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Wolverhampton Wanderers - 23rd December

INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS

We travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday 23rd December in the Sky Bet Championship.  The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to Molineux.

If you have been to Wolverhampton in recent seasons, please note that we are in a different stand (high up, behind the goal, in the Stan Cullis Quadrant) this year, and also that there are new road closure and car park restrictions. 

This is based on Wolverhampton Wanderers’visiting supporters guide 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.

Wolverhampton Wanderers away fans guide

The address for Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club is Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4QR.  It’s just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre, and about 15 minutes’ walk from the railway station.

Wolves has produced an away fan guide which can be found here:

https://www.wolves.co.uk/media/2787/1718-awayfansguide.pdf

This contains useful information and is worth reading.  Information for away disabled and ambulant disabled fans is included in this document. 

Further information can be found via the various links on the following page of the Wolves website:

https://www.wolves.co.uk/tickets/away-fans/

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

Specific information for Town fans 

Ticket sales

Tickets for the game are now on general sale at a cost of £25 with concessions for 65+ and U21s, U17s and U12s.  Tickets can be purchased on www.itfcdirect.com under tickets/away matches.  Fans are being advised to buy tickets ahead of the game. 

Travelling to Wolverhampton

Supporters Coach

For those travelling from Ipswich the official coaches are leaving Portman Road at 09:30 at a cost of £24 for adults (with concession prices for U23s, U19s and 65+ Seniors), and are estimated to arrive back at Portman Road at 21:00.  Coach travel is now on general sale and can be booked onwww.itfcdirect.com.  

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 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.  Your details will then be passed onto the coach company, Galloway Travel Group.

Car

The Sat Nav postcode for the stadium is WV1 4QR.  Note, however, that there are road closures around the stadium before and after the game so you may want to use the postcode for the car park you are using (see car parking below).   If you are thinking of parking near the stadium, please read the link below, as arrangements for your preferred car park may be different from previous seasons. 

https://www.wolves.co.uk/news/club/20171020-road-closures-information/

From Ipswich, the obvious driving route is the A14 across to the M6. 

The Wolves away fans guide offers the following instructions from the M6: “From the M6, exit at Junction 10.    Take A454 via Willenhall to the Wolverhampton Ring Road.   At the first Ring Road island take the fourth exit (A449 to Stafford).     Continue straight on at the next two sets of traffic lights.  At the third set of traffic lights filter right at third into Waterloo Road.   Molineux is 500 yards on the right.”   Note that www.footballgroundguide.com suggests than when you reach the second set of traffic lights you look for the signs for football parking (see further information in car parking below).

An alternative route from the M6 is to join the M54, following signs for Wales / Telford / Wolverhampton / Shrewsbury / A5.   At Junction 2 of the M54 take the A449 exit, signposted to Wolverhampton / Coven Heath Interchange. Continue on the Stafford Road (A449) to Molineux.

The journey time is around 3 hours 20 minutes.  We would suggest that you should allow at least an extra hour for possible delays and that fact that it is the Saturday before Christmas so traffic may be heavier than usual, and car parks much busier than normal.

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.

Note that there are also a number of roadworks on the M6.

www.google.co.uk/maps also suggests routes via the A14 / A428 / M1 / M6 and the A12 / M25 / M1 / M6.  This involves the roadworks on the M1 as well as the M6.

Parking

There is some matchday parking at the stadium for a cost of £5.   Spaces can be booked by calling the Wolves Ticket Office on 0871 222 1877.   If you do plan to park at the stadium, do note the road closure information as this could affect the time you need to arrive at the car park and leave afterwards.

https://www.wolves.co.uk/news/club/20171020-road-closures-information/

The Wolves website indicates various parking options around Molineux as follows:

Birch Street WV1 4JW

Redhill Street WV1 1RN

Whitmore Hill WV1 4RU

In our experience, the Faulkland Street Car Park (Sat Nav postcode WV1 1JN) is popular with away fans.  This is where the coaches usually park.  It is just off the ring road by the junction of the A4150 and A449.  Alternatively there are a number of car parks in the city centre, although being the last Saturday before Christmas car parks are likely to be very busy.  There is also parking at the railway station (a 15 minute walk to the stadium, so not a bad way to avoid the traffic build-up around the stadium itself). 

Disabled Supporters Parking

There are accessible parking spaces by the Stan Cullis stand, and Wolves can also offer other spaces in other official Wolves car parks. 

Train

Note:  There are planned engineering works on the Ipswich to London route on the day of the match with buses replacing trains between Ingatestone and Newbury Park – this adds around an hour to normal journey times between London and Ipswich. 

You can travel cross-country to Wolverhampton but will need to change at either Ely or Cambridge and Birmingham New Street.  www.greateranglia.co.uk indicates a train from Ipswich at 08:00 – with a change at Ely and Birmingham New Street this arrives in Wolverhampton at 12:14.  The 08:20 from Ipswich arrives in Wolverhampton at 13:10 – changes are at Cambridge and Birmingham New Street. The 9:58 from Ipswich, with changes in Ely and Birmingham New Street, is scheduled to arrive in Wolverhampton in 14:14, so introduces a degree of risk as to whether you’ll make kick-off. 

The return cross-country trains leave Wolverhampton at 17:45 and 18:45. The first is a lengthy 5 hours 17 minute journey with changes at Birmingham New Street and Cambridge, arriving in Ipswich at 23:02.  The second, leaving an hour later, with get you back to Ipswich 20 minutes later than the earlier train at 23:22.  You will need to change at Birmingham New Street and Peterborough.

