ACCRINGTON STANLEY V COVENTRY CITY
SATURDAY AUGUST 4TH AT 3PM
AT CROWN GROUND, LIVINGSTONE ROAD, ACCRINGTON, LANCS, BB5 5BX
Leave the M6 at Junction 29 and take the M65 towards Blackburn. Continue past Blackburn towards Accrington and leave the M65 at Junction 7. Then take the left hand exit at the roundabout onto the A6185 towards Clitheroe (this is in the opposite direction to Accrington). At the first set of traffic lights turn right onto the A678, towards Padiham, and then at the next traffic lights, turn right onto the A680 towards Accrington. After about half a mile along the A680 you will pass the Crown pub on your left. Take the next left into Livingstone Road and then an immediate left for the Club car park. The car park is of a reasonable size and is free, however as you would expect it fills up pretty quickly. Otherwise street parking.
Accrington station is about a mile away from the ground. Leave the station and travel down the slope towards the large viaduct roundabout in the centre of town. Take the Milnshaw Lane exit at the opposite side of the roundabout alongside the Perry's Peugeot dealership. After approximately 100 metres this road then joins Whalley Road. Bear left up the hill and follow Whalley Road for about a mile, passing the hospital, a set of traffic lights and then a mini roundabout. Take the next right after the mini roundabout junction into Livingstone Road. The football club is approximately 100 metres on the left on Livingstone Road.
PORT VALE V COVENTRY CITY
TUESDAY AUGUST 7TH AT 7.30PM
AT VALE PARK, HAMIL ROAD, BURSLEM, STOKE ON TRENT,STAFFS,ST6 1AW
Leave M6 at junction 16 and take the A500 south to Stoke-on-Trent. In approx 6 miles take the exit signposted Tunstall (A527). At the roundabout take a left turning (second exit signposted Tunstall A527, Longport Road). After 0.5 miles turn right on to the B5051 (second exit, Newcastle Street) at the small roundabout. Carry on up to the next roundabout and go straight across to the cross-roads. Go straight across the cross-roads into Moorland Road. Take the second left on to Hamil Road and Vale Park is on the left.
From the South: Leave M6 at junction 15 and take the A500 north to Stoke-on-Trent. Continue straight across the two large roundabouts on the A500 heading north. After the second roundabout take the fourth exit signposted Tunstall A527. At the roundabout turn right (fourth exit signposted Tunstall A527, Longport Road). After 0.5 miles turn right on to the B5051 (second exit, Newcastle Street) at the small roundabout. Carry on up to the next roundabout and go straight across to the cross-roads. Go straight across the cross-roads into Moorland Road. Take the second left on to Hamil Road and Vale Park is on the left.
From the West: Follow the A500 east and take the exit signposted Tunstall A527. At the roundabout take a left turning (second exit signposted Tunstall A527, Longport Road). After 0.5 miles miles turn right on to the B5051 (second exit, Newcastle Street) at the small roundabout. Carry on up to the next roundabout and go straight across to the cross-roads. Go straight across the cross-roads into Moorland Road. Take the second left on to Hamil Road and Vale Park is on the left.
From the East: Enter Stoke via Uttoxeter bypass (M1/M6 link road) and through Meir and the new Meir Tunnel. Continue on the road until you pass Stoke City's Britannia Stadium. Get in the middle or the right hand lane and turn right at the roundabout on to the A500. Continue on the A500 and take the exit signposted A527. At the roundabout turn right (fourth exit signposted Tunstall A527, Longport Road). After 0.5 miles turn right on to the B5051 (second exit, Newcastle Street) at the small roundabout. Carry on up to the next roundabout and go straight across to the cross-roads. Go straight across the cross-roads into Moorland Road. Take the second left on to Hamil Road and Vale Park is on the left.
By Rail: Trains run to the main Stoke on Trent station. From there, you can catch a bus (No 20) to Burslem town centre. The Ground is situated on Hamil Road (By the traffic lights, go past the Red Lion on your left and Hamil Road is the second left turning)
Train to Crewe and 20 bus to Burslem.
BRISTOL ROVERS V COVENTRY CITY
SATURDAY AUGUST 11TH AT 3PM
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.
