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lightweight
14-09-2001, 03:01 AM
Portsmouth v Crystal Palace
Saturday 15th September 2001 K.O 3pm

Portsmouth Football Club,
Fratton Park,
Frogmore Road,
Portsmouth, PO4 8RA
Main Telephone No: 02392-731204
Ticket Office: 02392-618777


Ticket Prices : Adults 15.00, concessions 8.00. THIS MATCH IS ALL TICKET.

Official Palace coaches: leaves selhurst at 11am - price £13 full price, £11.70 for season ticket holders & members, and £9.75 for Season ticket holders with golden eagles upgrade


Portsmouth Football Club, Fratton Park, Frogmore Road, Portsmouth, PO4 8RA Telephone: Main Office: 01705 731204

The away end is open air - and therefore exposed to the elements!! Let’s hope it doesn’t rain! Just over 3,000 away supporters can be accommodated in the Milton End, but the normal allocation is less than a third of this figure.


DISABLED FACILITIES

Spaces for up to 5 visiting supporters at pitch level in the new Fratton Stand. Entrance via Frogmore Road. Cost 14.00 joint ticket for disabled person & helper (pay the steward on the day)Booking required - contact Mr Watson at the club Parking - none available

Blind facilities - no special facilities, but the club will try to find seating near the commentary box, again contact Mr Watson for details.

Palace coaches – no information available – phone the box office for details

Directions to the Ground

Fratton Park nestles between rows of housing and an industrial estate, which makes parking a little difficult. If you are coming by car then probably the best place to park would be away from the ground (makes sense, as most of the streets around the ground allow no parking on match days).

By Car
From London, take the A3 (Portsmouth) and then the A3(M) Portsmouth, Southampton down
to the coast (follow end of motorway signs). Then after about 10/15 miles on the A3(M), get in lane for
M27 West (Portsmouth, Southampton). You will then join the A27, stay in
your nearside lane as you are coming off this road straight away. It will be
signposted as A2030 Southsea (commonly known as the Eastern Road)

At the end of the slip road take the 1st left at the roundabout (A2030
Southsea) Follow this road through a major set of traffic lights. You
will then come to a roundabout after a while (3 miles) . Turn left here into Milton road. As you can see the ground is right in front of you at this roundabout, so look for
parking now.


If you come to Portsmouth via the M3 and M27. Once on the M27 heading east, you will see the city of Portsmouth spread out below you. Do NOT head for the city centre itself, but continue east until the M27 becomes the A27. Keep going until you come to the Southsea turn-off (A2030). Take this road (Eastern Road), through various sets of traffic lights, until you reach the roundabout at the end of Velder Avenue. Fratton Park should now be straight in front of you.

On a map it may be tempting to enter Portsmouth on the M275, but this
will take you through a busy city centre.





Parking
There is a car park off Goldsmith Avenue (3.50).
There is some parking available in Rodney Road directly opposite, but it may be advisable to park a little further back up Velder Avenue. There is also a Pay and Display car park in the grounds of St Mary's Hospital in Milton Road, but this fills up fairly early on match days.
A suggestion is to drive to Petersfield, on the A3 not far from Portsmouth, and park there at the station car park. The rest of the journey can be completed by train to Fratton which is a short walk from the ground. Fratton Park is surrounded by narrow streets with plenty of parking in and around Fratton and Southsea, with nowhere being more than 15 mins from the ground, although most of it is residential.

Upon reaching the previously mentioned roundabout before the ground, the easiest parking is 1st
left (Eastney). Then any of the side roads on the left or if you arrive
early, carry on to set of traffic lights (opposite White House Pub) turn
right into Goldsmith Avenue and parking is available next to the park.
If you are there early (before 12:00) Goldsmith avenue provides a fair
bit of free parking with quite a few side streets, turn right at lights outside Milton Uni Campus (White House Pub) into Goldsmith Avenue by the park. There are two car
parks on the right of Goldsmith Avenue. Other parking is available in
one of the many side roads off Milton Road or Goldsmith Avenue. There are no
local parking restrictions in force (ie you do not need a permit) so you can
park pretty much anywhere you find a space.



