And so on Saturday April 28th Pompey reach the final away game of the season. With fancy dress in abundance, Pompey supporters will be heading North to Bury FC’s Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane, Bury, BL9 9HR. Gigg Lane has been The Shaker’s home since 1885 and has a capacity of 11,640. Blues fans will be in the covered Ratio Law Stand at one end of the ground.
Getting to Gigg Lane
From the M60 Junction 18 take the M66 towards Bury. Exit the M66 at Junction 3, take the left hand exit at the junction and follow this road until you come to the junction with the A56 Manchester Road. At this T-Junction, which has traffic lights, turn right towards Bury. You will pass the Swan & Cemetery pub on your left and then some playing fields. At the end of the playing fields, just before the traffic lights and a couple of pubs there is a right turn into Gigg Lane for the ground. Gigg Lane is usually closed on match days and the ground is not easily seen from the A56.
Look for on street parking around Gigg Lane but beware of residents only parking schemes in the area which are patrolled by traffic wardens.
There is also a small car park available at Phoenix House on Brierly Street just of Gigg Lane, postcode BL9 9HN, with a charge of £5 per car.
There is no railway station in Bury, so the best way is to get a train to Manchester and use the Bury Metrolink. Trains run regularly from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly and the journey from London will take about two hours. The Bury Metrolink Line 4 runs from Manchester Piccadilly and Lines 1 and 4 from Manchester Victoria. Bury Metrolink Station is about a ten to fifteen minute walk from the ground.
Head up the escalator from the platform and then turn left through the Bus Station. On exiting the Bus Station turn left and go across the traffic lights signposted A58 onto Knowlsey Street. At the end of Knowlsey Street turn left onto Manchester Road signposted A56 Manchester. On reaching a set of traffic lights with the Pack Horse Inn, turn left just past the hotel onto a narrow street called Heaton Fold. At the bottom of this street turn left onto Gigg Lane and the ground is a short distance down on the right.
Details of the Metrolink can be found at http://www.metrolink.co.uk
Where to eat and drink
There are a few pubs near the ground and along Manchester Road in particular. The Swan & Cemetery, 406 Manchester Road, Bury, BL9 9NS is a Thwaites pub about ten minutes walk from the ground with a separate restaurant. The Staff Of Life pub, 213 Manchester Road, Bury, BL9 9HJ is a small pub and the nearest to Gigg Lane.
The Pack Horse Inn, Elbut Lane, Bury, BL9 7TU, is a JW Lees pub serving food and cask marque beer.
The Rose and Crown, 36 Manchester Old Road, Bury, BL9 0TR is a traditional pub on the edge of the town centre, about ten minutes walk from the ground. It serves a selection of real ales and ciders.
There are other pubs to be found in Bury town centre, about fifteen minutes walk from the ground, including a Wetherspoons, The Art Picture House, Haymarket Street, Bury, BL9 0Y. A listed building, formerly a 1920s cinema. If you arrive early, breakfast is served until 12 noon.
At the ground the Bury FC Social Club will sometimes admit away fans, space permitting. Non-members are charged £1. The Social Club has two well stocked bars and serves hot food.
There is usually a burger van outside the ground offering hot food and drinks. Inside the ground there is catering offering the usual matchday food and hot drinks. Alcohol is usually on sale in the away section.