ESTABLISHED 1946

 

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE


By Dave Bracegirdle

Email Dave at: dave.bracegirdle1@btinternet.com


DIRECTIONS: (Satnav - NG2 6AG) Trent Bridge is on the south side of the River Trent in West Bridgford with entry via the A52 through Radcliffe or from the A453.

Public transport: There are plenty of taxis at the train station, although if you're feeling fit and it's a nice day you could walk to the ground in 15 minutes. Turn left out of the station, take the first left and carry on to the main road. Turn right on what is London Road, keep going, cross the Trent and the ground is on your left.

CAR PARKING: An ECB accreditation will allow you entry (subject to availability) in the Trent Bridge Inn Car Park with overflow parking available at Ladybay Notts Sports Ground. Media parking at NatWest T20 Blast matches is on the Bridge Field Car Park, a couple of hundred yards past the ground on Bridgford Road.

FACILITIES: Located on the first floor of the Radcliffe Road Stand (enter via Reception), the press box is regarded as one of the best in the country. It offers great views of the action, with air con, TV and wifi. Food is available to members of the media, from the Cricketer’s restaurant  (just opposite the door to the press box). Lunch Vouchers are available in the press box, where you’ll find a ready supply of teas and coffees all day.

PR Contacts: Tom Holdcroft (07500-125987), Dave Straw (07534-418320) and Dan Robbins (07446-208056). Name and number of PA contact/local paper contact: Dave Bracegirdle, 07796504481.

Roger Marshall is the First XI Scorer - extremely helpful and will often provide brief descriptions of wickets if you've missed it. He also has a team of support staff who might pick up the phone - and might be more able to help immediately. Call him from the press box on 245 on the internal phone. Alternatively, OPTA's statistician is now based in the box and can provide details on 100s etc.

Heat/cold/light/environmental: We've got air con but it can get a little bit hot if the sun is out all day. The front row of seats gets a lot of glare in the sun. There are windows at either side of the box if you want fresh air or to hear a bit of the match atmosphere.

Secure wireless access available via Trent Bridge Events Wifi. The password changes each month but will be provided on posters around the press box.

After a password change, your machine may try to connect automatically using the out of date password, in which case you’ll need to delete Trent Bridge Events from your list of wireless options then LOG on again.

Phone point with every seat but you'll need to arrange a line directly with BT I would suggest that using a mobile would be quicker and easier).

There's free wifi throughout the ground in theory, but stick to the press box for best reception.

Power sockets are connected to every seat.

Food/drink: If you've got your press pass you get a free hot lunch and tea and coffee all day. Food is very good, with a good selection of freshly cooked dishes every day.

Local boozers - Depends how far you want to go. On the ground you have the Larwood and Voce or the Trent Bridge Inn (TBI). Just before the bridge there's a sports bar called the Southbank, or you can head into West Bridgford to the Stratford Haven or the Test Match. On Radcliffe Road there's a wine bar called Amici. If anyone has any special recommendations please get in touch.

Local sandwich bars/delis/supermarkets - A few to choose from: Musters Road has a cheap and cheerful sandwich bar called Mrs Bunns. If you want to wander into West Bridgford, you'll find Bar Des Amis and a nice but expensive deli called No 8 a little bit further on. There are two Co-Op's - a small one next to the ground and a big supermarket down Bridgford Road just before you reach the shops.

Nearest place to buy newspapers/batteries etc. - The small Co-op on Bridgford Road will have everything you need.

The Cricket Writers' Club archive is situated in a cabinet in the Press Box, together with a number of pictures and the honours board which was previously sited at Lord's in the former Warner Stand Press Box. These are now back in place after the room was refurbished ahead of the Test Match in 2010 and those wishing to view anything inside the cabinet closer should speak to William Powell (wjspowell@aol.com).

ACCOMMODATION: The Lace Market Hotel on High Pavement in the city centre is a little quirky but at the higher end of the market. 01158-523232. The Premier Inn on London Road will give you everything you need and is 10 minutes walk from the ground. £55 a night. 0870-9906574. The Gallery in Bridgford Road (B&B) was run by Don Masson, the former Derby County, QPR and Scotland footballer (01159-813651) - recommended by William Powell but the footballer has moved out of town to start another guest house.

LEISURE: Pubs - The city centre has got masses of options depending what you're looking for. My personal favourite is the Pitcher & Piano - a converted church - on the edge of the Lace Market. Restaurants - Hart's in the city centre is very good, or there's World Service (oriental) and Sat Bains (expensive). You'll find just about every type of food you could ask for in the City Centre. Cinemas/theatres/concert halls/live music/nightclubs, etc. - The Cornerhouse has a 12-screen cinema, or the Broadway and Screen Room will show more independent films. Nottingham Arena has musicals, shows, comedy and concerts. Stand-up comedy at Cabaret and Jongleurs. Live music at Rock City. Theatre Royal and The Nottingham Playhouse are the two main theatres in town. Local sights worth seeing on a rainy day/summers night? - You've got the Galleries of Justice, Nottingham Castle. Nearby golf courses - Ruddington Grange is very popular, while the Nottinghamshire at Cotgrave offers good value. Swimming pools/gyms, etc. - Rushcliffe Leisure Centre is less than 10 minutes drive from the ground if you want to have a swim. If you're a member of David Lloyd's there's a gym 10 minutes away off Loughborough Road and a Roko on Wilford Lane.