Blogger Steven Chicken studied perceptions of grounds around England


22 May ~ In interviews you regularly hear managers and players describing grounds as “a tough place to go”, leading blogger Steven Chicken to try to find out which stadiums had the hardest reputation in the country, and whether they deserved it. He found that 56.5 per cent of League grounds had been called a tough place to go in the 2015-16 season, with Stoke City having by far the biggest reputation for it despite being average at home this season. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, had the third-worst home record in the Premier League but were tied with Everton as the second-toughest place to go in 2015-16. Nobody described Villa Park as a tough place to go. You can read the full results and see tables here.

Photo by Colin McPherson/WSC Photography: The Boothen End at Stoke City, apparently not a tough place to go after all

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