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SWINDON FC 

GROUND NAME: Energy Check County Ground

CAPACITY: 15,728

ADDRESS: County Road, Swindon, SN1 2ED

TEL NO: 08704431969

NICKNAME: The Robins

WEBSITE: www.swindontownfc.co.uk

 

TICKET INFORMATION: TBA

COACH TRAVEL INFORMATION:

Departure Time: 10:15

Adults: £17.50  

Concessions: £16

 

DIRECTIONS:

Take M6(S), join M5 and travel south to J 11A. Leave the motorway and pick up the A417 (s/p Cirencester, Swindon) which becomes A119 to Swindon. Continue on theA119, which acts as a ring road, until you get to the Coate Roundabout. From there follow signs for Football Traffic and County Ground for 1.8miles which takes you to the “Magic Round About.” Car parking is signposted from there.

WHWERE TO PARK:

There is some street parking as well as parking at the ground for £10.

STADIUM:

This stadium looks like a work in progress with large side stands an small end terraces. The two-tiered covered side dwarfs the two smaller ends. The Main Stand is the Arkells Stand. Built in it has the players tunnel and team dugouts in front. Opposite, the Don Rogers Stand, opened 1994, has a large upper tier and a much smaller lower tier. AIt provides an excellent uninterrupted view of the pitch. The Town End is a small covered stand for the home fans. It has a row of supporting pillars that run across the front of it.  At the other end is the Adkins Family Stand which is uncovered. and houses a small electric scoreboard, next to which is a Rolex Clock reputedly the only Rolex clock in a football ground in the world.

WHERE THE VALIANTS WILL BE SEATED:

1,200 visiting fans are allocated the left hand end of the Arkells Stand. There is a small kiosk at the back once you have negotiated the stair well!

FOOD:

 The kiosk serves various pies including Chicken Balti (£3.40), Steak & Ale (£3.40), Cheeseburgers (£3.50), Burgers (£3.50), Hot Dogs (£3.80), Sausage Rolls (£2.50), Beef Pasties (£3), plus Cheese & Onion Pasties (£2.50).

There is a Burger King on Queens Drive just two minutes walk away from the ground and a McDonalds about a mile away. As well as the normal food of pies and pasties there is normally chips for sale on the car park.

BEST BOOZER:

Near the away turnstiles the away fans have their own bar, called Bar 71 which is quite small and so fills up quickly. It serves draught beer and larger, as well as snacks. Door men prevent it becoming over crowded. The Merlin on Drove Road, near  the Magic Roundabout welcomed away fans when we last visited.

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NORTHAMPTON TOWN

DATE: 8/02/20  KICK OFF: 3:00pm

 

GROUND NAME:    PTS Academy Stadium, Sixfields

CAPACITY: 7,653 (all seated)

ADDRESS: Sixfields Stadium,

                  Northampton, NN5 5QA

TEL NO: 0870 8221997

NICKNAME: The Cobblers

WEBSITE: www.ntf.co.uk

 

TICKET INFORMATION: TBA

COACH TRAVEL INFORMATION:

Departure Time: 10:45

Adults: £15.00                                                       

Concessions: £13.50

                 

DIRECTIONS:

Take M6 S to the junction with M1, then M1 S to J16 (s/p Northampton A45) and take the dual carriageway for 3.4miles. At the roundabout by the MGM cinema (s/p Ring Road, M1 S, A45) and the left at the next roundabout into Sixfields.

OVERVIEW OF SIXFIELDS:

Opened in1994, Sixfields is a neat little ground on the outskirts of Northampton giving easy access for visiting fans. A hilltop behind the stadium offers a limited view of the playing area for those individuals who gather there hoping to get their football for free.

The West Stand holds over half of the ground’s capacity with seating for 4,000 home fans. The other three stands are very small in comparison with the Shienman Opticians Stand and the Moulton College South Stand identical in appearance housing under 1,000 spectators each. The East Stand, which is still under construction ,holds about 1,000 supporters

WHERE THE VALIANTS WILL BE SEATED:

The Vale will be allocated the 850 seater South Stand which is behind the goal – a further 423 seats available in the East Stand if required. One point to note – supporters with long legs avoid the back row as space is severely restricted! 

BEST CHIPPY/ PLACE TO EAT:

Sixfields is situated on a leisure complex with fast food outlets, not the traditional chippies but very convenient, especially after parking!

BEST BOOZER:

Just like the fast food outlets two pubs are found on the complex.  The Magic Tower is for home supporters only and the other, the Sixfields Tavern, does not allow away colours to be shown. However there are many bars on the leisure complex for supporters who fancy a pint in different surroundings.

 

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