quite long but so very narrow. Booking train tickets in advance will normally save you money! Why were you looking forward to visiting the Vicarage Lane football ground? A very good day out (even though my team lost and couldn't take their chances). A 10 bet at 15/2 says we'd do it. After reading the Football Ground Guide we tried a pub called 'Oddfellows' on Fearnley Street. Its a very friendly club. Thanks to Albert Fuller for providing the above directions. Responsibly, Map Showing The Location of Vicarage Road, Railway Stations and listed Pubs. Upon exiting the train station it is quite clearly signposted how to get to Vicarage Road. The ground has had both ends re-developed during the 1990s along with the front of the Graham Taylor Stand. Also visited the club shop which was well stocked with retro kits. I thought we had a good chance of a point or three, especially given Watford's poor start to the season. Then we had a penalty appeal which was given after being checked by VAR. I had a terrible view from my seat though. Finding the ground was easy and took about 15 minutes from where I was parked. What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly? Decent enough. Continue along again crossing Ring Road to T junction & then left at an excellent chip shop. I didn't try the food having eaten outside. 1922 Undersoil Heating: All around the town centre you could see white and yellow everywhere of Watford and Tranmere fans. These have all been done very well and to a high standard making VicarageRoad not only a smart looking and tidy looking ground, but one that has some individual character too. Championship League For 80 years the stadium belonged to Benskins, a beer brewer, which meant development was largely out of their control. Turnstiles open 90 minutes before kick off. Yes Shirt Sponsors: Outside the Club shop is a statue of Graham Taylor OBE Play On the M1 by 5.30pm. The away end, to my surprise was actually fairly accommodating. It was quite straightforward, I got a train to Watford High Street, and directions were well signposted towards the Vicarage Roadground. Watford had hoped to relocate to a new, larger stadium at nearby Bushey Green where theyd be able to offer up a 33k capacity stadium along with another 6,000 seater arena. 5-0 to City last season, 6-0 this season. 5. One of the better away pubs in the Premier League where both home and away fans can create a really good atmosphere. I took the train down and back. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Vicarage Road? 6. The wind blowing the rain into our end. A crush barrier was right in my eye line and I kept having to move my head. Everton came from 2 nil down to win 3-2 with 10 men. Opposite to the new Sir Elton John Stand, is the Graham Taylor Stand, which is named after their former manager, who took the Club up from the old Fourth Division to Division One in just five years and firmly put the club on the map. It is approximatelya 15 minute walk to the ground and was easy to get out after the game and back onto the M1. The teams come out to the old theme tune of the old Police series Z-Cars, as Watford fan Robert Hill explains; this started in the 1963-64 season when Z Cars were at its height on television. Despite this, changes were gradually made with proper terracing being introduced gradually before the current four stands were developed and opened across a number of decades; the most recent addition being the Sir Elton John Stand that opened in late 2014. 34,099 v Manchester United It was a great day out with the result making it better, with Spurs and Liverpool only drawing at home. 3. There is something about an away fixture over the Christmas period and a great opportunity to shift a week's worth of hangovers. One of my best away days with my son! The guy on strike looked like a player but the bowler was giving him too much room outside off in my opinion. I was not too concerned as the price has gone up to 8 a car (or was that just because it is the FA Cup?). This stand is shared with home supporters (with the obligatory no-mans land comprised of empty seats covered in netting in-between). Exit from the Gade Car Park was easy and the 3 mile journey back onto the M25 was 15 minutes as opposed to 45 minutes coming in. No issues but on a local train for 3 hours and 15 mins. 1. Although it is an easy 15 minute walk from the ground, there were long queues to use the pay machines after the game and we had then queue again in our car to leave the car park. We went to a Wetherspoons on Watford High Street and then went up to Vicarage Road. If you manage to get to the serving hatch, then you will find on offer the usual fayre of Hot Dogs (4.80), Pies (4.30), Sausage Rolls (4) and Vegetarian Pies (4.20). Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Vicarage Road? Vicarage Road Stand:Adults 36, Over 65s 22, Under 20s & Students 18, Under 16s 14 Easy route/drive using A3(M)/M25 which took 1 hour 15 mins to J19 for Watford. Getting away was really easy, following the happy Watford fans towards the town centre and tarrying only long enough to deposit my betting slip into a rubbish bin. It cost 1 per hour and was relatively easy to exit after the game had ended.There is also the option of renting a private driveway near the Vicarage Road Stadium via YourParkingSpace.co.uk. