Yeovil Town v
Saturday, October 26th 2013, 3pm
Peter Walker (Nottingham Forest
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
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
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
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
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
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
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
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
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.