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15-01-2004, 11:46 PM
Just in case anyone was confused - here's the up to date offering!

Watford v Crystal Palace
Saturday 17th January 2004 K.O 3pm

Watford Football Club
Vicarage Road Stadium
Hertfordshire WD1 8ER
United Kingdom

Main Telephone No: 01923-496000
Ticket Office: 01923-496010

Ticket prices: 20.00 for adults (no increase on previous seasons) and 10.00 (less than previous seasons) for concessions.


Away supporters used to have a long walk to the away end as you had to walk around some allotments. However this is no longer the case, as away supporters are now housed in the Vicarage Road stand, which was previously the home end, at the opposite end of the ground. This stand is normally shared with home supporters (with the obligatory 'no-mans land' in between) or if demand requires it the whole of this stand (capacity 4,500) can be given to away fans.

DISABLED FACILITIES - spaces for 6 in the rookery Stand. Cost 6.00 for disabled person, 15.00 for helper. Booking: Contact Crystal Palace box office. No specific parking available. For blind supporters there are 2 away seats with headphones and match commentary in the East Stand, Block E, no charge.


Depart Selhurst at 11.30am fare is 12.80 for Gold members, 14.40 for season ticket holders and all guests 16.00.

From the North & South take Junction 5 off M1. From the East M25 Junction 21A. From the West, M25 Junction 19.

From the South and West:

Join the M25 and head north past M4/Heathrow, then past the M40 Oxford Exit at Junction 16. Take the exit at Junction 18. The slip road goes up to a bridge going across the motorway, turn left towards Rickmansworth. Head down into Rickmansworth until you arrive at a large roundabout near Rickmansworth BR station. Turn left here along the A412 towards Watford. Follow signs into Croxley Green. At the two large roundabouts outside the Croxley Industrial Estate hang a left and follow signs for the hospital. This will lead you onto Vicarage Road.
From The North and East:

Join the M25 and follow until Junction 20. Exit and follow signs for Hempstead Road, follow Hempstead Road into central Watford. Follow the large roundabout system at the end of Hempstead Road and exit towards Rickmansworth A412. Follow this road for 1/4 Muke and turn left at the end of the underpass. Go through two traffic lights and turn left into "The Hornets" at the East end of Vicarage Road.

In more detail :
Proceed to Staples Corner and follow the signs to join M1 (signposted The North). At junction 5 leave the motorway (onto the Stephenson Way dual carriageway) take slip road following the signs to Watford Town Centre (A4008). At Waterfields roundabout take the second exit (straight over) onto Beechen Grove, A4110 signposted Town Centre. Follow traffic to the left onto the Ring Road. Keep in lane for ‘ring road, West Watford’ and then at the junction with the A4178 turn left (one way- signposted Hospital Watford General, West Watford, Northwood) into Vicarage Road) After 0.1 miles all traffic turns left into Merton Road and Get into right hand lanes and turn right into Farraline Road (signed Rickmansworth, West Watford A4145). Get into left hand lane and turn left into Vicarage Road

If you get lost, follow signs to Watford General Hospital, which is next to the ground.

Parking around the ground can be difficult. There are limited spaces around the streets outside the ground but the best bet is to try to get in to the allocated car park at Watford General Hospital, Willow Lane (opposite Hagden Lane where it meets Vicarage Road), which is 5 minutes walk to the ground. Matchday price for parking in the hospital car park is 1.50. It opens at 1.30pm. There is another car park at Watford Girls' Grammar School, Lady's Close (the first left-hand turn in Vicarage Road) as you exit the Ring Road. Parking costs 2.00 – 3.00 Opens 1.30pm.

Visiting fans are also often directed to the town centre multi-storeys, which charge 2.00 for 4 hours. Also some parking at Laurence Haines School.

It’s also possible to park in the centre of town and walk down to the ground. As the ground is right in the centre of town it is difficult to miss. Leave the M1 at Junction 5 and take the A4008 into Watford. If on nearing the town centre you can't see it on your left, just go around the inner ring road and you will soon spot it. The town centre car parks charge 2.00 for four hours and 50p after 19:00. There are also some private match day car parks available at some industrial units near the ground. Street parking around Vicarage Road is not advised.

