Billy: Let’s reclaim the Lower Bridgford end!

It has gladdened my heart today to read Billy Davies’ comments in the Evening Post regarding the City Ground, and how Forest don’t do themselves any favours in terms of away ticket allocation and placement.  I suspect my bugbear on this subject may predate my guise as the blogger to the extent that I’d long since given up complaining about it, since the powers-that-be at the club have always seemed so non-plussed and are motivated by an over-draconian safety officer and, of course, the opportunity to make a few quid.

In a nutshell, Billy wants the Lower Bridgford end back for Forest fans, and he’s damn right too.  Putting a concentrated away following of up to 4,600 odd supporters in the loudest bit of the ground is a barmy notion.  Particularly, as the wee fella also points out, when we are happy to give up all of those tickets to teams that give us paltry allocations (see Derby, Newcastle etc for example).  Whilst it might have a negligible impact on results, surely even that negligible amount should be used to our advantage?

Reducing away allocations enables more thought to be given to relocation – and given that T block in the Brian Clough stand is generally kept empty aside from in-demand games, that would seem the sensible option.  I’m not sure whether that will be sufficient for the minimum amount of away tickets we need to issue – so maybe the block next to, or above it, would be suitable.  This keeps the away fans in the right vicinity outside the ground near where their buses go.  The only turnstiles for home fans near there are the Upper and Lower Bridgford, much like now.

I really hope the board take Billy more seriously on this matter than they have their own supporters in the past, I have heard it raised more than once at fan’s forums and suchlike only to be summarily dismissed due to flimsy-at-best safety considerations.  Considerations which, of course are laudable, but not insurmountable – and seem considerably more excessively restrictive compared to the majority of grounds I’ve visited around the country – and I’ve visited the majority of them (in league terms at least).

This is just another example of Billy’s no stone unturned approach – any advantage, any angle – he takes it – it’s brilliant, and he has my full backing.  Imagine if we opened up the Lower Bridgford end for Reds fans and packed it with our most vocal fans – we could actually make the City Ground a pretty intimidating place to come and nullify the impact the away supporters can have, which is massive at the moment (and given our recent run of results at home, could make us even stronger!).  Bravo, Billy – keep fighting the good fight!

On another note – I’m on the beers before and after the game today so the Middlesbrough match report might not make it ’til Sunday (or be full of even more spelling mistakes than usual!).

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25 Responses

  1. Giving the Lower Bridgford End to Forest fans is a complete no-brainer. It should have been done years ago. Well said Billy

  2. I sit right at the front of the Upper Bridgford and apart from the occasional amusement of seeing an ‘over enthusiastic’ away fan removed, there is no value in having them there at all.

    I agree completely – reclaim the Lower Bridgford for Forest fans and then (as they do in Europe) allocate one of the upper corners (probably the bit nearest the Trent End) to away fans where there ‘noise’ would have far less impact!!

  3. Absolutely agree and SB makes a valid point re where they should be sat.

  4. I totally agree with Billy on this one BUT you are forgetting one thing.

    The F.A are not going to back any club in their attempt to make home grounds more intimidating to the away fans, especially with there wayward thinking on removing crowd segregation!!

    Lets back Billy all the way.

    Thanks for a great blog NFFC, keep up the good work.

  5. I agree NFFC,
    Billy is looking at every avenue to give us the best possible chance of promotion. Over the last six years or so (of 40years suporting the Reds) since taking my boy, it has been a welcome sight to see a few bus loads of away supporters behind the goal (especially 3rd div) but now we can demand capacity crowds, its a no-brainer, nothing to be lost in revenue and everythng to be gained in vocal support for the Reds…move over ‘A’ block ….and some!!!
    Well done today lads…keep it going!
    Kris Commons out just when we need Derby to do us a favour next week!

  6. I agree totally but its never going to happen. Last time this was mooted the Police got involved because they cant police the away fans when they sit them in the Lower BC Stand.

    It seems now the stewards block off two of the 4 exits from the UBE meaning away fans can be totally cordoned off when they exit as happened against Direby and Foxes.

