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Burton Albion - 28th October

INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS

We travel to Burton Albion on Saturday 28th October in the Sky Bet Championship.  The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to the Pirelli Stadium.

This is based on the Brewers visiting fans guide to the Pirelli Stadium 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.

Burton Albion visiting fans guide

The address for Burton Albion is Pirelli Stadium, Princess Way, Burton-on-Trent, DE13 0AR.

Burton Albion has produced a 2017/18 visiting fans guide which can be found via the following link:

https://www.burtonalbionfc.co.uk/siteassets/image/documents/visitingfans.pdf

This contains useful information and is worth reading.  Information for away disabled and ambulant disabled fans is included in this document.

Some additional information re travel and parking can be found at this link:

https://www.burtonalbionfc.co.uk/club/visit-us/

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

Specific information for Town fans:

Travelling to Burton Albion

Supporters Coach

For those travelling from Ipswich the official coaches are leaving Portman Road at 09:00 at a cost of £24 for adults (with concession prices for U23’s, U19’s and 65+ Seniors), and are estimated to arrive back at Portman Road at 21:00.  Coaches can be booked onwww.itfcdirect.com from Monday 2nd October when they go on sale to Gold Members.  On sale dates for other categories can be found on www.itfcdirect.com under tickets/away matches.

 

Car

The Sat Nav postcode is DE13 0AR for the stadium.

The most direct driving route is via the A14 to the Catthorpe Interchange where you join the M1 northbound.  Exit the M1 at junction 24 and join the A50 towards Stoke and Uttoxeter.  Keep on the A50 to the junction with the A38.  Head south on the A38, signposted Burton and Birmingham.  At the first turning for Burton take the exit to the A5121 and drive along the Derby Road.  Pass McDonald’s and the Pirelli factory on your right and a BP garage and cash & carry on your left until you reach a roundabout.  Turn right at the roundabout into Princess Way.  The entrance to the ground (and the club car park) is 300 yards on your right. 

If there are problems with the M1 or the western end of the A14 an alternative route is via the A1.  From the A1 take the A606 via Oakham to Melton Mowbray, then join the A6006 to the start of the A50 (at Kegworth, which is next to the junction with the M1), then finally turning onto the A38 to Burton.

The A14 / M1 / A50 journey time is likely to be three to three-and-a-half hours but you should allow at least another hour for traffic.  Watch out for average speed cameras, on a long stretch covering around 25 miles from the start of the Cambridge ring road to Huntingdon.  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

The Burton Albion visiting fans guide and website notes that there is a car park at the stadium for 400 cars.  This costs £5 a car and is on a first-come-first-served basis.  Note that www.footballgroundguide.com advises that this gets full very early on.

Parking is also available at the Pirelli Factory car park, which is just off the Derby Road  - turn at the Beech Inn pub.  This costs £3 with all the proceeds going to charity.  The Sat Nav postcode is DE13 0BH.

Eton Park Junior School, Masefield Crescent, Burton Upon Trent, DE14 2SG is also open for match day parking from 1:45pm to 5:15pm.  This costs £4 

Train

Getting to Burton by train isn’t the easiest journey but the good news is that there are no planned engineering works.

You can travel cross country but will need to make a number of changes  - at Ely, Leicester and Derby.  www.greateranglia.co.uk indicates trains from Ipswich at 08:00 and 09:58 arriving at 12:47 and 13:48 respectively.  On the return journey the 17:21 and 19:21 trains require changes at Nottingham and Ely – note you will probably need to leave the game early to catch the 17:21, as the ground is around a half hour walk from the station. 

Unless you already have your train tickets, travelling via London is now very expensive and takes longer.  From London you can travel via London Euston with changes at Tamworth or Birmingham New Street or via London St Pancras International with a change at Derby.

Getting to the ground from the station

Burton Railway Station is half a mile west of the town centre and a mile-and-a-half from the Pirelli Stadium.  It will take around 30 minutes to walk to the ground directly from the station.  As you come out of the station, turn left and go down the hill. Turn right into Derby Road.  Keep on this road  until you come to the first roundabout by the Derby Turn.  Turn left into Princess Way and the entrance to the ground will be 300 yards on the right.

If you don’t fancy the walk there is a taxi rank at the station – the fare will be around £6 to the stadium.

The Trent Barton V1 bus service is another alternative.  Buses run every half an hour, at 24 and 54 minutes past the hour from outside the station to the ground.  Timetables can be found at the following link:

http://www.trentbarton.co.uk

Pubs

If you have any time on your hands, and you enjoy decent ale, then you are in for a treat.  Burton is the historic heart of the brewing industry, and maintains its reputation for great pubs and beers.  Near the town centre, you will find the National Brewing Museum, which also has a bar offering up to half a dozen relatively unusual beers and good food, as well as the kind of shop that will have you filling up your car boot (if you are unfortunate enough to have to drive). 

