Meadow Lane: Notts County

Meadow Lane, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, NG2 3HJ
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Notts County Football Club was formed in 1862 and spent the first fifty or so years of its existence playing its matches at Trent Bridge, the home of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. As you’d expect at such a place, cricket took priority over football and Notts County were sometimes forced to play their fixtures elsewhere. The Football League decided this wasn’t acceptable and demanded that County either figure out a deal with the cricket club or else find a new ground to play their fixtures in.

In 1910 they found some ground opposite Trent Bridge that was ideal for a new stadium, so they leased the area from Nottingham City Council and began to build a new ground. Part of their new home was a temporary stand that has been at Trent Bridge and it was literally floated across the river to be erected at the stadium that would become known as Meadow Lane.

Stats

Meadow Lane Stats
Year Opened1910
Capacity19,588
Average Attendance4,916
Record Attendance47,310 (Notts Couty v York City (1955))
Pitch Size104 x 69 (7176)
OwnerNotts County Football Club
Clubs HostedNotts County F.C., Notts County Ladies F.C., Nottingham R.F.C.
First FixtureNotts County v Nottingham Forest (03/09/1910)
Notts County Stats
Year Founded1862
NicknameThe Magpies, County, Notts
Club MascotMr. and Mrs. Magpie
RivalsNottingham Forest, Mansfield Town, Derby County, Leicester City, Lincoln City, Chesterfield
Previous StadiumsTrent Bridge
KitBlack & White (Home) / White (Away) / Blue (Third)
Training GroundEagle Valley Stadium
Shirt SponsorLadbrokes
Team OwnerRay Trew
Record GoalscorerLes Bradd (125)
Record AppearancesAlbert Iremonger (564)

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Meadow Lane Seating Plan & Where to Sit

Meadow Lane is a stadium in the typical ‘English Style’, with a stand on each side of the pitch. At the North end of the ground is The Kop Stand, a single-tier structure that has supporting pillars holding up the roof. Directly opposite it is The South Stand that contains the family area. There is a small tier of seats with executive boxes behind. Along one side of the pitch is The East Stand, which is where the away supporters are housed. The West Stand, meanwhile, is the largest part of the ground and is the main stand in the stadium, housing the club’s facilities such as the dressing room and players’ tunnel.

Notts County Ticket Prices

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How To Get Notts County Tickets

Tickets for Notts County games are available via the club’s official website, by calling the ticket office on the phone or by dropping in there in person.

Getting To Meadow Lane

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Nottingham is quite close to the centre of the country, so it’s not too difficult a place to reach no matter where you’re coming from. Here are the usual routes you’ll think about using:

Train - Nottingham Railway Station is about ten to fifteen minutes walk from the ground and is accessible easily from London and the North.

Bus - There’s a good bus system in Nottingham, with bus numbers 44, 44A and 11 all running from the centre towards Trent Bridge.

Car - Leave the M1 at Junction 26 onto the A610, following the signs for Melton Mowbray and then Meadow Lane itself.

By Air - East Midlands Airport is the closest to Nottingham, about twenty miles away. It’s got good transport links to the centre of the city, too.

Taxi - A taxi from Nottingham Railway Station to the ground will take less than five minutes and should cost about £5.

Parking Near Meadow Lane

You can park at the Cattle Market, opposite the stand the away supporters sit in, and there’s a council car park close by too. The city also operates an excellent park and ride system to take you to Meadow Lane.

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Meadow Lane Hotels

Nottingham is a big city, so there are a fair few hotels that are ideal for access to Meadow Lane. Here are some of the ones we like the most:

Jurys Inn Nottingham Hotel - £60+

Waterfront Plaza, Station Street, Nottingham, NG2 3BJ
This 3-star hotel is so close to the ground you might be able to see it out of your window. It’s got a restaurant, a bar some meeting rooms and free Wi-Fi available. More details.

The Bentinck Hotel - £75+

Station street, Nottingham, NG2 3AJ
Right next door to the train station is this hotel with a restaurant and bar. Here’s also free Wi-Fi and you’ll only have a half mile walk to get to Meadow Lane, too. More details.

