1.Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
As a lot of people who read this site are probably
aware, I only get to see my beloved Notts County
when they play down south due to living in
Weymouth. Crawley was a fixture that I had
earmarked when the fixtures first came out. I do a
lot of non-league grounds with Weymouth so I was
interested to see if the Broadfield had a
non-league feel to it. Plus you canít beat a bit
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
On paper at least, the journey looked fairly
straightforward. Train from Upwey to Southampton,
then Southampton to Crawley for 1pm. Only trouble
was, the train we were meant to get from
Southampton to Crawley was initially delayed by
just over half an hour, before being cancelled
completely due to a broken down freight train
further down the line. We therefore had to get a
train to Clapham Junction to get a train to
We managed it and got into Crawley for about
quarter past two. There is a map of the local area
outside Crawley station, but itís not particularly
clear Ėdidnít have any of the usual points of
interest or tell you where you are, which isnít
We asked a Police officer outside the station for
directions to the ground, which he gave us, and
told us it was about a ten minute walk. HA! Ten
minutes in his car maybe, but at least half an
hour by foot. The route we took was right out of
the station onto Station Way, then right when we
got to Southgate Avenue. Then it was a good twenty
minute walk down Southgate Avenue (or the A2004 as
itís called on Google maps) until we reached
Southgate Roundabout. Thereís a giant football in
the middle of the roundabout so thatís something
to look for when visiting. Thereís a network of
subways under the roundabout that bring you into
the stadium car park, and conveniently for us Ė
outside the away end.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippyÖ home
We had arrived in Crawley late so could only go
straight to the ground. There is a McDonalds
practically straight ahead of you at the end of
Friary Way if you need a pre-match meal (post
match in our case). Thatís in the town centre so I
would be surprised if there werenít more food
outlets or a few pubs around the place.
Brought a match day programme outside the ground
for £3. The sellers were some of the friendliest
Iíve come across it must be said. The programme
itself wasnít bad. Once Iíd done that it was
straight into the ground and onto the terrace
behind the goal. Weíd made it with about five
minutes to spare!
The few home fans we did come across before and
after the game seemed friendly enough, although I
didnít get talking to anyone properly.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground. First
impressions of the away end and other sides of the
The first thing I saw on the way to the ground was
the rather strange floodlights perched on top of
the Main Stand. Not seen any like that before!
The ground itself is fairly smart to say theyíve
only been in the football league two years. The
two terraces behind the two goals are identical
and the one end accommodated about 400 Notts fans
fairly comfortably. Plenty of room and views of
the playing action are fairly good, at least
better than I had expected.
To the right of the away terrace (KR-L stand) is
the pretty smart West Stand - the Club's
Main Stand, and to the left is a makeshift covered
seated stand which was almost full of home fans.
Part of this stand is also given to away fans,
although only about half our seats were taken.
There are however quite a few supporting pillars
along the front of the stand so I would expected a
fairly restricted view. On the whole, I was
impressed with the ground but I had a feeling I
would be. I always prefer smaller grounds to those
modern soulless bowls.
5. Comment on the game itself atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc.
The game itself seemed to have draw written all
over it given both sides recent form and positions
on the table, although both kept telling
themselves they had an outside chance of the
play-offs. A 0-0 draw was a fair result although
both sides had their chances, and as scoreless
draws go it wasnít that bad a game. The atmosphere
from the away end was pretty good throughout
although I didnít hear much from the home fans.
The stewards seemed fine, didnít seem to have
anything to do all game. Didnít sample the food
for myself but from what people brought it seemed
to have the usual selection of Pies, sausage
rolls, pasties, and drinks.
The toilets are basically right in front of you as
you enter the away end. I was surprised at how
clean they were for a football ground.
6. Comment on getting
away from the ground after the game:
We went back the way we came. It was fairly busy
immediately outside the ground as youíd expect but
as soon as we got back onto Southgate Avenue, all
football pedestrians seemed to disappear
completely! Got back to the station in about half
7. Summary of overall thoughts of day out:
Overall not a bad day out despite the panic and
hectic journey getting there, although a 0-0 draw
always feels like a bit of an anti-climax. Still,
at least we didnít lose. Will certainly try and
return again next season if weíre both in the same
league (which now looks fairly nailed on!).