BRISTOL ROVERS YOUTH V COVENTRY CITY YOUTH FAYC3
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 14TH AT 7.15PM
AT The MEMORIAL STADIUM, FILTON AVENUE, HORFIELD, BRISTOL, BS7 0BF.
BY CAR FROM THE SOUTH, WEST OR EAST
Whether you're coming from east or west exit the M4 at junction 19 and join the M32. Travel along the M32 for 3.1 miles until you reach junction 2. Here, exit the motorway and take the third exit signposted Horfield and Southmead and follow the road through a division and a roundabout both of which have clear signs reading "The Memorial Stadium". Once through this area you join Muller Road and you should continue to drive along it for 1.4 miles until you come to signal-controlled crossroads. Signposted right is Horfield Health Centre and Library. At this junction ignore the sign and turn left into Filton Avenue where the ground is located almost immediately on the left.
BY CAR FROM THE NORTH & MIDLANDS
Exit the M5 at junction 16 signposted A38 Thornbury and Filton. At the roundabout head right signposted A38 Filton and join the A38. Travel along the A38 (Gloucester Road) for 4.3 miles as you enter the outer suburbs of Bristol. On your trip you'll pass Filton Airport on your right, the Royal Mail sorting office and the Royal George and Wellington pubs. At a set of traffic lights immediately past a small shop called Satellite Warehouse and before a timber outlet take an unsignposted left turn into Filton Avenue where you'll see the ground is on your right after just a couple of dozen yards.
You should be able to park in Filton Avenue
From the city centre a number of buses run up Gloucester Road and along Filton Avenue directly past the Memorial Stadium. Detailed timetables and bus numbers can be found at the http://www.firstgroup.com/index.php website. Trains also run from the city's main station, Bristol Temple Meads, to Montpelier (less than two miles from the stadium) and to Bristol Parkway (a similar distance). Timetables for trains can be found at the http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/ website. A taxi to the Memorial Stadium from the city centre is likely to cost around £6, although with a standing charge of not much less than £3 wherever you get your taxi from, it's likely to make little difference if you catch a taxi if this is your preferred method of transport.
There are many, many pubs along Gloucester Road and its surrounding areas that declare themselves as "football friendly zones" on Saturday afternoons and weekday evenings. The Wellington is recommended and other pubs include The Anchor, The Foresters and The Ashley Arms. As an area of the city that is popular with students, there is no shortage of pubs in all directions.
As with pubs, food outlets around the ground are plentiful and varied. There is a strong theme on Indian cuisine as is there on other Asian foods and continental snacks. You'll also find a fair number of traditional fish and chip bars and cafes for those who like the more old fashioned British feel to food. Recommended food stops include the Bristol Fryer near the Quarington Road junction and the Big Bite Cafe on Ashley Down Road. There's also a fantastic freshly made sandwich and baguette outlet just opposite the petrol station near the stadium on Gloucester Road.
There are many petrol stations along Gloucester Road, but ;if you're looking for a stop right next to the ground there's only really one - a garage that lies a few hundred yards down Gloucester Road. There are other ESSO, BP and TEXACO stations further down the road in either direction. If you're looking for a good value fill for a long journey home then you're best bet is one of the major supermarkets. If you're heading back down Muller Road, the Tesco store near the M32 junction offers petrol at a low price (24 hour) and for those heading back along Gloucester Road, the Walmart ASDA store in Patchway (24 hour) - clearly visible from the M5 - is probably the best value fuel stop you'll find.
£3 for adults and £1 concessions.
Coventry City go into FA Youth Cup action tonight when they travel to Bristol Rovers for a Third Round game. City know about Rovers who are coach by Jamie Fullarton after watching them win 2-1 at AFC Wimbledon in the previous round. Rovers play in the FL Youth Alliance and take on a City side still top of the Academy League despite their away game at Birmingham City being postponed due to the Blues playing an FA Youth Cup tie at Swindon on Monday night (which they lost 3-2)
Everyone is expected to be fit for this game and whilst first teamers Conor Thomas and Gael Bigirimana both qualify to play, they are won't be playing.
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