Sunday, August 28, 2011

Bournemouth Travel – Tuesday

AFC Bournemouth v Hereford United
Johnstone Paint Trophy
Tuesday 30th August 2011 KO 7.45 pm
Fitness First Stadium
Dean CourtKings Park
Phone 01202 726300
Ticket Office 01202 726338

The First Fitness Stadium (Dean Court) is a modern all-seated three-sided stadium with plans for a permanent fourth stand in the pipeline. Visiting fans are housed in part of the East Stand where there is provision for around 1200. Admission is £10 for adults and £5 for all concessions including students.

HUISA are understandably not running a coach to this game as demand is expected to be low. The FUNBUS will leave from Wetherspoons in Commercial Road at around 3.15pm. At the time of writing, there were about 5 seats available. Fare will be calculated by dividing the total cost by the number of travellers (expected to be no more than £20).  Anyone wishing to travel should Email no later than Monday evening or contact any of the Funbus regulars.

BY CAR - Travel to Gloucester then follow signs for Cirencester and on towards Swindon. At the M4, go straight on following signs for Marlborough (A346). Continue through Tidworth and from Salisbury, follow signs for Fordingbridge/Ringwood (A338). From Ringwood, follow signs for Bournemouth (A338). The A338 will take you straight to the ground with a turn off at the roundabout into Kings Park Drive (Signposted Dean Court). Distance is just over 130 miles and you should allow upwards of three hours. Postcode is BH7 7AF.

Alternatively, from Swindon, take the M4 east (sign London) and continue to junction 13 where you join the A34 south (sign Newbury).  Continue on the A34 to join the M3 at junction 9 (sign Southampton).  At M3 J14, take care to continue on the M3 to join the M27 west and then the A31 following signs for Bournemouth.  After the Ringwood interchange take the A338 as above. 

REFRESHMENTS – The East Stand has a concourse providing refreshments, a bar and Sky TV. Around the ground, the Pubs like the Green Park and The Dolphin often operate a home fans only policy so you may be better off trying the many Pubs and bars on the Bournemouth seafront. One Pub that comes highly recommended is The Goat & Tricycle at 27 West Hill Road where you will find a fine selection including Exmoor, Badger and Theakstons. In the city centre, you will find The Moon in The Square at 4/6 Exeter Road ('Spoons), The Pig and Whistle in Queens Road where you’ll find a decent pint of Ringwood Best and a vastness of fizzy beer outlets. It's probably a good bet to find a boozer between Salisbury and Ringwood. In particular, The Crown and The Ship at Fordingbridge or The Fish at Ringwood which is a riverside food Pub with usually three ales on. The nearest chip to Dean Court appears to be The Galley at 346 Holdenhurst Road which is a good walk from the ground.