This Tuesday night, we make the long drive to the Midlands to take on table-toppers Notts County. It’s been a few years since we visited Meadow Lane, and adverse weather conditions could also have an impact, so here is everything you need to know about making Tuesday’s trip.
Where is Meadow Lane?
Meadow Lane is located at:
Where will Newport fans be during the game?
Away supporters at Meadow Lane are housed in the Jimmy Sirrel Stand. Access to the stand is found via turnstiles on County Road.
How do I get to Meadow Lane?
Tuesday’s trip will be one of the longest mid-week fixtures of the season, so Newport fans will need to make sure they are well-prepared.
Meadow Lane is around 150 miles from Rodney Parade and, in good conditions, should take around 2 hours and 40 minutes to drive. However, conditions are far from good at the moment, with adverse weather conditions hitting several parts of the UK, with the Midlands being heavily impacted.
As such, we recommend giving yourself plenty of time to get to Meadow Lane on Tuesday. We would also like to encourage all Exiles to be extra cautious when travelling this week and to monitor the weather closely.
There are direct trains from Newport to Nottingham, with trains leaving every hour at 59 minutes past the hour. These take three hours and five minutes. The last direct train you could take to arrive before kick-off leaves at 15:59 and arrives at 19:06. However, this would not leave you a lot of time pre-match, so we recommend taking the 14:59 to arrive at 18:06.
Unfortunately, getting back after Tuesday’s game is not possible on a train. If you travel up, you will need to stay the night in Nottingham and take a train in the morning.
Trains back start at 6:00 in the morning and run hourly between 4 minutes past and 8 minutes past.
Nottingham has plenty of options for accommodation, with the following being some of the best and most affordable options:
- Premier Inn, Nottingham Arena - A 15-minute walk from the stadium.
- Ibis, Nottingham Centre - Roughly 25 minutes from the stadium.
- Travel Lodge, Nottingham Centre - 30 minutes from the stadium.
Exiles should also note that the weather conditions will likely impact the trains severely, so be sure to check the schedules.
If a night in Nottingham or a long drive doesn’t appeal to you, the easiest way to get to Notts County on Tuesday is by taking one of the official supporter's coaches arranged by the NCAFC Supporter’s Club.
Can I park near the stadium?
Yes, but spaces are limited. Notts County’s official away day guide provides the following information:
“There are a limited number of on-street parking spaces on the roads around the ground - all have to be paid for using the Ringo telephone booking service. Details are displayed on adjacent (lamp) posts. Next to the ground, to the rear of the Jimmy Sirrel stand, there is parking available in the Cattle Market, and there are also private, manned parking sites on Meadow Lane - all ‘pay at the gate’. Parking charges currently average £5 per vehicle.”
Notts County are one of the most attended teams in the league, so matchdays can be busy around the ground. Once again, with the current weather conditions, we want to remind all Exiles to be cautious when driving around the stadium.
How far is the train station to Meadow Lane?
Meadow Lane is around 10 minutes from Nottingham train station. When you leave the station through the main entrance, head south down Carrington Street, then take the left towards Queen’s Road before taking the left onto Queen’s Road. Follow this until you turn right onto London Round and then left onto Cattle Market Road. Finally, take the second right onto County Road, and the ground will be within sight.
Where to eat and drink locally
Nottingham is a busy city with many friendly pubs and restaurants to explore in the City centre. The best option for away day supporters is the Southbank Bar, which is a short walk across Trent Bridge.
Another popular venue is the Trent Bridge Inn, a JD Wetherspoons Pub. This is right on the corner of Trent Bridge Cricket Ground and always has a friendly atmosphere on a matchday. The Trent Navigation Inn (NG2 3HS), which serves a varied menu and sells some choice beers, is also a popular pre-match venue.
Of course, there is also food and drink available in the away end at Notts County. Fans should note that The Broken Wheelbarrow pub, which is found just behind the stadium, is for home fans only.
Last time out
It’s fair to say that times have changed at Notts County since our last visit. We last went to Meadow Lane on a Tuesday night in 2019, with the hosts rooted to the bottom of the table.
The club were on a terrible run of form, and a dominant County performance only added to their miseries. Goals from Fraser Franks, Padraig Amond and Jamille Matt saw us cruise to a 4-1 win, with an early goal from Kane Hemmings being nothing more than a consolation prize for the hosts.
How much are tickets for Notts County vs Newport County?
Tickets for our trip to Notts County are priced as follows:
Adult - £22
Senior 65+ - £16
Young Adult 18-21 - £16
Under 18 - £8
Under 16 - £6
Under 12 - £1
You can purchase tickets for the game here.
Fans can also buy tickets on the day of the game of the match from the Notts County ticket office.