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Sheffield Wednesday - 25th August

INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS

We travel to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday August 25 in the Sky Bet Championship.  The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to Hillsborough.

This is based on information on the Sheffield Wednesday 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.

Sheffield Wednesday information

The address for Sheffield Wednesday Football Club is Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, S6 1SW.

An A-Z of Hillsborough can be found at the following link:

https://www.swfc.co.uk/fans/a-z-of-hillsborough/

Some Information can also be found at:

http://www.footballgroundguide.com/leagues/england/championship/hillsborough-sheffield-wednesday.html

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

Specific information for Town fans:

Ticket sales

Tickets for the game are now on sale at a cost of £33 for adults with concessions for 65+, U21s, U17s, U11s and U5s.  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. 

Travelling to Hillsborough

Supporters Coach

Official coach travel is now on sale (subject to the usual priorities) and can be booked on www.itfcdirect.com or in Planet Blue.

For those travelling from Ipswich the coaches are leaving Portman Road at 09:30 at a cost of £26 for adults (with concession prices for U23s, U19s and 65+ Seniors), and are estimated to arrive back at Portman Road at 21:00.  

There is a planned stop on both the outward and return trip at Grantham Services.  

Pick-ups at Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket can be arranged for this game.  If you want to organise a pick-up at any of these locations, please call the Ticket Enquiries Team on 03330 050503 or email mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk.  The cut-off point to request a pickup is midday on the Wednesday prior to the game (i.e. midday on 22 August). Your details will then be passed onto the coach company, Galloway Travel Group.

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. 

Car

The Sat Nav postcode for Hillsborough is S6 1SW. 

Hillsborough is three miles north of Sheffield city centre.  The Wednesday guide advises that you do not go through the city centre but that you are better to approach the ground from the north. 

From Ipswich, you take the A14 to the A1.  From the A1 either take the M18 or A57.   The M18 is a longer but usually quicker route.   Do try to keep up with traffic updates, as the A14 is notorious for delays.

For the M18 route, take the M18 exit at junction 35 of the A1(M) to Doncaster/Scunthorpe/M180/M62E/Sheffield/M1.    At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the M18 slip road to Sheffield /M1.    Join the M1 North from the M18 (be careful – it is easy to end up going the wrong way on the M1!) and continue to Junction 36.  Follow the A61 towards Sheffield.  Continue along the road for approximately four miles until you pass Sainsbury’s.  Turn right into Leppings Lane – the away end is on the left-hand side.

If you take the A57 from the A1, you’ll join the M1 just south of Sheffield. Continue as above to Junction 36 etc. 

The journey time is around three and a half to four hours depending on the route, 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 40mph speed restrictions on the A14 from around the junction with the A10 in Cambridge for several miles, as the entire section is being rebuilt.  This is causing even worse delays than you would normally expect on that stretch. 

Parking

There is no car parking at the ground on match days.

Sheffield Wednesday suggest street parking but point out that there are parking restrictions in certain areas so check before you park.   There are also a number of independent car parks around the stadium which charge for car parking.  Those along the A61 charge around £4 per car.

www.footballgroundguide.com suggests that there is a car park directly behind the Kop and the Wednesday Club shop.  This is called the Wednesdayite car park and is open to away fans as well as home fans.  It costs £7 – the Sat Nav post code is S6 1QE.

From our own experience there is parking along Clay Wheels Lane which is just past Sainsbury’s on the right and near Fletchers Bakery (which seems to emit a powerful aroma of hot cross buns every time we visit). The Sat Nav postcode is S6 1LY.

Alternatively, it is possible to park at Meadowhall Railway Station, at the shopping and leisure centre next to Junction 34 of the M1.  Parking is free and you can pick up a yellow tram to Leppings Lane which costs £3 return and takes about 35 minutes.

Disabled Supporters Parking

There are up to nine parking bays within the Hillsborough Park car park for disabled fans.   If you need parking spaces within this car park, contact ITFC by email on mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk or by phone on 01473 400556 and ask for their assistance.

Train

Note: If you travel via London, there are planned engineering works with buses replacing trains between Ipswich and Witham / Witham and Ipswich.

Sheffield Railway Station is three miles from Hillsborough.

If you decide to brave the buses for the first part of the journey (Ipswich to Witham) and go via London then trains to Sheffield go from London St Pancras International.  The journey time is around 4 hours 30 minutes (based on the connections assumed on www.greateranglia.co.uk).

