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Date: Saturday 4th May 2019

Kick off: 15:00

Ground Name:  JD Stadium
Capacity: 11,669 (all seated)
Address: Gigg Lane, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 9HR

Tel No: 08712211885
Ticket Office: 0871 221 1885
Team Nickname: The Shakers
Official Website: www.buryfc.co.uk

TICKET INFORMATION: Click here.

COACH TRAVEL INFORMATION:

Departure Time: 11:30                  

Adults: £14.50                                                            

Concessions: £13                                  

DIRECTIONS

Take M6(N) to J21A then join M62. Follow the Leeds signs onto M60 until reaching J18. Then take M66 leaving at Junction 3. Take the left hand exit at the junction and continue along  this road until you come to the junction with the A56 Manchester Road. At this T-junction turn right towards Bury. After passing the Swan & Cemetery pub, some playing fields and a couple of pubs turn just before the traffic lights into  Gigg Lane for the ground. Please note that Gigg Lane is normally closed on match days and the ground itself is not easily seen from the A56.

WHERE TO PARK:

There is plenty of street parking but note if they have a residents only scheme.  A car park at Holy Cross College on Wellington Road is available.

THE STADIUM:
The 1990's  saw Gigg Lane become an all seater stadium with the last 'new' stand, the Cemetery End, completed in 1999.

Along one side is the Main Stand, which has raised seating accessed by a small set of steps. Part of the front has a small  like building with a number of windows running along the front of it almost at pitch level!

Opposite is the South Stand (Les Hart Stand) which is similar in design to the ends with a TV gantry suspended below its roof. The single tiered stand curves round to join the Cemetery Road End, the corner housing the police control box and the electronic scoreboard.

 The Cemetery End is a former terrace that has been demolished and replaced with a relatively new all seater stand. This stand extends around one corner to the South Stand and looks quite smart.  This area holds 2,500 fans and is probably the best area within Gigg Lane to watch a game as there are no supporting pillars to hinder the view. The end is covered and has good acoustics, meaning that even a few fans can really generate some noise.

WHERE THE VALIANTS WILL BE SEATED:

The Manchester Road End (Ratio Law Stand) is a covered stand; but  it does not run the full width of the pitch, one side ending with the edge of the penalty area. Over 2,000 supporters can be seated. Unfortunately there are a number of pillars across the stand.

DRINK:

There are a number of pubs around the ground and along Manchester Road in. There is a supporters club at the ground, which  made us very welcome at our last visit, charging a small fee. The Swan & Cemetery on Manchester Road is around a ten minute walk from the ground and is highly recommended. The Staff Of Life is nearer the ground and is a basic pub serving hand pulled Lee's. Also recommended on Manchester Road, is the Waterloo, nearer the town centre.

 FOOD:

The catering is quite good, with a range of burgers, hot dogs and Shire Foods Pies including the Chicken Balti Pie. A chippy is just around the corner from the Pack Horse Pub if you don’t fancy what is on offer in the ground, and food is served in the supporters’ club.

Date: Monday 22nd April 2019

Kick off: 15:00

Ground: Stadium MK

Capacity: 30,500 (all seated)
Address: Denbigh, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST
Main Telephone No: 01908 622 922
Ticket Office: 01908 622 900
Team Nickname: The Dons
Official Website: www.mkdons.co.uk

TICKET INFORMATION: Click here.

COACH TRAVEL INFORMATION:

Departure Time: 10:15

Adults: £17

Concessions: £15.50

DIRECTIONS:

Leave the M1 at Junction 15 and take the A508 towards Milton Keynes and keep going until you reach the A5 roundabout. Take the first exit onto the A5 (direction London). Turn off at the third junction (signposted A421), take the fourth exit at the roundabout onto the V6 Grafton Street (towards Bletchley) and the ground is on the left.

WHERE TO PARK:

There are 2,000 car parking spaces at the ground (£7). Or you can street park in the Denbigh West industrial estate. Pass the stadium on the left, turn right at the next roundabout, called Granby roundabout, and then take the next  left, and immediately left again onto the Denbigh West Industrial Estate.. Don't park at the Asda Store as it is patrolled on matchdays.

OVERVIEW OF THE STADIUM:

The Club moved to the new £50 million 30,000 all seated stadium in 2007. It was designed by HOK, the same firm of architects responsible for the Emirates & Wembley stadiums. The stadium is totally enclosed and has a bowl like design. It is two tiered, with on three sides having a large lower tier being over hung by a smaller upper tier. The West side of the stadium is slightly different, with the seating areas in the upper tier being replaced by the Director's Box and executive and corporate hospitality areas. Unusually the concourse areas at the back of the lower tier see directly into the stadium. The capacity was increased by installing seats in the upper tier, which had been largely left empty since the stadium was originally built in 2007, which has had a  positive impact on the overall look of the ground. Club have a mascot called Mooie, whilst the South Stand is called the 'cowshed'. No wonder that the locals have christened the stadium 'The MooCamp!'

WHERE THE VALIANTS WILL BE HOUSED:

Away supporters allocated the North Stand end of the stadium where around 3,000 fans can be accommodated. So the facilities are first class. The stadium has big 'Emirates Style' comfy seats and the ability to continue to watch the game in progress, whilst eating a burger on the concourse. The view of the playing action and leg room are both good and the atmosphere not bad. The stadium also has electronic turnstiles, so no paying at the gate here! Instead you gain entrance by putting your tickets into a bar code reader to gain entrance.

WHERE TO GET A DRINK

Like a number of new stadiums, its main drawback is location. It is located adjacent to the A5, but well away from the centre of Milton Keynes, so there is little on offer in the way of pubs

Ian Townsend informs me; 'The hotel connected to the stadium  and the nearest pub to the ground,  the 'Inn on the Lake' (previously called the Beacon)  no longer welcome away fans. With the stadium entrance in front of you and Asda over to the right, then the pub is located on an industrial estate behind the stadium, next to a small lake. About a 15 minute walk away towards Bletchley is the Enigma Tavern on Saxon Street. This pub also offers food, has a large beer garden and is child friendly. To find this pub, just follow the signs for Bletchley by Asda and you will reach the pub on your left.
WHERE TO EAT:

The concourses are spacious and offer a good range of food. The food was the standard football ground offering but at least the serving areas were plentiful and well organised. Outside the ground  are KFC & McDonalds outlets, plus a cafe in the Asda next door!