Slightly off at a tangent, but my feelings.
Travelling in was amazed at the lack of traffic, parked on High Lane, was the only car there. ( still the same at the end!!)
Went to have a look at the fan zone, looked great, lots of happy families there. Spending at the vale as well instead of the town centre.
About 2.15 this, queues for the Paddock even then, so the "not there early enough" goes out of the window.
Made my way round to Lorne street 2.20ish, went straight up to turnstile and in, no problem.
Not so good then unfortunately. Long queues at the concourses (good for vale though) Part of the problem was having to decant into glasses, ( but my bottle of cider Ok).
2 people left my queue because it was cash only apparently. If it has to be cash only ( unusual since covid) this needs to be well flagged up in publicity and notices up at the kiosks. Money being lost here. If folk know in advance, easy to sort out.
No programs available. Probably the 1 match ( new signings, what number etc) I would buy a program. Maybe they had sold out, but as I say this was at 2.20.
Saw comments that the queues at the Paddock kiosks were enormous at half time ( I didn't look tbh, was watching the half time scores on the new teles). Stadia Catering always pre poured before half time. Would this help?
I didn't notice lots of fans coming in after KO in the Lorne Street or Bycars (no more than usual anyway) If fans can't get in to the Bycars, that is ridiculous with how many go in there. There has always been late arrivals in to the Paddock, so didn't think anything of it at the time tbh. This has got to be sorted though, or casual fans will just not come.
Overall experience, really enjoyed it, good atmosphere, lovely to see so many kids there, all in strips.
Have to say I found it strange being in a crowd after so long, uncomfortable. But I don't suppose I was alone there. Will take a while to get used to being close to people again.