INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS
We travel to Derby in the Sky Bet Championship on the 28th of November. The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to Pride Park.
For any further information, please contact Elizabeth Edwards, Supporter Liaison Officer on email@example.com or (+44) (0) 7968 876504.
Derby County information for supporters
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:
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).
We have picked out the key information for Town fans below, and added other material including some that is specific to us.
Specific information for Town fans:
Travelling to Derby
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, and are estimated to arrive back at Portman Road at 02:00 Wednesday morning. Coaches can be booked onwww.itfcdirect.com.
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.
Either way it is about a three hour 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, and occasional full overnight closures.
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. Contact Warner Duff on 01473 400556 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.
It is also possible to get to Derby with changes in Peterborough and then Leicester or Nottingham.
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.
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.
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.
Stewards at the away end usually do security checks including bag searches.
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.