The second option is cross country.   Leaving Ipswich at 08:00 and changing at Peterborough and Doncaster, you get to Sheffield at 11:21.  An earlier option is 06:00 from Ipswich, with changes in Peterborough and Doncaster, arriving in Sheffield at 09:20 (note that www.greateranglia.co.uk offers other change options if you leave at 6am but these all arrive later in Sheffield).    The 8:20 from Ipswich requires changes in Cambridge, Peterborough and Doncaster, arriving in Sheffield at 12:48.  A later possibility is to leave Ipswich at 09:58, and changing in Peterborough and Doncaster, to arrive in Sheffield at 13:21.  There is a return journey leaving Sheffield at 17:41, with just one change at Ely, and arriving back in Ipswich at 21:28. 

Whatever your travel plans, it’s worth checking www.greateranglia.co.uk for updated times and any late changes.

Getting to the ground from the station

Supertram

The yellow route of the South Yorkshire Supertram (which is signposted from the railway station) towards Middlewood Road stops at Leppings Lane.  This is a short walk from the ground.

Bus

Flat Street Bus Terminus is a one minute walk from the railway station.  Cross over the pedestrian crossing and follow the signs.  Bus numbers 53, 77 and 80 all run from Flat Street to Hillsborough.

Alternatively, buses 74 and 74a run from Angel Street to Hillsborough and buses 85 and 86 run from Snig Hill to Leppings Lane.  Angel Street and Snig Hill are both close to the Premier Inn, Sheffield City Centre and not far from the Travelodge, Sheffield Central.

From Sheffield Transport Interchange (which is about a three minute walk from the railway station), bus number 57, towards Stocksbridge, runs past the ground.

Taxi

A taxi from the station to the ground will cost around £10.

Pubs

Sheffield has a well-deserved reputation for pubs.  There is excellent advice at www.footballgroundguide.com, including away-friendly pubs near the ground as well as at pretty much every tram stop between the city centre and the ground.  With the availability of a reasonable all-day ticket on the tram, it feels a bit rude not to attempt to try out at least some of them!

The nearest away-friendly pub to the ground is the Railway Hotel on Penistone Road, S6 1LP (just north of the ground on the main A61). 

At the station itself, on platform 1 and accessible both landside and airside, is the Sheffield Tap which serves an excellent range of real ales – note that no football colours are allowed. 

The general rule of pubbing on matchdays applies of course.  If you are in a larger group, and/or in colours, and/or wanting to have a bit of a sing, then you are likely to find a limited number of pubs who welcome your custom, especially as you get near the ground. 

Cash machines

There are no cash machines in the stadium and the club does not offer a cash back facility.   The nearest cash point is at the BP Petrol Station which is about a five minute walk from the stadium – this machine charges for withdrawals.  You will find a free-to-use cashpoint at the Sainsburys on Penistone Road.  

At the ground

Before you go in

We don’t normally give restaurant advice, but we must mention the excellent – and very good value - fish and chip shop just across from the entrance to the away end.  You are likely to run into a lot of Town fans in the queue (which tends to move pretty quickly).

Ground Tours

If you arrive in Sheffield early, stadium tours of Hillsborough run on a Saturday matchday at 10am.  The tour lasts for approximately 2 and half hours.  Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and £5 for children.  Note that numbers are strictly limited.  Tickets can be purchased via the following link:

https://shop.sheffieldwednesday.co.uk/tours.aspx

Tickets on the day?

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

Away end

We will be behind the goal in the upper tier of the West Stand on Leppings Lane.  Turnstiles open 90 minutes before kick-off.

Disabled Supporters

There are 9 wheelchair bays within the Leppings Lane Lower Tier. 

Accessible Toilets

Note that some accessible toilets at Hillsborough are fitted with radar locks.

Bags

We understand that Hillsborough limit the size and type of bags that can be taken into the stadium.

They strongly encourage supporters to refrain from bringing any bags to the game unless absolutely necessary – the club website states “prohibited items include, but are not limited to, purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks and luggage of any kind”.   They go on to say that “computer and camera bags are permitted only if a search is carried out prior to entry.”

Security

As at all grounds expect to be searched prior to entering the stadium.  

Programmes

Programmes are sold at various locations around the ground at a cost of £3.

Food and Drink facilities

A range of food and drink is available in the ground. 

We understand that alcohol will be on sale. 

Smoking

Hillsborough is a no smoking venue.  This also applies to the use electronic cigarettes (and/or similar products).

Banners and flags, and musical instruments

If you intend to take flags or banners to Hillsborough you must contact the Safety Officer (by phone on 03700201867 or e-mail operationenquiries@swfc.co.uk) at least 24 hours in advance of the game.  A flame retardant certificate will be required.

Behaviour - Fans Phone

The Fans phone has been made available for supporters to report incidents.   If you witness any incident of threatening, racist or anti-social behaviour this can be reported by calling 07963 138580. Alternatively speak to a steward.