INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS
We travel to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 6 April in the Championship. The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to the University of Bolton Stadium. This is based on information on the Bolton Wanderers’website plus additional information specific to this game.
For any further information, please contact Elizabeth Edwards, Supporter Liaison Officer on email@example.com or (+44) (0)7968 876504 or on Twitter at @ITFC_SLO.
Bolton Wanderers information
The address for Bolton Wanderers Football Club is Bolton Wanderers Football Club, University of Bolton Stadium, Burnden Way, Bolton, BL6 6JW.
Bolton do not have a specific away fan guide but provide various bits of information on their website including:
Directions to the University of Bolton Stadium
Families and first time visitors (this includes information on directions, parking and food and drink):
www.footballgroundguide.com provides some information here:
We have picked out the key information for Town fans below and added other material based on previous visits to the University of Bolton Stadium and information that is specific to our fans.
Specific information for Town fans:
This is a promotional game with tickets £5 for all fans. Tickets can be purchased on www.itfcdirect.com under tickets/away matches, in Planet Blue on a non-matchday and the Ticket Enquiry Centre on Portman Road pre-match on a Saturday match day. The usual priorities applying for buying tickets.
Disabled fans requiring tickets should contact ITFC’s Disabled Liaison Officer Lee Smith on 01473 400556 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travelling to Bolton Wanderers
For those travelling from Ipswich the official coaches are leaving Portman Road at 07:30 at a cost of £37 for adults (with concession prices for U23s, U19s and 65+ Seniors), and are estimated to arrive back at Portman Road at 22:30. Coach travel is now on sale, subject to the usual priorities, and can be booked onwww.itfcdirect.com or in Planet Blue on a non-matchday or the Ticket Enquiry Centre on Portman Road on a Saturday match day.
There is a planned stop at Peterborough Services on the outward trip and Blyth Services on the return trip.
Pick-ups at Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket can be arranged for this game. If you want to organise a pick-up please call the Ticket Enquiries Team on 03330 050503 or email email@example.com. The cut-off point to request a pickup is midday on Wednesday 3 April. Your details will then be passed onto the coach company, Galloway Travel Group.
Note that all official coaches are non-smoking and the consumption of alcohol on board is strictly forbidden. ITFC recommend that all supporters under 16 are accompanied by an adult.
The long-term roadworks on the A14 (several miles either side of Cambridge) are resulting in evening and weekend road closures. These are not normally announced until just a day or two in advance. We recommend that you keep an eye on @A14C2H on Twitter – any closures are announced here.
The Sat Nav postcode for the stadium is BL6 6JW.
From Ipswich, the usual driving route is the A14 to the A1. Take the A1 to the M62 westbound. From the M62 join the M61 at Junction 15. Exit the M61 at Junction 6 (you will see the University of Bolton Stadium by now, on your right hand side) – use the left two lanes to take the A6027 to Horwich. Follow De Havilland Way/A6027 and at the next roundabout take a left turn onto Burnden Way to the stadium.
The journey time is around 4 hours 30 minutes, but you should allow at least another hour beyond the AA / Google / SatNav suggested journey time, to allow for possible delays.
An alternative route is via the M6, but, from experience, this tends to take longer, and currently has several, very long roadwork sections with a 50mph limit that will add yet more time to the journey.
As noted above there are major long-term roadworks on the A14 for several miles either side of Cambridge, with a 40mph limit policed by cameras.
Note: Sheffield Wednesday Supporters Club (SWSC) have advised that there are new rules regarding parking at Middlebrook (the shopping centre that the stadium is on). Fines of £100 are being issued to football fans parking there. SWFC advise parking at St Joseph’s School or on the Chorley New Road for free. (see details below)
There are a number of car parks at the University of Bolton Stadium. These are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost is £7 for cars, £12 for mini coaches and £20 for coaches.
Car park A is the car park for away supporters with entry purchased on the day of the match. This is located at the South end of the stadium and is accessed via De Havilland Way / A6027 (see driving instructions above). The car park is signposted from the M61 junction. Note that www.footballgroundguide.com suggests that, depending on numbers of travelling fans parking at the stadium, there is the possibility of cars being blocked in.
www.footballgroundguide.com also indicates parking at around £4-£5 in the industrial estates surrounding the stadium. A number of these are located either side of Lostock Lane - from the M61, go past the stadium on your left, move into the right hand lane which filters at the traffic lights into Lostock Lane. There is also some street parking in this area.
We understand that parking is also available at the Beehive pub which is on the roundabout about half a mile past the stadium, on Chorley New Road. The parking charge is refundable at the bar. St Joseph’s school (turn left at the roundabout where the Beehive pub is and the school is on the left) also offers parking. There is a path from the school to the stadium.
In the past we have also found street parking on the far side of the M61. Instead of turning right at the motorway junction, turn left. At the next roundabout turn right on to the Chorley Road (A6). There is street parking here and parking is also offered at the Brinsop Country Inn. It is around a 20 minute walk to the stadium but offers a quick way back to the motorway after the game.
There are spaces available for blue badge holders in car park A at the stadium. A valid blue badge must be shown to the car park steward before entry is permitted.
Note: There are no planned engineering works on the 6 April
The University of Bolton stadium is around 200 metres from Horwich Parkway station. This is served by trains from Bolton, Manchester, Blackpool and Preston.
