Looking Towards The Kop Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Where To Drink?
Jimmy Sirrel Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Derek Pavis Stand (photo)
Meadow Lane End (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Meadow Lane Location Map
|What's Meadow Lane Like?|
|During the early 1990's the ground was completely rebuilt, creating an attractive all seater stadium. Although the ground comprises four separate stands, it is quite smart looking. Both sides are single tiered stands, the larger of which is the Derek Pavis Stand. This is the Main Stand containing the Directors Area and having the players tunnels and team dugouts at its front. Opposite is the Jimmy Sirrel Stand which has a gable on its roof reminiscent of those old grounds, where they were once a common sight. At one end is the large Kop Stand, which can house up to 5,400 supporters. Again this is a newish stand with excellent facilities. The other end is the smaller, covered Family Stand. This stand has one sizeable solitary supporting pillar, which may effect your view as it is situated right at the front of the stand in the middle. This stand also has a small electric scoreboard on its roof. The stadium is completed with a set of four modern floodlight pylons.|
|Looking Towards The Kop Stand|
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
|Away fans are housed on one
side of the Jimmy Sirrel Stand, located on one side
of the ground. The normal allocation for this area
will be around 1,300, although this can be increased
for cup games.
On my last visit I was very impressed with the new stands and had a pleasant day out. The views were generally good as were the catering facilities. The local fans seemed friendly enough. The only disappointments were that the substantial supporters club didn't allow in away supporters and that the ground generally lacked atmosphere, however this may improve with home fans now once again back in their traditional home end of the Kop, which previously was occupied by visiting supporters.
Andy McLaren a visiting Hartlepool United fan adds; 'The stewards at the back of the away section let us stand and even joined in with some friendly banter. There was a reasonable number but they kept a low profile and let the fans enjoy themselves. Overall they were a credit to the club and made the day enjoyable!'
|Where To Drink?|
is a Supporters Club at the ground but that does admit
away fans. There is the Trent Navigation Inn which is
situated on Meadow Lane and this pub will normally
admit small numbers of away fans who are not wearing
colours and who refrain from singing/chanting about
their team. However for some high profile games, then
no visiting supporters are admitted. If you do happen
to gain entry then you are treated to a modern bar,
with real ales on tap, good food on offer and live
sport on tv. Otherwise this leaves either going for a
drink on the other side of the River Trent (by the
Forest ground) or near the train station/in the city
centre. Both areas are around a 10-15 minute walk
Probably the nearest pub would be the Southbank Bar as Steve from the Pie Fanzine website informs me; 'Just on the other side of Trent Bridge (although mercifully facing away from that rusting monstrosity with a red tree painted on the side!) is the Southbank Bar. It serves excellent food and has sport on the numerous televisions; three real ales are offered here including one from the tiny local Mallards brewery'. A little further on up from this pub near to the cricket ground is the 'Trent Bridge Inn' which is a Wetherspoons pub.'
If arriving by train then just across from the front of the station down Queensbridge Road is the "Vat and Fiddle" situated next door to the Castle Rock micro-brewery. It offers ten real ales, food and children are welcome'. It is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Whilst Tim Cooke a travelling Millwall fan has a different angle (so to speak); 'definitely one for the lads! Hooters (on the main road A6011, on the outskirts of the city centre, you can't miss it!) has very nice waitresses wearing just enough to cover things up, serves lovely beer, and great food'. It is quite popular on matchdays so it is advisable to pre-book a table.
If you have a bit of time on your hands, then I would suggest that you check out the ‘Olde Trip To Jerusalem’. This historic pub dates back to the 12th century and some of the rooms are ‘cave like’ having been carved out of the rock that Nottingham Castle is situated upon. Add real ale, food and a small beer garden, then it is certainly worth a visit. It is about a five minute walk away from the train station. As you come out of the station turn right. At the top of the road turn left and then take the second right into Castle Road. Just tucked away on the left is the pub.
There is also the Waterfront complex of bars (including a Wetherspoons outlet) which is a short walk from the train station. As you come out of the station turn right and cross over to the other side of the road (As you cross the bridge going over the canal you can see the complex). At the top of the road turn left and the Waterfront complex is just down on the left, located behind the buildings on the main road. Another pub of note in this canalside area is the Canalhouse. You don't get to many pubs that have a canal running through it! Alcohol is also available within the ground.
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
Leave the M1 at
Junction 26 and take the A610 towards Nottingham and
then follow the signs for Melton Mowbray. Turn left
before the River Trent in to Meadow Lane. Parking is
available at the Cattle Market (opposite the away
end) which costs £3.50 a car or at Nottingham City
Council's Eastcroft depot (NG2 3AH) at £4 a car. The
depot is a five minute walk from Meadow Lane,
located just off London Road (A60), opposite
Hooters. The entrance is signposted with banners and
is manned by security guards throughout the match.
Otherwise there is plenty of street parking.
Map showing the
location of the Meadow Lane football ground
(at the bottom of this page).
Post Code for Sat Nav: NG2 3HJ
ground is a 10-15 minute walk away from Nottingham
railway station. As you come out of the main station
entrance, Turn left from the station across
the car park and then turn right at the traffic
lights. The ground is about a 1/4 of a mile down the
dual carriageway on the left.
Remember if travelling by train then
you can save on the cost of fares by booking in
advance. Visit the the trainline website to
see how much you can
normally save. Click on the trainline
|A total of 100 spaces available at pitch level, in front of the Sirrel, Pavis and family stands.|
* Supporters who become
Club members, can gain further discounts on these
|Official Programme £3.|
Family Stand (Meadow Lane End)
|Nottingham Forest, Mansfield Town, Chesterfield & Derby County.|
details of disabled facilities and club contact at the
ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.
|Notts County FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record & Average Attendance|
v York City
FA Cup 6th Round, March 12th, 1955.
Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
16, 952 v Tottenham Hotspur,
October 26th, 1994.
2013-2014: 5,508 (League One)
2012-2013: 5,522 (League One)
2011-2012: 6,808 (League One)
|Fans Reviews Of Meadow Lane|
Wilkinson (Derby County) 19/7/14
Steven Hewitt (Notts County) 31/8/13
Tom Banks (Peterborough United) 10/8/13
Dominic Bickerton (Stoke City/Doing The 92) 3/3/12
Paul Walker (Rochdale) 20/4/10
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|Map showing the location of Meadow Lane, railway station and listed pubs|
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