By Train

The rail station that you need is Fratton. Services run from Waterloo (1hr 45mins) or Victoria (2hrs 10mins) to Fratton station. This service can also be picked up from East Croydon
Station (1hr 55mins). You should look for trains to either Portsmouth
Harbour or Portsmouth/Southsea.
Trains leave East Croydon at 9.18, 10.18 & 11.18 arriving at Fratton Park at 11.09, 12.09 & 1.09 respectively. Note - the train divides en route, so you need to make sure you are in the correct section of the train. Return trains, depart Fratton at 5.35 for a direct train to East Croydon (arriving 7.30pm) and 6.11pm, changing at Barnham to arrive at East Croydon at 8.25pm.
Upon arrival at Fratton station, the directions to the ground from there are really easy. Once you have got off the train go over the footbridge and you will be in Goldsmith Avenue. Turn left opposite the Railway Cafe along Goldsmith Avenue. After 5 mins walk take 3rd residential road on left (Apsley Road) straight across crossroads to away turnstiles in Milton End.


Alternatively Portsmouth/Southsea which is 15 minute walk from the ground. This is handy for supporters wishing to pay a visit to the town centre to do a bit of shopping before hand!!


Taxis from the station cost 1.80-2.00. Buses no 13 & 18 run along Goldsmith Avenue and are very regular.

lightweight
14-09-2001, 03:04 AM
PUBS
The best drinking places are in Southsea, but a few very dodgy places are around the ground.

Pubs are plentiful through Portsmouth (about 1 every 10 metres!!!) Some pubs near the ground may have doormen, but there are many pubs down side streets for anyone looking for a quiet pre-match drink.

Many pubs in Portsmouth will accept away fans, even town centre which are very friendly.

Here are a selection of local pubs.

The Shepherd's Crook
Goldsmith Avenue, Southsea 01705 825 906
This is a nice pub which is just near the corner of the away end at Portsmouth, opposite the road which leads you to the away gate - it seems increasingly popular with the away fans (probably because it is about 2 mins from the ground). It is a standard Whitbread job and gets v. busy from about 1:30 onwards, good mix of home and away fans.

Getting there On the corner of Goldsmith Avenue and Winter Road, opposite Milton Park. Prices About average, £1.80 a pint. Beers Draught Boddingtons, Flowers Original - rather nice! Attractions Pool, darts. General Used to be a locals' pub, but apparently gaining passing trade. It's likely to be pretty quiet, except when Pompey are playing when it's chockers with home fans, many of whom spill out onto the pavement (weather permitting). Not really recommended for visiting football fans - (the internet football ground guide advises against it), although seems increasingly popular with the away fans (probably because it is about 2 mins from the ground) however the huge home fan contingent could prove intimidating. Outside, this is a rather attractive and slightly unusual terracotta coloured pub designed and built by Arthur Cogswell for United Brewery in 1914 - unusual because the house style for United pubs was green glazed brick and because it replaced the beerhouse of the same name across the road. Inside, the decor's pretty unusual too - there are sacks all over the ceilings - but it generally feels a comfortable pub to be in, even on match days. Open all day.

The Pickwick
Milton Road, Milton 01705 833600
Getting there Next to the Texaco garage, about 50 yards south of Velder Avenue roundabout. Prices Average, (Courage £1.78) BeersCourage Best, John Smiths, Beamish, Guinness, lagers. Attractions Decor, atmosphere General This is a large pub with plenty to look at if you get bored. There is a Restaurant offering a good selection of food, which I gather is fairly reasonable value. As the name suggests, the theme here is definitely victoriana, with old piccies on the walls and odd memorabilia. Look out for the bike on the ceiling. It gets absolutely packed just before matches. Students and visiting supporters welcome. Recommended for away fans to meet up for a drink and/or eats before the match. Away fans often gather here and it is very friendly. Last time it was packed with Palace. If you come in from the M27 towards Fratton/Southsea you can't miss it and it's about 3 minutes walk to the Away entrance, allows children. Open 11-3 & 6-11

The Good Companion
Eastern Road, Milton 01705 825 206
Getting there On the corner of Eastern Road and Moorings Way by the traffic lights at the southern end of the Eastern Road. From Milton Road, turn into Velder Avenue, (by the cemetery) and you'll see it 200yds in front of you. Prices Average, (£1.70ish) Beers Pompey Royal(£1.75), Boddingtons, Flowers, Murphy's, Guinness. Attractions Pool, darts, juke box & satellite tv in the public bar. General Conspicuous late 1930s pub on one of the three main roads into Portsmouth. This place is huge, so it never seems too busy. There is a large lounge bar, very smart, with good range of food, main meals around £4 with various steaks around £8. There is also a large family area and a children's play zone (free!).. The public bar is not quite so big (but still big) and caters for the locals.

This pub has a large car park and the ground is approximately 10 minutes walk away.

The White House
Milton Road, Milton
More of a home pub, but here are the details anyway.

