Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Notts County FC- Meadow Lane

Visits: 1 
Notts County 1-1 Sheffield United (League One, January 19th 2013)
Stands I’ve Been in:  Jimmy Sirrell Stand
Ticket Price (1st Official Visit): £24
Attendance (1st Visit): 7,061
Address: Meadow Lane, Nottingham, NG2 3JH

Transport

Drove, and parked as recommended, parked for free on Incinerator Road behind the Kop. Spot on really, though there didnt seem to be too many spaces so getting there early seems to be advisable. Very ideally placed ground though, as the station in the city centre is only about a 10 minute walk away too.

Ground exterior in the snow

Food & Drink

Nottingham is a brilliant city for football. Both grounds are only separated by the Trent, and there are loads of bars around there, and then the city centre is only a short walk away too, so tons of choice. One of those places that must be fantastic to visit with a big following on a sunny day…not so much on a freezing snowy day in January!

Inside the Jimmy Sirrell Stand

Inside the Ground

The ground has been redeveloped on all 4 sides, and has mostly flawless views, just a couple of pillars behind the two goals. The ground has a brilliant look about it from the inside, with four separate stands, the huge and imposing Kop which must be awesome full, and the away fans given the entire Jimmy Sirrell Stand along the touchline if required.

The Derek Pavis Stand

Atmosphere

A bit disappointing, though when it did get going, it was excellent acoustically. The game itself seemed to drain atmosphere today though, the early red card prompting anger from the Notts fans who never really got going until their late equaliser, while the Blades fans got a bit irate at the failings of their side to bother doing anything after their early goal, despite playing against 10 men for 65 minutes.

The Kop End

Anything Else

There was a kids 5 a side game on the pitch at half time, that provided some fun, as the Blades fans treated it like the real thing, going mad when the side attacking the away end scored, that must have been some experience for the kids playing, and they all came over and applauded the away end after as well!

The Family Stand

Overall

Nottingham in itself is such a brilliant city for football, and Meadow Lane certainly lives up to making it a good day even after you’ve gone through the turnstiles!

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