A visit to Trent Bridge cricket ground for the first time in over twenty years, yup it's much improved now.
A twenty20 "slogfest" to watch between Notts and Yorkshire and thoroughly enjoyable it was, all action from the word go and certainly nothing like the cricket I used to play!
Notable as one of Michael Vaughn's (former England captain) last games before retirement.
Definately be watching more twenty20 - perhaps at Northants next time though!!
If you aren't from a Commonwealth country chances are you won't know anything about cricket! To tell you the truth lots of English people don't have a clue either...me included!!
Well a summer visit to Nottingham gives you a chance to watch a quintessentially English game at Trent Bridge.
It can last all day ...so wear suncream, or take an umbrella, bring a picnic, (and maybe a book)!
Nottingham Greyhound Stadium
I went here some time ago (2001) for a friends Birthday and we had a fantastic time, I think I just about broke even. And we discovered that the bigger the dog the more likely it was to win the race, big emphasis on the more, not all the time.
There was a bar serving £1.50 pints, chips and gravy and that kind of food.
We made a few bets, mostly each way, when I was there you could put a minimum bet of £1 on so being poor students of course we did so.
At first, if you've never being to a place like that, it can seem a little daunting, but just talk to someone who look like they know what they're doing! It's very friendly atmosphere, everyone shares in with eachothers triumphs and tribulations.
Admission on the current website is £5 per adult. And race days are-
Monday - 18.00 - 23.00
Friday - 18.00 - 23.00
Saturday - 18.00 - 23.00
Tuesdays (special children free morning)
There is free parking or you could take bus numbers 44 and 45.
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Meadow Lane is the home of the oldest professional football club in the world: Notts County. Nowadays, Notts County are a lower league side, so it is easy to buy tickets on matchdays and the atmosphere is always very safe and friendly.
The stadium's capacity is 20,300. Tickets for adults for a Notts County league game cost £16.
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The City Ground
The City Ground is the home of Nottingham Forest Football Club, who were European Champions twice. I have seen some very good games here, including Forest's last European run, when they beat Auxerre and Lyon before losing spectacularly to a Jurgen Klinsmann inspired Bayern Munich side. This was also one of the stadiums which hosted the 1996 European Championships, and I saw Turkey play Croatia here, when there were 10,000 Turkish fans inside the stadium. If you are interested in the history of European football, the City Ground has seen a lot of it!
The stadium's capacity is 30,602. Adult tickets for a Nottingham Forest league game on matchdays cost £22-26. There is a £2 discount if you buy your ticket in advance.
National Ice Centre
The National Ice Centre is one of the top ice stadiums in the country. It cost £43 million to build and houses two ice rinks, one of which transforms into Nottingham Arena for concerts. Britain's oldest ice hockey team, the Nottingham Panthers play here, with seats for 7,500 spectators. It is also one of the top venues for ice skating.
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Trent Bridge is the third oldest international cricket ground in the world. The first test match played here was in 1899 when England played Australia.
I've watched England play Australia, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka here and also been to Nottinghamshire county games. It's a great place to watch cricket.
The opening of the Fox Road Stand in 2002, increased the ground's capacity to 15,350. The William Clarke Stand is where the "Barmy Army" and assorted drunks in fancy dress hang out. If you like your cricket noisy and rowdy, this is the place for you. Personally, I prefer the Radcliffe Road stand, where you can get a great view of the game form behind the wicket and look down at the Barmy Army, without getting showered with beer and being forced to take part in countless Mexican waves. If you have loads of money, like wearing a jacket and tie to cricket and getting really close to the players, then the Members' Pavilion is the place.
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Nottingham Forest Football Club
Nottingham Forest are often referred to as simply 'Forest', the title the club carries on its badge. They were founded in 1865 shortly after their neighbours Notts County, which is oldest club in the football league. Nottingham Forest are often referred to as the 'Garibaldi Reds', named after the italian freedom fighter Giuseppe_Garibaldi who fought in red shirts and was immensively popular in Britain at the time.
Oldest professionnal football team in the world
Nicknamed The Magpies, the club is one of two professional football clubs in Nottingham, the other being their old enemies Nottingham Forest. The Magpies play their home games at the Meadow Lane stadium and play in a black and white striped kit, which was the inspiration for Juventus's strip of the same design.