Getting there On the corner of Milton Road and Goldsmith Avenue, this is such a conspicuous pub there is a bus stop named after it. Prices About average, (HSB £1.76), watch out for various promotions. Beers Flowers, Boddingtons, HSB, Whitbread Best. Attractions Juke box, satellite tv, piano, large garden and family area, pool and darts in separate games room, Dodger Long the licensee. General This pub has a large lounge bar, comfortably furnished, (not too new, not too old at Nov 95) and is an agreeable, but not outstanding place to go for a drink. Lunchtime food represents good value - steaks around £4, dish of the day @ £2.75, assorted pub grub and sandwiches. Dodger was a bit of a character in his previous life in the RN, hence loads of weekday evening activities, quiz nights, discos etc..

The Devonshire Arms
Devonshire Avenue, Southsea 01705 825 190
Getting there On the corner of Devonshire Avenue and Haslemere Road, about quarter of a mile due south of Fratton Park. Prices About average, £1.75 a pint. Beers 6X, Flowers Original Attractions Pool, darts. General Built in 1906 to a design by J J Cotton, who was the resident architect for Long's Brewery, this is an interesting pub from the outside. It was built as, and still is, a locals' pub, hence it's generally pretty quiet, except when Pompey are playing, but even then it's still quite comfortable - there's a reasonable chance of getting a seat and a table. I think this pub could be recommended for visiting football fans, although not many go there. There is a separate lounge bar, which you can have exclusive use of free of charge if you're thinking of putting on a function of any kind. Open all day

The Milton Arms - is not recommended for visiting fans, as it is usually packed with home fans, and mainly the harder element at that.

The Travellers Joy
Milton Road, Milton
Getting there On the corner of Milton Road and Warren Avenue, about 100 yds south of the Velder Avenue roundabout. Prices A little below average, (Burtons £1.74) Beers Burton, Flowers, Ind Coope Dark Mild, some bottles inc Newcastle Brown. Attractions Pool, darts. General Pretty much a locals' pub. The medium size public bar at the front is drab and devoid of any character. The larger bar at the back has been redecorated. The Brewers is just across the road; it is suggested that you go there instead. Any customers welcome.

The Brewers Arms
Milton Road, Milton 01705 785 335
Getting there Virtually on the corner of Milton Road and Priory Crescent. Prices Average, (HSB £1.78) Beers This is a Gales house hence the beer is all good. It's also very well looked after. The HSB is especially recommended, but not for the faint-hearted. Attractions Pool, darts, pinball. General Well supported but seldom too busy. This is one of the very best pubs in Portsmouth if you just want a drink and a chat with friends. In winter, beers are poured straight from barrels on the bar. Mainly a locals' pub, but it gets pretty busy just before Portsmouth matches. Students and visiting supporters welcome (it's that friendly). Recommended. Open 11-3 & 6-11



The Fawcett Inn
Fawcett Road, Southsea
Getting there At the junction of Fawcett Road and Lawrence Road, about 400 yds north of Albert Road traffic lights. Prices About average (£1.55 - £1.66). Beers Flowers, Strong Country, Guinness, Murphy's. Good range of bottles. Attractions Pinball, quiz machines, pool, darts, table footy, big screen tv, juke box, quiz night Sundays. General This is the pub with the funniest name in the country. (Even funnier than the Halfway Inn.) It's a big and conspicuous black & white pub conveniently positioned between Fratton Station and Southsea for those who can't walk that far without stopping off for a drink, it's also well placed for after-the-match refreshments on the way back from Fratton Park. This pub has a strong regular trade as well as passers by.

The Rutland Arms
Francis Avenue, Southsea
Getting there At the junction of Francis Avenue and Manners Road, about 400 yds north of Albert Road, or 300 yards south of Goldsmith Avenue. Prices Above average to rather expensive, (£1.90 a pint for Bass). Beers Bass, Wadworth's 6X, Everards Tiger, Boddingtons Gold. Good range of bottles. Attractions Satellite tv, juke box, decor, atmosphere. General This is another Arthur Cogswell pub that's been knocked through into one large(ish) bar. In this case it makes it a rather curious sort of U-shape, but the outcome is that if you go right round the corner (or round the bend?) it's not unlike an old-style lounge bar. Loads of old piccies complement the many original Victorian features that were left in the knock-through, making this an altogether quite pleasant little boozer. It's also quite conveniently placed near Fratton Park for a pre-match and/or after-match drink..

