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Huish Park
Yeovil Town v Nottingham Forest
Championship League
Saturday, October 26th 2013, 3pm
Peter Walker
(Nottingham Forest 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 because Yeovil's fans had gained my own and many other Forest fan's respect for the way they had acted towards us when we won promotion back to the Championship in 2008, a year after their memorable play-off victory over us. There has been an unusual degree of respect ever since.

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

It might be a very long way but it is very easy to get to. I think it took about 4 hours from Nottingham including a break.  We parked in the "home supporters" car park as the one designated to away was already full by 1.30pm. 

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

There really is nothing to do as the ground is stuck on the edge of an industrial estate not particularly known for their thriving facilities. The marquee is for home fans only and the nearest pub is some 30 mins away (apparently) so, mindful of the free-for-all to get a half decent spot on the away end terrace, we must have been there by 2pm, almost unheard of.   The only facilities are two burger vans but no alcohol. 

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

The ground is neat and tidy.  The away end is more akin to a League 2 ground but then again, this is hardly surprising given the club's remarkable rise up the football pyramid.   It was particularly windy but thankfully dry when we visited as it would test your endurance if it had been wet. 

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

The Yeovil fans in the home end were excellent, singing and chanting pretty much non-stop and putting the uncharacteristically mute Forest fans to shame. Even when we were chanting all the atmosphere generated goes up to the um atmosphere as you are open to the elements. 

The actual game itself was joyful or painful depending on which team you support as Yeovil-typically for Forest-decided this was the game they would gain their first ever home victory at this level.  They deserved to be ahead 3-1 at the break but most fans there would be wondering how on earth it remained this score at the end as it was almost one-way traffic in the second half.  A mixture of a MOM performance by their goalkeeper (who also pulled off a remarkable penalty-follow up save when it was 1-0 in the first half) and Forest's woeful ability to put the ball in the net are probable explanations. I think and hope that Yeovil will survive though.

The staff were all friendly and I enjoyed the sausage roll I ate before the game!

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

Be warned that the road is one-way and Sat Nav-well our Sat Nav, took us on a lovely random trip around Somerset on our way back to the M5!  

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Despite the result I enjoyed the day out but Yeovil really ought to provide at least some facilities to cater for away fans over and above two burger vans.


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