    Lovely idea tho…

  7. Come on guys do the forest supremoes ever do anything right its the most upside down club i have ever come across ever since Doughty has been in charge you cant stand up you cant shout to loud we give the away supporters the best acoustic part of the ground I bet Billy wonders who he is dealing with sometimes

  8. You just never know they might just sit up and listen this time.Its common sense to me but common sense isnt common is it ?????????????????

  9. Am I going mental here but I remember when the Trent end was being built and we had the Lower Bridgeford for the season cos my season ticket was in there, so I can’t believe it can’t be policed and done properly. That was a great season finishing 3rd in the premier league. Collymore and Roy banging them in Bohinen orchestrating midfield, oh happy days.

  10. Modern football I suppose, it’s part of what makes the english game great is its adversarial nature.

    But screw n’castle and derby, don’t give the b*stds an advantage!!

    Hail King Billy.

  11. Totally agree. Having spent many years in the Trent End (70’s), Lower Exec (80’s), A Block (90’s) and now S Block Brian Clough, I’ve seen away fans in both the upper and lower BC stand so it has been done before and can be done again. The same situation exists now with away fans so the club have no argument. We can easily fill the Lower Bridgford with our own fans and I will gladly move seats to accommodate away fans.

  12. Quite right Billy. But it’s never gonna happen.
    The police and Mr Bexton, safety officer, are adamant that it cant be done on safety grounds.
    Absolute cr*p. But as has been said, some things at this Club defy belief.

    On a side note, the scenes at d*rby today were disgraceful, and I hope the authorities take a long look at their recent history of failing to control their players.

  13. the club aren’t bothered about best for team . only the balance sheet and don’t start me on that prat of a safety officer.as for the police interfering were we put away fans we pay them to be there.they don’t do it for nothing let them earn there money

  14. How can we accommodate away fans in Lower BC, like we did against Wolves last season (and plenty of other fixtures recently) if we can’t police it? Total rubbish from the club. They have more faith in the easy pound than they have us home fans backing our club.

  15. no matter were we put away fans we should match them ticket for ticket.they give us 2000 we give them 2000 …. great support from fans today briil come on you reds!!!!

  16. It’s a no brainer but will never happen because we seem to be more interested in welcoming away fans than allowing the home fans to really make some noise and make the city ground a fortrus! Agree with terry comlpletely about the doughty comment, let’s face it if we ran the club properly we’d actually make more money, for example sort the catering out and in all stands and put more people serving beer at half time,is it too much to ask for a pint and pie at HT. This is mere on impossible at the moment,the maths do themselves. Billy Davies is doing everything right at the moment from top to bottom, will only be a matter of time tho before doughty and the dry lunch(Arthur) can’t cope with his ambitions!

  17. Interesting; over the last 8 seasons, the team finishing 7th in the League in which we have played have averaged 72 points.

    4 more wins from our last 13 games and we’ll have 73!!

    Looks like the season is likely to be extended!!

    • Oh, and any players now ‘acquired’ on loan for the rest of the season would now be eligible to play in the Play-Offs, including the final!

      • Let’s hope that this is the reason we haven’t found a loan left back as yet but somehow I feel that’s it’s because we haven’t been looking

  18. I also agree. I hope the results of this blog are forwarded to Billy as a bit of extra ammunition for him.

  19. Spot on, this has been a bugbear of mine for years too. It should be easy to resolve if the club has the will to do so but sadly that is still likely to be the sticking point!! Top marks to Billy for trying.

  20. King Billy absolutely spot on as always. For years the club has hid behind safety excuses for the pure & simple reason they can’t be bothered to change things over even though it would be so beneficial. It’s not often we could use Notts for inspiration but they’ve recently relocated away supporters & improved the atmosphere markedly.
    I again remember the fantastic atmosphere when we were re-located in the Bridgford in the Collymore/Roy era & know how hard it is for the away supportes to generate an atmosphere @ Wolves in the lower tier of the stand which is a carbon copy of the Brian Clough stand.
    What about a petition? With Billy behind us it’s the best opportunity we’re going to get.

  21. isnt one of the stands at wolves very similar to our brian clough stand?i am sure it is and they spread the away fans out across the lower section,so why cant we?policing would not be a problem just keep them in for 15 mins after the game to give forest fans time to go home like they used to do…….and plus it would make sure the likes of derby and leicesret fans could not sneak out early when we are giving them a good thrashing!!!

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