Groundhopping- Notts County vs Peterborough United FA Cup 2nd Round-11/12/16

Location of the Ground

Meadow Lane is located close to the banks of the River Trent, near the centre of Nottingham and located within a very close walking distance to Nottingham’s two other major stadiums, Trent Bridge cricket Ground and Nottingham Forest’s City Ground, which is pretty unique and is only prevalent in a small number of British cities having two or more major sports venues that close together. Meadow lane is a 10-15 minute walk from Nottingham station. The stadium has a capacity of around 19500, meaning that it is one of the biggest stadiums in League Two. The club have played at the stadium since 1910, so the ground has undertaken a series of redevelopments to get into its current state and capacity.

The four stands are identical in height but not capacity, with the Derek Pavis Stand and Jimmy Sirrel Stand holding the most fans. The Jimmy Sirrel stand is used for away supporters, with only 2/3 blocks usually taken up, however, the whole stand is used when a large away following is expected. The Trent End, opposite the Kop, is the smallest stand and features a row of executive boxes along the back.

What is it like to visit?

The match that I went to was an FA Cup 2nd round tie between Notts County and Peterborough, travelling in from Manchester, it was an easy journey into Nottingham and then a smooth walk to the stadium, all with a view of the three major sporting venues. The match itself was a good tie, Peterborough took the lead early on and doubled it not long after, however, Notts County grabbed a goal back late in the 1st half. Peterborough lost Lee Angol to a contentious red card and in the 90th minute, Notts grabbed an equaliser to force a replay at the ABAX Stadium a week and a bit later for the prize of Chelsea away in the Third Round.

Again, apologies for the lack of recent updates! Uni work has gotten tougher and been out a lot with job interviews and such. Been going to a few more grounds in the time, however, so I’ve got a few more grounds I can update you on!

Feature Image Credit:  Pommes104



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