With the planned engineering works, the options via London are no quicker.  www.greateranglia.co.uk indicates that the 08:43 from Ipswich will get you to Wolverhampton at 13:37.  There is a bus from Ingatestone to Newbury Park, from where you get the tube to Euston for the train to Wolverhampton.   Note that for the return journey, www.greateranglia.co.uk indicates a train at 17:09 from Wolverhampton via Birmingham New Street, a walk to Birmingham Moor Street for a train to London Marylebone, followed by a tube to Newbury Park, a bus to Ingatestone for the train to Ipswich, arriving at 22:43.   If you wait a bit longer at Wolverhampton for the 17:45 train to Euston, this is scheduled to also get you to Ipswich at 22:43.

It is worth bearing in mind that the official coaches are due back in Ipswich at 2100!

Getting to the ground from the station

Molineux is about 15 minutes from the railway station if you are walking. 

From the main station entrance go towards the city centre.  As you reach the inner ring road (A4150) turn right.  Follow the ring road and when you get to the junction with the A449 bear to the right.  You will see Molineux.  If you take this route be careful crossing the A449 to the ground.

Alternatively, when you come out of the station, walk straight ahead and you will see a walkway which goes across the A4150 towards the city centre. Follow the road and turn right onto Pipers Way.  Turn left into Lichfield Road and right onto Princess Street.  At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Wulfruna Street.  Take the right fork to stay on Wulfruna Street.  Turn left and take the stairs through the underpass under the A1450.  This takes you to the stadium.

Pubs

There are a lot of pubs in the city centre but from experience these are home pubs, and many have ticket checks on the door. 

www.footballgroundguide.com suggests that the Stonehouse bar in the city centre on Queen Street is the designated pub for away fans.  It goes on to say that the Bohemian Bar on Lichfield Street and the Hogshead on Stafford Street also allow away fans.  There is also a bar inside the Premier Inn behind the train station, which, we understand, allows away fans.  Note that the Wetherspoons is known to check tickets and only allow access to home fans.

As with anywhere, away fans in small groups and with no visible colours can often find somewhere else for a pint or two.  If you have been to Wolverhampton before, you may well have a favourite, but we are wary of suggesting any. 

At the ground

ATM’s

The nearest cash machines are at the ASDA Superstore which is just opposite the Stadium.

There are also numerous cash machines in the city centre which is just a short walk from Molineux.

Tickets on the day?

You are strongly recommended to buy your ticket in advance if you are planning to go to the game.  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.

If you have any queries on the day of the game you will need to go to the ticket office at Molineux.

Away end

This season we will be located in the Stan Cullis Quadrant.  We will be in the upper tier, to the left of the goal.  Dependent on ticket sales, the away end may extend into the corner block which stretches round to the Steve Bull Stand.  If this allocation sells out, there is an opportunity for more tickets.  The upper tier will be a new experience for some fans as for the last few seasons we have been in the lower tier of the Steve Bull stand. For others, you will remember when we were last in the Stan Cullis stand – it is a long way up, so if you have trouble with stairs do ask to use the lift. 

Disabled Supporters

The Upper Quadrant area of the Stan Cullis stand can accommodate 8 wheelchair users.   For tickets in this area you need to contact the ITFC ticket office on 03330 050503 or email mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk.

There are refreshment kiosks and accessible toilets located in the stand, stewards will be on hand to offer any assistance that you may require on the day.

Wolves have a dedicated lounge behind the Stan Cullis Stand which provides a stewarded meeting place and refreshment area pre-match and half time with a warm welcome extended to Disabled away fans.

Security

As at all grounds expect to be searched prior to entering the stadium.  Note that there have been a number of unpleasant incidents in the area outside the stadium following matches in recent seasons, and including this season.  Please take particular care with regard to your personal safety as you exit the stadium.

Programmes

The matchday programme is available to purchase at the ground and is priced at £3. 

Food and Drink facilities

The kiosks sell a wide range of food and drink.  The menu can be found at the following link:

https://prod-wolves-cms.azurewebsites.net/media/2085/a4-kiosk-menus-1718.pdf

Smoking

Smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes (and/or similar products) is not allowed at Molineux.  However, Wolves do allow smoking within a specific cordoned area -  for further information on where to go to smoke please speak to a member of the stewarding team who can direct you accordingly.

Flags, banners and musical instruments

Information on flags, banners a at Molineux can be found in the away fans guide and also via the following link:

https://www.wolves.co.uk/club/policies/flags-and-banners-policy/

Musical instruments are not permitted - this includes drums, wind, brass or string instruments, in addition to this bells, whistles and other items capable of emitting loud noises such as air horns and klaxons.  The only exceptions to the above are organised musical displays with written permission from the club or children’s blow horns, which must be less than 30cm long and should be manufactured from card.

Staying in the area

The Wolves away fans guide includes details of local hotels and contact details.

Museum

The Wolverhampton Wanderers Museum is located in the Stan Cullis Stand and is well worth a visit.  It includes the story of the history of the club, historic memorabilia and interactive games.  The museum is open on matchdays with last admissions being 90 minutes before kick-off.  Tickets cost £7 for adults, £4.50 for concessions and £18 for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children).  Tickets can be booked by calling the Ticket Office on 0871 222 1877.