Going to Stoke ?

Stoke City Football Club, Bet 365 Stadium, Stanley Matthews Way, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 4EG

Saturday July 27th 3pm

Directions by road 

North/South/West

Leave the M6 at Junction 15 and take the second exit (straight on) at the first roundabout onto the A500. Exit the A500 at the second slip road and then keep to the right for the A50. At the roundabout take the second exit (right) to join the A50 (the Britannia Stadium is signposted and visible on the sky-line to the right).

Once on the A50 take the first exit and head up the bank towards the traffic lights. Turn right at the traffic lights and head over the fly-over. Take the third exit (right) at the first roundabout, the first exit (left) at the second roundabout and the third exit (right) at the third roundabout to reach the stadium.

East

Take the A50 to Stoke-on-Trent. Exit at the last slip road on the A50 with the stadium on the left. Take the third exit (straight on) at the first roundabout and third exit (right) at the second to reach the stadium.

 

Parking

On matchdays, access to the Britannia Stadium is strictly limited to vehicles with parking permits for car parks NORTH, WEST 1 and WEST 2.

Supporters who are allowed access from the A50 should follow signs which indicate coach and disabled parking.

Car parks will open from 11.00am for an afternoon match and from 4.00pm for a night match. Access to the car parks is available from the A50 and the junction for Stanley Matthews Way on Trentham Road (A5035).

Car parks next to the stadium cost £10, if you are prep[ared to walk for 10 minutes it cost £5-6

There may also be 300 parking spaces available (weekend matches only) at the Screwfix direct site on Stanley Matthews Way. The site is based one mile from the ground and allows quicker access back onto the A50 after the game has ended. If arriving from the M6, follow signs to the Bet365 Stadium on the A50.  Continue past the stadium for approx 1 mile and the Screwfix site is on the left. The post code for SatNav's is ST4 8GR.

There is also car parking south of the stadium on Stanley Matthews Way between Screwfix and the Stadium opposite Pets at Home (Sat Nav ST4 8GR ). You can get to this car park via Stanley Mathews Way from the A50 or Trentham Road. After the match all traffic goes south which means you avoid all the congestion by the stadium

Directions by rail

Stoke-on-Trent station is situated on the West Coast Mainline and provides easy access from Manchester, Birmingham, London, Derby and Crewe.

Supporters arriving by train on a matchday can take a two-minute walk to Glebe Street in Stoke town centre where buses run to the stadium at regular intervals. Turn right out of the station and take the next right to go under a bridge. Follow the road to the end and turn left, down a bank and into Glebe Street. Buses depart on the left hand side by the St Peter's Church. 

Trains take approx 1hr 45mins

Super off peak return £37.75
 

BY BUS

There are a number of bus services that run through Trentham Lakes and past the Britannia Stadium all week long.

On a matchday, there is an increased level of buses which travel to and from the stadium.

PUBS

Next to the stadium are a Holiday Inn and a Harvester Pub/Restaurant that do allow in away fans. You can also park at the Harvester itself for a cost. A bit further away on Dennis Viollett Road (off Sir Stanley Matthews Way) is a Power League complex that also has a bar, which also allows in away supporters, shows SKY television and you can even park in their car park for a fee. Further down Sir Stanley Matthews Way (and turning left along Eastern Rise) is the Longton Rugby Club, which has two bars also showing SKY Sports. Parking is also available for a fee. It is around a 20 minute walk to the away turnstiles from the Club.

If arriving by train then the Terrace Bar on Leek Road has been designated as an official away fans pub. The pub which is only five minutes walk from the railway station (turn right out of the station entrance, left at the crossroads and the pub is down on the left) also shows Sky Sports and offers food too. The shuttle bus to the ground (return cost £3 adults) that runs from near the station, also stops at the pub and returns after the game.

All information is provided in good faith but the Foxes Trust cannot be held responsible for any errors. Thanks to the Football Ground Guide, and Stoke FC

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Going to Cambridge ?

Cambridge United

Tuesday July 23rd 7.30pm

Directions by road – 73miles approx. 1hr 45 min CB5 8LN

By Car:

Please be aware of roadworks along the A14 from Huntingdon to Cambridge causing frequent holdups

From the South – M11 to Junction 14, then turn east along the A14 dual carriageway:

 

From the North – A14 from Huntingdon, then turn east along the A14 dual carriage way:

 

Then exit the A14 at the fourth junction (situated east of Cambridge), up the slip road to the roundabout (signposted Stow-Cum-Quy). Turn right onto the A1303, and return westwards towards Cambridge. Go straight over the first roundabout, passing Marshall Airport to the left. Go straight over two sets of traffic lights to a roundabout. The Ground's floodlights can be seen from here and McDonald's is on the right.

