Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Travel to Stockport

Stockport County v Hereford United
Football League 2
Saturday 30th October 2010 KO 3.00pm
Edgeley Park
Hardcastle Road
Phone 0161 286 8888

Stockport is generally a good day out although recent experiences have suggested that their stewards can be a bit less tolerant than some. Visiting fans are normally accommodated on the seated but uncovered Railway End although in bad weather, they are often allowed to move into part of the Popular Stand.
Popular Side Stand: Adults £18, Concessions £11, Under 16's £5.Railway End: Adults £16, Concessions £11, Under 16's £5.
Advance tickets are available through the Club office.

COACH – The only known coach travel is organised by HUISA. Departure is set for 9.30 am from Legends with a fare of £17 (£19 non-members).

TRAIN – Departures from Hereford Station are at 07.55, 08.55, 09.55, 10.55 and 11.55 with the latest arriving in Stockport at 13.58. Journey time is a little over two hours. The ground is around half a mile from Stocky Station (several good alehouses en route). Exit the station and turn left up Station Road, go straight over a roundabout and then left into Caroline Street for the ground. Return trains leave at 17.40 and 18.39.

CAR - M6 to junction 19. Take the A556 towards Manchester/Altrincham. Then join the M56 towards Manchester Airport. After a few miles leave the M56 and join the M60 towards Stockport. Leave the M60 at Junction 1 and head towards Stockport. Turn right at the second set of traffic lights to go onto the A560 towards Cheadle. Then turn left into Edgeley Road (there is a pub on the left hand corner at the lights at this junction). The ground is down this road on the right. Postcode is SK3 9DD. Distance 137 miles. You should allow two hours and forty-five minutes.

ALEHOUSES – Plenty to choose from in the main street and around the ground with many serving the excellent Robinsons' beers. The Crown Inn is a fifteen-minute walk north from Edgeley and can be found under the railway viaduct by the M6 on Heaton Lane. It was the Stocky CAMRA Pub of the Year in 2008 and regularly has around a dozen pumps including a couple of ciders as well Stowfords keg. The Market Place is a good area to head for where you will find a selection including the Pack Horse and Bakers Vaults (Robinsons). The local 'Spoons is the Calverts Court at 13, St Petersgate in the centre. There is a small Labour Club next to the visitors entrance to the ground which I have used a couple of times. They charge a small admission fee but it is particularly handy for the late arrivers who want a swift one before the game. Finally, The Armoury is just five minutes from Edgeley and is likely to be my destination. It can be found at 31 Shaw Heath. It carries Robinsons' Hatters, Unicorn and Old Tom. If the Old Tom tempts you you're advised to treat it with respect, as it is 8.5%! The Armoury is well used by home fans but well-behaved visitors are usually made welcome.