Mercure Nottingham City Centre Hotel - £100+

2 George Street, Nottingham, NG1 3BP
This member of the Mercure chain of hotels is about a mile from the stadium, with free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and bar, a fitness centre and numerous meeting rooms. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Meadow Lane

Nottingham is a student town, with two major universities darkening its doors. There are therefore loads of brilliant places to go for a drink and a night out before you go to watch the game. Here are some of the ones we love:

The Trent Bridge Inn

2 Radcliffe Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 6AA (0115 977 8940)
Just across the river and close to Trent Bridge Cricket Ground is this JD Wetherspoon pub. You’ll get tasty food and cheap drinks as well as locals that are nearly as colourful as the carpet.

The Southbank Bar

1 Bridgford Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 5GJ (0115 945 5541)
The Southbank specialises in sport and live music, so if you enjoy watching things on the TV and having a jam then this is the place for you. They’ve also got a decent menu if you fancy having a bite to eat with your pre-match pint

Hooters

Hicking Building, London Road, Nottingham, NG2 3AS (0115 958 8111)
So close to Meadow Lane that you can hear the crowd roar when Notts County score, Hooters is technically a family restaurant with an American heritage. As the name suggests, though, it’s the sort of place people who like to look at girls in skimpy outfits will enjoy the most.

Facilities

Given that most of the stands at the stadium are reasonably new build affairs, the facilities are of quite a good standard. The catering there is of the kind you’d expect and the views from around the ground are generally good, unless you’re behind on of the supporting pillars.

Prices

  • Programme: 3.00
  • Pie: 2.80
  • Cup of tea: 1.80

Hospitality

Notts County offer two levels of match day hospitality, Platinum and Gold. The Gold package. Both see you enjoy a delicious meal in the Wheelers Suite, with the Platinum package offering three courses compared to the Gold package’s two.

Private Hire

Notts County’s conference and events facilities are amongst the top level facilities in Nottinghamshire. Business events, presentations, conferences and private parties have all been held at Meadow Lane in the past. There’s even been a wedding or two hosted there!

Stadium Tours & Museum

There are no tours of Meadow Lane available, as things stand. If this changes we’ll obviously let you know.

About Notts County

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Notts County Football Club have always lived in the shadow of their more illustrious neighbours, Nottingham Forest. They have got a claim to fame that Forest can never have, however, in that they are the oldest professional football team anywhere in the world. Despite never hitting the heights that Brian Clough’s old side managed to reach, County have enjoyed their own spells of success. They’ve been in the top-flight a number of times, have won the FA Cup once, the old second division three times and Anglo-Scottish Cup once.

The first known colours of Notts County were shirts with amber and black hoops, with the club not adopting their famous black and white striped kits until 1890. Another team owes its black and white kit to Notts County: Juventus. The most successful club in Italian football used to play in pink and black kits, but the colour faded when it was washed so they went searching for a different kit. One of their team members was an Englishman who had a friend living in Nottingham who sent him spare Notts County shirts, with the Turin club playing in black and white stripes ever since.

Meadow Lane History

Meadow Lane 1981 - Steve Daniels [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Notts County might forever be cast in the figurative shadow of Nottingham Forest, but Meadow Lane also stands in the literal shadow of Forest’s County Ground stadium. The two grounds are about three hundred yards from each other and are the two closest grounds in England. Only Dundee and Dundee United’s grounds are closer to each other in the whole of the United Kingdom.

Meadow Lane is built on the site of an old cattle market, and ten years after it opened it looked as if it might yet have to make way for some animals. The owner of the land, the Nottingham Corporation, nearly sent County packing in order to knock the ground down and build an abattoir. The stadium was later bombed during World War Two, with The Main Stand getting badly damaged. During the 1990s the stadium was almost completely redeveloped, meaning it’s not really the same ground that it was all of those years ago when it was first built.

Future Developments

Meadow Lane, City Ground, Trent Bridge from the air - By Lasse1974 (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

There are no immediate plans to redevelop Meadow Lane, though cosmetic changes are ongoing for stadiums around the country and the home of Notts County is no different.

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