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Meadow Lane
  Notts County v
Rotherham United
League One
Saturday, August 31st, 2013, 3pm

Steven Hewitt
(Rotherham United fan)

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

I was looking forward to going to Notts County because Iíd never been before and Nottingham by all accounts is a great day out.

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

Myself and my Father got a train directly from Barnsley to Nottingham without having to change trains which was easy. We arrived about 12.00pm and the ground was about 10-15 minute walk away and was easy to find. Just head away from the city centre from the train station along the main road. The ground looked impressive from the outside. (and is Championship standard easily)

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

We headed straight to the Trent Bridge Inn which is a Wetherspoon across the Trent from the ground next to Trent Bridge cricket ground. In here were a few County and Millers fans minding their own business with no trouble. After we headed for the Trent Navigation Pub which is two minutes from the stadium. It was very crowded! Although both sets of fans were mixing well and chatting together.

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

Through the turnstiles was a cramped and dark concourse which served its purpose but was nothing special. The stand itself was great with a good view and no supporting pillars! Although the seats were rather dirty; the Kop at one end and the stand opposite us were very impressive. Even the Family Stand at the other end looked good.

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

The game was a good one for us. We dominated early on with Kieran Agard poking us in front on 37 minutes. We continued to dominate for the rest of the match but couldnít get another with some class saves from their keeper. The result was 0-1 to Rotherham. The stewards were decent and not intrusive although they had run out of  pies at half time! They werenít fully prepared for our large noisy following. The entire atmosphere was good from the away section and apart from a drummer in the home end there wasn't a great deal of noise from the home support. However, they didnít have much to shout about as County were poor to say the least.

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

Getting away was easy. We had time for another pint, before heading off to the train station and home.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a good day out and three happy away points for us.


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