 

Turn left onto the ring road. Turn right at the first roundabout (a large Sainsbury's is on the left here), and go along Coldham's Lane. After half a mile, immediately after the traffic lights turn right into Coldham's Road before the railway bridge.

 

PARKING: There are retail outlets close to the ground but parking there is limited, street parking is available but check it is not residents only.

 

Directions by rail

Train takes 2 hours if you catch a direct one, singles will be cheapest, but you will not get home unless you go via London

Pubs

You need to walk along Abbey Road towards Cambridge to find pubs.

All information is provided in good faith but the Foxes Trust cannot be held responsible for any errors. Thanks to the Cambridge United FC and Football Ground Guide

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Going to Cheltenham ?

Saturday July 20th – 3pm

Cheltenham Town FC – GL52 5NA

Directions by road  76 miles approx. 1hr 45 min

By Car:

From The North:

Leave the M5 at junction 10 and take the A4019 towards Cheltenham. Keep straight on through the traffic lights, until you come to large roundabout (there is a McDonalds on the left), at which you turn turn left. Continue up this road going over a double mini roundabout. Keep going for about 300 yards and then turn right into Swindon Lane. Go over the level crossing and straight over the next roundabout (signposted Prestbury) passing the race course on your left. Turn right into Albert Road (signposted Gloucestershire University) and at the bottom at the roundabout turn left into Prestbury Road, (the ground is signposted from here) and then further down Prestbury Road, turn right into Whaddon Road. The Jonny-Rocks Stadium is down on the left.

From The South:

Leave the M5 at Junction 11 turning right towards Cheltenham. Go across 1st roundabout – GCHQ is on your left. Turn left at the next roundabout, into Princess Elizabeth Way. Go straight over the next roundabout, (the exit is over at about "1 o'clock"). Keep on up this road, and you will come to a big roundabout, where you will see a McDonalds on the corner. Go straight across this roundabout and continue up this road going over a double mini roundabout. Then as North.

PARKING: There are a limited number of spaces available in the Club car park at the ground which cost £5. However, these can be pre-booked by calling the Club on 01242 573 558. The Parklands Social Club does allow some parking at £4 per car If arriving a couple of hours before kick off then there is street parking available on streets running off Whaddon Road itself.

Directions by rail

Nearest train station: Cheltenham Spa Railway Station 

Frequent train routes run between Cheltenham and Gloucester, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and London.  To get to the town centre from Cheltenham Spa railway station you can either walk (approximately 20 minutes), get the Stagecoach D bus (departs every 10 minutes during peak times) or get a taxi (there is a taxi rank at the station).

Off peak return £47-85 approx 2 hours

Pubs
There is a club bar at the ground called the Robins Nest which allows in small numbers of away fans for a £1 admittance fee. Around a ten minute walk away are the 'Sudeley Arms' and 'The Conservatory' on Prestbury Road on the outskirts of the town centre. There is even a decent fish & chip shop situated in-between the two. To find these pubs, turn right out of the club car park, and then turn left at the end of the road. Go straight over the roundabout, and The Sudeley Arms is on your left and the Conservatory is further up on your right. It is no more than a ten minute walk from the ground.

Otherwise very near to the ground is the Parklands Social Club, where you can also park your car (£5). Simply go down Whaddon Road, passing the ground and the bowling club on your left. Take the first left hand turn and the entrance to the social club car park is a short distance down on the left.

All information is provided in good faith but the Foxes Trust cannot be held responsible for any errors. Thanks to the Cheltenham Town FC andFootball Ground Guide

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Going to Scunthorpe ?

Tuesday July 16th – 7.30pm

Scunthorpe – Glanford Park  DN15 8TD

Directions by road  – miles approx. 1 hour 45 mins

BY CAR: Leave the M180 at Junction 3 and take the M181 for Scunthorpe. The motorway will reach its natural conclusion and you will come to a roundabout, where you should take the third exit. At the next roundabout take the third exit again (travelling past KFC on your left and McDonalds on your right). Continue forward at the next roundabout through the Glanford Park gates.