The Nell Gwynne
Jesse Road, Southsea
Getting there At the junction of Talbot Road and Jesse Road, about 200 yds east of Fawcett Road, or 300 yards south of Goldsmith Avenue.

lightweight
14-09-2001, 03:05 AM
The Newcome
Newcome Road, Fratton
Getting there At the junction of Newcome Road and Samuel Road. Turn off Fratton Road at the Electric Arms and keep going along Newcome Road, across Guildford Road, until you come to the Newcome on your left. To get to Fratton Park, carry on along Newcome Road, turn left at the end into Byerley Road then first right; cross the footbridge over the railway line and keep going to the end of the alley (about 1/2 mile in all). Prices Average - Whitbread Best £1.70 Beers Whitbread Best, Worthington Cream Flow, Caffreys. Attractions Darts, Juke box General This is a Victorian working class residential area pub that's been knocked through and done out with reproduction timbers and carpets. Fairly quiet most of the time as it's out of the way and definitely a local. On Pompey matchdays it fills up with Pompey fans and is the pre-match haunt of John Westwood and his crew. (He's the guy at every Pompey match with the bugle and bell.) It's still a family pub though, with children allowed in part of the bar. There are some old Pompey photos and other memorabilia scattered around and a small collection of footie shirts pinned to the ceiling. Its main attraction is its proximity to Fratton Park via the alley across the north of the goodsyard. The internet football ground guide advises away fans to avoid this pub.

The Connaught Arms
Penhale Road, Fratton
Getting there At the junction of Penhale Road and Guildford Road, about 200 yds east of Fratton Road. To get to Fratton Park, carry on along Penhale Road, turn left at the end into Rennie Road then right at the end into Newcome Road; turn left at the end into Byerley Road then first right; cross the footbridge over the railway line and keep going to the end of the alley (just over 1/2 mile in all). Prices Slightly above average - London Pride £1.84 a pint. Beers A good and varying selection, eg London Pride, Ringwood Fortyniner, Hopkins Summer Lightning, Pots Ale, also Whitbread Best and Boddingtons and a good range of bottles. Attractions Food, atmosphere. General This is a fairly typical looking Pompey pub from the outside - half timbered corner plot. Inside it's a bit smaller than many corner pubs, knocked through and furnished in fairly standard pub style. It feels comfortable though and the staff have a real service ethic so that the passing stranger feels very welcome on the busiest days even though they obviously know the names and drinks of most other customers. It claims to be "The Pastie Pub of Portsmouth" but does a reasonable range of other pub grub too. The Pasties are home made and very good for outside Cornwall. They should be available this season as we are there on a Saturday! On match days there are plenty of Pompey fans, but away fans would are made pretty welcome in here – several of us went this pub last year. This is a local pub but it definitely has an eye for the passing trade. Check this out - you can phone your food order in and they'll have it ready when you arrive - 01705 646455. Overall, recommended.


Also recommended is the Harvester.

Otherwise drink in Portsmouth town centre or down at Southsea before the game. Remember Portsmouth is still a major naval port and hence some of the pubs can get quite rowdy at weekends.

As far as I am aware – alcohol isn’t available in the away end of the ground

EATING

Eastney (5 mins walk from Fratton Park) is like South Norwood when it
comes to takeways, so there is no problem there. To get there just
continue through lights opposite White House.

There are various burger vans on the way to the ground including Mick's Burger Bar.

The usual array of stuff is in the shopping areas, but for burgers and
hotdogs stick to the JC burger vans. There are 2 JC burger vans near the ground.

The nearest take-away is ‘Fish & Chips’ on Winter Road, near junction with Liss Road.

Nearby is ‘Butlers Bakery’ with pasties, sausage rolls & pies.

For early arrivals who feel a bit hungry, Albert Road is only 10 minutes
walking distance. This offers many takeaways and restaurants for all tastes.
AT roundabout outside Fratton station, walk down Fawcett Road (s/p Southsea,
Kings Theatre). Straight down and you will reach a crossroads with traffic
lights, turn right for all the food!! Recommended, Kens Kebabs which also
does Pizza.

Inside the ground – burgers, hot dogs & pasties


SAFETY

Portsmouth is a pretty safe place, as the people of Portsmouth are generally friendly.
Of course, however, there may be an element that will respond if some fans take things too far.


SHOPPING
Fratton road at the west end of Goldsmith Avenue. Usual
array of shops, or Commercial Road precinct. Turn left into Fratton Road from
west end of Goldsmith Avenue, through two sets of lights, left at next
set into Arundel Street. Across round-a-bout and precinct at the end
on a curve. Multi-storey carpark on the right just before curve. Its
approx 25 min walk to the ground from here.

lightweight
14-09-2001, 03:07 AM
The Connaught Arms is the pastie pub that was mentioned previously!

hopefully they will have the pasties this time as I haven't sampled them yet!!!!!

