INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS
We travel to Nottingham Forest on Saturday 1 December in the Sky Bet Championship. The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to the City Ground.
This is based on information from the Nottingham Forest website plus additional information specific to this game.
For any further information, please contact Elizabeth Edwards, Supporter Liaison Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org, (+44) (0)7968 876504 or on Twitter at @ITFC_SLO.
Nottingham Forest information for supporters
The address for Nottingham Forest Football Club is The City Ground, Nottingham, NG2 5FJ.
Some information can be found on the Forest website via the following link:
www.footballgroundguide.com provides some information here:
We have picked out the key information for Town fans below, and added other material based on our experience of going to The City Ground and information that is specific to our fans.
Specific information for Town fans:
Tickets for the game are now on sale at a cost of £25 for adults. Concession prices apply for U24s, U18s, U12s and seniors 65+. Tickets can be purchased on www.itfcdirect.com under tickets/away matches or in person in Planet Blue, subject to the usual priorities and availability.
Tickets will be available on the day from the Away Ticket Office at the Brian Clough Stand. On-the-day prices are increased by £2 and will be sold for:
£27 - Adults
£20 - Seniors 65+
£12 - U24
£10 - U18
£5 - U12
Travelling to Nottingham Forest
Official coach travel is now on sale (subject to the usual priorities) and can be booked on www.itfcdirect.com or in Planet Blue.
If you are travelling from Ipswich on the official coaches you will be dropped off and picked up very close to the away turnstiles.
The coaches are leaving Portman Road at 10:00 at a cost of £23 for adults (with concession prices for U23s, U19s and 65+), and are estimated to arrive back at Portman Road at 20:00.
There is a planned stop at Peterborough Services on the outward trip and at Cambridge Services on the return journey.
Pick-ups at Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket can be arranged for this game. If you want to organise a pick-up please call the Ticket Enquiries Team on 03330 050503 or email email@example.com. The cut-off point to request a pickup is midday on the Wednesday prior to the game (i.e. midday on 28 November). Your details will then be passed onto the coach company, Galloway Travel Group.
Note that all official coaches are non-smoking and the consumption of alcohol on board is strictly forbidden. ITFC recommend that all supporters under 16 are accompanied by an adult.
Note: The long-term roadworks on the A14 (several miles either side of Cambridge) are resulting in evening and weekend road closures. These are not normally announced until just a day or two in advance. We recommend that you keep an eye on @A14C2H on Twitter – any closures are announced here.
The Sat Nav postcode for The County Ground is NG2 5FJ, but you may want to put the postcode for your chosen car parking option.
From Ipswich, it’s a fairly easy drive. Take the A14 to the A1. From the A1 join the A52 to Nottingham. Follow the A52 towards Radcliffe-on-Trent and Nottingham. Follow the A52 through Radcliffe and continue to the Gamston roundabout where you take the second exit onto Radcliffe Road/A6011. After about a mile, Radcliffe Road swings round to the left, and Nottingham Rugby Club (a good matchday parking option) is on the right; the stadium is just a 200m walk away.
Note that the Nottingham Forest website suggests that you continue along the A6011 following the road as it bends to the right and continue over Lady Bay Bridge. Then look for signs for matchday parking. We’ve done this before, and it can work well, though you’ll get a bit snarled up in traffic post-match.
The journey time is around three and a quarter hours depending on the route, but you should allow at least another hour for traffic. There are major long-term roadworks on the A14 for several miles either side of Cambridge, with a 40mph limit policed by cameras. There are also average speed cameras on the A1 between Peterborough and Grantham.
Parking at the ground is considerably limited with priority given to away coaches and disabled supporters.
Controlled Parking Zones and residents parking schemes operate in the streets around West Bridgford and are enforced on a matchday.
The Forest website suggests the following approved Nottingham Forest FC Car Parks;
- Meadow Lane (Notts County FC) - £3 per car. The Sat Nav postcode for Notts County is NG2 3HJ.
- Victoria Embankment, which is about a 15 minute walk from the ground - £4 a car. Note there is limited availability here.
- Cattlemarket Pay & Display, near to Notts County FC and around a 10 minute walk away - £3 per car
- County Hall (Notts County Council) - £5 per car
- Lady Bay Sports Ground (Notts Rugby Club) - £5 per car. The Sat Nav postcode is NG2 5AA. From experience, we have found this a good place to park as it is just a few minutes’ walk from the away end. Note that (officially) you are not permitted to exit left onto the A6011 after the game, so you will need to find an annoying work-around or run a risk of a fine.
