Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bristol Rovers Travel – Saturday

Bristol Rovers v Hereford United
Football League 2
Saturday 27th August 2011 KO 3.00pm
Memorial Stadium
Filton Avenue
Phone 0117 909 6648

The Memorial Stadium has a capacity of just over 12000 with visiting fans usually accommodated on an open terrace to one side of the Uplands Stand.  Some seats are often provided in the adjacent canvas covered South Stand at the end of the pitch.  Admission is believed to be £18 for adults, £11 for over 65’s and Students (NUS card) and £10 for U16’s.  There is a £2 reduction for tickets paid for in advance of matchdays.

HUISA – Depart from Radford’s at 12.30pm with a fare of £13 (Members £11).  Seats can be booked through HUFC offices (08442 761939).

BY CAR - From Hereford, you have a choice of going via Gloucester (M5) or Monmouth (Newport or Chepstow M4).

If travelling on the M5, leave the M5 at J15 and join the M4 east (sign London).  Leave the M4 at J19 and join the M32 (sign Bristol).  After just over 3 miles, leave the M32 at J2 then, at the roundabout, take the third exit (sign Horfield and Southmead).  Follow this road through a division and a roundabout (third exit) following signs for Memorial Stadium into Muller Road.  After 1.4 miles you will reach a signal controlled cross road.  Turn left into Filton Avenue where you will find the ground on your left.

For those travelling via Monmouth and the M4, simply follow the above directions from J19.  You are reminded of the Severn Bridge crossing fee (Car £5.30, Minibus £10.60, Coach £15.90) when returning home.

The Bristol official site suggests that street parking around the ground is relatively easy although parking in Filton Avenue itself might be difficult unless you arrive a couple of days in advance.  Muller Road and Gloucester Road together with their side streets are recommended.  Distance, dependent on route, is around 65 miles.  You should allow one and a half hours.  Postcode is BS7 0BF.

TRAIN - Those taking the rail option are advised to head for Bristol Parkway as a main station then take a number 73 bus for the two mile trip to the ground.  Montpelier and Filton Abbey Wood stations are also close to the ground.

ALEHOUSES - For recent games, Bristol Police directed thirsty fans to The Wellington which is on Gloucester Road about 400 yards before the turning to the stadium.  I would imagine (unconfirmed) that the same Alehouse would be available on Saturday for pre-match refreshments.  The Pub is a sizeable unit with Sky TV and offers a good range of fluid including at least one real ale.  I will post an update if I hear any changes from Bristol police.  “The Annexe” In Nevil Road usually has a good range of real ales and is generally considered to be friendly.  It can be found by following signs for the County Cricket Ground.  The Inn on The Green can be found on Gloucester Road although good behaviour is expected.  Other wise there is no shortage of Pubs in the area although Pirates fans regard the Wellington and the John Cobat as home Pubs.  The Queen Vic on Gloucester Road is also understood to accept visitors.

The Bristol Fryer Chip shop is on Gloucester Road and The Gas traditionally sell excellent pasties from the refreshment kiosk at the back of the visitor’s terrace.