Key information for Town supporters travelling to Kenilworth Road for tonight's Carabao Cup clash with Luton (7.45pm KO)
INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS
Ahead of tonight's Carabao Cup first round tie we have put together the following guide for Town fans making the trip to Kenilworth Road.
This is based on Luton Town’s guide for away fans plus additional information specific to this game. We would like to thank John Miller, Supporter Liaison Officer for Luton Town for his help in producing this guide.
For any further information, please contact Elizabeth Edwards, Supporter Liaison Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or (+44) (0) 7968 876504.
Luton Town information for visiting fans
Luton’s generic away guide can be found on their website – beware that it includes some information that is not applicable to this match (e.g. shuttle buses won’t be running). We have picked out the key information for Town fans below, and also added some material that is specific to us.
The link to their generic away guide is here:
There are links to three sections, covering travel information, facilities in the away end and details of local attractions if you are heading to Luton early or staying in the area overnight. There is also an away fans booklet which can be downloaded – this contains a bit more information.
Specific information for Town fans:
Travelling to Luton
The journey from Ipswich takes around two hours and 20 minutes with the cheapest option being to travel via Farringdon on the Thameslink rather than St Pancras on East Midland Trains.
On the return journey, you need to be on the 22:04 out of Luton for a reasonable connection to the last train to Ipswich (the 23:30 from Liverpool Street). With a 15 - 20 minute walk back to the station, you shouldn’t hang around at the end of the game. Note that www.tfl.gov.uk indicates that you could make the 23:30 train from Liverpool Street by getting the 22:20 from Luton but this allows only 11 minutes to get from Farringdon to Liverpool Street. Bear in mind as well that this game could go to extra time and penalties.
For those travelling back to the London area there are regular trains back to London until midnight with less frequent trains running from then throughout the night.
Bus from the station to the ground
The Luton away fans guide indicates that for some games the police provide buses from the station to the ground and then back after the game. However, we have been advised that these will not be running on Tuesday night.
It is still possible to get from the station to the ground by bus – from outside the station or from George Square outside the White House, you can get the Luton – Dunstable busway. The first stop is three minutes into the journey at Clifton Road, which is towards the Oak Road side of the ground. There are busways after the game but note that to catch the 22:04 train you would need to get the 21:46 bus. It is probably more reliable to walk rather than wait!
Travelling by car
There are two main routes from Ipswich to Luton. With a clear run, the quickest is usually A12 / M25 / M1, taking around two hours. Given that you’ll be driving through the evening rush hour, you’ll know to allow some extra time. The other route is marginally shorter in distance, and usually marginally longer in time, taking the A14 to Newmarket, then the A11, then the A505 to Luton (through Royston, and then a short stretch on the A1 before rejoining the A505 into Luton).
Street parking near the ground is very limited. There is parking at the train station. Other car parking options within 10 – 20 minutes’ walk of the ground can be found in the following link:
The Beech Hill Conservative Club (see pubs below) has a car park and charges £4 per car.
The Beech Hill Conservative Club is the designated away fans pub. The address is 18A Leagrave Road, Luton, LU4 8HZ. This is the closest away friendly venue to the ground, being less than 5 minutes’ walk. There is a charge for non-members of £1, but the excellent www.footballgroundguide.com states that the beer is at very reasonable prices once you are in. The Club is also open after the game and offers car parking (see above).
For those of you who use www.footballgroundguide.com for your pub information, note that the English Rose pub near the station is closed.
We have also been contacted by The Club, Pastures Way, Luton, LU4 0PF who welcome away fans. The Club is just over 3 miles from the ground so you would still need to drive to the ground, grab a cab or face a walk of around one hour.
At the ground
The Kenilworth Stadium, Kenilworth Road, home to Luton Town since 1905, is unusual in that it has five distinct stands. The away end is the Oak Road End behind the goal – when you get to the turnstiles it feels as if you are going through the back garden of someone’s house into the stand. We are not expecting to fill the away end, so there should be room to move around, stretch your legs (and voices) in the back rows, or find a seat with adequate leg room.
The latest information from ITFC is that tickets will be available in Planet Blue until 12 noon on Tuesday. No tickets will be available at the ground for ITFC fans.
Programmes will be on sale in the Club Shop and outside the ground. There are usually programme sellers who walk around the pitch perimeter but we have been advised that it is best to purchase outside if you want to make sure you get a programme. For this match the programme will be a slimmed down version at a cost of £2.50.
Food and Drink facilities
There is a small bar in the away end – to the left hand side as you look at the pitch. This will be selling alcohol on the night with beer and cider (but no wine), as well as soft drinks. The normal range of football ground food will be available.