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04.03.2017… Forest v Brighton…

Nottingham Forest 3 Brighton & HA 0nottsforest

The City Ground… Saturday March 4th… 3pm

Attendance: 22,020

Ticket: £26 – Programme: £3

A second game in 24 hours for me, and two defeats in four days for Brighton. And they were well beaten today…

More words to follow…

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Pre-Match: Approaching The City Ground…

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Second Half: Penalty to Forest…

Nottingham Forest; Smith, Lichaj, Worrall, Fox, Traore, Cash, Cohen, Pereira (Clough 59), Osborn, Ward (Tshibola 90+6), Assombalonga (Brereton 77)

Not Used; Carayol, Evtimov, Lam, McCormack

Goals; Clough (60, 90+8 (pen)), Osborn (89)

Brighton & HA; Stockdale, Bruno, Duffy, Dunk (YC), Rosenior (YC), Knockaert, Stephens (YC), Sidwell (Norwood 67), Murphy (March 65), Balkdock (Hemed 72), Murray

Not Used; Hünemeier, Kayal, Walton, Tomori

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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14.01.2017… Birm v Forest…

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St. Andrew’s… Saturday January 14th… 3pm

Attendance: 18,041

Ticket: £30 – Programme: £3

Another Saturday, and no tickets for Brentford (to be expected with a 1,633 allocation), so another trip to St. Andrew’s…

Not much of a game, if I’m being honest. A goalless draw, on a very cold day, with very little that could be described as action at either end of the field. Craig Gardner’s return to Birmingham, and the subsequent sacking of Forest manager Philippe Montanier, being the only events that could most likely be remembered…

Anyway, that’s the game covered, and I feel like a bit of an off topic ramble. So, if you’re easily bored, look away…

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Pre Match: Warming Up…

It’s been a strange old season for me. I’ve got used to getting to a few aways over the last three years, but this season (at least since September) that just hasn’t really been an option. I ducked out of Bristol City as it clashed with the T20 Blast Final Day at Edgbaston (call myself a fan), and managed to get tickets for Derby and Villa but nothing (Birmingham in the cup excepted) since. The current Loyalty Scheme strikes me as being somewhat flawed but as fair as any, although it’s impossible to have a sensible debate about it online without being shouted down.  Anyway, I’ll be lucky to see an away game from the Newcastle end for the reminder of the season…

My interest in Nuneaton Town has wained more than a little. An awful start to the season, followed by numerous non-football related problems at the club have made it feel like a Level 6 version of the last few years in the Premier League at Newcastle, i.e. no fun. The situation isn’t helped by the ground, which has all of the atmosphere you’d expect of what is, essentially, a couple of terraces and some Portakabins on the edge of an industrial estate. To be fair, they’ve turned their season around a little since the sacking of Kevin Wilson, and are currently on a run of eight consecutive wins in league and cup. So, maybe when the weather warms up, and the lighter nights return. Such a fair weather…

And Gateshead…? Well, they’re still Gateshead. Drifting around in the middle of the National League, in desperate need of a new ground. They’ve lost any momentum that may have been built following the 2014 Play Offs, and attendances are now back to averaging around 800. I still go when I can, Newcastle United permitting…

Carlisle trips have dried up too. But they’re doing well, up there in the automatic promotion places even if their form has dipped a little in recent weeks. I’m sure that I’ll get back up to Brunton Park before the end of the season but the problem is that, when I do travel home, I really want to get to St. James’…

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Second Half: Drifting Towards a 0-0 Draw…

So the wanderlust has abated more than a little, particularly since my dad died last October. The current approach appears to be that, if it’s a longish trip, and it doesn’t involve Newcastle, it’s not going to happen. As a result, I’ve been enjoying quite a few trips to Birmingham City. I get a regular visit to civilisation to stock up on music and films, whilst keeping an eye on the rest of the Championship. It also saves me from pacing the floor when Newcastle are playing…

Fortunately, one thing hasn’t changed, I still get a buzz out of seeing a live game each weekend. The thought of watching football through the HD cameras of Sky and BT really doesn’t appeal. Being force fed Opta stats and patronised regarding the alleged brilliance of the Premier League, no thanks…

As long as I’m young enough, and fit enough, I’d rather be out in the fresh air watching my football as nature intended…

