Nottingham Forest Club Profile
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Nottingham Forest : Club Background
Nottingham Forest? Weren't they good for a time?
Well that might not be strictly fair, but it is all too easy to see Forest from the BC/CiC/AC perspective : Before Clough / Clough in Charge / After Clough. And it is impossible to think of the Nottingham club without recalling Old Big 'Ead. He was a complete one off genius of a manager - eccentric almost to the point of lunacy, irascible, abrasive, rude, charming, kind all mixed up in a larger-than-life character. It was impossible to tell how much was spontaneous and natural and how much cultivated and calculating. He reigned over the club - 'manager' was far too small a term for Cloughie - from January 1975 to May 1993. And under him what had always been a relatively unfashionable Midlands outfit won the Division One title, were runners-up, got to the finals of the League Cup six times, winning it on four occasions, won the Anglo-Scottish Cup, the Simod Cup, the Zenith Data Systems Cup, got to an F.A. Cup Final, and won the European Cup twice. He could be infuriating and annoying, and towards the end of his rule at Forest alcohol consumption was affecting him badly, but he achieved what is such a rarity, almost by definition, for football managers : many fans of clubs other than his own loved him too. When Brian Clough died in 2004 supporters from all around the game grieved.

The Brian Clough Stand
The Brian Clough Stand
Photo © 2006 Ciderspace

As is often the case with football clubs, Forest were founded at a meeting in a pub - in this case in the Clinton Arms in 1865. This makes them one of the oldest football clubs in the World, though not as old as Notts County who date back to 1862. Their first official match for which a record exists was against County in 1866. They first entered the F.A. Cup in 1879, a year after Notts County, and were to win it in 1898, and again in 1959. When the Football League was formed in 1888 Nottingham Forest applied but, rather surprisingly, were not one of the twelve clubs given a place. Notts County were. They failed again to get in when the league was expanded to fourteen clubs in 1891, but did make it the following year, when the Second Division was formed, fortunate enough to jump straight into a further expanded Division One, now up to sixteen clubs.

In 1897, after years of a nomadic existence around Nottingham, the club moved to a new site which was to become The City Ground. They have been there ever since.

Their initial years in Division One seemed promising, and although relegated in 1905-06 they bounced straight back as Second Division Champions the following season. However when relegated again in 1910-11 there was no immediate return, and by 1913-14 they were seeking re-election. In the final campaign of 1914-15, before the Football League shut down for the remainder of the War, Forest came close to folding, only surviving through the League itself paying some of their bills on a weekly basis. Given this, it was not too surprising that their bid to begin in Division One after hostilities had ended received a rather derisory three votes. They thus started the first post-War season of 1919-20 in Division Two.

After two poor seasons Forest were Division Two Champions again in 1921-22. They hung on near the foot of the First Division for two seasons, but the third proved too much and they were down again. And there they stayed in the Second Division, from 1925 through to 1949, when, after a series of flirtations with further relegation, they did indeed drop into Division Three South.

It took two seasons, but they were back, and as Champions, into the second tier by 1951 and in the 1956-57 season were runners-up to Leicester City and up to the top flight again. Billy Walker capped his twenty-one years as Forest manager with their second F.A. Cup in 1959, and then retired.

The Main Stand
The Main Stand
Photo © 2006 Ciderspace

A series of generally mediocre seasons in Division One followed until 1966-67, when Forest came their closest to that point to winning the title, finishing runners-up to Manchester United. They were also beaten semi-finalists in the F.A. Cup. But that was as good as it got, with a series of lower table finishes until relegated in 1971-72. They were then down at the lower end of Division Two until enter one Brian Howard Clough.

The Reds were heading back down to Division Two as Clough took his leave from the City Ground in 1993. One of his former Forest players, Frank Clark, took on the seemingly unenviable task of 'following' Cloughie, and brought them back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, runners-up to Crystal Palace. They finished third in the Premiership in that season of 1994-95, but couldn't sustain those heights. Relegated in last place in 1996-97, a season that saw Clark pay the price, they were back up again as Champions the next campaign, only to finish bottom of the Premier League once again. Meanwhile off the pitch Forest were in financial crisis, into administration for a period, and then taken over by a consortium. This time there was no way back. There were five increasingly depressing seasons at the second level, and then the sixth, 2004-05, saw them relegated to the third level for only the second time in their history. Nottingham Forest in League One (Division Three in old money)? Hardly seems real for those of us who watched the European Cup triumphs of 1979 and 1980. Most commentators and the bookies had Forest as hot favourites to go straight back up as Champions. They made a poor start, though once theyd got rid of the lugubrious Gary Megson the City Ground seemed a happier place and Forest made a late dash for the play-offs, eventually just missing out in seventh place.

