Going to Deepdale?

Directions

Geoff Ollerton tells us to leave the M6 at j31 go left up the hill (often a police speed trap on the hill, so stick to 30) into Preston. Keep on until the roundabout (speed camera by the BP garage on the left) then go right onto Blackpool Rd. Keep going until you reach the ground on your left about 1 1/2 miles.   

Parking

There is good parking at the Fire Station just before you reach the ground (£2 I think). If you notice there is a Sainsbury's supermarket opposite the football ground at the junction of Sir Tom Finney Way. Go right and then past Sainsbury's and there is The Sumners Pub which welcomes away supporters.  Parking is mainly in the streets surrounding the ground.  

As you near the ground don't be tempted to park up on the grass verges, you are likely to find after the game that you have been given a ticket for it!  There may be Parking for cars at Moorfields Special School. The car park is manned by volunteers from the school and all proceeds go into school funds. Just follow the directions above and at the last set of traffic lights continue straight on for about 200 yards, and you will see the school on the left near Moor Park'.  

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City Draw in the Smoke….

Colchester 1 City 1 

The BSkyB TV organised K.O. was at 5.20 p.m.  The evening still and barmy.  The ground “quaint” (Estate Agent language).  The game view at pitch level from low terracing, not good for perspective but certainly close up!  Wednesday at Stamford Bridge to Layer Road on Saturday – the sublime to the ridiculous!  

Leicester without Hume, Clemence and Wesolowski.  Colchester missing the evergreen Sheringham (suspended) but with Micky Adams recruited to the management.   

The result, as last year, 1 – 1. 

The Saturday before bonfire night, low stands and a firework spectacular from several local gardens throughout.  A pall of smoke hung over the pitch in the second half.  Rockets flared over the ground. 

City, solid through the middle.  Set up in a 3 – 4 – 3 formation.  Fryatt slightly withdrawn off the front two and working hard.  We were competitive and tried to play at pace, conceding width which ex Foxes loanee Mark Yeates, for the home side, used well.

 

Fulop in goal very safe on crosses.  Colchester, with changed personnel from last season, playing in the same pattern.  The tall Platt (ex of MK Dons) the new target man instead of Iwelumo, but he was well policed in the air by a powerful N’Gotty…..

 

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Next Up – Preston

Manager: Paul Simpson   

Founded: 1881  Ground: Deepdale Address: Sir Tom Finney Way, Preston, PR1 6RU  

Capacity: 21,412 Highest gate: 42,684 v Arsenal – Division One, 23rd April 1938 

Squad: 

Goalies: 1 Andy Lonergan 13 Wayne Henderson 30 Chris Neal  

Defenders: 12 Sean St Ledger 14 Liam Chilvers 18 Matthew Hill 3 Callum Davidson 32 Dylan Adams 4 Danny Pugh 5 Youl Mawene  

Midfielders: 11 Darren Carter 15 Simon Whaley 16 Paul McKenna 19 Billy Jones 23 Lewis Neal 7 Chris Sedgwick  

Strikers: 10 Paul Gallagher(on loan from Blackburn) 17 Brett Ormerod 33 Neil Mellor 21 Andrew Carroll (on loan from Newcastle) 8 Karl Hawley 9 Patrick Agyemang 

If you spot any factual inaccuracies in the above feel free to let me know via matt.davis@foxestrust.com  – thanks

City so close to Chelski upset

Chelsea 4 City 3

6,500 City fans made the trip south to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night and witnessed a fantastic cup tie against a Chelsea side that had gone 68 games unbeaten at home. 

Fans who have witnessed some of City’s home performances this season would have given them little chance of being the team to end that run, or indeed get on the scoresheet given the defensive record of the home side. However away performances have this season provided the only respite from some very poor home games, particularly in the previous round against Aston Villa. 

The City fans filled the shed end and before the game generated a great atmosphere. Little was heard from the Chelsea fans, and all were hoping that the team would show the passion that their support deserved.  

The caretaker management team of Gerry Taggart and Frank Burrows opted to stick with the 5-3-2 formation that has served City well defensively over the last few games, and brought Darren Kenton into the side in the centre of midfield alongside Newton and Chambers. With six recognised defenders on the pitch City’s attacking options looked limited and with no team having scored more than a single goal at Stamford Bridge since Birmingham City on 12th August the prospect of a Leicester goal fest seemed unlikely. 

It was City though who shocked Chelsea by taking the lead inside the first ten minutes. From a free kick on the left hand side of the area Newton played a neat ball to Fryatt who crossed for the unmarked Gareth McAuley to power a header past Cudicini and give Leicester a dream start….

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Going to Colchester?

Directions

From The North:
Leave the A14 at Ipswich and join the A12. On approaching Colchester do not take the first turn off but continue on the A12 towards London and take the Halstead/Cambridge turn off. At top of slip road turn left and continue along Essex Yeomanry Way then left at roundabout into London Road. Proceed for just over 3/4 mile to traffic lights (MFI store on your right). Turn right at lights and follow this road until you reach it's end where a pub (Leather Bottle) is on left. Turn left and follow until traffic lights at Boadecia Way, 3/4 mile, where you turn right. Go to end of this road and turn left; this is Layer Rd and the ground is about 1/4 mile on left.

From The South:
Leave the M25 at junction 28 and head east. Leave the A12 before you reach Colchester at the Halstead/Cambridge turn off. Turn right at top of slip road and continue along Essex Yeomanry Way, left at roundabout into London Road. Then as above.

Parking is easiest in Boadecia Way or in one of the side roads to the right and this will leave about a 5 – 7 min walk to the ground. On the car parking front there is a small unofficial car park about 200 yards from the ground. There is also a Park and Ride scheme which is well sign posted (situated at Sobroan barracks). Cost for the unofficial car park is £2.50 per car, and holds between 50 to 100 cars. The Matchday Park and Ride is slightly larger and is £2 per car. However, the buses can be every 20 minutes or so. Paul Bruce adds; 'There is also a pay and display car park which is located on the right hand side of Butt Road, going towards the town centre from the ground, which I believe is free in the evenings'.

Jon Burns reports that if fans take the route of the A14 from Cambridge to Ipswich, and then the A12 to Colchester, then there are roadworks that might cause slight delays on the A12.

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