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
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
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 Garath 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
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.