Alternatively, there is a large multi storey car park at Nottingham Railway station (Postcode NG2 3AQ) which is around a 20 minute walk from the ground. The car park is entered via Queens Road.
Disabled Supporters Parking
Nottingham Forest has a dedicated car parking area within the east car park for away disabled supporters (blue badge holders only). Further information can be provided by contacting the Forest concessions supervisor Jeff Mann on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 0115 9824341.
Alternatively you can contact ITFC by email on email@example.com or by phone on 01473 400556 and ask for their assistance.
Note: There are no planned engineering works on the day of the match.
There are two routes to Nottingham from Ipswich. The first, via London, takes around 3 hours 45 minutes to four hours. From Liverpool Street make your way by underground on the Circle, Hammersmith & City or Metropolitan line to King’s Cross St Pancras to pick up the train to Nottingham (which goes from St Pancras).
The second option is cross-country. You will need to change en route; www.greateranglia.co.uk indicates trains from Ipswich at 08:00 and 09:58, with a single change at Peterborough, arriving into Nottingham at 11:43 and 13:56 respectively. For those wanting an earlier start there is a 06:00 from Ipswich which, after a change in Peterborough, will get you to Nottingham at 09:44 or you can catch the same train from Ipswich and change in Ely and Leicester to arrive in Nottingham at 09:22. The 06:16 train from Ipswich with changes in Cambridge and Ely arrives in Nottingham at 10:43. For the return journey the 18:24 from Nottingham, with a change at Ely, arrives in Ipswich at 21:28.
Whatever your travel plans, it’s worth checking www.greateranglia.co.uk for updated times.
Getting to the ground from the railway station
It is around 20 minutes to walk from the railway station to the ground. Come out of the main station entrance, turn left along Carrington Street and then left again along Queens Road. Follow Queens Road to the dual carriageway and turn right. Continue along this road passing over Trent Bridge. You will see the ground on the left.
For the away end, continue straight once you are over Trent Bridge and then turn left into Radcliffe Road (you will see the Trent Bridge Inn and the Trent Bridge Cricket ground on your right). Continue down Radcliffe Road and turn left into Colnwick Road and then right into Orston Road West. A left hand turn into Thoroton Road will then take you into the car park by the away end.
Nearly all pubs near the ground are home fans only. The Forest website notes that the Larwood & Voce (at Trent Bridge Cricket ground) and the Trent Bridge Inn are not open to away fans.
The Meadow Club on Meadow Lane is the “unofficial” pub for away fans. It is next to Notts County FC. From Nottingham Forest walk along the A60 over Trent Bridge, past some flats on the right-hand side, before taking the first right into Meadow Lane. If you are coming from the railway station you will turn left into Meadow Lane from the A60 (London Road).
Many Town fans head to Hooters which you will find on the A60 (near to the junction with Queens Road).
In our experience the Stratford Haven (2 Stratford Road, Nottingham, NG2 6BA) has allowed small groups of Town fans, not in colours. City centre pubs are another option, though be aware that many do not welcome large groups of away fans, and there have been reports of some locals not being too friendly in pubs nearest to the station.
Any food outlets near the ground?
A trip to The City Ground isn’t complete without a visit to the Bridgford Fish Bar on Radcliffe Road. Don’t be put off by the queue – it tends to move pretty quickly. There are a few tables for eat-in, though most fans will prefer the out-of-paper option in the street.
There are a few other eateries in the same parade of shops with a McDonalds a bit further along Radcliffe Road.
We will be in the lower tier of the Bridgford Stand (towards the Brian Clough Stand). The stand is quite shallow, but this is one of the more atmospheric grounds, and is generally a good day out.
Wheelchair users are accommodated at pitch level in the away section for away supporters.
If you require wheelchair or ambulant disabled tickets then you should contact ITFC on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01473 400556.
As at all grounds expect to be searched prior to entering the stadium.
The Matchday Programme can be purchased from around the ground for £3.00.
Food and Drink facilities
There is a good selection of refreshments on offer inside the ground. We understand that alcohol will be available in the away end.
The City Ground is a smoke-free stadium and in accordance with their ground regulations, smoking and the use of e-cigarettes is not permitted in the stadium.
The use of threatening behaviour, foul or abusive language is strictly forbidden. Racial, homophobic or discriminatory abuse, chanting or harassment is not tolerated. If you witness any inappropriate behaviour please speak to a steward.