Nottingham Forest

City Ground

Capacity: 30,576 (all seated)
Address: City Ground, Nottingham, NG2 5FJ
Telephone: 0115 982 4444
Fax: 0115 982 4455
Ticket Office: 0871 226 1980
Pitch Size: 115 x 78 yards
Club Nickname: The Reds
Year Ground Opened: 1898
Shirt Sponsors: None at present
Kit Manufacturer: Adidas
Home Kit: Red and White
Away Kit: Yellow With Blue Trim

External View
External View
Brian Clough and Bridgford Stands
Brian Clough and Bridgford Stands
Looking Towards The Trent End
Looking Towards The Trent End
Main Stand
Main Stand
Brian Clough Stand
Brian Clough Stand
Bridgford Stand
Bridgford Stand
Trent End
Trent End

The ground from a distance looks quite picturesque sitting on the banks of the River Trent. Both ends were re-developed during the 1990's, much improving the overall appearance. At one end, the Bridgford Stand houses away fans in the lower tier; it is odd because one third of this stand was built lower then the rest, due to a local Council planning requirement to allow sunlight through to the houses in nearby Colwick Road. Opposite, the Trent End, is the most recent addition to the ground. It is a large two tiered stand that looks quite smart. One unusual feature of the stand, is that running across the middle are a number of rows of seating  enclosed within a covered shaded glass area. On one side there is a similarly impressive two tiered stand, with executive boxes in between, which was built in 1980. Once called the Executive Stand, it was recently renamed the Brian Clough Stand in honour of their greatest manager. Facing this is a smaller and much older Main Stand (built in the mid 1960's) that now looks quite tired in the company of its shiny new neighbours.

In the City Centre in the old Market Square is a bronze statue of the legendary Brian Clough.

Visiting supporters are housed on one side of the lower tier of the Bridgford Stand (towards the Brian Clough Stand), where around 2,000 fans can be accommodated. The facilities and view of the action in this stand are good. If demand requires it then an additional 1,000 away supporters can be seated in lower Block T of the Brian Clough Stand.  Food inside the ground includes a range of Pukka Pies; Chicken Balti, Meat and Potato, Cheese and Onion (all £3), plus Cornish Pasties (£3) and Sausage Rolls (£2.30). Also available are Cheeseburgers (£3.60), Burgers (£3.40) and Hot Dogs (£3.40).

I personally did not have any problems at the City Ground, but I have heard of away fans getting some hassle; for example it has not been unknown for the odd object to be thrown down on away fans from so called Forest fans seated above. Don't be surprised also if the stewards keep asking you to sit down if you stand in the seated areas, which can get annoying. There are also an element of Forest supporters who sit close to the away fans, who feel it is their duty to continually berate visiting supporters during the game, which can be unsavoury. It is also advised to keep colours covered around the ground, especially if you support another Midlands team. The good news though is that away fans can really make some noise from this stand, so make the most of it! 

Chris Powell a visiting West Brom fan adds; 'On my last visit a number of West Brom fans were thrown out of the grounds by stewards for not sitting down. From what I could see they gave just one chance to sit down and if you didn't you were out. What was even more annoying is that fans in the home section were allowed to stand without interference'.

The Club have hadplans in the past to possibly build a new stadium, but these have not come to fruition. The Club may now concentrate instead on redeveloping the older Main Stand side of the ground, however nothing is likely to happen on this front, until Forest are successful in gaining promotion back to the Premier League.

Nearly all pubs near to the ground are for home fans only. Audrey MacDonald a visiting Hartlepool fan informs me; 'After trying to no avail to find a pub near to the ground that would allow in away fans, the Police directed us to the Meadow Club which is the Notts County Supporters Club. The Club was okay but a bit short on bar staff'. Carl Fitzpatrick a visiting Coventry City fan adds; 'Very near to the ground on the banks of the River Trent, we came across the Nottingham Rowing Club, which displayed a banner outside saying that away fans were welcome. They charged £1 entry and the beer was good and very reasonable, plus the Forest fans that we met inside were chatty and friendly.'