The Bridgford Stand
The Bridgford Stand - the lower tier is the away section
Photo © 2006 Ciderspace

Ah and onto the 2006-07 season. Forest fans might want to look away now. At one point Forest looked as though they were heading for automatic promotion, but some stuttering form in the second part of the season consigned themselves to the play-offs. That paired them up with the little known pub team known as Yeovil Town.

Winning the first leg at Huish Park 2-0, Forest merely had to just turn up at the City Ground to book their place at Wembley didn't they? In fact that was precisely what many of their fans had already done - we're told that anyone wanting a National Express coach space down to London later that month would have struggled to get one. On our way to the City Ground, we passed street sellers selling "Forest at Wembley" t-shirts and flags. Hey, why were Yeovil fans and players even bothering to turn up? Perhaps because they BELIEVED. With eight minutes of normal time remaining, those National Express tickets and Wembley t-shirts were still looking good value. However, two legendary goals (thank you Forest defender Alan Wright) in five immortal minutes (thank you Marcus Stewart) heard the Sky Sports commentators cry "they've ... they've only gone and done it!" and in extra time Forest fell apart, with David Prutton's red card, and Wes Morgan's gift to Lee Morris - two of manager Colin Calderwood's backfiring substitutions - saw those Wembley t-shirts consigned to the back of the sock drawer and some rather empty rattling coaches going down the M1 two weeks later. The 5-2 final scoreline surely ranks as Yeovil Town's greatest match ever?

Not that such performances went unnoticed. Arron Davies and Chris Cohen, two of the thorns in Forest's side, were signed up by Calderwood for the start of the 2007-08 season, proving that money really talked. Cohen went on to become one of the stars in Forest's side, and they gained promotion one year later, with the twist being that it had to be done against Yeovil Town - second time lucky as a stacked out City Ground saw us beaten 3-2.

Since then, Forest have with the exception of a couple of seasons been at the top end of the Championship table. A 19th place in the 2008-09 season was followed by 3rd, 6th, 19th and 8th. Their main wobble came during a period when they had sacked Billy Davies, with four different managers taking the hotseat in an 18 month period. Davies was then called back for a second spell, and whilst he's not everyone's cup of tea he is getting them results once again, with Forest likely to be play-off material yet again.

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Nottingham Forest : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Nottingham Forest

22/10/2005HomeCCL1W3-09072Jevons 6, 26, Davies 82
17/04/2006AwayCCL1L1-228193Jevons 9
09/09/2006HomeCCL1L0-16925
13/01/2007AwayCCL1L0-117885
11/05/2007HomeL1SF1L0-28935
18/05/2007AwayL1SF2W5-227819Davies 22, 109, Own Goal 82, Stewart 87, Morris 92
29/09/2007HomeCCL1L0-36818
03/05/2008AwayCCL1L2-328520Peters 20, Kirk 75
26/10/2013HomeCHPW3-17612Upson 8, 40, Webster 43
02/02/2014AwayCHPL1-321393Moore 25


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Nottingham Forest

HomeAwayOverall
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Nottingham Forest : Photo Galleries
Photo Galleries for Yeovil vs Nottingham Forest

Date Event Match Report Photo Gallery Total

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Nottingham Forest : Club Statistics

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence:
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence:


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Nottingham Forest : Club Information
The City Ground
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG2 5FJ

(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 0115 982 4444
Fax : 0115 982 4455
Email: enquiries@nottinghamforest.co.uk
Clubcall : 09068 121174 (calls charged at 60p per minute at all times)

Chairman : Fawaz Al-Hasawi
Club Secretary : Jane Carnelly
Press Officer : Fraser Nicholson
Manager : Billy Davies

Capacity : 30,602
Seated : All seated
Covered Terrace : N/A

Record Attendance : 49,946 v Manchester United, Division 1, 28/10/1967

Nickname : The Reds
Colours : shirt - red with white trim, shorts - white with red flashes, socks - red with white trim

Ticket Prices : We've been allocated the Lower Tier of the Bridgford Stand. The theoretical capacity is 4,750 but this is usually reduced for various reasons. Tickets are available for purchase from Huish Park Ticket Office. Prices for the 2013-14 season fixture are as follows :

Adults: £26.00; Aged 65 and Over: £18.00; Under-18s: £14.00; Under-12s: £7.00.

