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Leeds United - 23rd September

INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS

We travel to Leeds United on Saturday 23rd September in the Sky Bet Championship.  The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to Elland Road.

For any further information, please contact Elizabeth Edwards, Supporter Liaison Officer on slo@itfc.co.uk or (+44) (0) 7968 876504.

Leeds United information for supporters

The address for Leeds United is Elland Road, Leeds, LS11 0ES.

Leeds United has produced a matchday guide which can be found via the following link:

https://www.leedsunited.com/club/Matchday-guide

Though mainly aimed at home fans it includes some information for away fans including brief travel directions, parking, the stadium, club shop and ticketing.

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 Leeds

Supporters Coach

For those travelling from Ipswich the coach from Portman Road is a good option.  Coaches park in one of the car parks just a short walk from the away end.  The coaches are leaving Portman Road at 08:30 at a cost of £29 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.

Car

The Sat Nav postcode is LS11 0ES. 

Elland Road is adjacent to the intersections of the M1, M62 and M621.

From Ipswich to Leeds, there are two main road options, the most direct being the A14 / M1, though often the quicker route is the A14 / A1 / M62.  Whichever way you go, it is likely to take three-and-a-half to four 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 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.

If you take the M1 route then leave the M1 at the M621 exit (junction 43), joining the M621 towards Leeds town centre.  At junction 2 of the M621 take the A643 exit.  At the Elland Rd Interchange, take the 1st exit onto Elland Rd/A643.   The stadium will be on the right hand side.  If you take the A14 / A1 / M62 route then you take the M62 to the M621.  Then follow instructions above.

We have occasionally found that Junction 2 of the M621 is closed around match times.  In which case, continue to Junction 1 and follow the instructions below:

From Junction 1 of the M621, join the A6110 and turn left into Elland Road.   The stadium will be on the left hand side.

Parking

Street parking around the ground is restricted due to resident permits.

There are a number of Leeds City Council car parks around the stadium.  The Leeds United website indicates a current charge of £6 for cars.   Disabled parking is available for use by Blue Badge Holders.  As at all grounds with parking near to the stadium you may get caught up for a while after the game.   www.footballgroundguide.com suggests that parking in Car Park A provides a slightly quicker get away.

Train

The good news is that there are no planned engineering works on the 23rd September on the routes between Ipswich and Leeds.

Elland Road is about two miles from Leeds station.

The quickest route from Ipswich to Leeds is to travel from Ipswich to Peterborough, then Peterborough to Leeds.   The 8am and 9:58 trains from Ipswich arrive in Leeds at 11:19 and 13:19 respectively.  On the return journey the 17:45 from Leeds will get you back to Ipswich at 21:28.

The alternative is to travel via London Kings Cross although from Ipswich this will take around an extra hour.   Note that if you put Ipswich to Leeds in the www.greateranglia.co.uk journey planner it suggests that you need to change at York or Doncaster.  This does offer a slightly quicker journey, due to connections in London, but it is of course easier to take a direct train from London to Leeds.

Getting to the ground from the station

  • Shuttle Bus

A matchday shuttle bus service departs from Sovereign Street, adjacent to Leeds station, to the stadium from 90 minutes before kick-off.  To get to Sovereign Street, from the station head south on Little Neville Street (the Hilton Hotel will be on your left).  Turn left to stay on Little Neville Street (following the Hilton round) and onto Sovereign Street. 

The buses run at frequent intervals and will drop you off at the ground on Lowfields Road.  From Lowfields Road you will need to walk around two sides of the ground to the away turnstiles.  

At the end of the match, a frequent service operates back to Leeds city centre from where you were dropped off. Unless you are out of the ground sharpish be prepared to join a queue.   

Prices are £2.50 return for adults and £1.25 return for children.   These are purchased from a bus at the front of the queue which sells the tickets from a side window!

  • Bus

Bus numbers 51 / 52 / 55 also travel from Leeds City Centre and go along Elland Road stopping outside the stadium.     Note, however, that bus stops outside the ground are suspended one hour before and one hour after a home match.

  • Taxi

Taxi is another option from the station or town centre, and is relatively inexpensive, especially if you are in a group of three or four.   After the game taxis wait along Elland Road just on from the corner of the South and East stands.  As you come out of the away end turn left and walk past the South Stand.  There is no organised queuing system after the game – it’s a matter of getting there first and claiming the first car that will take you.

  • Walk

Leeds railway station is about two miles from the ground.  It will take around 35 minutes to walk.  For instructions see http://www.footballgroundguide.com/leagues/england/championship/elland-road-leeds-united.html#aby-train or go to www.googlemaps.com.

Pubs

The Old Peacock pub opposite the ground is for home fans only.

Adjacent to the away turnstiles is the away fans bar “Howards”.   This serves a limited selection of food and drink (from experience there is no real ale, craft beers or wine).  Access is via your matchday ticket.

About a ten minute walk from the ground along Elland Road is the Drysalters pub which welcomes away fans.  From the away end walk along Elland Road with the ground behind you.   Go under the railway bridge past Booker Wholesale on your right and the Cemex Leeds Ready Mix Concrete Plant on the left.    The pub is tucked away on the left just past the Tile Depot and Hilti Store.   More information on the pub can be found here:     http://www.thedrysalters.co.uk/index.

There are many pubs in Leeds City Centre, including around the railway station.  Some of these are strictly home fans only, and none are likely to welcome large, loud groups of away fans. 

If you are spending more time in Leeds, it is well worth taking a local train out to Dewsbury, where the station bar is one of the country’s greatest heritage and real ale pubs!

Food

On Elland Road, opposite the away turnstiles is Graveleys Fish and Chips – it is worth waiting in the queue to get your lunch.

There is a McDonalds further along Elland Road – walk past the South Stand and Billy Bremner statute and look to your right.

At the ground

We will be located in in the John Charles West stand upper tier.

Security

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

Ticket availability on the day

It is not yet know 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 (@Official_ITFC) and facebook (www.facebook.com/officialitfc) as soon as the information is available.

Note that Leeds are one of the clubs who did not agree the reciprocal pricing of £25 for adults, hence this is one of the more expensive away days this season with adult tickets at £37 if purchased before matchday.   If tickets are available on the day these will cost you £42 so we would advise that you buy in advance.  

Note that there is a Kids for a Quid promotion for this game for all U16s if accompanied by an adult.

Programmes

Programmes will be on sale outside the stadium at a cost of £3.50.  They are also available in the Elland Road Superstore.  The Club website also says that programmes can be purchased in the concourse kiosks inside the ground.  However, we would advise that you purchase before going in.

Food and Drink facilities

A variety of refreshments, including hot and cold food and beverages, are available from the concourse.  It is our experience that alcohol is served to our away fans but this has not been confirmed by Leeds for the fixture this season.

Smoking

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

Anti Social Behaviour – Matchday Text Line

If you experience any anti-social behaviour; foul, abusive, homophobic or racist language the matchday incident reporting number is 07887 514789.  Any complaints or comments can also be emailed to the Leeds United Supporter Liaison Officer at slocomplaints@leedsunited.com or sloquestions@leedsunited.co.uk

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