Nottingham Forest v Leicester City
Saturday 5th December 2009, 1pm
(Leicester City fan)
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
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.
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?
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
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
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
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.
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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