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Valley Parade
Bradford City
Nottingham Forest
Tuesday, August 10th 2010, 7.45pm
Carling Cup Round 1
Martyn Greenwood
(Nottingham Forest fan)

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

I'd never been to Valley Parade and heard it was a decent sized stadium and seeing as tickets were priced at 10 with it being a first round cup game, so I thought I would go.

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

I went on the coach so the journey wasn't anything to worry about, as we got nearer to the ground we could see it on the hill to the left, we arrived 2 hours prior to kick off and parked down the road to the left of the Midland Road Stand.

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

Many of the other Forest fans headed for the Bradford arms pub but we decided to pop into the city centre for a bite to eat, passing a few Bradford fans who were no trouble at all, after that we made the short walk back to the Bradford Arms pub an hour or so before kick off, the pub consisted of both sets of supporters and found myself talking to a Bradford fan who seemed friendly enough.

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

As I came into the ground the first thing that caught my eye were the two massive stands straight across and to the right which were joint in the corner, our stand wasn't too bad although the stand to the left appeared to be an odd looking two tiered stand called the TL Dallas stand, you could tell the ground was used to higher league football.

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

The home fans were only allocated a lower tier straight ahead and the upper tier to the right of us in the big stands, but they managed to fill them and made a fair bit of noise, around 600 of our fans made the journey and were mostly in full voice. The game itself won't be remembered fondly for our fans as we were beaten 2-1 in extra time having earlier been a goal up, apart from that the facilities were fine and the ground staff were always on hand.

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

No problems getting away from the ground, as we came out the back onto midland road, the coach was waiting across the road for us, Bradford fans passed us clearly happy about the result and letting us know it.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I enjoyed the trip up to Bradford, there were a lot of places to eat and drink within close proximity of the ground, and the stadium itself was fantastic. Shame about the result but would really like to visit Bradford in a league fixture and hopefully taking more supporters up there.

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