The Reckless Guide to... Notts County.
Sky Bet League 2
Saturday 14th October 2017
Kick Off: 3.00 pm
Stadium: Meadow Lane, Nottingham, NG2 3HJ
Telephone: 0115 952 9000
Club Colours: Black & White
Nickname: The Magpies
Liverpool born Kevin Nolan is the current Player Manager at Meadow Lane
He had a top class career in the Premier League with Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle and West Ham – allegedly the most appearances in the League without a full international cap? He managed briefly at Leyton Orient, but then a lot of people have!
Brief Directions by Road:
These directions are courtesy of Notts County FC - Leave the M1 at Junction 24 and exit onto the A453 towards Nottingham (South). Carry on the A453 until you come to the Clifton Bridge. Exit left before the Bridge and you will come to a roundabout. Take exit onto B679 Clifton Road, which becomes Wilford Lane towards West Bridgeford (8 miles after leaving the Motorway). After just over a mile turn left onto the A60 and head over Trent Bridge. Take the first right turn (at the traffic lights) after crossing the bridge and into Cattle Market Road. The ground is on the right. Via Junction 26 of M1 is another option which is very straightforward but extra miles.
Street parking in the immediate vicinity of the ground is restricted so the best bets are the car park Cattle Market (opposite the away end for £3.50 which gets full very early in the day) or the pay and display parks about 5 minutes’ walk from the ground. They are clearly signposted and fully supervised.
Directions by Train:
A train from London St Pancreas should take around two hours with a possible change at Grantham. The ground is a very short walk from Nottingham station. Turn left out of the main exit and then left again. Then right onto the London Road. Turn left into County Road where you will see the ground. Bus services passing the ground from the town centre are routes 6, 10 and 11. Another option is the Tram system from the City Centre. The cars take you to Meadow Lane for around £2.00 if you have a prepaid match ticket or £3.50 normally.
Eating and Drinking Locally:
The club recommends The South Bank Bar, which is short stroll over the Canal Bridge from the ground. It serves reasonably priced meals too and real ales. For the perfect pre match pint, look no further than the Trent Bridge Inn (Weatherspoons) which is adjacent to Trent Bridge Cricket Ground - it is only a 15/20 minute walk from Meadow Lane and a visit will give you the opportunity to have a gander at Nottingham Forest’s stadium and the fast developing cricket ground stands.
Reckless Recommendation - Close to the train station you will find the ‘Olde Trip To Jerusalem’. This historic pub dates back to the 12th century and serves a fine real ale and food. I doubt you will find a Sky TV facility in there I am afraid. Sorry, shame that. It is about a five minute walk away from the train station. As you come out of the station turn right. At the top of the road turn left and then take the second right into Castle Road.
One of my literary heroes, Simon Inglis once said “Despite its name, Meadow Lane is as about as rural as the Boleyn Ground was Tudor.” How things have even changed since then but I was lucky enough to visit the lovely old ground in the 1980’s before its re-modernisation. Gone has the charming old County Stand which was supported by stilts over wooden terracing and the tall uncovered Spion Kop terrace and the wonderful barrelled roof main stand first built in 1910. Progress has given County a 20,000 plus all seater stadium with great views but with far less warmth. The Derek Pavis or Main Stand was built in 1994 and holds 7,000 while opposite is The Jimmy Sirrell Stand where 1,300 + Block seats will be reserved for visiting supporters. It has a nice traditional touch in the centre roof gable. The Family Stand is to the left and boasts some wonderful facilities for the young, with a crèche and tuck shop, and for the not so young with executive boxes and a bar built into the roof. The massive Kop Stand completes the picture which can hold up to 5,500. The view from the top is superb.
Obviously that team that can be seen on the other side of the river and has a silly red tree as its emblem, plus Mansfield Town and Chesterfield.
Advance tickets from The Hive London will be on sale until 3pm today.
Previous Meetings and Memories:
Our last visit in March 2017, on a Sunday, resulted in a 0-1 defeat.
The away fixture in Div 3 in April 1998, where we were beaten 2-0 in front of over 6,000 fans, was one of those really memorable weekends for me personally. Why? Because the infamous Curry Club spent the weekend in a guest house owned by ex-QPR and Scotland midfielder Don Masson. I can’t remember much about the whole weekend except seeing two Lee Harrison’s during the game in the Barnet goal and visiting an impressive restaurant and sampling Indian Tandoori Chicken smothered with goats cheese, absolutely superb.
Celebrity Watch and Nik Naks:
For those of you with culture in mind - the novelist DH Lawrence was born in these parts in 1885 as was William Booth founder of the Salvation Army and 19th century Poet Lord Byron. For those of you with no culture - why not pop down and see Torvill and Dean at the ice rink, Dale Winton at the supermarket, Leslie Crowther at the £1 shop, Su Pollard at the holiday camp or Richard Beckinsale in E wing.