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Derby County - August 21

INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS

We travel to Derby County on Tuesday 21 August in the Championship

The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to Pride Park Stadium.

This is based on information from the Derby County 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.

Derby County Football Club information

The address for Derby County is Pride Park Stadium, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8XL.

Derby has some information on its website relating to match day travel.  The link can be found here:

https://dcfc.co.uk/page/matchday-travel

If you go to the above page you will see various options on the menu on the right hand side of the page.  This includes details re away fans parking (https://www.dcfc.co.uk/page/away-fan-parking).

Derby’s access guide for disabled supporters can be found via the following link.

https://www.dcfc.co.uk/media/get/DCFC%20Disability%20Access%20Guide%203.0.pdf

www.footballgroundguide.com provides some information here:

http://footballgroundguide.com/leagues/england/championship/pride-park-stadium-derby-county.html

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

Specific information for Town fans:

Ticket sales

Adult tickets are £24 with concessions over 65 priced at £17, U18s at £13.50 and U13s at £7.50.

Tickets can be purchased on www.itfcdirect.com under tickets/away matches or in person in Planet Blue, subject to the usual priorities and availability. 

Note that children under 2 are not permitted entry to Pride Park Stadium.

Travelling to Pride Park Stadium

Supporters Coach

For those travelling from Ipswich the coach from Portman Road is a good option, especially if you are wanting to get back to Ipswich after the game.  Coaches park a short walk from the turnstiles at the away end.  The coaches are leaving Portman Road at 14:15 at a cost of £24 for adults (with concession prices for U23s, U19s and 65+), and are estimated to arrive back at Portman Road at 02:00 Wednesday morning.

There is a planned stop on the outward trip at Leicester Services and on the return journey at Cambridge Services.   Coach travel is on sale (subject to the usual priorities) and can be booked onwww.itfcdirect.com or in Planet Blue.

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/drop-offs at Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket can be arranged for this game.  If you want to organise a pick-up at this location, please call the Ticket Enquiries Team on 03330 050503 or email mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk.   The cut-off point to request a pick-up is midday on 17 August.  Your details will then be passed onto the coach company, Galloway Travel Group.

Car

The Sat Nav postcode for Pride Park Stadium is DE24 8XL.

From Ipswich the first option is to take the A14 and join the A1.  From the A1 take the A52 past Nottingham to Derby.   The second option is to take the A14 and join the M1 North to Derby.  Pride Park is a huge commercial site to the east of Derby railway station and city centre, and is signposted off the A52.

Please note that there are major long-term roadworks on the A14 for several miles either side of Cambridge, with a 40mph limit policed by cameras.

Either way it is about a three hour journey but do allow plenty of time - we generally recommend allowing at least an hour beyond the AA / Google / Sat Nav suggested journey time.  The return trip may, of course, be affected by overnight roadworks and closures.

Parking

The Derby County website states that parking for away supporters is provided at the Derby Conference Centre on London Road (A6), which is located at DE24 8UX about a 10-15 minute walk from Pride Park Stadium.  Join the A6 from the A52 shortly before you get to Derby.

There is space for 200 vehicles, and the charge is £5 per car. As you come into Derby you can follow the brown road signs for away supporter parking which will guide you towards the Conference Centre.

From experience there is plenty of other parking around Pride Park in a number of unofficial car parks, though not in the immediate vicinity of the stadium.

On their website Derby County warn that the roads around the stadium get very busy, particularly after the match.

Away Disabled Supporters - Car Parking

The club has a dedicated car parking area for away disabled supporters (Blue Badge Holders only) and this area of parking is located within 100 yards of the away seating area (South East Corner).

Spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis (please be aware that you will be asked to show and display your Blue Badge) and must be booked no later than 24 hours before the match.  The Derby County ticket office can be contacted on 01332 667528 for more information.

Train / Hotels

For those planning to travel by train you will not be able to get back to Ipswich the game.  There are no train options back to London either.

The quickest train option from Ipswich is usually via London, taking the tube from Liverpool Street to St Pancras.  

