Peterborough United v v Nottingham Forest
Saturday October 3rd 2009, 3pm
(Nottingham Forest fan)
Why you were looking forward to going to the ground
(or not as the case may be):
As I am not a fan of standing up, (to my mates amusement and cries of 'seat boy'), myself and my friend sat in the lower tier of 'A' Block in the Main Stand, along with 800 other Forest fans. The view was excellent as we were sat on the 2nd row but the leg room was cramped to say the least! I am 5 feet 9 and 12 stone and I thought it was bad, put there were 2 blokes behind me that were 20 stone plus that must of been in agony! The facilities were poor with a small kiosk serving pies, burgers etc and NO alcohol. (To be honest I don't think that they could have fitted a pump in there, it was that small)! The majority of my mates were standing in the terrace behind the goal and they all commented how good the acoustics were with the low roof but did admit that the view was not great with various supporting pillars and 8 foot Forest fans obstructing their view!
stand opposite me was a smart new, 2 tiered
stand with the obligatory Executive boxes in
the middle and both ends behind the goal are
terracing, which gives the ground a feel of
days gone gone by, which reminded me when I
first started watching Forest with my Dad in
the mid 1980's. The Main Stand that we were in
was also very dated. But all in all, the
ground had a 'proper' feel about it and is
much better than some of the new, plastic,
soulless grounds I have visited in
following Forest around the country. As it was
a near full house, both sets of supporters
were in good voice as the teams came out.
All the goals came in a
6 minute spell early in the 2nd half. Posh opened
the scoring with McLean rising to head home a
corner past a static Forest defence. The wind had
a hand in Forest's swift reply as a Raddy Majewski
free kick from the left (taken just in front
of my mate and I)! curled past the hapless Posh
keeper to equalise within a minute. 5 minutes
later Paul Anderson completed the comeback when he
bundled in from close range. A scrappy game in
which a swirling wind played it's part came to an
end with Forest fairly comfortable winners to the
delight of the 4000 travelling Reds who had been
in good voice throughout.
Straight out of the
ground after we had clapped the players off and no
Police in sight! A straightforward 20 minute walk
back to the station meant we were able to catch
the 5.30pm train back to Nottingham to celebrate
Excellent day out all in all, the heavy policing wasn't too bad in the end and a great result for Forest. The stewarding was friendly and although I didn't have much interaction with the locals, they seemed friendly enough. I would definitely return to Peterborough but I think that when I do, it will be an all seater stadium.
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