Though they have not won a great deal of major silverware in their history, County are considered to be one of the most famous 'little' clubs in English football.
Home of Cricket in the Midlands
Trent Bridge is a Test cricket ground located in West Bridgford, Nottingham, England and is also the headquarters of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. One of the oldest cricket grounds in Britain, it was opened in 1838
It's one of the four ground use for test cricket in England.
It's also the third oldest ground behind Lord's (London) and Eden Gardens (Calcutta).
Even for the people who are not familliar with the game of cricket, Trent Bridge is worth seeing for the historical. For cricket fans Trent Bridge is probably the equivalent of the Montreal Forum (hockey) or the Yankees Stadium (baseball).
You can learn more about Trent Bridge in my travelogue : History of Trent Bridge
Get yourself down to the City Ground and watch Forest play!
Nottingham Forest were (and still are!) a great team. We won the Europeean Cup in 1979 and 1980.
The City Ground is the home stadium of Nottingham Forest. It's about 15 minutes walk or 5 mins bus from the city centre - follow the red shirts!
Forest play roughly every other Saturday, with some mid-week evening matches. The season is August - April / May. Look at www.nottinghamforest.co.uk for details of the next game.
Tickets are £10 - £25 depending on the opposition. Sometimes there's one-offs such as 'All tickets a fiver' or 'Kids for a Quid' where children only pay £1. Look out for these. Students can get discounted tickets with an NUS card.
Equipment: If it's cold, you will need a jumper and coat, plus gloves and a scarf. You can buy Nottingham Forest wooly hats and scarfs from their shop.
If it's raining, you might need a waterproof. All the seats are covered, but some of the people sitting nearer the pitch might get a bit wet.
Once there, buy a programme to find out team details, and at half-time buy a pie and a pint for the proper 'experience'.
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England's sporting city....
Nottingham can justifiably claim to be England's sporting city.
The two footbal clubs may well be struggling at the moment, but the two grounds are but a stones' throw apart and you are pretty likely to be able to get a ticket during the season.
Notts County is actually the oldest football club in the world, whilst Nottingham Forest had its glory days in the 1980's under Brian Clough (now then young man ..pay attention)when they went as far as becoming European champions. Brain (Sept 2004) tragically died at the rather young age of 69.
The Trent Bridge cricket ground is also of note - being often considered the finest ground in the county. It hosted the first inter-county matches way back in 1838 and it's first test match (international) in 1899. Nottinghamshire play here in the summer season and there is still at least one test match (5 days long) every year.
And that is just scratching the surface : There is the Ice arena (good ice hockey) the Tennis centre (national champhionships etc) and the National watersports centre.
You can find some virtual tours of some of these venues at the website given.
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League Play In
European Cup Twice
Red shirts, white shorts, red socks.
Equipment: To watch the match the only equipment you really need is a good strong voice to sing your club`s songs and encourage the team and your eyes to actually watch the game, some people do take a pair of binoculars if they sit far from the pitch.
Apart from the above the club s encourage you to buy their merchandise to enhance your matchday experience, you can buy virtually anything from hats and scarfs to the full blown replica kit, which generally is updated annually.
Trent-side sporting scene
If you know me, I consider all of the league grounds to be "must see activities" but of the ones I visited, the City Ground in Nottingham, home of Nottingham Forest FC, was special in that I remembered to bring my camera that day and I got this lovely shot from the bridge. Also, the City Ground and Meadow Lane (home of Notts County) share the distinction of being the two closest football grounds in England.
And, as for the game, I saw Forest lose 1-0 to Gillingham. It was my third Forest game of the trip and their third loss.
Also in the vicinity is the Trent Bridge Cricket Ground and plenty of boathouses.
White Water, White Knuckles !
Holme Pierrepoint is Nottinghams water sports centre, It is an ideal place in which to make team building. It also offers some of the best water sports facilities in the world. This National Water Sports Centre near Nottingham is a purpose built venue for the UK's top leading sports men & women
It comprises of : Regatta Lake 2000 x 135 m
Canoe Slalom Course
Water Ski Lagoon
Overnight accomadtion and much more !
Equipment: Wet Suits, Hats, Gloves, Thick Warm Coats, its a water sports centre, you won't stay dry !