On Saturday 11 th November Pompey supporters make another long trip North, this time to Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road ground, Seasiders Way, Blackpool, Lancashire. FY1 6JJ. The Tangerines' ground has a capacity of just under 17,000 and Pompey supporters will be in the Stan Mortensen North Stand at one end of the pitch.
Outside the stadium, behind the North Stand is a statue of the former Blackpool legend Stan Mortensen, whilst outside the main entrance is a statue of Jimmy Armfield.
How to get to Bloomfield Road
Leave the M6 at junction 32 and follow the M55 towards Blackpool. After approximately 12 miles at the end of the M55, take the second exit at the roundabout into Yeadon Way which leads directly to Seasiders Way and Bloomfield Road Stadium.
For up to date, on the day, travel information link to @PompeyfcCop on twitter.
There is very limited parking at Bloomfield Road, but there are pay and display car parks on the other side of Seasiders Way, near the ground. Please note that the pay and display car parks near the ground still charge after 6pm, so don’t get caught out and end up with a parking ticket. There are restrictions on street parking near the ground.
The journey from Portsmouth will take around six and a half hours. Trains run from London Euston with a change at Preston. Unfortunately on the 11 th there will be rail replacement buses from Preston to Blackpool North Station, so allow plenty of time for your journey. Blackpool North is about two miles from the ground, so either take a taxi, or cross the road to the bus station and catch the number 11 bus towards Lytham St Annes. Get off at the Old Bridge House pub and walk down Lonsdale Road to the ground.
Where to eat and drink
An ongoing ethical dispute with the owners, over what they regard as very poor custodianship of their club and dreadful treatment of supporters in recent seasons, has led to many Blackpool supporters refusing to renew their season tickets and boycotting home games. As part of this ‘Not A Penny More’ boycott, while Blackpool Supporters’ Trust respect that as visiting supporters we want to come and support our team, they are asking that we support them by buying our food and drink from local pubs and chippies outside the ground and do not buy any food, drinks or programmes inside the ground. For more information, read our news story or visit the Blackpool Supporters’ Trust website www.blackpoolsupporterstrust.com.
About five minutes walk from the ground is the Festival Park, Rigby Road, FY1 5EP, which has a number of food outlets including McDonalds, Frankie and Bennies and the Swift Hound Flaming Grill. The Old Bridge House, 124 Lytham Road, Blackpool FY1 6DZ welcomes away fans. It is a family pub showing live sport and serving bar snacks. At 233 Promenade, Blackpool, FY1 6AH, between the South and Central piers, is The Manchester Bar, which serves pub grub and has large screens showing sport. Near Blackpool South station, at 237 Lytham Road, FY1 6ET is The Auctioneer, formerly a Wetherspoons pub, the Auctioneer serves real ale and food.
Otherwise there are a number of food vans near the ground and plenty of other pubs and places to eat in Blackpool town centre.
Saturday 11 th November being Remembrance Day, football clubs throughout the country will be holding Remembrance observances. As an alternate to the official club Remembrance ceremony, because many Blackpool Supporters are boycotting home games, BST has decided to organise the laying of a poppy wreath and two minutes silence outside the ground. This will take place at 14.30 outside the West Stand, opposite the main entrance. All Pompey supporters are welcome to stand with them outside the ground for this act of Remembrance.