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MK Dons - July 24

INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS

We travel to MK Dons on Tuesday 24 July for our penultimate pre-season friendly.  The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to Stadium MK.

This is based on information from the MK Dons website plus additional information from www.footballgroundguide.com and 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.

MK Dons Football Club information

The address for MK Dons Football Club is, Stadium MK, Stadium Way, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST. 

MK Dons are in League Two, after relegation from League One at the end of last season.

Some information on travel can be found on the MK Dons website.

https://www.mkdons.com/club/visit-stadiummk/ 

Specific information for Town fans:

Ticket sales

ITFC are not selling tickets for this game, but you can buy in advance from MK Dons (link below).  Admission is priced at £10 for adults, £5 for over 65s, £3 for U18s with U12s free (A maximum of two under 12s per paying adult).  

Tickets can be purchased in advance via the following link:

https://mkdons.pvxgateway.com/buy-tickets-2/

or by calling 0333 200 5343.   They will also be available at the stadium on the day of the game from the ticket office and at the away booth which is situated near the away end – note that the booth will be cash only.

Travelling to Stadium MK

Supporters Coach

There are no official supporters’ coaches for this pre-season game. 

Car

The Sat Nav postcode for Stadium MK is MK1 1ST. 

Stadium MK is located in the Denbigh North site between Grafton Street, Saxon Street and the A5, part of a large retail development. 

From Ipswich, take the A14 to the A428.  Join the A428 towards Bedford.  From the A428 merge onto the A1 towards London / Bedford / A421.  Keep on the A1 for a mile or so before joining the A421.  Continue on the A421 towards Wavendon.  Continue on the Groveway / H9 to the Redmoor roundabout (Junction with the A5).  Take the second exit onto V6 / Grafton Street and follow signs to the Stadium.

Brown football signs are located on all main routes to the stadium.

Please keep in touch with traffic news.  With a clear run, www.googlemaps.co.uk suggests it will take around two hours and 15 minutes but bear in mind that the Cambridge area gets very busy late afternoon, and the stretch from Bedford to Milton Keynes is by no means guaranteed to flow freely at that time of day either.  This is currently compounded by the various roadworks, including a new, lengthy 40mph section on the A14 around Cambridge from the junction with the A10. 

We generally recommend allowing at least an hour beyond the AA / Google / Sat Nav suggested journey time.

Parking

The MK Dons website (https://www.mkdons.com/club/visit-stadiummk/) indicates that there is limited parking at the stadium at a cost of £7.  We have been advised that you can book in advance through http://www.ticketmonkey.eu/event/23_mk-match-parking.  Note that at the time of writing this note, the link is not working, presumably because it has not yet been set up for the new season.  We have pointed this out to MK Dons. 

Matchday spaces for blue badge holders should be pre-booked by emailing customer.services@mkdons.com or by calling 01908 622901.   Drop-off / pick-up points are available outside Gates 2, 4 and 7.

There is a taxi rank pick up point at Gate 7. 

Parking is also available in the industrial areas surrounding the stadium but do not use the parking areas of the nearby retail and trade outlets where there is a risk of clamping.  No football parking is permitted at the Asda next to the stadium with parking charge notices of £60 issued for cars identified as parking for football or exceeding the two hour parking period.   Football parking is also prohibited at the MK1 site.

Train

Note:  It is not possible to get back to Ipswich by train after the game 

MK Dons is about the most awkward stadium to get to by train, having one station (Fenny Stratford) fairly close but on a branch line with an infrequent service, another (Bletchley) a couple of miles away and with slow trains to London, and the mainline option (Milton Keynes Central) offering fast and frequent trains but an hour’s walk from the ground. More detailed information on each station follows:

For those travelling back as far as London after the game, the last train out of Milton Keynes Central to London Euston is at 00:24. 

Trains to Bletchley leave from London Euston.  From Ipswich the journey time via London is around two hours forty minutes to three hours.  After the game, for those travelling to London, there are trains from Bletchley at 22:27 and 23:18 arriving at Euston at 23:32 and 00:21 respectively. 

The nearest station is Fenny Stratford which is on the local Bletchley to Bedford Line.  This station is around 20 minutes’ walk from the stadium.  The stadium is signposted from the station.  The last train, and only one after the game, leaves Fenny Stratford at 22:40 – with a change at Bletchley, it arrives back at London Euston at 00:21.  Do check this before travelling as the MK Dons website indicates that there are no trains from this station after a midweek game; our info is from the www.greateranglia.co.uk online national timetable.

Getting to the ground from the railway stations

Fenny Stratford

The stadium is signposted from the station.  From Fenny Stratford turn right as you exit the station and at the top of the road turn right into Watling Street.  Continue along this street and you will see the stadium on your right. 

