Written by Samuel Turner |
On Tuesday the 26th of February, I attended not only my first Truro City match but also my first ever non-league football match, and my first match in Cornwall. The one I attended was Truro City versus Surrey side Woking FC in the National League South, and it was up there with one of the best football experiences I have ever had.
Truro City are the highest ranked side in Cornwall
Kick-off was at 19:45, so I set off from campus at approximately 18:00 to catch the train from Penryn to Truro at around 18:14. Treyew Road (Truro City’s Stadium) is a stone’s throw away from Truro station, meaning that it takes under an hour to get to the stadium from the Penryn Campus. Transport only cost £2.95 (by train, with a Student Railcard), meaning travel won’t be too much of a concern when attending a Truro City match.
Tickets cannot be bought prior to the game, unless you are a season ticket holder. You purchase your ticket when you go through the turnstiles to get into the ground. As students you can enter for £5, compared to the normal price of £13, which is an absolute bargain in my eyes – especially when you consider it can cost around £30 to attend a Premier League game.
If you arrive early, like I did, there is plenty of opportunity to grab a drink or some food either in the club bar or the classic burger van. Tempted by the sight of food, I purchased a Jumbo Hot Dog and a diet Pepsi. It did not disappoint on either taste nor price, with the total coming to £3.90. As well as this, you can purchase a match day programme for £2.50. I bought one to read before the game, and to keep as a souvenir.
There is no seat allocation or anywhere particular for you to stand, instead you are free to choose where you go
I decided to sit up in one of the main stands to get a good vantage point of the whole pitch. There are no stand covers, so it was a bit cold. Luckily though, I had wrapped up warm with a long coat and a scarf, but it’s all part of the experience!
718 people were in attendance, which was a bit of a bumper crowd for the White Tigers. There was a common chant between the two sets of fans, aimed at Torquay United. This was most likely due to Truro’s rivalry with the Devon Club (whom they had shared a stadium with at the start of the season), and Woking being in fierce competition with Torquay for automatic promotion.
The match was not a thriller, with the score ending 1 – 0 to the visitors after Amarni Little scored from outside the box in the 26th minute. Apart from the goal, one of the main highlights came during the first few minutes after kick off, where three new balls had to be given out due to the balls not being pumped up enough, and at one point a ball was replaced – having only just replaced another.
As a Swansea fan and having been to a fair few Premier League and Championship games. I will admit the quality of football is nowhere near that of those divisions, however, the match day experience is just as entertaining, unique, and personal. It is also an interesting match to watch with there being an array of physical battles, aerial challenges, and drama.
To conclude, I would definitely recommend going to see Truro City to any university student
Whether you are a football fan missing seeing your local team back home, or a neutral who wants to attend a live game, Lower League football provides you with the opportunity to see a cheap, entertaining and accessible game. And, as members of the local student body, we have a duty to support the area we are living in and, by attending, you are helping to improve football in Cornwall.
Truro City’s next home game is against Chelmsford City on the 23rd of March. Hopefully, like me, you will attend a Truro City game in the future and become a White Tiger’s fan too.