From London (Train)

Northern Line tube to Euston Main BR station then frequent trains north (Silverlink/Virgin). Alternatively, from South London, train to Clapham Junction, and fast train direct to Watford via Olympia every hour (take 36 mins approx).
From London (Tube)

Metropolitan line to Watford Station
From The North and North West:

Virgin Trains run express services from Birmingham and Manchester.
From The North and North East:

To avoid getting to London and then taking trains and tubes back up, it might be quicker to route through Birmingham or Manchester.
From The South:

For stations with direct access to Clapham Junction, which includes all Victoria trains, there is a fast train direct to Watford via Olympia every hour (take 36 mins approx). Trains into London Bridge and Waterloo head for Clapham Junction.
From The West:

Paddington, then head for either Euston via tube, or head to Baker Street and pick up Metropolitan line north to Watford.
By Barge/ Canal Boat

Take Grand Union Canal and disembark at Croxley Green, get cab or take local BR service to Watford High Street.

From Watford Junction Station - 1.2 miles - local trains to Watford High Street station run every 20 mins - 1.20 return. Taxi from Watford Junction costs 3.00. No. 11 bus runs hourly to Vicarage Road. Walking (about 20 mins) – Leave station take main road opposite - Clarendon Road. After nearly 1/2 a mile, straight over at lights passing the theatre on left. At t-junction by Cheltenham & Gloucester turn left into High Street – past Moon under Water on right - . Turn right in front of Natwest Bank into Market Street. Straight over cross-roads by hay Rood Catholic Church, at t-junction by Fish & chips restaurant turn let into Merton Road. Cross road into Vicarage Road Precinct. Over cross-roads by Joy Garden Chinese takeaway into Vicarage Road to ground. Trains run from East Croydon or Clapham Junction to Watford Junction.

From Watford High Street Station (stopping trains from Euston to Watford Junction). 10-15 minute walk - turn left out of station, and left along main road. Along footpath, straight on at cross-roads. Past school on left and turn left into wide alley way before 1st detached house. Right into Wiggenhall Road, left into Farraline Road, and left into Vicarage Road.

From Watford underground station (metropolitan line) 1 mile, turn right out of station and right again round station building. Down steps by taxi kiosk, turn right through car park into Station Approach. After just over half a mile cross main road into Hagden Lane, branch left into Queens Avenue. Straight on at junction into Vicarage Road. Buses 7, 10 & 11 run from Market Street in town centre to Vicarage road. Taxi costs around 3.00.


The ground is in walking distance of the town centre, where along the High St you will find a few pubs

The Moon Under the Water - 44 High Street. – Wetherspoons, open all day, menu served 11am-10pm. No under 18’s. Large pub. However this pub has been known to refuse fans in colours after a game for a couple of seasons.

Mac’s Bar - 14 Fearnely Street. Open all day, serves sandwiches. Near to the ground. Small bar situated of Cassio Road. Clearly visible from the route to Vicarage Road from the town centre via Market Street. Roughly a 2 minute walk to the away end. Pool table, darts, TV, beer garden. This was the pub of choice last season!

Salthill - 9 Market Street. Open all day. Bar snacks and sandwiches served 12pm - 7pm

The Nascot Arms - 11 Stamford Road. Open all day. Serves bar meals 12-2.30 & 5.30-7.30pm - near Watford Junction. (turn right out of station along Station Road. Cross dual carriageway into Langley Road and take first left) Big Screen TV

The Internet football guide suggests away fans should avoid the Red Lion, outside of the ground.

There is however another Red Lion 50 High Street Bushey – serves hot & cold bar snacks from 12-2 & 6.30 - 9

Nearest takeaway is Fry Day on Vicarage Road. Hot Bread - bakers is opposite. Snack bar cafe in Vicarage Road precinct, and EbbTide Restaurant Fish n Chips is on corner of Merton Road & Market Street. Also nearby tandoori restaurants, Pizza Hut & Burger King

Inside the ground – hot dogs, pies, baguettes.

The matchday programme is available both outside and inside the ground and costs 2.50

16-01-2004, 08:30 AM
You forgot to metion there is a direct train from E.Croydon to Watford Junction departing at 52 minutes past the hours and costing £7.30.