1. Why were you
looking forward to going to the ground?
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 Jamesí
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.
Itís 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 Jamesí road. Go left, and
you reach the away end.
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy, home fans friendly?
Brought the clubís match day programme,
ĎThe Grecianí 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
5. Comment on the game itself,
atmosphere, pies, stewards, toilets etc.
Things didnít 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 donít
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 the ground.
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
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, didnít 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
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. Wouldnít
hesitate to return next season if weíre
still both in League One...