Simon Phillips recommends the Stratford Haven, just down the road from the Larwood & Voce, 'it has great beer and food, it bustles and is used by both home and away fans'. This pub is located in a largely residential area where there is street parking available, if you arrive early. Tim Cooke a travelling Millwall fan has a different angle (so to speak); 'definitely one for the lads!  Hooters (on the main road A6011, on the outskirts of the city centre, you can't miss it!) has very nice waitresses wearing just enough to cover things up, serves lovely beer, and great food. Take my advice, make a weekend of it, Nottingham is a top city!' Otherwise, alcohol is available inside the ground, including Carlsberg Lager (£3.70 Bottle), IPA Beer (£3.70 Bottle), Bulmers Cider (£3.70 Bottle), Smirnoff Ice (Bottle £3.70), various minature bottles of spirits (£4.10).

If you are arriving by train and have a bit of time on your hands, then I would suggest that you check out the ‘Olde Trip To Jerusalem’. This historic pub dates back to the 12th century and some of the rooms are ‘cave like’ having been carved out of the rock that Nottingham Castle is situated upon. Add real ale, food and a small beer garden, then it is certainly worth a visit. It is about a five minute walk away from the train station. As you come out of the station turn right. At the top of the road turn left and then take the second right into Castle Street. Just tucked away on the left is the pub. 

There is also the Waterfront complex of bars (including a Wetherspoons outlet) which is a short walk from the train station. As you come out of the station turn right and cross over to the other side of the road (As you cross the bridge going over the canal you can see the complex). At the top of the road turn left and the Waterfront complex is just down on the left, located behind the buildings on the main road. I have received reports of fans getting some hassle in pubs near to the station, so use your discretion and keep colours covered.

Adrian Taylor a visiting Birmingham City fan adds; 'If travelling by train, then there are numerous pubs with character in and around the city centre including the Olde Trip To Jerusalem, The Castle (in Castle Street),  Salutation Inn (on Hounds Gate), and my favourite, The Round House (in Royal Standard Place)'. Another pub worthy of mention is the Canal House; It is housed in a listed building, serving Castle Rock beers and it even has part of canal inlet running through the inside of the pub!

Andy Tomsett a visiting Brighton and Hove Albion fan recommends the Vat and Fiddle which is near to the railway station. 'The pub is the Castle Rock brewery tap and so has a big range of real beers. It was busy but we got served okay and they offer food too. The pub's is on Queensbridge Road. Leave the station by the front exit, turn left a little way and Queensbridge Road is a big thoroughfare on your right (almost opposite the station).'

From The North
Leave the M1 at Junction 26 and take the A610 towards Nottingham and then signs for Melton Mowbray. Cross the River Trent and you will see the ground on your left. Alternatively as you approach Nottingham on the A610 you will pick up signs for 'football traffic'. Although following these seems to take you all round the outskirts of Nottingham you do eventually end up at the City Ground, along the A6011. 

From The South
Leave the M1 at Junction 24 and take the A453 towards Nottingham. Then take the A52 East towards Grantham and then onto the A6011 into Nottingham. The ground is situated by the A6011.

Rowland Lee informs me; 'There is an alternative route to the ground from the South; Leave the M1 at Junction 21a (Leicester East) and follow the A46 dual carriageway towards Newark. After around 20 miles take the A606 towards Nottingham. At the first roundabout that is the junction with the A52, take the 4th exit onto the A52, signposted towards Grantham. At the next roundabout turn left onto the A6011 towards Nottingham. The ground is about a mile down this road.

If you would prefer not to drive into Nottingham centre, then there is a 'Park and Ride' scheme at Clifton, which is signposted off the A453. Parking is free and then you can take a tram to Nottingham Railway Station (Cost Adults £3.50 Return, Children £2). The journey time into Nottingham is 15 minutes and trams run every 10 minutes (or less) during the day and every 15 minutes in the evenings.

