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Bolton Wanderers - 29th January

INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS

Important - Please note the updated train information re rail disruption!

We travel to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 20th January 2018 in the Sky Bet Championship.  The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to the Macron 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 slo@itfc.co.uk or (+44) (0) 7968 876504. 

Bolton Wanderers information

The address for Bolton Wanderers Football Club is Bolton Wanderers Football Club, Macron 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 Macron Stadium:

www.bwfc.co.uk/club/directions-to-macron-stadium/

Families and first time visitors (this includes information on parking and food and drink):

www.bwfc.co.uk/Fans/families-and-first-time-visitors/

Disabled fans:

www.bwfc.co.uk/Fans/disabled-fans/

We have picked out the key information for Town fans below, and added other material based on our experience of going to the Macron stadium and information that is specific to our fans.

Specific information for Town fans:

Ticket sales

Tickets for the game are now on general sale, at a cost of £25 for adults with concessions for 65+, armed forces (with ID),U23s, U18s and U12s.  Tickets can be purchased on www.itfcdirect.com under tickets/away matches.   

Travelling to Bolton

Supporters Coach

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 general sale and can be booked onwww.itfcdirect.com.  

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.

Pick-ups at Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket can be arranged for this game.  If you want to organise a pick-up at any of these locations, please call the Ticket Enquiries Team on 03330 050503.  Your details will then be passed onto the coach company, Galloway Travel Group.

Car

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 Macron 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 for traffic. 

An alternative route is via the M6, but, from experience, this tends to take longer, and currently has a 15-mile roadworks section between Crewe and the Manchester turn-off that will add yet more time to the journey. 

Watch out for average speed cameras, on a long stretch covering around 25 miles from the start of the Cambridge ring road to Huntingdon and on the A1 between Peterborough and Grantham.  Also note that there are long-term roadworks and speed restrictions on the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon, as the entire section is being rebuilt.  This is causing even worse delays than you would normally expect on that stretch.

Parking

There are a number of car parks at the Macron 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.  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 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 quicker way back to the motorway after the game. 

Disabled Supporters Parking

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.

Train

Note 1:  There are now planned engineering works in the Greater Manchester area, and so there will no trains to and from Horwich Parkway on matchday.  There is a rail replacement bus service covering stations usually served, but of course this will take much longer than usual – for example, the journey from Manchester will take around 1 hour 20 minutes. 

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BOOKED A TRAIN JOURNEY, PLEASE CHECK THAT TIMINGS AND CONNECTIONS WILL GET YOU TO THE GAME – AND BACK TO IPSWICH.  IF UNSURE, CHECK OUT OPTIONS AT THE TICKET CENTRE AT IPSWICH STATION.  The Greater Anglia website shows a variety of options, with changes including London plus some of Stockport, various Manchester stations, Preston, Wigan Wallgate and Wigan North-Western. 

Note that after the game, bus times are shown on websites as being the same as the usual train times.  We cannot of course guarantee that there will be adequate bus capacity for all fans wanting to travel immediately after the game. 

Note 2:  There are planned engineering works on Greater Anglia on the day of the match with some lines closed between Shenfield and Liverpool Street.  Trains from Ipswich and Colchester appear to be running but do check the attached timetable as some timings may be different from usual. 

https://www.greateranglia.co.uk/sites/default/files/alterations/20171027/4E-ns9g6WIBbpPPqQp1jhKpGKg7FUolB_EWJl1m5MqE/lst_-_nrw_so_200118.pdf 

The Macron stadium is around 200 metres from Horwich Parkway station.  This is usually served by trains from Bolton, Manchester, Blackpool and Preston, but all rail services are replaced by much slower buses on matchday.

Via London, from 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.  From Euston, travel is to Manchester Piccadilly, where you pick up a train to Horwich Parkway.  The journey time is around 6 hours to Horwich Parkway and well over 6 hours on the return journey.

Getting to the ground from the station

Horwich Parkway station (which will be served by buses on the day of the match – see above) is next to the Macron Stadium so only a very short walk away.

Pubs and Food

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:

http://www.middlebrook.co.uk/ 

At the ground

ATM’s

There are ATMs at the Middlebrook Retail Park outside Asda and Boots and also within Hollywood Bowl, M&S, Poundland and Wilkos.

Tickets on the day?

Fans will be advised whether tickets are available for purchase on the day of the game only one or two days prior to the game.  This information will be published on the club website (www.itfc.co.uk), twitter (@Official_ITFC) and facebook (www.facebook.com/officialitfc) as soon as the information is available.

Away end

We will be located in the upper tier of the 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.

Security

As at all grounds expect to be searched prior to entering the stadium.  

Programmes

The matchday programme is available to purchase at the ground and is priced at £3. 

Food and Drink facilities

The kiosks sell a wide range of food and drink. 

From previous visits to the Macron, 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

Smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes (and/or similar products) is not permitted at the Macron Stadium. 

Staying in the area

Bolton Whites Hotel is built into the Macron Stadium.   Details can be found by the following link:

 https://www.boltonwhiteshotel.co.uk/

There are two Premier Inns near to the Macron.  The first, the Premier Inn Bolton (stadium/arena) is virtually next to the ground (Arena Approach 3, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 6LB) and the second is less than a mile from the ground, next to the Beehive pub (The address is 991 Chorley New Road, Horwich, Bolton BL6 4BA).

With Manchester just a short distance away there are many other options available.  Late January is about as cheap as hotel prices ever get, and so we expect a lot of Town fans will stay Friday and/or Saturday nights either around the stadium or in Manchester. 

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