If you are travelling from Ipswich or London, trains leave London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly. At Manchester Piccadilly you can get an onward train to Horwich Parkway. From London Liverpool Street
travel to Euston Square on the Circle, Hammersmith & City or Metropolitan line. Euston mainline station is just a few minutes’ walk away. Alternatively, go to Moorgate and change to the Northern Line to Euston mainline station.
The journey time is between 4 hours 45 minutes and 5 hours 10 minutes to Horwich Parkway. The return journey is around 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes depending on connections.
After the game www.greateranglia.co.uk is indicating trains from Horwich Parkway back to Manchester Piccadilly at 17:10 and 17:46. Note that these trains can get busy. Also, for some games we have experienced queuing systems in place with separate queues for home and away supporters. The 17:10 is shown as connecting with the 21:00 from Liverpool Street to Ipswich arriving in Ipswich at 22:08. The 17:46 connects with the 22:00 from Liverpool Street to Ipswich arriving in Ipswich at 23:08.
www.greateranglia.co.uk also indicates a number of cross-country options. On the outward journey the trip involves 3 changes, at Peterborough, Leeds or York and Manchester Piccadilly and takes around 5 hours 30 minutes. There is a two-change option with changes at Peterborough and Manchester Piccadilly but this takes 6 hours 30 minutes – leaving Ipswich at 06:00, arriving at Horwich Parkway at 12:28.
After the game there is a cross-country option. Leaving Horwich Parkway at 17:46 travel to Manchester Piccadilly where you can pick up the 18:42 to Ely. With a change at Ely there is a scheduled arrival time in Ipswich of 23:22.
Whatever your travel plans, it’s worth checking www.greateranglia.co.uk for updated times and any late changes to engineering works.
Getting to the ground from the station
Horwich Parkway station is next to the University of Bolton Stadium so only a very short walk away.
Quite a few Town fans tend to stay up around Bolton before and/or after this game. There is a Premier Inn (Stadium/Arena) right next to the stadium and rail station, which is usually popular with Town fans. There is a second Premier Inn (Bolton West) on Chorley New Road, next to the Beehive pub. The rail service means you can explore the pubs and bars of Bolton (10 mins by train) or Manchester (25 mins by train). There is also a hotel, Whites, built into the stadium, with many rooms having a pitchside view.
The Beehive pub, 991 Chorley New Rd, Lostock, BL6 4BA is the main pub for away fans. As mentioned above, from the M61 drive past the stadium on your left until you come to a roundabout. The Beehive is on this roundabout. Parking (see above) is available at the Beehive which serves food.
www.footballgroundguide.com also suggests the Barnstormers pub on Lostock Lane. This can be reached by driving past the stadium (on your left) and moving into the right filter lane. Turn right at the traffic lights into Lostock Lane. The pub is on the right. (Note, there is some street parking and paid parking in this area).
There are a number of bars on the Middlebrook Retail Park next to the stadium. However, we understand that most of these will only admit home fans. There are plenty of places to eat here including KFC, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Subway and McDonalds.
On the other side of the motorway, the Brinsop Country Inn allows away fans. (see also parking above).
Middlebrook Retail Park
The Middlebrook Retail Park next to the stadium is allegedly the UK’s largest retail and leisure park. As well as the food outlets mentioned above there are numerous shops and other activities. More information on the facilities can be found here:
See parking for a warning re parking at the retail park for the game as fines are now being issued.
Can I get cash?
There are ATMs at the Middlebrook Retail Park outside Asda and Boots and also within Hollywood Bowl, M&S, Poundland and Wilkos.
At the ground
Tickets on the day?
It is not yet known whether tickets will be available on the day of the match. This information will be published on the club website (www.itfc.co.uk), twitter (@IpswichTown) and facebook (www.facebook.com/officialitfc) as soon as the information is available.
We will be located in The Franking Sense South Stand. www.footballfansguide.com suggests that stewards are known to ask fans to sit down during the game and that fans have been removed if they persistently stand.
There are a number of wheelchair spaces located in the away end.
Programmes can be purchased outside the stadium at a cost of £3.00
As at all grounds expect to be searched prior to entering the stadium.
Food and Drink facilities
The kiosks in the ground are open before the match until just after half time. These serve a wide range of cold and hot drinks and snacks. We understand that alcohol will be available.
The Bolton website indicates food and drink prices as follows:
Hot Deal - Hot drink and a chocolate bar is £3.00.
Snack Deal - Soft drink, chocolate bar and a packet of crisps is £4.50.
Meal Deal - Hotdog or burger and soft drink is £5.50
Pie and Pint - Hot pie and pint of your choice £6.50 (Over 18s only)
There is a wide range of crisps, sweets and share bags plus hot food including hotdogs, burgers and pies.
From previous visits to the University of Bolton Stadium, the club operate a system with queuing barriers and exit lanes. Also, we understand that Bolton still operate their token system, whereby you can pre-order and pay for your half time drinks before the game and pick them up at half time using the token, so avoiding the dreaded half-time queues.
Smoking of cigarettes and e-cigarettes is not permitted anywhere in the stadium. Supporters who wish to smoke or use e-cigarettes can exit the stadium at half time.
If you see, hear or are the victim of discrimination or anti-social behaviour, please report this to a matchday steward.
You can also report any discrimination or anti-social behaviour to Kick it Out using the Kick It Out app which is available to download from the App Store or Google Play, or via: Facebook /kickitoutofficial; Twitter @kickitout; email firstname.lastname@example.org; phone 0800 169 9414.
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