Why were you looking forward to going to the
Being a Notts County fan living in Weymouth,
it's not too often I get to watch my beloved
Magpies. But an early season trip to Exeter
city, albeit on Tuesday night, had
been on the agenda since the fixtures came
out. Notts had started the season pretty
well, and this would be their 3rd game in 5
days having played Juventus in a showpiece
friendly the previous Thursday, and then won
at home to Walsall on the Saturday. Exeter
had a sluggish start to the season, picking
up just 4 points from their first 7 games,
although they had played Liverpool in
the Carling Cup 3 weeks previously and were
by no means disgraced.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
This was my second visit to St James’ park.
We left Weymouth at 4:45pm, had tea at a
McDonalds on the way, and had arrived in the
city by around 6:30pm. We parked in a
multi-storey car park on Belgrave Road and
walked to the ground. It’s simple, head
towards Summerland Street from the car park,
go left, and then go right once you reach
Sidwell Street. There are plenty of food
outlets along this road, such as Pizza Hut
and KFC, along with a couple of pubs.
Keep heading along Sidwell street, straight
through the roundabout, until you reach St
James’ road. Go left, and you reach the away
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy,
home fans friendly?
Brought the club’s match day programme, ‘The
Grecian’ for £3 (the largest programme
in the league at 102 pages!) and made our
way through the turnstile.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of the away end and other
sides of the ground?
We had paid for tickets in the away terrace
behind the goal, but being a Tuesday night,
only around 180 Notts fans had made the trip
so we were all put in the Grandstand away
seating area. This is a very old
fashioned stand, only running around half
the length of the pitch, but the view is
pretty good. Opposite is the modern looking
Flybe Stand, and behind the goal to the left
a large banked terrace where the louder city
fans seemed to congregate.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
pies, stewards, toilets etc.
Things didn’t start too brightly for Notts
as we fell behind after just eight minutes
thanks to our own defender heading in from a
corner. However, after sixteen minutes, Ben
Burgess fired home the equaliser. Notts then
had a strong penalty appeal turned down, and
stopper Stuart Nelson parried the ball out
for a corner from a dangerous free kick.
Both sides had numerous chances to take the
lead but it remained level at the break.
The toilets are in a sort of wooden shed on
the side of the stand, so don’t expect much!
Food is pretty good, served from a hut in
the corner of the away end with the usual
selection of pies, drinks and pasties, there
was even a Dominos pizza man walking around
Second half was just as open as the first
half, with both sides having numerous
opportunities to take all three points. City
could/should have won it just minutes from
the end, when a defensive lapse allowed
Daniel Nardiello to go through one on one
with Nelson, but the County keeper was able
to make a good save low down. Full time,
1-1, both sides seemed content with a draw.
Atmosphere was good from both sets of fans
throughout the game. The stewards were
adamant we sat down but all in all they were
quite friendly and good natured.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
We walked back towards the car park without
any bother. A couple of home fans wished us
a safe journey home (have to say, didn’t
envy the other Notts fans travelling back to
Nottingham!). There was a bit of traffic
getting out of the city centre as you would
expect, but nothing too bad and we got home
just after 11pm.
7. Summary of overall thoughts
All in all, a good evening out. Home fans
are friendly enough, and you can sense that
Exeter is a real community club. An
entertaining game of football, a fair result
in the end and a decent point for both
sides. Wouldn’t hesitate to return
next season if we’re still both in League