Charlton Athletic v
February 23rd 2013, 3pm
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
A trip to London was always going to be an
attraction and when the fixtures came out a trip
to the Valley was always on the cards. With ‘King
Billy’ back in charge at the City Ground it seemed
only right to attend his first away game back and
it had the potential to turn into an absolute
2.How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car
Living 20 miles away from Nottingham in Grantham,
we took the one hour train journey to King’s Cross
and arrived there for 11am. After exploring the
pubs and the attractions in Covent Garden and
Leicester Square we arrived at London Charing
Cross for the 13:35pm train to Charlton and
arrived there an hour before the 3pm
kick-off. Finding the ground was
straightforward with just a five minute walk from
3.What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home
When arriving in Charlton, we headed to a pub
called the Rose of Denmark for a quick drink. The
pub was packed full, with both set of supporters
mixing without any trouble. The home supporters
seemed friendly and seemed happy to share their
pub with Forest Fans. Just before you arrive near
the away end there is a small Fish and Chip shop
which seemed very popular judging by the queues.
4.What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
My first impressions of the ground when entering
through the away turnstiles is that it was very
similar to the City Ground in terms of 3 ‘good’
stands with one stand looking out of place. Guess
what? The stand which was out of place was the
away end with very basic facilities. The toilets
were outside alongside a small refreshments bar
which sold a variety of drinks and warm food.
5.Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
As previously said, the facilities were very basic
but they were good enough. The stewards seemed
friendly, however the amount of police and
security present you would of thought it was a
local derby. The atmosphere within the Valley
wasn’t the best however 3,000 away fans created an
electric atmosphere. The game itself was dominated
by Forest which resulted in a comfortable 2-0 win,
with goals from Radi Majewski and Henri Lansbury.
Didn’t try a pie but got great comments from the
man next to me, who was enjoying his.
6.Comment on getting away from the ground after
Getting away from the ground was very easy and was
at Charlton station for 17:05pm. We caught the
17:15 train back to London Charing Cross and was
back in the centre of London twenty minutes later.
Train was busy on the way back so it might be
suggested to wait 45 minutes after the game while
the queues go down.
7.Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Brilliant day out and was made even better with
Forest bringing home three points. One of the best
away days yet and there will be no doubt at all to
attend in future.