Pompey Away-Day Guide: Notts County

Meadow Lane, home of Notts County
Meadow Lane, home of Notts County
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Pompey travel to face Notts County this afternoon (3pm) in League Two.

STADIUM: Paul Cook’s side look to continue their impressive form on the road this season when they visit Notts County’s Meadow Lane Stadium, Nottingham, NG2 3HJ.

Formed in November 1862, County are the oldest football team in the world to currently play at a professional level and Meadow Lane has been their home since 1910.

It is an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 20,229 and is also home to Nottingham Rugby Club.

Blues fans – who have been treated to five away wins already this term – will be in the Jimmy Sirrel Stand, located on one side of the ground.

DIRECTIONS: If travelling by car, leave the M1 at Junction 24 and take the A453 towards Nottingham.

At the Bridge Junction follow the signs A52 towards Grantham, past the Nottingham Knight roundabout to join the Lings Bar Road at the next traffic island.

Follow the A52 signed Grantham to the Gamston roundabout then turn left on to the A6011, Radcliffe Road, towards Trent Bridge and Nottingham.

Cross the Lady Bay Bridge and turn left onto Meadow Lane, the ground is directly ahead.

PARKING: Parking is available at the Cattle Market (opposite the away end) or at Nottingham City Council’s Eastcroft depot (NG2 3AH).

There is a charge for both car parks.

The depot is a five-minute walk from Meadow Lane, located just off London Road (A60), opposite Hooters.

The entrance is signposted with banners and is manned by security guards throughout the match.

There is some street parking in the local area – some pay and display – but many roads are now residents only.

NEAREST TRAIN STATION: There are direct trains running about once an hour from London St Pancras to Nottingham, which take just under two hours.

The ground is a 10-15 minute walk away from Nottingham railway station.

As you come out of the main station entrance, turn left from the station across the car park and then right at the traffic lights into Castle Market Road.

The ground is about a quarter of a mile down that dual carriageway on the left.

If you buy a return ticket on the tram from Station Street to the ground you can get a reduction on the fare by showing your match ticket.

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK: The big supporters’ club bar at the ground, which Pompey fans will remember using in the past when playing Forest, tends to be for home fans only.

The nearest pub to the ground is the Southbank Bar, Bridgford Road, NG2 5GJ, the other side of Trent Bridge near the Forest Ground, which serves food and real ale.

Other than that, there is a big selection of pubs in town near the station and canal area.

Just across from the front of the station down Queensbridge Road is the Vat and Fiddle, NG2 1NB – next to the Castle Rock micro-brewery.

Listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, it offers food and 10 real ales.

There is also the Waterfront complex of bars, including a Wetherspoons, which is a short walk from the train station.

As you come out of the station turn right and cross over to the other side of the road (as you cross the bridge going over the canal you can see the complex).

At the top of the road, turn left and the Waterfront complex is just down on the left, located behind the buildings on the main road.

A pub of note in this canal side area is the Canal House, 48-52 Canal Street, NG1 7EH.

It is unique among pubs in that the adjacent canal extends inside the pub, complete with resident narrow boat.

The Canal House serves food and real ale.