By Ryan Benjamin
Journalist Simon Barnes was asked to compile his top five British sporting cities by ESPN. He included Nottingham – helped by Trent Bridge and Holme Pierrepoint – and here’s why.
Simon, a cricket fanatic, fondly recalls his experiences at Trent Bridge as a reporter and a supporter.
Writing for ESPN, he said: “It’s the walk that does it. You can’t walk from Nottingham Station to the cricket without feeling that sport is part of the way the city works.”
Simon has also worked for The Times and was part of the paper’s London 2012 Olympic coverage, so knows a good sporting city when he sees one.
He said: “How many times have I taken that walk? Plenty, latterly with a laptop on my back, but in earlier days prepared to dictate my account of the action down a telephone line to a lightning-fingered lady at the other end.”
In 2005, Simon was at Trent Bridge to witness a nail-biting Ashes Test, which gave England a 2-1 lead in a series they eventually won.
He said: “It was here I witnessed Matthew Hoggard’s cover drive in action, one of the greatest cricketing moments of them all, at least for an English observer. It was the shot that gave England a 2-1 lead in the Ashes series of 2005.”
Simon included London, Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham in his top five. He also praised Nottingham Forest, Notts County and Holme Pierrpont in his article.