Ashton Gate, Bristol City
League One v Nottingham Forest
Saturday, March 4th 2006, 3pm
By Daniel Peacock
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground?
4. What you thought on
seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then
other sides of the ground?
Having seen the ground before in various books, programmes and of course on the marvellous footballgroundguide.co.uk website, I wasn't surprised by its looks and surroundings, but couldn't help feeling how much it reminded me of Charlton's Valley (It even has high rise flats overlooking the stadium). The away end itself (the Blackthorn Wedlock Stand) housed nearly 3,000 Forest fans, with a low roof held up by pillars and plenty of legroom in front of basic seating, it was possible to make a lot of noise. The stadium looked busy (over 75% full) so I was surprised to hear that the crowd was only just over 14,000. Good no frills stands elsewhere, I was also surprised that they
didn't seem to be any exclusive seating behind glass for our corporate friends.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The game wasn't a bad match with both sides confident due to good recent form, Forest looked better in the first half with Bristol edging the second, in the end a deserved 1-1 draw. The atmosphere generated from the away end seemed really good (as it always does when your in midst of it) but I was very disappointed with the lack of vocal from City's fans. Stewards seemed
laid back, allowing us to stand with one or two also quite friendly, the sausage rolls looked appealing and the toilets and food bar out at the back of the stand was most adequate if a little dated.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
We mingled with City fans walking back to our car and found them very friendly, the unofficial car park in-which we were situated was full to the brim so getting out did take it's time, once back on the dual carriageway and heading away from the town though traffic seemed to ease down. Once out of the City and onto the motorway it was a straight enjoyable if tiring drive home. Back home in Nottingham for 8pm. Pint in the local by five-past.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Overall a trip which every away day loving football fan would have to do. Although I would definitely love to go back to the City, I wouldn't go back just for the game, because of the distance it would have to be a weekend staying over, that way the sites and bars can be visited with a little more time, with a possibility of bringing the wife and spending the Sunday shopping in the large town centre.
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