There will be an increase of £2.00 to the prices above for adults and seniors if you pay on the day. You'll need to pay by CASH ONLY from the away ticket office which is situated at the back of the Brian Clough Stand.

Disabled Info: Disabled facilities at the City Ground are good and there are spaces allocated in the Bridgford Lower so disabled away fans can be with their fellow supporters. Disabled fans are admitted for the above prices with assistants going free, provided the disabled supporter is in receipt of the higher rate of disability living allowance for either care of mobility. For information on particular facilities and to appraise the club of any special needs phone The City Ground on 0871 226 1980.

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Nottingham Forest : Directions To The Ground
General

You'll most likely be on the M1 as you near Nottingham. With prior trips to Meadow Lane and the City Ground itself you should pretty much know how to get there by now. The away end is the one furthest from the River Trent.
The City Ground
The City Ground from across the River Trent
Photo © 2006 Ciderspace



By Road

If coming up the M1 from the South :
exit at J24 (Nottingham South), taking the A453 to Nottingham. After around seven miles, at the Clifton Bridge complex, follow signs for the A52 and Grantham past Nottingham Knight Island to join the Lings Bar Road at the next traffic island. Continue following the A52 Grantham signs to the Gamston Island, and then turn left into Radcliffe Road (A6011). Turn right into Colwick Road.

If coming down the M1 from the North :
exit the M1 at Junction 26 (Nottingham North), following the signs to Nottingham via the A610 Nuthall Road for about three miles until you meet the Nottingham Ring Road A6514 at Western Boulevard roundabout. Turn right and follow the Ring Road South, passing the Queens Medical Centre where the Ring Road becomes the A52. Continue South on the A52 (signposted for Grantham) over Clifton Bridge, past the Nottingham Knight Island to join the Lings Bar Road at the next traffic island. Continue to the Gamston Island and then turn left into Radcliffe Road (A6011). Turn right into Colwick Road.

Parking

Access to the visitors' turnstiles (Nos.49-56) is through The Brian Clough Stand car park via Scarrington Road off Lady Bay Bridge. It is also possible to follow Colwick Road (and Orston Road) to get to these turnstiles. This route can be found halfway along Radcliffe Road next to a pedestrian crossing.

Parking prohibitions are in force on match days around the ground. Nottingham City Council operates a paying car park 15-20 minutes walk away on Victoria Embankment. Access is to this car park is via the Clifton Bridge complex (A52 ring road and then the A453) to Queens Drive and then Riverside Way.
South of the river in West Bridgford it is permitted to park in the side streets; however, it should be noted that this parking is in short supply and football fans leaving their cars is unpopular with residents.

There are a number of places to park on the opposite side of the Trent, including The Cattle Market, which was £2.50 as we recall on the visit to Notts County several seasons ago. It's right by Meadow Lane.

The Trent End
The Trent End - the stand in the previous shot from inside the stadium.
Photo © 2006 Ciderspace

By Rail

Nottingham is served by three train companies : Midland Mainline, Central Trains and Virgin Trains. London trains for Nottingham leave from St. Pancras and Kings Cross. There are a couple of direct trains an hour, with a journey time of about an hour and three-quarters. Alternatively there are services with a change at Leicester.
Journey time across from Birmingham New Street is about one hour fifteen minutes.

Nottingham Railway Station is situated close to the city centre, about a mile from the ground. It is a relatively uncomplicated 15 minute walk to the City Ground. Leave the railway station by the main entrance/exit and turn to your left. At the corner of the station turn left again into Queens Road and follow this to the T-junction with London Road. Turn right here and follow this road, passing Meadow Lane on your left, towards the river and Trent Bridge. By this time you will be able to see the City Ground across the river to your left.

By Air

If anyone fancies flying, East Midland Airport is about fifteen miles from the City Ground.

By Bus

Buses No.6 through to No.11 all run from the city centre close to Trent Bridge. No.6 is the most frequent. Collin Street, just up from the Broadmarsh Centre, or Carrington Street, between the Broadmarsh and the train station, are the easiest locations to find and pick up a bus in the centre.

By Taxi

A selection of Nottingham taxi companies can be found here.

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Nottingham Forest : Web Resources
Web Sites

Blooming Forest
The long running Forest fanzine chose rivals.net to host their web presence. Hmmmmm.... Message board is busy.


Brian Clough
Tribute site to the great man. A labour of love, well worth a browse.


Forest Forays
A sort of on-going on-line scrapbook of all sorts of things Forest.


Forza Forest
Neat, tidy and unpretentious fan site, well presented with well written articles. What more do you want?


