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13 hours ago, BurtonRam7 said:

Cannot stand the sight of thousands of people streaming down the steps with five minutes to go. You pay for your ticket so you watch the game. If we're playing well or winning, the lads deserve to have their efforts acknowledged at the end.

On occasions I haven’t even ventured up for the second half, stay down watch it on the screens and have a few beers, not sure what harm that is doing to anyone 🍺🍺

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8 minutes ago, AdamRam said:

On occasions I haven’t even ventured up for the second half, stay down watch it on the screens and have a few beers, not sure what harm that is doing to anyone 🍺🍺

The team, perhaps?

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8 hours ago, DCFC1388 said:

For the sake of 5mins or so id rather not have to sit in traffic for an hour. Plus im with my young boy who I like to get home at a decent time for his tea etc and on a more personal level I have 2 other kids who I like to see for a couple of hours (more than enough 🤣) before I get them to bed!!

Fair enough and, like I say, it's your choice. I do wonder though if you might benefit from parking somewhere different. I am genuinely back home in Tamworth (without speeding) by just after 6 and that includes queuing to get down from the upper level of the west stand, a ten minute swift walk to my car, stuck in a bit traffic by the old cattle market and driving 33 miles home.

Personally, and I know some folk have no choice, I'd hate the prospect of knowing I'm going to miss the last 5 minutes of every game (well, unless we're getting mauled in which case it might be a blessing) especially as, more often than not, the result is still uncertain. 

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6 minutes ago, Tamworthram said:

Fair enough and, like I say, it's your choice. I do wonder though if you might benefit from parking somewhere different. I am genuinely back home in Tamworth (without speeding) by just after 6 and that includes queuing to get down from the upper level of the west stand, a ten minute swift walk to my car, stuck in a bit traffic by the old cattle market and driving 33 miles home.

Personally, and I know some folk have no choice, I'd hate the prospect of knowing I'm going to miss the last 5 minutes of every game (well, unless we're getting mauled in which case it might be a blessing) especially as, more often than not, the result is still uncertain. 

Traffic was queuing alot more this Saturday down chequers road by the Cattle Market, seemed to be a lot of cars coming from Cranmer Road (Behind Peugeot Dealer) which is a dead end , my guess is that the new parking charges instigated around the back of chequers road encouraged a lot of people to park in Cranmer road and walk the extra distance, so this would look set to continue

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I must admit if we're winning and having put in a really good performance, I find it a little depressing seeing the stadium empty out in final 10 mins, but each to their own. 

Totally agree about switching the concourse screens off. If you're going, go. If you're staying, stay. The time you save by leaving your seat to watch in the concourse can be a couple of minutes at most?

I've left early a handful of times over the years, mostly because we're losing and I'm bored. I have missed the odd meaningless goal but never anything significant. Things like Villa last week are one-in-a-million kind of events and they can't really be used as some kind of norm. Yes they can happen, but statistically how often do they?

 

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My preference(when we go)is to wait till everyone has gone and have a leisurely walk to the car,I’m even happy to wait around for an hour to let everyone clear off.

I have no issue with anyone leaving whenever they want,everyone’s got their own lives,they can do what they want.

It’s none of my business what they’re doing.

Of course it would be great to see everyone stay till the end.

If you leave when the players do it’s about perfect for getting away.

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2 hours ago, Tamworthram said:

Fair enough and, like I say, it's your choice. I do wonder though if you might benefit from parking somewhere different. I am genuinely back home in Tamworth (without speeding) by just after 6 and that includes queuing to get down from the upper level of the west stand, a ten minute swift walk to my car, stuck in a bit traffic by the old cattle market and driving 33 miles home.

Personally, and I know some folk have no choice, I'd hate the prospect of knowing I'm going to miss the last 5 minutes of every game (well, unless we're getting mauled in which case it might be a blessing) especially as, more often than not, the result is still uncertain. 

I park at the Merlin which is pretty easy to get out of normally, Saturday it was at a standstill pretty much all the way down london road into town. With having a young lad I dont want to be walking any further than that. Im normally in the car by the time added time comes on so i only miss a couple of mins and listen to the rest.

When I wasnt able to drive I stayed to the end as there wasnt any need to leave early.

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If derby could just sort out some allocated parking (a proper park and ride with plenty of spaces available nearby would be the answer) then the leaving early would virtually stop.

I don't leave early but end up sitting in a car park for an hour afterwards for my indulgence.

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3 hours ago, BurtonRam7 said:

The team, perhaps?

Why?

I sit in an area that is not that vocal, when I’m in my seat I am supportive  throughout, away games I stay to the end however maybe miss a few minutes  at half time whilst I finish my beer.

The key though, is that I go for my enjoyment, not yours, my match day experience is for me, you may not like it, but to be honest and no offence, so what. I have had a season  ticket for so many years now, it doesn’t make me any more of a fan than the casual supporter. As I said, I’m at an age when I couldn’t give a toss what people think, for me it’s about having a laugh with the boys for the day, it’s a release from my worries and woes, if it upsets the super fans, oh well 👍

 

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I have a 3 hour run typically if i come up so a few minutes queuing in traffic doesn't add much to the irritation. for some irrational reason i get crosser if i can't find a car park within 10 mins of PP........😄

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Ashamed to say we do this every game, on 87 minutes.

Would love to stay to the end but we have to get back to Kettering area which is around 1 hour and 10 minutes (I am sure many travel much further). If we stay to the end we spend just as long trying to travel the first 1 mile and that makes the difference between watching the second half of the 5-30pm game on Sky or not.

I do aim to be in the ground for 2pm to compensate!

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The trick is to not attend in the first place 😉

When I did attend though, we used to stay until the end. And we'd be some of the last out of the stadium just as an attempt to avoid walking through the concourse in the packed crowd. But it helps to be living in the centre of Derby. No delays are too bad then.

 

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1 hour ago, kash_a_ram_a_ding_dong said:

If derby could just sort out some allocated parking (a proper park and ride with plenty of spaces available nearby would be the answer) then the leaving early would virtually stop.

I don't leave early but end up sitting in a car park for an hour afterwards for my indulgence.

There's a huge park and ride at Brighton and their fans leave even earlier to beat the queue for the shuttle buses! 

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1 minute ago, angieram said:

There's a huge park and ride at Brighton and their fans leave even earlier to beat the queue for the shuttle buses! 

It takes ages to get out of that, I think it was there where we took the shorter queue and hopped over once we got to the bridge...couldn’t be sure though so please don’t blame me if it doesn’t work 🤣

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