Birmingham City; Kuszczak, Spector, Morrison, Shotton, Grounds, Gleeson, Kieftenbeld (Gardner 54), Davis; Fabbrini (Cotterill 63), Jutkiewicz, Adams

Not Used; Legzdins, Robinson, Tesche, Solomon-Otabor, Dacres-Cogley

Goals; None

Nottingham Forest; Henderson; Mancienne, Mills, Hobbs, Lichaj, Lam, Cash, Lica (Pinillos 71), Pereira (Vaughan 82), Osborn, Assombalonga

Not Used; Stojkovic, Bendtner, Perquis, Brereton, Edser

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

30.12.2016… Notts Forest (h)…

Newcastle United 3 Nottingham Forest 1

St. James’ Park… Friday December 30th… 7.45pm

Attendance: 52,228

Ticket: £30 – Programme: £3

A very welcome three points, and a little bit of payback in our final game of 2016. Forest finished the game with ten, rather than our nine men in the reverse fixture…

Not the most convincing of wins, but promotion is the goal and it’s the points that matter…

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Pre-Match: Newcastle Warm Up…

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Second Half Action: Newcastle Prepare to Take a Free Kick…

Newcastle United; Darlow, Yedlin (YC), Lascelles, Clark (YC), Dummett, Ritchie (Lazaar 83), Hayden, Colback (YC) (Diame 67), Atsu, Perez, Gayle (Mitrovic 88)

Not Used; Anita, Mbemba, Gouffran, Sels

Goals; Ritchie (4), Gayle (63, 80)

Nottingham Forest; Stojkovic, Mills (RC), Hobbs, Lam (YC) (Ahmedhodzic 84), Cash, Pereira (YC), Kasami, Osborn, Lichaj, Dumitru (Assombalonga 73), Bendtner (Vaughan 81)

Not Used; Carayol, Henderson, Grant, Vellios

Goals; Dumitru (29)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

05.10.2014… Forest v Ipswich…

Nottingham Forest 2 Ipswich Town 2

The City Ground… Sunday October 5th… 3pm

Attendance: 24,354

Ticket: £28 – Programme: £3

Stuart Pearce versus Mick McCarthy…

Two games in two days…. I’d forgotten all about this one, so travelled up to Nottingham feeling rather weary after the previous day’s trip to Swansea…

I hadn’t been to the City Ground since the late 1990s; my overriding memory of the place being a Thursday night in May 1996, sat behind the goal watching Ian Woan all but extinguish our title challenge but I’ve always liked the place…

It doesn’t appear to have changed much since those heady days, which is a very good thing. This is a proper football ground, one that has grown organically, stands being added and updated as and when required. As a result, each section looks different, giving the City Ground a look and feel that is unique…

Add to that its location; sat on the banks of the Trent, Trent Bridge and Meadow Lane both visible from within, and you’re left with a very special football ground….

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The City Ground, Outside…

Anyway, the game itself, and a chance to see two Newcastle signings, loaned back to Forest… Karl Darlow and James Lascelles (who must already be worrying about whether they’ve made the right choice)…

First half, very quiet, Ipswich going in 1-0 up thanks to a great individual goal from Daryl Murphy…

Second half, Forest picked up, eventually equalising through Robert Tesche following a corner. Daryl Murphy gave Ipswich back the lead with his second goal of the afternoon, a 71st minute header. Forest tied things up again in the 94th minute, Michail Antonio scoring from another corner…

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The City Ground, Inside…

A leisurely walk to the station followed, then a sustained focus on staying awake on the train back to Leicester. If I’d slept through then the next stop would have been St. Pancras. Fortunately I didn’t, made it home tired but in one piece; next stop, Nuneaton on Tuesday night…

Nottingham Forest; Darlow, Hunt, Mancienne, Wilson (Lascelles 29), Lichaj (Harding 81), Tesch, Burke (Veldwijk 75), Antonio, Lansbury (YC), Assombalonga, Fryatt Not Used; Paterson, de Vries, Grant, Osborn

Goals; Tesche (63), Antonio (90)

Ipswich Town;  Gerken, Parr, Chambers, Berra, Mings, Hyam (Tabb 33), Skuse, Williams (Bishop 61), Murphy, McGoldrick (Smith 76), Sammon Not Used; Bajner, Bru, Henshall, Bialkowski

Goals; Murphy (19, 71)

As usual, More pictures on flickr…