Car Parking

Chris Parkes adds; ' I would suggest to any away fans visiting the City Ground  by car, that they head for the M1 via Junction 25 when leaving after the game. Follow the A52 (Derby) signs and join the motorway at J25 . This applies to fans who are heading either North or South on the M1 . Although the route planners and Sat Navs say head for M1 Junction 24 , the A453 is notoriously bad for traffic and it can take up to an hour to get to Junction 24 . Although a slightly longer journey, when travelling south, getting to Junction 25 will take 20 minutes at the most and it is only five minutes down to Junction 24 once on the motorway'.

There is a large car park at the ground, otherwise there is some street parking to be had, especially in the roads near to the Meadow Lane ground across the river. Steve Barratt informs me; 'regarding the parking at Forest, the council operate a car park on match days on the Victoria Embankment, located near to the cricket ground. They charge £5 but it is only a two minute walk to the stadium'. The council also provide parking at their Eastcroft depot (NG2 3AH) at £4 a car. The depot is a ten minute walk from the City Ground, located just off London Road (A60), opposite Hooters. The entrance is signposted with banners and is manned by security guards throughout the match.

Gerry Toms adds 'bear in mind that as the one end of the ground backs onto the River Trent, you cannot drive around it, so it is probably best to park at first available opportunity, or you may find yourself crossing the River Trent and having to comeback on yourself again'. 

Steve Haynes a visiting Aston Villa fan informs me; 'We parked at the East Midlands Parkway Railway Station (it has a large secure car park) which is just off Junction 24 of the M1. We then caught the train into Nottingham which took 16 minutes. I paid £5.10 for a park and ride ticket which included parking and a return ticket to Nottingham. After the game a return train was easy to catch and of course the return to the M1 was completely traffic free. I certainly think this is a great option for people travelling up from the South'. 

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Nottingham railway station is located one mile from the City Ground and takes around 20 minutes to walk. As you come out of the main station entrance, turn left and then left again. Follow the road down to the dual carriageway and then turn right. The ground is about 3/4's of a mile down the dual carriageway on the left, just over Trent Bridge.

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Like a number of clubs, Nottingham Forest have a category system (A & B) whereby the more popular league games cost more to watch. Category A prices are shown below with Category B prices in brackets. 

All areas of the stadium (except the Family area)*
Adults £30 (B £24) Over 65's £20 (B £17) Under 18's £16 (B £12) Under 12's £8 (B £6)

Family area: Adults £25 (B £19) Over 65's £20 (B £17) Under 18's £14 (B £10) Under 12's £7 (B £5)

* These prices are for tickets purchased in advance of matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game can cost up to £2 more.

Nottingham Forest FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Official Programme £3. 
Blooming Forest Fanzine £1.
LTLF Fanzine £1.

Derby County and Leicester City.

Record Attendance

49,946 v Manchester United Division One, October 28th, 1967.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record

30,227 v Derby County Championship League, September 14th, 2014

Average Attendance

2014-2015: 23,492 (Championship League)
2013-2014: 22,630 (Championship League)
2012-2013: 23,082 (Championship League)

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Nottingham Forest v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Championship League
Friday 3rd April 2015, 3pm
Aimee Henry (Wolves fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the City Ground?

What better way to start the Easter weekend than a trip to watch the mighty Wolves continue their play-off push? We’ve had some great days out so far this season, and with over 2,000 Wolves fans expected to make this trip, it promised to be another. Last time we were at the City Ground we were soundly beaten, so I was hoping for a better result. Although not a ‘local’ derby, the West Midlands v East Midlands games can sometimes be quite spicy affairs too.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We went on the train for this one, and booked our tickets well in advance. I think from our nearest station to Nottingham, splitting the journey at Birmingham New St, was about £15 return, which is excellent value. Depending on where you’re coming from, New Street could be useful, as there are regular trains to and from Nottingham. It took around about 70 minutes of travelling, we got on the train at just after 10am and were in Nottingham at 12 O’Clock. 

It’s a decent walk from the train station to the City Ground, probably 15-20 minutes. Leave the station and turn left and left again, follow that road down to the dual carriageway, and negotiate about seven sets of zebra crossings to get across to the other side. Then follow the dual carriageway down until you cross over the River Trent. At this point the ground looms into view, and the scene looking at the appropriately named ‘Trent End’ from the bridge is quite picturesque.