There are various cross-country options, although note, if you plan to travel via Nottingham, there is a bus service between Nottingham and Derby.  You may prefer to travel via Leicester.  The same is true for the return journey on 22 August.

If you are on the train, then you’ll need to overnight.  Derby has dozens of hotels within a walk of Pride Park, and a couple (a Travelodge and a Holiday Inn Express) located on Pride Park.  But there are many other options around the railway station (you can cut through the station to the ground on matchdays), as well as throughout the city. 

Getting to the ground from the railway station

Pride Park is about a 15 minute walk away from Derby Railway Station and is clearly signposted. 

There is exit/entrance at the far side of the station (from the main entrance go up the stairs and walk to the end of the bridge and then down the stairs – this is accessible to football fans on a matchday).  Exit and turn right along Roundhouse Road.  At the roundabout with the A6 turn right along Pride Parkway (you will see the Pride Park Harvester and Chiquito).  This is also where the Holiday Inn Express is.  Turn left at the next roundabout onto Derwent Parade.   At the next roundabout turn right onto Royal Way and you will be at the stadium.

Pubs

There is a Harvester close to the stadium.  Note that www.footballgroundguide.com does mention that occasionally this is for home fans only.

But, since Derby is one of the best cities in the UK for pubs, you are more likely to be in the city centre area, which is at least a 15 minute walk from the ground.  The closest pubs are amongst the very best, the Brunswick (Railway Terrace) and the Alexandra (Siddals Road, just a few yards from the Brunswick), which offer a vast range of real ales in a proper pub atmosphere.  They do get a bit busy on matchdays, though.  Other options include the Flower Pot (King Street, the other end of the city but well worth the trip, and also offering B&B), the Exeter Arms (Exeter Place, just the other side of the river from the city centre), and, nearby, The Tap (Derwent Street).  A final ‘unmissable’ pairing of pubs is the Last Post (Uttoxeter Old Road,) which is a short and cheap cab ride from the station) and, just 5 minutes away from the Last Post, the Golden Eagle (Agard Street).  And these are just a few of the many, many great pubs in Derby – you probably already have a favourite, but if you try any of these mentioned then you’ll find a decent ale.  From experience, all of these pubs are away-friendly, though there still may be an issue in some venues with large, loud groups – rather than argue about it, it’s best to move on, as there will be an alternative just a short walk along the road.

To get to the ground from the city centre you can go back into the railway station and follow the instructions above.  If you find yourself at the Brunswick or Alexandra, it may be quicker to cross the road by the Alexandra and go down some steps, through the underpass and follow the fans.  This will take around 20 minutes to get to the stadium.

Food

There are a number of food outlets on Pride Park within walking distance of the ground including Frankie and Benny’s, KFC, McDonald’s and Pizza Hut.  There is a Starbucks built into the stadium – it is always busy but you can generally get a seat fairly easily for some reason.

At the ground

We will be located in the South-East corner of the stadium.

Ticket availability on the day

Availability of tickets on the day 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.

If tickets are available these are purchased from an office adjacent to the away turnstiles.

Disabled Supporters

Disabled supporters will be located in the South-East Corner with the away fans.  Platform A, an elevated platform, is accessed via Gate S (accessible entrance) and has 8 wheelchair user spaces.   The personal assistant/essential companion tickets are allocated next to the wheelchair users.

Level access seating is available (front row - step free) and these seats can be accessed via the accessible entrance.

Accessible toilets operate using a ’radar’ key system.   You are advised to bring your ‘radar’ access key with you.

Security

Stewards at the away end usually do security checks including bag searches.

Programmes

Programmes will be on sale outside the ground.

Food and Drink facilities

From previous experience in the away end you will find the usual football food.  Derby have not confirmed whether alcohol will be on sale.

It is our experience that at half time fans are allowed outside the stadium into a cordoned off area.  In this area there is a concession selling burgers etc.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed in the stadium.  This includes e-cigarettes.   At half time, fans are usually allowed outside the stadium where smoking is allowed.