I sound like a broken record, I know but Aston Villa has sold out their away allocation of 2,000 for their trip to the City Ground to take on Nottingham Forest in the Championship.
The City Ground has been the home of Forest since 1898 – 33 years after their formation and six years after their election to the Football League.
Both ends of the ground were redeveloped in the early 1990’s giving the ground a much-improved look alongside the River Trent. The ground has a capacity of 30,576 (all seated).
THE AWAY SUPPORTERS
The away supporters are located towards the Brian Clough Stand of the of the lower tier of the Bridgford Stand, where 2,000 fans can be accommodated. A further 1,000 tickets can be made available if Nottingham Forest allows although they seem quite strict against this in the League.
There is a netting above the away fans to prevent objects being thrown from the Upper tier where home fans can be housed. The views and facilities are pretty decent but the concourse is quite small.
The usual choice of food including burgers (£3.60), Pukka pies (£3.20) and Sausage rolls (£2.50) are available. Alcohol is available inside the ground, depending on the behaviour of the fans. Drinks range from £3.80 to £4.20.
There have been reports that stewards will eject fans who refuse to sit down so you have been warned!
I NEED A PRE-MATCH PINT
Hooters is usually quite popular with Aston Villa fans but I would advise you book a table before arrival. They are based on London Road, around a 5-minute walk from the City Ground. They have a wide variety of food available and also offer live sports on screens.
Police usually direct fans to the Meadow Club which is the supporters club of city rivals Notts County. It usually gets very busy here and from previous experience, they don’t usually have enough staff available making ques at the bar very long.
For those arriving by train, you are advised to check out the historic ‘Olde Trip To Jerusalem‘. It is the oldest inn in England, dating back to 1189AD. Other options include the Waterfront Complex, The Round House (Royal Standard Place), The Castle (Castle Street) and the Salutation Inn (on Hounds Gate).
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Take the M42 North until you reach the M1 and then leave at Junction 24. Take the A453 towards Nottingham and then the A52 East towards Grantham. Then take the A6011 into Nottingham and you will come across the City Ground.
A train from Birmingham to Nottingham will take around 1 hour and 10 minutes. The station is 1 mile away from the City Ground which will take around a 20-minute walk.
Parking is said to be very limited in and around the City Ground with priority given to disabled supporters, coaches, players, match and club officials.
There are a number of approved Car Parks located close to the ground. They can be located at:
- Meadow Lane, Notts County FC (NG2 3HJ) – £3 per car.
- Victoria Embankment (NG2 2JY) – £4 per car but very limited availability.
- County Hall, Notts County Council (NG2 7QP) – £5 per car, £12 per minibus and £20 per coach.
Fans are advised not to park on residential streets around West Bridgford as controlled parking zones and parking schemes are enforced on a matchday.
If you have Twitter then it is well worth following the official WMP Villa FC account. PC Stuart Bladen usually tweets live updates throughout the day.