City Ground

To get to the away end, carry on walking down, then take a left. You should see the club megastore on your left. Before you go through into the main car park, go right, and at the top of that road, go left. Trent Bridge (they play cricket there or something) will be on your right. Take the next left, then the next right, and the entrance to the away end will be on your left hand side. Sound confusing? We managed to lose my brother twice, and even after we’d been pointed in the right direction by a very friendly steward, it seemed like a lot of effort! I suppose whilst having a ground in and around the City Centre is good for transport, it does mean there is plenty of scope for the ground to be hidden amongst other buildings. 

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Having persuaded the male members of our travelling party that they didn’t “need” to go to Hooters, we eventually settled on the Notts County Supporters Club at Meadow Lane. After a couple of drinks, we headed to the ground, stopping outside the club shop on the way for a burger from the van opposite. The home fans were friendly enough, as were the stewards. 

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

If you go by train and walk to the ground, the first you will see is from the River, which is quite an impressive sight. I remember someone once (might have been Stuart Maconie) saying that it’s not a proper City unless it has a river. Well, Nottingham is a proper City alright, the view of the City Ground from the bridge straddling the mighty Trent is excellent. At first we ended up outside the Main Stand, where a rather nice banner displaying the club’s trophy haul ran along the top. There didn’t seem much space to add any further honours though, seems rather pessimistic to me…

The away end was much like any other in the Championship these days. Sometimes it feels as though you’re on some cheap 90's gameshow, having to weave in and out of the barrier fences, and through the rows of stewards. After a quick search of my bag, and a pat down search of my dad and brother, we went in. 

The ground is dominated on one side by the Brian Clough Stand, named in honour of one of English football’s most enigmatic and successful managers. It means that the stand where the dugouts are situated does look slightly dwarfed, in a similar manner to Elland Road. The Trent End, home to Forest’s more raucous supporters, is an impressive looking two tiered stand. 

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The first half was a bit drab, in all honesty. Wolves’ best chance fell to Nouha Dicko, when Benik Afobe’s shot was blocked by home keeper Karl Darlow. Dicko fired in the rebound, but was denied a goal by an acrobatic clearance by Eric Lichaj. At the other end, Forest peppered the Wolves area with shots, most of them harmless, but former Wolf Michael Mancienne, now shorn of his Predator-esque cornrows, did find the target with a thumping effort. Carl Ikeme was equal to it though, and palmed the shot onto the post and out for a corner. Forest’s Chuba Akpom, a recent loan signing from Arsenal, was causing problems with his physicality, but Michail Antonio, one of the stars of the Championship this season, was struggling to get any joy against Dominic Iorfa. 19 year old Iorfa has been a star since he emerged from the club’s U21 side in the winter, and has a massive future ahead of him. A score of 0-0 at Half Time reflected a scrappy half, in which neither side could put together a spell of pressure.

View From The Away Section

The Second half started, and within 30 seconds, Wolves were in front. Benik Afobe picked up the ball just inside the centre circle, and started running. He carried on running. He ran some more. And kept running. Eventually, he found himself with time and space just outside the box to slot home an incredible individual goal. The scenes in the away end were fabulous, despite the fact that many were still on the concourse getting a pie and pint. There was no doubt that they’d celebrated though, as my beer soaked brother will testify. The goal really lifted Wolves, and we started to really turn the screw. Bakary Sako, Wolves’ mercurial winger, started to terrorise Mancienne, to the point that after he beat him yet again, Forest skipper Henri Lansbury decided the only way to stop him was a lunging, knee-high tackle. Penalty to Wolves! Sako himself stepped up, and calmly sent Darlow the wrong way. That really killed the game off, as aside from a great chance for Antonio, who had switched wings to try and get more joy against Scott Golbourne, Forest rarely threatened a comeback. It was a shame for them that many of their fans had already trudged off home when Dexter Blackstock netted a late consolation, finishing with aplomb after some neat build up with fellow sub Jamie Paterson. It was too little, too late for the home side though, as the game had barely restarted when the referee called the game to an end. 

