Pompey’s rearranged fixture against Bradford will be played on Tuesday 17 th April with a 7.45pm kick off; Another long trip North for Pompey Supporters to Bradford City’s Northern Commercial Stadium, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD8 7DY. The Bantams ground has a capacity of 25,136 and Blues fans will be in the covered, two tiered, TL Dallas Stand at one end of the ground.
How to get to the Northern Commercials Stadium
Leave the M1 at Junction 42 and take the M62 West towards Halifax and Bradford. Leave the M62 at Junction 26 and take the M606 for Bradford. At the end of the motorway, keep to the right hand lane and take the Ring Road East (signposted A6177 City Centre). From this point the stadium is well signposted by the brown football signs. At the next roundabout turn left continuing along the Ring Road East, passing a McDonalds on your left and then an Asda superstore. At the next roundabout turn left onto the A650 (signposted City Centre/Keighley). After crossing a further two roundabouts the road becomes three lanes. Keep in one of the two right hand lanes (signposted Keighley/Skipton). Continue straight along this road towards Skipton and eventually you
will be able to see the stadium in front of you, over on the left. At the Kia Car Dealership on your left, turn immediately left into Station Road. At the top of Station Road turn left along Queens Road, then the second left into Midland Road for the away entrance. Allow plenty of time as Bradford can get very congested on match days.
There is a cash point at Tesco Express in Manningham Lane, near the ground.
On street parking is available around the ground. There is usually a large stretch of parking available on Midland Road to one side of the ground. The Club advise that you lock all valuables away as there have been incidents of theft in the past. Please do not park in Foster Square car park as it has a limit of only one and a half hours.
The journey from Portsmouth to Bradford Interchange will take five and a half hours. Trains depart regularly from London Kings Cross to Leeds where you need to change for Bradford Interchange. The nearest station to the ground is Bradford Forster Square. The journey will also take about five and a half hours, will depart from London Kings Cross and will require a change at Leeds and Shipley. Please note it will not be possible to get back to London or Portsmouth after the match until the next day..
Check on http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk for further details.
From Bradford Forster Square, it takes about ten minutes to walk to the ground. Leave the station to the right of the ticket office, either up the six or so flights of stairs or up the long ramp further on. This brings you out on Manor Row, where you should turn right. Keep on this road passed the City Gent pub to a massive crossroads. Here, you can either go straight over and walk all the way down Manningham Lane, passed The Bradford Arms Pub to Valley Parade, just before the Petrol Station. Blues fans sitting in the away end will find it easier to turn right at the main cross roads, then turn left on to Midland Road after 100 yards and follow the road all the way to the turnstiles. From Bradford Interchange Station it is about a twenty minute walk to the ground. The bus station is located next to the station and bus numbers 622, 623, 626 or 662 will take you to Manningham Lane, from where you will be able to see the ground.
Eating and Drinking
The Bradford Arms pub, 77 Manningham Lane, Bradford, BD1 3BA, a few minutes from the ground, serves food, has Sky Sports and will welcome Pompey fans; as will The Queen pub, 36 Bridge Street, Bradford, BD1 1JU. The Queen is a traditional pub serving a selection of beers, wines and food. In the retail park near Bradford Forster Square Station there is a McDonalds, Greggs and Subway. About ten minutes walk from the ground, the Cartwright Hotel, 308 Manningham Lane, BD8 7AX, offers accommodation and has a bar.
For real ale lovers, try The Sparrow, 32 North Parade, Bradford BD1 3HZ, a small pub with a list of cask, keg and bottled beers. Inside the stadium there are kiosks selling the usual pies, burgers, hot dogs and sausage rolls and hot and cold drinks. Alcohol is not always available to visiting supporters.