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Nottingham Forest v Leicester City
Championship League
Saturday 5th December 2009, 1pm
Andrew Butterworth
(Leicester City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

As a Leicester fan this would be my first opportunity to visit our local rivals ground. Both teams flying high in the league, especially Leicester after only gaining promotion from League One the previous season.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Me and a friend arose at 5.30am (thanks to an early kick off) to catch the train from our university in Hertfordshire. We arrived in London around 8.30 am, to be greeted by some Millwall fans on their way to Hartlepool the same day, it was an experience to meet them! We then got on our train to Nottingham to be met by a huge Police presence. We then embarked on the walk to the ground. After asking some police officers the way we decided to follow the crowds as the officer we asked was in fact from Leicester and had no idea where the ground was! The walk took around 20/25 minutes. My friend thought he had found a shortcut down a side road, only to be met by the river Trent!

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

As we didnít know the area we headed straight to the ground when we arrived at the train station. After the shortcut that wasnít we asked a few Forest fans the way. Surprisingly they were very hospitable and we had a good chat with them on the way to the ground, they even walked us all the way to the away end, even though their own seats were the opposite direction.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

We were housed in the bottom tier at one end of the ground where around 4,500 Leicester fans were assembling. The ground was spacious and concourses had plenty of room for all the Leicester fans. The ground in general is modern and well set out, with one larger double tiered stand at the opposite end to ourselves.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The game itself was one to forget for a Leicester fan. The first half started well with Leicester enjoying some early pressure, this soon turned to Forest pressure when Earnshaw got the first of his goals for the day. Another soon followed. The second half was again dominated by Forest who as much as it pains me to say it, outplayed us! After having a penalty awarded and then taken away from us at 3-0, Leicester seemed to give up, and 3 became 4. Waghorn then rattled a penalty in before a 5th Forest goal was added. The atmosphere was surprisingly poor for a local derby. With Leicester enduring a bad result we were in no mood to sing, the Forest fans waking up when the 4th goal went in, apart from this they were very quiet. Food was the usual array, I sampled a cheeseburger, which was your standard football nosh.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

As we had around 2 hours until our train we stayed until every Leicester fan had left, and were the last out. A very friendly steward informed us that the Leicester fans outside going to the train station were being taken in a Police escort. As we were not in colours (advisable) she let us out another exit so that we could avoid this and get away quicker. The only downside of this was that we were thrust into thousands of Forest fans, so we put some fake smiles on! We then walked into the city centre where we almost got caught up in a protest march, before making our way to the train station and away a few hours later.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall a nice ground, good stewarding, a very disappointing result and on a student budget this was even more disappointing as the day out cost us each a large amount! A good day out though and I hope for some better away days to come!

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