I thought the atmosphere was great, the location of the Wolves fans, in the far corner/side of the stand, meant we could really get things going, and obviously being surrounded either side and above by home fans added to the occasion. Wolves fans took particular delight in the performance of Sako, who last season had been the subject of intense speculation linking him with Forest. The Wolves win also effectively ended Forest’s faint Play-Off hopes, which didn’t go unnoticed in the away end, with chants of “we’ve ended your season, [bleep] off and go home!” 

The facilities were of a good standard, but the only problem was the lack of staff on the bars. Because it was raining, a lot of Wolves fans headed into the ground early, and so at about 2pm, there were suddenly about 500 hungry, thirsty fans on the concourse, and about 3 staff. I paid £3 for a programme which was packed full of features, including a generous section on Wolves. 
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The walk back to the train station took about 25 minutes, and there didn’t seem to be any aggro. It’s always interesting walking behind opposition fans, you get a very uncensored view of the game! 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I really enjoyed going to the City Ground, it’s a “proper” ground, very close to the pitch, with good acoustics. And of course, Wolves won, making it a great start to the Easter Weekend. 

Nottingham Forest v Ipswich Town
Championship League
Sunday 5 October 2014, 3pm
Kieran Bleasby (Ipswich Town)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

We’d picked this fixture out at the start of the season as a new ground to visit. Plus both teams were in top form teams coming into this game. Forest were unbeaten all season and we’d bagged 13 points from our last 5 games so it was scripted to be a great match to attend.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We took the supporters coach to the City Ground leaving Ipswich at about 9ish in the morning. We had a stop at Peterborough to stretch our legs and have bite to eat. We arrived on the outskirts of  Nottingham at about 1pm and then at the ground itself around 20 minutes later. The journey was a smooth one and although I wasn’t paying much attention to the roads, the ground seemed fairly straight forward to get to.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We didn’t have a clue where to go on arrival, so we followed other town fans to see where they’d go. Surprisingly we ended up at Notts county’s ground just over the Trent (easily found). This had a great bar to accommodate a huge amount of away fans. It served good priced alcohol and food too. The home fans seemed you’re average bunch. The mass majority of them friendly with just a couple  trying to be intimidating to some of us. Overall a good start to the day.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Looked like your typical football ground in all honesty. Similar to ours in the fact that we have new and old stands. We were situated in one of the newer parts behind the goal/corner. Opposite us the famous Trent End and to the right a two-tier smart looking stand which extended to our end with home fans in the tier above us.  Lastly to our left the older Main Stand, part of which you could tell used to be an old terrace, which has been converted to seating. It also housed the team dugouts and changing rooms/press boxes/tv gantry. So nothing particularly amazing but nothing bad either. My view wasn’t bad although where the stand curved, so did the row of seats making it a lot more cramped than I have been before but that was a minor complaint.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game finished in a 2-2 draw. Ipswich almost ended Forest's unbeaten run but the home side snatched a very late equaliser in the 93rd minute. Gutting but I would have taken a draw beforehand. A Daryl Murphy brace either side of half time put us ahead twice but Forest played well and you could say deserved the points but we worked hard for the win. Atmosphere was once again brilliant. Both fans exchanging banter and passionate signing which everyone loves. Stewards a bit too OTT telling us to sit down every 30 seconds but apart from that everything was good. Decent price for food and drink I guess. Not the cheapest but not the most expensive and the facilities were once again what you’d expect at these types of grounds

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After applauding our players off we headed out of the ground and were back in our seats on the coach within 3-4 minutes. The coach left once everyone had returned and off we went. Traffic was a bit busy but that was expected, if it wasn’t for the smash up on the main road on the way home we would have been home by 8pm but the 45-50 minute traffic jam made it drag on a lot.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Thoroughly enjoyed the day out apart from the way the result worked itself out, but with good pre-match bar, great atmosphere for the day and a good game of football to watch it was a great outing. Would recommend the City Ground to go to and it is a ground I wouldn’t mind visiting again. Great day 9/10.

