DATES VISITED THIS GROUND : 2/4/2005, 13/8/2005
THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE VISIT DATED: 2/4/2005
It was quite odd
going to watch Lincoln playing and the match not actually being the part of the day I was looking forward to. That would be
going to meet my sister who I hadn't seen or spoken to in 5 or 6 years. But you don't care about that so we'll resume our
tale from Lincoln train station. With only 3 trains running that would get Lincoln fans to Nottingham, you can guess the one
at 10:34 was fairly full. So full infact, all 5 carriages had people standing up in them.
We arrived in Nottingham
just over an hour later and we were greeted with the local police who took us to the local Lloyds Bar. Now I'm going to let
my anger out a bit. At the time I was working for Lloyds Bar in Lincoln and I got ID'd to buy a bowl of chips but they Sid,
who is older than admittedly but looks about 14 goes and buys 5 pints WITHOUT GETTING ID'D. Anyway, we eventually got bored
so me, Denton and random guy who's named I can't remember made our way through the suburban jungle that is Nottingham.
We arrived at the
ground and wanted to go to the ticket office. We saw a shortcut through a gate that lead behind the main County stand. I asked
a steward if we could go through it if we took our Lincoln shirts off, funnily enough he said no. So we wandered around the
long way eventually getting to the ticket office and then we had a small wander into the club shop and it was really cramped
in there, not because a lot of people were in there, just because they were selling so much stuff.
So we went and waited
outside the ground with the gates eventually opening at roughly 2pm. A quick run up a flight of stairs later saw us emerge
into the massive "Kop" stand. We were told that we were only allowed in the lower sections unless we filled that. After about
10 minutes they decided to let us in the upper section. The view from there was breathtaking. It was just amazing what a good
view you get at the top of that. Looking out the ground was arguably the best in League 2. To our right was an absolutly massive
stand which was of a good design but despite ending up with a fair amount of people sat in it, it looked empty due to the
pure size of the stand. To our left was a slightly less impressive stand but still good all the same and behind the far goal
was a rather tacky looking stand. Unfortunatly the atmosphere created by the Notts County was low, chants were very few and very
City performed in
a rather rubbish manner (unsuprisingly) and the hugely pleasing Imps support of 2,552 fans went out hugely disappointed. Oh,
and on my way to meet my sister, without a Lincoln shirt on, I was allowed to walk through the shortcut mentioned earlier.