1. Why you were
looking forward to going to the ground (or
not as the case may be):
It's always good to meet up with my mate and
add a new ground to our list. I'm also a big
fan of Nottingham itself and I thoroughly
enjoy what the city has to offer. We were
also excited to actually be watching a game;
Stoke were playing Arsenal later on the day,
so we planned watch this match, then view
the Stoke game in a pub later on.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
We caught the train from Sheffield and
arrived at Nottingham about two hours before
kick off. Having been to Nottingham several
times, I know my way around quite well and
finding the ground is no problem at all.
Should you need them, directions provided on
the Football Ground Guide are accurate and
easy to follow.
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
After leaving the station we stopped at
Hooters, which is usually very busy due to
its proximity to the ground. We spent a good
90 minutes there having a few drinks. If
you're in need of a bite to eat, the food is
good and reasonably priced. It also has a
few cash machines, which was useful because
the ones at the train station were out of
order, however, they do charge a small fee
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other
sides of the ground?
I have seen the ground many times from the
outside and I have always been impressed
with its location on the river and its
general look. After finding our seats on the
back row of the Trent End, we took in the
rest of the ground and were fairly
impressed. The Brian Clough stand is very
impressive and the Bridgford Stand is a
rather unique looking and adds a certain
charm to the ground. I did think that the
Main Stand looked quite worse for wear and
could do with a lick of paint and a bit of
renovation. Overall, the City Ground is
easily one of the better grounds in the
Championship. It has a lot of character and
is in a great location, both of which are
rare to find in a lot of grounds these days.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game itself was never going to be a real
spectacle; Forest were safe from relegation
and Pompey were already condemned to League
One football next season. Neither team had
much to play for and the players were
already wearing their flip flops. The first
half consisted of some of the worst football
I have seen this year, and it was evident as
to why both teams have struggled this
season. At half time we went down onto the
concourse, which was very crowded and
clearly inadequate to cope with the number
of fans. Both the food bars and toilets had
long queues, and by the time we had both
done the half time necessities the second
half had already kicked off.
The second 45 minutes were much like the
first, and both of us had started to
question why we had paid £27 each for a
ticket (We both agreed that 27 quid was
extremely steep, especially when you
consider that a fair few Premier League
clubs have cheaper ticket prices). However,
we were not to be denied some entertainment
when on 70 minutes Dexter Blackstock turned
in a Gareth McCleary
cross from a yard out. 19 minutes later
Blackstock claimed his second of the match
when he headed in from an Andy Reid corner.
The game finally ran out as a rather
uneventful 2-0 win for Forest.
The atmosphere largely reflected the game
and was disappointingly flat for long
periods. It can be hard be create a good
aura around an end of season match,
especially when it has no real consequence
for either team, but there was almost no
noise from the home fans whatsoever. Despite
the poor effort from the home fans, the
large Pompey following were noisy and were
in full relegation party mood. We were
amused by the large amount of away fans in
various fancy dress outfits, the highlight
being a group of fifty or so men dressed as
Me and my mate were on the back row of the
Trend End, so we stood for the entire match.
The stewards didn't have a problem with it
and kept a very low profile, which can only
be a good thing.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
After full time we left the ground quickly
with no problems and were back in Hooters
within 15 minutes
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day
The overall day out was a great laugh. We
added a new ground to our lists, got to
watch some live nogger (Stokie slang for
football!) and had a good day out drinking.
The match and atmosphere may not have been
the best advert for Championship football,
but it was a still a good experience and was
worth the trip out.