Nottingham Forest v Portsmouth
Championship League
Saturday 28 April 2012, 12.30pm
Dominic Bickerton (Portsmouth fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

It's always good to meet up with my mate and add a new ground to our list. I'm also a big fan of Nottingham itself and I thoroughly enjoy what the city has to offer. We were also excited to actually be watching a game; Stoke were playing Arsenal later on the day, so we planned watch this match, then view the Stoke game in a pub later on.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We caught the train from Sheffield and arrived at Nottingham about two hours before kick off. Having been to Nottingham several times, I know my way around quite well and finding the ground is no problem at all. Should you need them, directions provided on the Football Ground Guide are accurate and easy to follow.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

After leaving the station we stopped at Hooters, which is usually very busy due to its proximity to the ground. We spent a good 90 minutes there having a few drinks. If you're in need of a bite to eat, the food is good and reasonably priced. It also has a few cash machines, which was useful because the ones at the train station were out of order, however, they do charge a small fee for withdrawals.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

I have seen the ground many times from the outside and I have always been impressed with its location on the river and its general look. After finding our seats on the back row of the Trent End, we took in the rest of the ground and were fairly impressed. The Brian Clough stand is very impressive and the Bridgford Stand is a rather unique looking and adds a certain charm to the ground. I did think that the Main Stand looked quite worse for wear and could do with a lick of paint and a bit of renovation. Overall, the City Ground is easily one of the better grounds in the Championship. It has a lot of character and is in a great location, both of which are rare to find in a lot of grounds these days.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was never going to be a real spectacle; Forest were safe from relegation and Pompey were already condemned to League One football next season. Neither team had much to play for and the players were already wearing their flip flops. The first half consisted of some of the worst football I have seen this year, and it was evident as to why both teams have struggled this season. At half time we went down onto the concourse, which was very crowded and clearly inadequate to cope with the number of fans. Both the food bars and toilets had long queues, and by the time we had both done the half time necessities the second half had already kicked off. 

The second 45 minutes were much like the first, and both of us had started to question why we had paid £27 each for a ticket (We both agreed that 27 quid was extremely steep, especially when you consider that a fair few Premier League clubs have cheaper ticket prices). However, we were not to be denied some entertainment when on 70 minutes Dexter Blackstock turned in a Gareth McCleary cross from a yard out. 19 minutes later Blackstock claimed his second of the match when he headed in from an Andy Reid corner. The game finally ran out as a rather uneventful 2-0 win for Forest.

The atmosphere largely reflected the game and was disappointingly flat for long periods. It can be hard be create a good aura around an end of season match, especially when it has no real consequence for either team, but there was almost no noise from the home fans whatsoever. Despite the poor effort from the home fans, the large Pompey following were noisy and were in full relegation party mood. We were amused by the large amount of away fans in various fancy dress outfits, the highlight being a group of fifty or so men dressed as Robin Hood! 

Me and my mate were on the back row of the Trend End, so we stood for the entire match. The stewards didn't have a problem with it and kept a very low profile, which can only be a good thing.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After full time we left the ground quickly with no problems and were back in Hooters within 15 minutes

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The overall day out was a great laugh. We added a new ground to our lists, got to watch some live nogger (Stokie slang for football!) and had a good day out drinking. The match and atmosphere may not have been the best advert for Championship football, but it was a still a good experience and was worth the trip out.

Nottingham Forest v Hull City
Championship League
Saturday 5th March 2011, 3pm
Jonny Walker (Hull City fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to City Ground?

I always love an away day plus it was the first time we'd played Forest since 1977 or something like that so we were guaranteed to sell out our allocation and we were on a great run away from home (unbeaten in 11). Bring it on!

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Train journey was easy enough, got into Nottingham around 11am.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Went straight to Wetherspoons for breakfast and a beer or two. If you like your real ale you must go to 'Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem'. It's a pub built into the castle walls! We were then a bit naughty and went to 'The South Bank Bar' (home fans only) but it's a stone throw away from the ground and as long as you keep your head down you'll be fine. There's also a Hooters a short walk from the ground, but the Mrs said no!