Bletchley

Bletchley station is around two miles from the stadium.  www.footballgroundguide.com states that taxis can be scarce outside the station so if you are wanting to get a taxi it is best to pre-book (Skyline on 01908 222111 are a local taxi firm).  Otherwise it is around a 35-40 minute walk to the stadium.

The stadium is signposted from the station.  To walk from Bletchley station, turn left when you come out of the station building and continue to the steps.  At the bottom of the steps turn left under the railway bridge.  At the roundabout (by the Park Pub) turn left into Saxon Street.  Keep straight on this road to the stadium.  Note you will need to cross to the other side of the road for a footpath.  Whilst walking you will pass Bletchley Bus Station (buses go from here to the ground) on the right and the Enigma Pub.  Go straight across the double mini roundabout following signs for the A5 and the stadium will be on the left.  Note that there are a number of underpasses on route and it has been recommended that it may not be the best way when it is dark.  You can walk back to Bletchley via Fenny Stratford, but this will take about 10 minutes’ longer, around 50 minutes in all.  (Information from www.footballgroundguide.com).

There should be buses between Bletchley bus station and the stadium, but we have not managed to find consistent information.  It appears to be only an hourly service after the game, at 2139 and 2239, but we recommend that you check this information locally before relying on a post-match bus.   

If you intend to return to Bletchley by taxi, you must book in advance (Skyline on 01908 222111). 

Milton Keynes Central

Milton Keynes Central is around four miles from the ground.  There is a taxi rank outside the station and we understand that there is a fixed price of £9 to the stadium.  There are also bookable minicab firms (numbers below).  If you intend to return to Milton Keynes Central by taxi after the game, you must book in advance; cars will pick you up at Gate 7.   The MK Dons website provides the following minicab numbers.

Eezy: 01908 218218 
Raffles: 01908 222222 
Skyline: 01908 222111

Alternatively, there is a bus service from the station.  The Arriva route 1 goes to the stop on Granby, Grafton Street which is next to the stadium entrance.  After the game the bus leaves at 22:19 and 23:19 arriving at Central Station at 22:37 and 23:37 respectively.  The number 6 also runs from the station to the stadium  - every 20 minutes outbound and hourly back after the game.  Again, we recommend you check your planned return trip after the game once you arrive in Milton Keynes.  The bus services indicated are regular service buses – there are no additional services for fans.

Timetables can be found via the following link:

https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/highways-and-transport-hub/bus-and-taxi/bus-timetables-maps-and-travel-updates

Pubs, food and drink

The retail park around the stadium includes Nando’s, Frankie and Benny’s, TGI Friday’s, Pizza Express, McDonalds and KFC, plus coffee shops.  Intriguingly, for anyone wanting to avoid fast food and chain restaurants, the DW Fitness Club next to the ground offers a “Protein Corner”. 

Pubs are very limited near to the ground with the Red Dot Bar which is attached to the Hilton Doubletree Hotel at the stadium and the nearest pub the Inn on the Lake not admitting visiting supporters.  We are not aware that this will be any different for a pre-season friendly.

www.footballgroundguide.com has provided good information on pubs a bit further away that are likely to accept us.  It mentions the Park Inn near to Bletchley Railway Station.  Turn left out of the entrance to the station, and then left along the main road.  Pass under a railway bridge and the pub will be on the right-hand side.  There is also a Wetherspoons, Captain Ridley’s Shooting Party – again turn left out of the station.  Follow the path and turn left after the steps.    Cross the road, past the Brunel Centre on to Queensway.  The pub is on Queensway on the left.  The pub includes some interesting items about Bletchley Park.

If you continue along Queensway, you will reach Fenny Stratford where there are a number of pubs close to each other and a fish and chip shop.  The Swan Hotel in Fenny Stratford offers drink and food – the West Anglian Branch of the Supporters Club will be here from 6:30pm for their AGM so do say hello if this is where you go.  The Red Lion is beside a Canal Lock and has plenty of room.  Other pubs include the Chequers, a real ale pub and the Maltsters pub.

At the ground

Inside the stadium

Ipswich fans will be segregated from MK Dons fans.  The stadium is roomy with padded seats and good leg room.  Food and drink kiosks can be found on the wide concourses.

Programme

The match programme will cost £3 and covers all of MK Dons pre-season games.

Food and Drink

Drink (including alcohol) and food will be on sale in the stadium. 

Staying in the area

There are a number of hotel options in the proximity of the stadium, including a Hilton Doubletree which is built into the main stand.  The nearest budget option is a Campanile in Fenny Stratford.  There is a wider choice of hotels in central Milton Keynes.