Lost That Loving Feeling
Big independent site featuring, articles, opinion, reports, humour, you name it, it's probably there.


NFFCnet
Nothing there when visited except for a sign saying 'undergoing maintenence, please check back soon'. Will do...


Nottingham Forest Official
PTV site, registration required to view.


The Real Nottingham Forest Supporter
Two Forest fans chat to each other after games in an 'Alas Smith and Jones' stylee, if you can remember the 80's tv programme of the same name. Sporadically amusing.


trentend.com
Don't be put off by the out-of-date front page, inside you will find possibly the most widely used Forest message board - though they all seem fairly busy. That's what comes when you've got a fanbase of 20,000 plus I guess.


Web Message Boards

Forest Chat
Mad board.


Forest Forums
Unlike some Forest forums, this one sticks to football pretty much.


Soccer 24-7 Nottingham Forest
Another very busy board.


Talk Back
The Nottingham Forest Community Forum. Every topic under the sun, occasionally even football ones.


Tricky Tree Talk
Rivals board.



E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters



Local Press

Nottingham Evening Post



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Nottingham Forest : Food & Drink
General :

Nottingham is large enough to provide plenty of choice, with masses of pubs and eating establishments covering the entire range of styles and prices. For those who simply tend to head regardless for the nearest pub to an away end the Stratford Haven (see below) accepts visiting supporters. Note that The Trent Bridge Inn does not, and generally enforces this by demanding to see tickets for the home areas on the door, whilst The Larwood & Voce has sadly switched from their former 'away friendly' policy to a home-only policy. The Southbank is also not recommended for away fans.

Close to the stadium Radcliffe Road is the best area for fast food outlets, with the usual range to choose from.

Club Bar :

There's the usual football stadium catering inside. Alcohol is available inside the ground, and the away area has a concourse bar - usual limited range of keg.

Local Pubs :

Canal House: Castle Rock beers. A listed three storey pub that used to be a canal warehouse. The canal actually runs through the inside of the pub, making this one of the more unusual pubs in the city and worth it just to see the location. You'll find some of the narrow boats moored up inside the pub. Situated just north of the station, walking away from the grounds. Food served daily. Large covered beer garden.
Canal House, 48-52 Canal Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 7EH. Tel: 0115 9555060. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Lots of waitresses with their assets up front
Lots of waitresses with their assets up front
© Hugh Gleave
Hooters: Just off the A60 between the station and the grounds. A bar/restaurant with er, special attractions in the waitress service......... the clue is in the name. Of course the product may not be exactly as portrayed on the label the day you visit, but life's a bitch. Don't expect a family atmosphere though. Food and drink is in the American style. Five minutes or so walk from the Meadow Lane, ten or so from the City Ground. Opening was 12.00 - 12.00 Mondays - Thursdays, and 11.30 a.m. - 2.00 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays - no idea if that still holds as their website concentrates on other er, points rather than possibly useful bits of info like opening times. Moved to the new building shown - just across the road from the previous site if you went pre-2006.
Hooters, Hicking Building, Great Northern Close, London Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG2 3AS. Tel: 0115 9588111. Fax: 0115 9418560. Email: info@hooters-uk.com. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Larwood & Voce Tavern: One of the closest pubs to the away end - a few minutes walk and on the side of Trent Bridge Cricket Ground. They used to specifically promote themselves as a pub suitable for away fans. Sadly they've now gone in the opposite direction and are now restricting to home supporters only. So unless you're not wearing colours or are with home supporters you may get turned away.
Larwood & Voce Tavern, Fox Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG2 6AJ. Tel: 0115 9810392. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

News House: Situated in the same road as the Canal House, a little further east. A two roomed pub that includes pub games such as darts and bar billiards. Only does food on Tues-Fri lunchtimes though. Although owned by Castle Rock it now also operates as the host Tap for Totally Brewed Brewery, who only started up in 2014, but already have built up a good reputation.
News House, 123 Canal Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 7HB. Tel: 0115 950 2419. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Old Salutation Inn: You may find this pub variously known as the Salutation Inn, Old Salutation Inn and also Ye Olde Salutation Inn. It's owned by Enterprise Inns. Situated north of the railway station and therefore moving away from the two grounds, but a little different to some of the other pubs. A pub for the discerning rocker, you can even get Heavy Metal Karaoke if you're staying there on a Friday night. Late night licence as well. Regular real ale: Castle Rock Harvest Pale, Hop Back Summer Lightning, Robinsons Trooper, Sharp's Atlantic, Sharp's Doom Bar, Wychwood Hobgoblin. Cider: Weston’s Old Rosie. It’s owned by Enterprise Inns. Food served all day. If you're there on the Saturday night, the pub is also the starting point for the Nottingham Ghost Walk, which leaves at 6.55p.m. - the pub is situated above Nottingham's labyrinth of caves, which forms the end part of the walk. Opening hours: Sunday/Monday 12.00 noon till 11.00p.m. Tuesday to Thursday 12.00 noone till Midnight, Friday & Saturday 12.00 till 3.00a.m. Food is served from noon until 6.00p.m. except for Mondays.
Old Salutation Inn, Houndsgate, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 7AA. Tel: 0115 988 1948. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Stratford Haven: With the Larwood & Voce more recently restricting admission to home fans only, this becomes one of the closest away friendly pubs to the ground. Home and away fans mix well here, and it does a good range of beer and food.
Stratford Haven, 2, Stratford Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG2 6BA. Tel: 0115 9825981. Email: stratfordhaven@castlerockbrewery.co.uk. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