What you thought on seeing the City Ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

Lovely location right next to the River Trent and we couldn't wait to join the rest of the 3800 strong CITY faithful. Was a bit dubious about sharing the away end with Forest fans who were in the tier above us but it was fine. Enjoyed the home fans singing 'Mull of Kintyre' too.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

It was always going to be a tight game as Forest had a brilliant home record & our away form was very good. Stewards & police were fine (stood up for 90 mins). Fryatt score the only goal of the game for Hull, around the hour mark and it's safe to say when the ball hit the back of the net carnage erupted in the away end. Awesome!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

No problems at all, walked straight back to the city centre for a few more beers before the train home. Plenty of Police about but didn't see anything kick off.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The perfect away day. Would recommend it to anyone (unless your a Derby fan maybe...)

Nottingham Forest v Hull City
Championship League
Sunday 5th March 2011, 3pm
Neil Harding (Hull City fan)

A trip to the City Ground is one I have always wanted to make, but as City had not played Forest  since a time when Elton John had real hair and the internet was the stuff of Science Fiction, then the opportunity had never arisen. With this in mind Nottingham Forest away was the first game I looked for when the fixtures were released back in the lazy, hazy days of June.

Forest would be about my 75th ground following my beloved Hull City AFC. The date of the fixture was the 5th of March. Okay.  Not a problem, all good things come to pass. But needless to say this was a must see game.

Sure enough the 5th of March eventually dawned and off we toggle to Nottingham. Four of us setting out from North Ferriby (in west Hull) at around 11am, hitting the outskirts of Nottingham at around 12.30.  The morning had been grey and damp in Hull and so it was in Nottingham. We drove through the centre of the city, passing by the railway station and minutes later the floodlights of the two local grounds appeared. Therefore the railway station looks to be about a  ten to fifteen minute walk away from both.  We circumvented the City Ground, drove along Radcliffe Road, passed the road leading to the away end and low and behold we find a car park next to a store and just across from a MacDonald’s outlet. It is £5 to park literally five minutes walk from the ground, which is value for money in my book.

The first question after parking was where to partake for a lunchtime pint. If in doubt ask a policeman. We did and after ruminating about it for a minute or so the officer of the law, suggested that as a couple of us where wearing colours we wouldn’t gain entrance to the local bars which were all home fans only (is it only Humberside Police who allow away fans in the pubs next to the KC Stadium?)  The officer directed us to Meadow Lane, home of Notts County.

Off we walked across the bridge and over to the other side of the River Trent. Taking about ten minutes. I have to say that the sports bar at Meadow Lane has to be one of the best places I have ever been to for a pre-match pint. There is a good selection of beers and food on offer and loads of friendly staff.  On arrival at around 1pm there must have been about 300 City fans in the bar. This gradually increased to about 800 to 1000 by 2pm. There is a big screen at one end of a big room so we were able to watch the 12.45 Sky game (Birmingham City v. WBA)  An excellent venue, thank you Notts Country FC – top marks.

Anyway once suitably liquidly refreshed we head back over the bridge, passing the numerous chippies and Kebab places, go down Radcliffe Road, passed the entrance to the Trent End, down Colwick Road and eventually find Thornton Road and the away end turnstiles at the Bridgford End.

Inside the stadium the concourse is fairly narrow but long. There are an adequate number of toilet facilities and food bars serving the usual pies, hot drinks and what not and also a Victor Chandler betting kiosk for those wanting a punt. I thought this game was going to be too hard to call so a parting of a few quid on the outcome did not cross my mind. Forest had not lost at home since August 2009 (very impressive) and City were 11 unbeaten on the road. Something had to give. Maybe a draw then.

On entering pitch side my first impressions of the ground were frankly mixed. Three sides of the ground are lined with new, impressive cantilever stands that tower high above the pitch, but the Main Stand to the left is a bit of a throwback to a bygone age. The Brian Clough stand to the right sweeps around towards the Bridgford Stand which houses the away fans.  Worryingly the upper deck was populated by home fans and visions of all sorts of nasties coming over the top did cross my mind, but as far as I am aware nothing did. Through the gap in the stand between the Trent End and the Brian Clough  stand, the Meadow Lane ground is clearly visible.