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE V COVENTRY CITY
TUESDAY AUGUST 14TH AT 7.45PM COC1
AT LONDON BOROUGH OF BARKING & DAGENHAM STADIUM, VICTORIA ROAD, DAGENHAM, ESSEX RM10 7XL
From The North:
Leave the M25 at Junction 27 and take the M11 towards London. At the end of the M11 continue onto the A406 towards Docklands (A13) and London City Airport. At the intersection with the A13, turn onto this road in the direction of the Dartford Crossing. At the junction with the A1306, leave the A13 and join the A1306 towards Dagenham. At the third set of traffic lights turn left just before the McDonalds into Ballards Road. At the end of this road you will come to a large roundabout, (known as the Bull roundabout, after the public house of the same name) at which you turn left, into Rainham Road. Proceed up Rainham Road passing Dagenham East tube station on the left and Victoria Road is a quarter of a mile further on, on the same side of the road. There is a fair sized car park at the ground which is free, but is normally full one hour before kick off. Otherwise street parking, of which some is available on the main Rainham road .
From The South:
Leave the M25 at Junction 31 and take the A13 towards Central London. After approximately 4.6 miles, exit the A13 onto the slip road, signposted Dagenham/Dagenham East. At the end of the slip road at the double roundabout turn right, then going under the A13. At the T-junction turn left onto the A1306. At the second set of lights turn right onto the B178 (Ballards Road). At the end of this road you will come to a large roundabout, (known as the Bull roundabout, after the public house of the same name) at which you turn left, into Rainham Road. Proceed up Rainham Road passing Dagenham East tube station on the left and Victoria Road is a quarter of a mile further on, on the same side of the road.
Take the District Line to Dagenham East (and not Dagenham Heathway). Turn left as you come out of the station and the ground is clearly sign posted and only five minutes walk away. Please note that the journey by tube from Central London can take around 45 minutes. You can also get a train from Fenchurch St to Barking Station and then a tube to Dagenham.
YEOVIL TOWN V COVENTRY CITY
SATURDAY AUGUST 18TH AT 3PM
AT HUISH PARK, LUFTON WAY, YEOVIL, BA22 8YF
From the Midlands and North
Take the M5 south to junction 25 (Taunton). Take the A358 signposted Ilminster until joining the A303 at Horton Cross. Continue along the A303 in an easterly direction which is signposted Andover and London until the Cartgate roundabout and then take the A3088 which is signposted Yeovil.
At the first roundabout, turn left; at the second roundabout go straight on (past the Crematorium) then at the third island,take the first exit again at the Asda roundabout into Lufton Way. The main entrance to the stadium is approx. half a mile along on the right
From London and the Home Counties
Take the M3 and the A303 until the Cartgate roundabout, junction with A3088 sign-posted for Yeovil. At first roundabout take the first exit along Bunford Lane, go straight over the next roundabout and take the first exit - again the Western Avenue roundabout into Lufton Way.
From the South via A30
Take the A30 into Yeovil until the Kingston roundabout, and then follow signs for Taunton (A358) along Preston Road to roundabout at Western Avenue.
From the West Country via the A30
Take the A30 into Yeovil, at the first roundabout in West Coker Road take the first exit. At the bottom of the hill, take the first exit again at the roundabout, the second exit at the following roundabout and then straight over the next. This will lead you to the Western Avenue roundabout. Take the first exit at this roundabout into Lufton Way and the stadium is on the right hand side.
Yeovil has two railway stations; Yeovil Junction and Pen Mill Junction. Both of these stations are located quite a distance from the ground, with Pen Mill Junction just under three miles away and Yeovil Junction almost five miles away. From both stations it is advised to get a taxi to the stadium or alternatively if you arrive at Yeovil Junction, then you can catch the ‘Hopper’ minibus to the bus station in the town centre. I have been informed that for night games taxis can be scarce at Yeovil Junction, so if you intend going by taxi to the ground it may be an idea to look up the number of a local taxi firm and pre-book one.
'Bus No.68 runs from both Yeovil Junction & Yeovil Pen Mill stations to the town centre. You can then take the regular First Traveller No.1 service (every 15 minutes), which drops you near the stadium at the Abbey Manor Park Housing Estate. The No.68 connects with the No.1 at the Lloyds TSB Bank, located on the town centre High Street (make sure you catch the No.1 with 'Abbey Manor Park' on the front). Just a few yards away from this changing point is the Mermaid pub which I can recommend for excellent food and beer. Anybody coming in by rail can buy a "Plus Bus" ticket with their rail ticket for an additional £2.80 which is valid on both the 68 and 1 services'. For bus timetables see the First Traveller website.