you were looking forward to going to the
ground (or not as the case may be):
Blackpool away has always been a game that
I’ve wanted to do but had never managed it. So
when the fixtures came out in the summer this
was the second fixture (after Derby) that I
looked for. I’d heard that it’s best to make a
weekend of an away day with this one so I
booked a B&B and took my wife and
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
The journey to Blackpool was easy enough,
stopping off at a motorway services to find
fellow Forest fans there, which always gives
me a buzz. We parked up in a car park right
next to the ground which was massive so for
people going to the game and leaving straight
afterwards there’s no better place, it was a
longer walk to our accommodation than to the
ground. Bloomfield Road is very central and
whilst we stumbled upon it rather than know
where we were going I’d say it wouldn’t be too
difficult for people to find.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
We checked into our B&B (the Danescourt)
and headed out about 1pm to find somewhere to
eat/have a drink. The centre of Blackpool is
about a 10 minute walk from the ground with
loads of cafes/chippies/pubs that welcome away
fans. We stopped in a place called the Foxhall
cafe for something to eat – one of many places
serving fish and chips, hot dogs, toasties
etc. Closer to the ground there’s a
Wetherspoons that allowed away fans in but it
was very busy. Most other pubs in the vicinity
were home fans only apart from the Old Bridge
House on Lytham Road - a couple of minutes
from the ground. This place was away fans only
and had a nice friendly relaxed atmosphere.
They had the football on the big screens and
was child friendly.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other sides
of the ground?
Three sides of the ground have been completely
rebuilt in the last few years and from the
outside looks really impressive. The away end
is the one part that still needs to be
rebuilt. Currently a temporary stand (albeit a
good one), we were housed on one side of it,
with the remainder being on this occassion
unused (apparently it is used for Blackpool
fans when necessary). Once inside you find an
intimate venue which looks great (this might
be different though if you were in another
part of the ground and looking on at the
temporary stand that we were sitting in!)
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Seeing your team win away from home with ten
men is always a pleasurable experience so I
loved the game. Forest fans were there en
masse and we made a lot of noise, whilst the
Blackpool fans made hardly any. Stewards were
friendly and allowed the Forest fans to stand
throughout the game. This allowed us to create
a great atmosphere but obviously created a
problem for shorter people, my stepson had to
stand on his seat for 90 minutes although he
didn’t seem to mind. When we scored the whole
stand shook! Being a temporary structure
facilities for away fans were limited.
Portakabin toilets and a couple of kiosks
selling pies and drinks is the all that’s
there. No alcohol is on sale.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
Having only one exit we did have to wait a
while to get out although after a win all
Forest fans were in great spirits and didn’t
seem to mind. Blackpool is full of places to
go at night for adults but for people with
kids there’s the Manchester family bar and a
huge family pub on the central pier.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Brilliant, can’t wait to go back. Blackpool’s
a great town to visit. Make a weekend of it.