The atmosphere right up to about five to three was muted with neither the home nor the away fans stirring much. This did change as the game got underway with the 3,500 City fans easily drowning out the home fans, but isn’t that always the case.  I can safety say that all 3,500 City fans stood for the entire 90 minutes with no hassle from the stewards. Also the policing was okay.

As for the game it was a lively affair and played on a slick, well grassed pitch which in early March is a testament to the skills of the City Ground ground staff.  One of the downsides is the PA system with the announcer sounded as if he was been garrotted when he attempted to give any information.

Once the game was over, which resulted in a City 1-0 win, we got back to the car park. Getting out of the car park was a bit of tall order, but we eventually got away and out of Nottingham by about 6.30 or thereabouts.  Tips I would give anyone going to the City Ground is if you are in car to get there in good time if you want a car parking place. All in all a good day out and despite some verbal’s from a couple of home fans coming out the ground, I would still recommend a trip to the City Ground.

Nottingham Forest v Leeds United
Championship League
Sunday 15th August 2010, 3pm
Josh Grainger (Leeds United fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be): 

It was the 2nd game of the season and another opportunity to support the mighty whites. I'd never been to Forest before and was looking forward to seeing two of the bigger clubs play each other.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We stayed the previous night in Sheffield and a 70 minute drive, left us with a ten minute walk to the ground, the closest car park is right next to Notts County's ground... The ground is large so can't be missed.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We walked to the ground and made our way to the visitors end and had a burger from a van. The home fans before and after the game were friendly but during the game they were somewhat intimidating...  with a few nasty looks here and there from them, but generally it was okay.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground? 

The ground is really nice, except one old side stand. The River Trent is situated directly behind the Trent End and it is probably the nicest landscape around a stadium that I have seen. The away fans were allocated the whole lower tier of the Bridgford end and the corner, and a sufficient amount of leg room was found.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc.. 

The game was a decent one and it finished 1-1, a constant singing battle between both supporters made a great atmosphere and this is really enforced by home and away fans sharing parts of the same end, the toilets were grubby, but it didn't really affect me. A net is placed just beneath the upper tier of forest fans in order to stop missiles being thrown, but it wasn't needed. The stewards were fine, they told us to sit down early on, but gave up very easily..

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: 

The Leeds fans were separated from the Forest fans for about 10 minutes or so but both sets of supporters walked over the bridge and no trouble occurred...

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: 

Definitely worth going.... as it is a great place and stadium.

Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United
Championship League
Tuesday 16th February 2010, 7.45pm
Mark Stevenson (Sheffield United fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
After following the blades for over 30 years this was actually my first visit to the city ground, it was my mate (Gadge) who suggested going the previous day & without any hesitation off I went for the tickets.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The journey was very easy as we travelled down on the train which took nearly an hour.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

After lubricating our vocal chords on the train (and a few cans) we decided to go straight into the town centre and called into a Wetherspoons establishment (the one next to that big ferris wheel). After a few jars we decided to make our way to the ground which was a good 20 minute walk.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Didn't really give the ground a thought until we got inside where looking at the Brian Clough stand & the Trent end I was pleasantly surprised at how big they were. I can remember thinking how the main stand could do with a spruce up i.e knocking down & re-building it!

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The game itself was nothing to shout home about but I put that down to Kevin Blackwell's tactics. United fell behind as early as the 4th minute & with United only having the odd attempt on goal, Forest looked more than comfortable holding onto the 1-0 lead. The atmosphere was relatively poor coming from both sets of fans. I couldn't complain about the stewards as our lot were pretty quiet throughout the game. I never bothered with the half time refreshments, but the toilets were pretty clean & spacious.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was hassle free & we were back at the train station within 25 minutes.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Overall we had a brilliant evening out and I can't wait till the next time (however long that may be) because it's looking likely that forest will be promoted this year.

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Updated 26th September 2015