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. Liverpool produced an embarrassing and abject performance as Watford overpowered them. Vicarage Road is a very neat stadium, not the biggest and itseemed very compact. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: The result made it a great day out plus the banter in the bar beforehand. Tip for anyone heading north after the game; avoid the heavy traffic to junction 5 of the M1 by following signs to 'North Watford' the traffic is much lighter and you will soon be at Junction 6. Didn't bother going down into concourse seeing as how tight it was though the prices are no better or worse then most Championship grounds. 2. Cheap beer in 'Spoons, great chippy near the ground but the less said about the game the better. Well done Watford. I followed online advice and went to the Watford Girls School (WD18 0AD) but due to its limited capacity it was full (1 hour before kick off). Adam Hodson a visiting Stockport fan adds; I was very impressed with the ground and the modern facilities. The reason was given that it's too small an area and it really is a small concourse. I had been before so no surprises. This was aided by there being no queue to get access to the ground despite 3,600 away fans taking over the Vicarage Road Stand. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: Getting away was fine, our train was not until 5pm so we stayed in Watford town centre for a few drinks. In no way intimidating for an away fan after the game I thought. Then I went for a walk around the ground which I thought was impressive with the modern look of the ground. This offered very little to the aesthetics of the ground, but did give the stadium that quaint and old fashioned feel. Capacity: Leave the M1 at Junction 5 and take the A4008 into Watford. Watford Junction Railway Station is quite far from Vicarage Road, but as our train from Liverpool Lime Street stopped there we decided to get off and walk into town. Stewards were very relaxed in the away end. It belongs to the people of the town and is ran by people who love their club. We then went on to the Moon Under Water on the High Street which was pretty busy with away fans but the amply proportioned bar meant we were served in no time. They probably regret that now. Not a great selection of beer but comfortable enough and they show the lunch time kick off. Grass Club Nickname: I got in my car at 17:14hrs and was walking through my front door in Epsom by 18:20hrs so overall, it was a very good journey and I would definitely advise anyone wh o is driving, to stay away from the town centre if they want a quick getaway. Lunch at the Golden Arches on the High Street then visited the Odd Fellows pub, which is the main pub for away fans. I only had a brew as I'd eaten earlier. Adults 42, Over 65s 28, Under 20s & Students 24, Under 16s 20 I took a direct train from Liverpool Lime Street to Watford which took about 4 hours arriving at Watford around 1 pm. I always visit a local chippy if I can. I had travelled over from Ireland to follow the Canaries, my first time since since 2007, so I was itching to just see them again. The beer garden is a good size alongside a huge BBQ which took an absolute battering from both sets of fans. The Geordie fans were in good voice, although their team let them down with poor finishing. The game was the first since Graham Taylor's death earlier in the week and there was a sombre feeling in the air. I didnt sample any food or drink in there as the queues were massive due to the small concourse. As the evening progressed it became clear that my pre-match optimism was misplaced as the gulf between a Premier League outfit and a League One team became apparent as we were beaten 3-0. Under 20s & Students* 18 There was a good atmosphere inside. My only real gripe is that the size of the concourse at the back of the stand is one of the tightest that I have come across and is wholly inadequate when there is a large away following. Brighton made a good start and had a few good breaks forward and then Watford had a man sent off on 24 minutes. The outside of the away end looks a bit dated but inside the ground is fine and two of the other stands have been modernised. I got back to Liverpool Lime street just after 10 pm after a near 4 hour train journey back. After staying in the ground for a long time and the town centre chanting with the fans, I headed back to the train station which I had to wait 40 minutes but the entertainment on the platform from our fans made the time go quickly. Away fans leave the ground and walk same direction as home fans to get to coaches etc.. We returned to the Oddfellows pub to find it was full of Watford fans with only a few Norwich fans calling for a quick beer before the journey home. I had heard how unique in some ways Vicarage Road iss, and living in Cambridge (who were away at Alfreton) and seeing that Derby were there on the Saturday I got my brother to get some tickets for the Derby section.