The Anonymous Widower

92 Clubs – Day 26 – Norwich, Nottingham Forest, Notts County, Oldham

It was back on the road on Wednesday.  I was actually a five club day, as I passed Ipswich on the way to Norwich and took this picture from the train.

Portman Road From The Train

Not the best, but when I had a very good view, National Express East Anglia decided to put another train in the way. It was only a quick trip to the ground as I wanted to get on my way to Nottingham.

Outside Carrow Road

The Norwich fan, who took the picture wasn’t happy and I think it shows in the quality.

There is a direct train link from Norwich to Nottingham and I was in the city with three major grounds before midday.

Signpost to Forest and County

The picture shows the signage to the grounds. This sign actually solved the problem of whether to to County or Forest first.  So it was Forest.

It is not a safe walk to the grounds, as you walk up a main road, with no pedestrian lights where you cross side roads.  I couldn’t even hitch a life on a bu, as there were no stops until I got to Trent Bridge and all the buses seem to go another way.

Outside Nottingham Forest

But I made it. The Nottingham Forest must have one of only a couple of grounds on a major river.  Fulham being the other obvious example.

It was then back to the station taking in Notts County on the way.

Notts County’s Meadow Lane Stadium

From there it was on to Manchester Piccadilly for Oldham.  Strangely on a train that had started in Norwich.  It was a walk to Piccadilly Gardens for the bus, but as ever the information was extremely useless. There was even a map of the stops, where a You Are Here sticker had been placed so that it obscured the stop I wanted.

Then I bumped into Peter, an Oldham season ticket holder, who escorted me to Oldham on an 81 bus.  Or was it a 181?  Certainly, the bus didn’t know, but eventually with some further help at Oldham Bus Station, I walked to Boundary Park.

Boundary Park in the Dark

As you can see it was now getting dark, so I made a hasty retreat, by means of two buses back to Manchester.

After supper in Carluccio’s, it was on the late train home to London. I actually travelled First Class, as it was only seven pounds more than Standard with a coffee and a banana thrown in.  On the other hand it was about half an Off Peak Standard Class ticket. I know it’s all to do with demand, but certainly not many seem to want to travel First on Virgin after about 21:00.

October 30, 2011 - Posted by | Sport, Transport | , , , ,


  1. Did you go to the Carluccio’s in Spinningfields? I have been there, it is a nice one.

    Comment by liz | October 30, 2011 | Reply

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