One of our favourite pubs on the L1 circuit - great beer
One of our favourite pubs on the L1 circuit - great beer
© Hugh Gleave
Vat & Fiddle: A couple of hundred yards from the railway station, and 0.8 of a mile from Meadow Lane, and something over the mile to the City Ground. Next door to Tynemill's Castle Rock Brewery, it serves their ales, and guests, and German and Belgian beers - anything up to ten different ones in total at a time. A cider or two also usually available. There are seventy malt whiskies stocked. They've also upped their food options recently - before it was a bit minimal as to what was available, but we've now got a fairly simple but traditional pub menu. Pub opening is 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. (and midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday). Food is served from 11.00a.m. until 8.00p.m. or until 5.00p.m. on Sundays. The beer has always been absolutely top notch - kept and served perfectly. Seems to quietly allow children, certainly at lunchtime, though there's nothing to make this policy explicit. Has TV. The brewery's Harvest Pale is the Supreme Champion Beer of Britain 2010. Completely unpretentious and not much to look at outside or in, but if you like good beer this is the pub in Nottingham to head for.
Vat & Fiddle, 12-14, Queen's Bridge Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG2 1NB. Tel: 0115 9850611. Fax: 985 1615. Email: vatandfiddle@castlerockbrewery.co.uk. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Oldest pub in England - it claims
Oldest pub in England - it claims
© Hugh Gleave
Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem: Although a good walk from the stadiums - just under and just over the mile and a half - this has to get a mention. It is claimed as the oldest continuously used site for an inn in England, dating from 1189. The pub is a warren of small rooms, with the oldest parts cut into the rock beneath the castle. The current building itself dates from 1660. Greene King took over local brewers (and previous owners) Hardys and Hansons during the mid-2000s, and have gradually scrapped all but a couple of the beers they originally brewed – and these are no longer brewed at Kimberley, but in Greene King’s mega-plant at Bury St Edmunds. Regular beers: Greene King IPA, Hardys & Hansons Olde Trip (Greene King), Nottingham Extra Pale Ale. There are six changing beers, but these are mainly from various branches of Greene King’s multifarious collection of brewery names… so now taste like every other Greene King beer. The menu is fairly extensive, but rather what one expects of pubs of this ilk these days - Nachos, Cajun, Lasagne, Chicken Tikka Masala, Gammon, Steak, BBQ Chicken, various Burgers etc. - i.e. plenty of choice, but all rather unadventurous pub cuisine. There are children's options, and they are welcome up to early evening (6.00 p.m.) whilst food is still being served. Opening is 10.30 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday - Wednesday, 10.30 a.m. - 12.00 midnight Thursday - Saturday, 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Sunday. Only around five minutes walk from Nottingham Railway Station for those arriving by train. Attractive courtyard to sit in in good weather. Very touristy, as one would expect.
Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, 1, Brewhouse Yard, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 6AD. Tel: 0115 9473171. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

A pretty cosmopolitan city, Nottingham. However, when out after dark, don't expect to be understood if you're over about 22.

Top-Tip :

Try not to wax lyrical about how the May 2007 match was the greatest night of football EVER. Some of the locals may hold an alternative opinion - unless they are County fans of course.

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Nottingham Forest : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Interest

Nottingham is, in our opinion, a great city. Loads to do and see; plenty of good pubs and nightlife; a sporting Mecca, with two League clubs, a Test cricket ground, a racecourse, a major rugby club, Nottingham Panthers ice hockey........ There's a The Tales of Robin Hood where you can er, "Live the Legend", a 'castle' (though not the original), the Lace Market district..........

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