The nearest pub to the ground is the Beech Inn, around a ten minute walk, up the A5121 Derby Road (going in the opposite direction to Burton town centre) on the left. You can also park your car there at a cost of £5. Otherwise there is the Great Northern on Wetmore Road, which serves Burton Bridge Beers.

Many Town fans last year enjoyed the Burton Town Brewery, about a ten minute walk from the ground (on your way back to town). Situated in a small industrial unit in Falcon Close (off Hawkins Lane, which itself also runs off the main roundabout by the ground), it is unmissably good, and open pre- and post-match.

Near to the railway station are the Roebuck, the Devonshire, the Last Heretic micropub and the Cooper's Tavern which are all recommended. The Last Heretic opens from 11am and has a large beer garden. If you walk from the station to the ground, you will pass the Albert Ale House.

And even after suggesting that lot, many Town fans will tell me that I have forgotten to list their particular favourite.  If ever a match was a perfect candidate for an overnight stay, it’s this one!

Alcohol is also served within the stadium, with away fans being 'treated' to their own little inside bar/refreshment area.  Beer will be cold, fizzy and relatively unchallenging from a taste perspective. 

We haven’t been made aware of any issues with pubs being “home fans only”, but would point out that many of the listed pubs are smallish community locals, so may not welcome larger, louder groups of away fans.  If you are asked to move on, you will surely find another pub nearby.  If you still have problems, then you may be best advised to get into the ground early to exercise your vocal cords and take up your preferred position on the terrace, just like back in the 1980s!

Many thanks to www.footballgroundguide.co.uk for reminding us of the names of several of the pubs listed above – for some strange reason, we couldn’t remember them all!

Staying Overnight?

There are plenty of hotels and guest houses in Burton itself.  There is also the Hilton at St Georges Park, a few miles out of town (around a £10 cab ride), which is where the England team stay and train on international breaks.  It is an impressive facility, with every bedroom decorated with images of England players.  It is likely to be the closest you will ever get to sleeping with David Beckham – or our very own Terry Butcher!

At the ground

This is the only stadium we will visit in the league this season which offers the option of a standing terrace (Coors East Terrace Stand) as well as a seated area which is in the corner of the Main Stand.   

Note that Burton advise in their visiting fans guide that Under 3s will be allowed in the seats only, and will be seated on their parents laps at no charge.   All supporters over the age of 3 will be required to purchase a seated ticket.   No youngsters under 5 (including babes in arms) are allowed in the terraced area. 

Disabled Supporters

The Burton visiting guide has details for disabled supporters.

In summary there are a number of wheelchair bays in front of the East Terrace Stand. 

Ambulant disabled supporters are advised to purchase their match ticket in the seated stand on Row A where there are no steps required.

Re parking, there are a limited number of away disabled car parking spaces available at the Pirelli Stadium.    These can be booked in advance by calling 01283 565938.  The cost is £5 which is payable on arrival.   Note that although booking disabled parking guarantees a space on the main car park, there can still be a walk involved to get from the car park space to the relevant turnstiles.    If a wheelchair space is required make sure you inform the club at the time of booking so that they can ensure this is allocated – if you don’t a normal space on the car park will be issued.

For more information and to book match tickets contact our Disabled Liaison Officer Warner Duff on 01473 400556.

Security

Burton advise that they have a strict searching policy and this can cause long queues at the turnstile.   They ask that our fans do not bring items that may slow down any searches, including rucksacks and large bags.  

They also ask that fans in the terrace co-operate with instructions from stewards – you may be asked to move along to assist in keeping the gangway and entry point clear.

Tickets

Tickets are due to go on sale on Monday 2nd October with the usual priorities applying.  Full details of the priority dates can be found on www.itfcdirect.com under tickets / away matches.

Fans will be advised whether tickets are available for purchase on the day of the game about 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. 

Programmes

The matchday programme is priced at £3.

Food and Drink facilities

There are bar and refreshment facilities within the away stand but Burton advise that these close 30 minutes before kick-off for maximum capacity games.

They offer the usual range of pies, burgers, hot dogs and confectionery and both alcoholic and soft drinks.  From experience last season, the actual range of food provided is likely to be far more limited than the posted-up menus might suggest. 

Note that there are no cash machines inside the Pirelli Stadium and supporters wishing to purchase refreshments are advised to bring cash.  The nearest cash machine is located at the Co-op Food Store almost opposite to the car park entrance. 

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed in the stadium.  This includes e-cigarettes.  

Anti Social Behaviour – Matchday Text Line

The Burton visiting fans guide states that “Any supporter who persistently uses expletives could face ejection or a ban from the stadium. Any supporter that becomes victim of any abuse can report it through the 'Kick It Out' app.”