 

PARKING: Car parking at the ground is available in the East Car Park for 600 cars, priced at very reasonable £3 on a first-come, first-served basis. In the surrounding areas, there is limited street parking with police restrictions, while there are parking restrictions in the retail car parks

Directions by rail

You will not be able to return the same day
 

Pubs

Next to the stadium are retail parks with food outlets and a Tesco

All information is provided in good faith but the Foxes Trust cannot be held responsible for any errors. Thanks to the Scunthorpe FC

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Going to Man City ?

Manchester City     M11 3FF – Monday May 8th 8pm

The stadium is located in the North East of Manchester.  Approx 108 miles 2hr 30min

From the South M6:
Leave the M6 at Junction 19 and follow the A556 towards Stockport and then join the M56 going towards Stockport. Continue onto the M60 passing Stockport and heading on towards Ashton Under Lyne. Leave the M60 at Junction 23 and take the A635 towards Manchester. Branch off onto the A662 (Ashton New Road) towards Droylsden and Manchester. Stay on the A662 for around three miles and you will reach the Stadium on your right.

From The M62:
Leave the M62 at Junction 18 and then join the M60 Ashton Under Lyne.  Leave the M60 at Junction 23 and take the A635 towards Manchester. Branch off onto the A662 (Ashton New Road) towards Droylsden/Manchester. Stay on the A662 for around three miles and you will reach the Stadium on your right. 

 You could also try leaving the M60 at Junction 24 and take the A57 (Hyde Road) towards Manchester. Turn right onto the A6010 (Pottery Lane). There are quite a number of unofficial car parks on both sides of Pottery Lane, costing around £8 per car. Pottery Lane becomes the Alan Turing Way and goes right past the stadium on your left.

Car Parking:
There is some parking available at the stadium itself which costs £10 per car. The East Car Park is nearest to the away entrance. Please be aware that there is a residents only parking scheme in place in the streets near to the ground, which extends about a mile out from the stadium. So if you want to street park, it means parking further away and then walking to the stadium. Some unofficial car parks have sprung up mostly charging around £5 per car

By Rail:

The closest train station is Ashburys which is a short five minute train ride away from Manchester Piccadilly Station. The stadium is about a 15 minute walk away from Ashburys station. As you come out of the station turn left and after proceeding up the road you will come to the stadium on your left.

Otherwise if you have time on your hands then you can embark on the 20/25 minute walk from Piccadilly Station to the stadium. At the bottom of the main station approach turn right into Ducie Street. At the end of the road turn right onto Great Ancoats Street. Cross over the road, then the canal and turn left into Pollard Street – this is well marked as a walking route to "Sportcity". Continue straight along Pollard Street which leads onto the A662 Ashton New Road and you will come to the stadium on your left. 

A shorter route from the station is to use the new exit to Fairfield Street (the taxi rank). As you come off the platforms, it’s in the left hand corner of the main concourse. Lifts or escalators down. (There’s also an exit from the little concourse off the bridge near platforms 13/14.) At the street exit head toward the railway over bridge, under that, then left again under the railway (Travis Street continuing into Adair Street), left at the end and right into Pollard Street (then as above).

Alternatively you can get a taxi from Piccadilly Station (around £5.00) or a bus from Piccadilly Gardens –  Go down the main approach from the station, then along London Road to Piccadilly Gardens; normal service and special matchday buses leave from the right hand side of the square (between Lever Street and Oldham Street) – £1 each way. 216 and 217 the main service buses, but 185, 186, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, X36 and X37 also go from the city centre to the stadium (and 53 and 54 from the city's ring road). On the return, the special buses leave from Ashton New Road just across from the away end.

 Trains take approx 3hrs but you will struggle to get back on Monday night

Last train back 20-27pm !

Where to drink

'The Stanley' (aka Sports Bar) pub does let in away fans in small numbers. It is about a ten minute walk away from the stadium, just set back from the main A6010 (Pottery Lane) , going towards Ashburys train station. The easiest way to find it is to locate the large Asda store behind one side of the stadium (there is also a McDonalds outlet next door to the store, plus there is a cafe located inside it) and on facing the superstore turn right and proceed down the main road, you will come to the pub on the left. It does cost  for adults to enter the pub, but children are admitted free. Inside there is a large screen showing SKY Sports, good service and a good mix of home and away support.

Otherwise the Townley on Albert Street, which is only a five minute walk away from the stadium Is recommended. The pub has a good atmopshere and as long as away fans arrive early and are discrete (i.e. no colours) then they should be okay.

There are plenty of places to eat and drink in the town centre.

Please check the cost and times of trains etc. All information is provided in good faith but the Foxes Trust cannot be held responsible for any errors.

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