Saturday 9 th September will find Pompey fans making the short journey to AFC Wimbledon’s Cherry Red Records Stadium, Jack Goodchild Way, 422A Kingston Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 3BP. The Don’s stadium has a capacity of around 5,000 and Pompey fans will mostly be in the partly covered Rygas Stand terrace on one side of the pitch, with a few seats allocated in the John Green Stand.
AFC Wimbledon is still a fan owned club, rebuilt by the fans from the ashes of the original Wimbledon Football Club’s enforced move to Milton Keynes.
Please note that Pompey’s allocation of tickets is sold out and there will be no tickets on sale on the day.
How to get to the Cherry Red Records Stadium
Take the A3(M) northbound and continue north up the A3 over the junction with the M25 towards London. Take the exit for New Malden/Worcester Park and then take the A2043 left turn into Malden Road towards Kingston. Follow this road to the next roundabout and take the first exit into Kingston Road (A2043 still). The ground is about one mile on the left, behind some shops.
There is a free car park at the ground, allocated on a first come first served basis which will fill up well before kick off. Otherwise there is street parking in the nearby residential areas.
The nearest railway station to the ground is Norbiton. Trains run regularly to Norbiton from Clapham Junction. Trains from Portsmouth to London Victoria will stop at Clapham Junction. There is still a reduced service on the Portsmouth to London Waterloo line due to platform upgrades at Waterloo and not all Waterloo trains will stop at Clapham Junction. Alternately change at Woking and New Malden. Train details can be checked at www.nationalrail.co.uk
From Norbiton station it is about 15 minutes walk to the ground, leave the station via the back exit, ie on the Westbound platform, (which you will arrive at from Clapham), and take the first left into Norbiton Avenue. At the end of the avenue, turn right into Gloucester Road and at the end of Gloucester Road
turn left into Cambridge Road. The main entrance to the ground is about 400 yards down on the right. You will find the Club shop there and there is usually a vendor selling a large selection of football badges. The away fans entrance is a little further on past the main entrance on the right.
The 131 bus passes the ground and goes through both Kingston and New Malden town centres. If in Kingston catch a 131 to Tooting Broadway; if in New Malden catch a 131 heading to Kingston.
Where to eat and drink
There is not much to be found near the ground and the big AFC Bar in the main Paul Strank Stand will not be open to Pompey fans, although you will find food kiosks outside in the car park. The best option is to drink in New Malden or Kingston from where it is possible to get the 131 bus to the ground.
In New Malden there is a Wetherspoons pub, The Watchman, a former police station, New Malden High Street, KT3 4ES. Also in New Malden is the The Fountain,120 Malden Road, KT3 6DD, which serves a good range of pub food. In Kingston the Willoughby Arms, Willoughby Road, KT2 6LN
is an old Victorian pub listed in the Good Beer Guide, serving a selection of real ales. It also sells pizza. In the main road outside the stadium you will find a chip shop and ‘Fat Boys Café’.