Dave
14-09-2001, 03:10 AM
Originally posted by lightweight
The Connaught Arms is the pastie pub that was mentioned previously!

hopefully they will have the pasties this time as I haven't sampled them yet!!!!!

They are tasty - Tikka Yum

BTW Janet the limit on the number of charcters in each post has been removed so you can do these in a single post now :)-

lightweight
14-09-2001, 03:15 AM
Originally posted by Dave


BTW Janet the limit on the number of charcters in each post has been removed so you can do these in a single post now :)-

you must have done that in the last 5 minutes! :( - and pompey is probably my longest one - spent the last 1/2 hour cutting it up!!!! (well maybe not quite that long!!!)

Dave
14-09-2001, 03:16 AM
Originally posted by lightweight


you must have done that in the last 5 minutes! :( - and pompey is probably my longest one - spent the last 1/2 hour cutting it up!!!! (well maybe not quite that long!!!)

yes i did sorry - I'll buy you a tikka pastie on Saturday to make it up :)

lightweight
14-09-2001, 06:12 PM
Coach info - leaves selhurst at 11am - price £13 full price, £11.70 for season ticket holders & members, and £9.75 for Season ticket holders with golden eagles upgrade

PLUS there will be a LIMITED number of tickets available on the gate - on a first come first served basis.

Holmesdale Block D
14-09-2001, 08:15 PM
The Pickwick Pub sounds good to me, will any other BBS'ers be heading that way?...

Winston
14-09-2001, 08:21 PM
The Sheppards Crook - It kicked off big time in there after
a game two seasons ago, when it pissed down with rain.
I don't think that this pub should be considered friendly
anymore.

Personal opinion.

Kevin T
14-09-2001, 08:25 PM
Pickwick? Pah.

Anybody who is anybody will be drinking in the Conaught Arms tomorrow.

Dave
14-09-2001, 08:26 PM
Originally posted by Holmesdale Block D
The Pickwick Pub sounds good to me, will any other BBS'ers be heading that way?...

Most (all?) the BBS will be in the excellent Connaught Arms

2can
14-09-2001, 08:31 PM
Originally posted by lightweight

PLUS there will be a LIMITED number of tickets available on the gate - on a first come first served basis.

As an estimate, how early will I have to be at the ground to get the tickets. I've just phoned the box office and have been told that they close at five so I won't be able to get my tickets on time!

Lenny
14-09-2001, 08:35 PM
The Conaught Arms sounds good to me. Anyone else going to be there by 1?

Kevin T
14-09-2001, 08:38 PM
Sir, we shall be drunk by then.

Teaser
14-09-2001, 09:12 PM
See you all tomorrow :D

Dave
14-09-2001, 09:27 PM
Originally posted by Lenny
The Conaught Arms sounds good to me. Anyone else going to be there by 1?

You missed a 1 shouldn't that be 11?

PeterH
14-09-2001, 09:32 PM
Will see you in the Connaught. At the last leg of my week long cycle/train marathon from Sheppy to Portsmouth via Rye, Battle, Arundel and Chichester among others.

Will be staying in Southsea tonight so guide very useful yet again for
pubs Janet. Cheers.

See many of you tomorrow. :)

2can
14-09-2001, 09:53 PM
Help! I can't decide whether to go or not!

Hallowed Turf Of Selhurst
14-09-2001, 10:08 PM
Apparently, only 2000 tickets of 3000 have been sold, so you've got a while to decide yet

2can
14-09-2001, 10:12 PM
the earliest I can get there is about 1 pm - will that be early enough to get a ticket?

PeterH
14-09-2001, 11:02 PM
Originally posted by Kevin T
Sir, we shall be drunk by then.

:)

Holmesdale Block D
14-09-2001, 11:08 PM
Originally posted by Kevin T
Pickwick? Pah.

Anybody who is anybody will be drinking in the Conaught Arms tomorrow.

"WE'RE THE PICKWICK, WE'RE THE PICKWICK, WE'RE THE PICKWICK OVER HERE!!" :p :p :p

Holmesdale Block D
14-09-2001, 11:09 PM
eerrrrrrrr.........................looks like the Conaught Arms for me then. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :p

lightweight
15-09-2001, 12:46 AM
Originally posted by 2can
the earliest I can get there is about 1 pm - will that be early enough to get a ticket?

most football grounds don't open their gates till about 1 1/2 hours before the game - so you should be ok!!

2can
15-09-2001, 03:40 AM
oh well - i can't go due to illness now anyway :(