Saturday 4 th January will mean another long trek North for Pompey Supporters, this time to Fleetwood Town’s Highbury Stadium, Park Avenue, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 6TX, for the 3rd Round of the FA Cup. Kick off 17.31.
The Cod Army’s stadium has a capacity of 5,137, only 2,701 of which are seated. Blues fans will mostly be on the Percy Ronson covered terrace at one end of the stadium, with some seats allocated in the Parkside Stand. There is an away fans ticket office and programme booth situated outside the away supporters entrance.
Getting to Highbury Stadium
Fleetwood is on the Fylde coast a few miles north of Blackpool. Leave the M6 at Junction 32 and take the M55 towards Blackpool. Leave the M55 at Junction 3 and take the A585 towards Fleetwood. On the outskirts of Fleetwood you will come to a roundabout with Blackpool and Fylde college on your left. Continue straight on at this roundabout towards Fleetwood, but after the roundabout take the first left into Copse Road. After about a mile, as you pass Fleetwood Fire station on your left, branch left and turn left into Radcliffe Road [going back on yourself but in parallel with Copse Road]. Then take the next right into Stanley Road and the stadium is at the bottom of this road, on your left.
There is no parking for away supporters at the stadium, but there is plenty of on street parking available in the area.
There is no station in Fleetwood itself, so you will need to travel to Blackpool North station, which is around seven miles from Fleetwood. Trains run from London Euston to Blackpool North with a change at Preston. The journey from Portsmouth will take about six hours. Please note that after the match, it will not be possible to get back to either London or Portsmouth until the next day. Please check for industrial action or engineering works at www.nationalrail.co.uk
From Blackpool North station, a taxi to Fleetwood will cost around £20. Bus services number 1 and 14 leave Blackpool town centre every ten minutes and pass near the ground, the journey to Fleetwood will take about thirty minutes.
Blackpool trams run North up the coast from Blackpool to Fleetwood. Leave the station and head towards the sea. They run every twenty minutes and the journey will take about forty minutes. Get off the tram at Stanley Road in Fleetwood, which is about 200 yards from the ground.
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Where to Eat and Drink
The Queens Hotel, Poulton Road, Fleetwood, FY7 8PR is about fifteen minutes walk from the ground. It has Sky Sports and serves food and Thwaites beer. Go up Highbury Avenue then left at the St Nicholas church into Poulton Road. The Queens is about 300 yards along this road on the left.
The Strawberry Gardens, Poulton Road, Fleetwood, FY7 6TF, is a pub and bistro that serves food and has a wide selection of lagers, cider and cask ales. It also has Sky Sports.
In Fleetwood town centre there are plenty of pubs, including a Wetherspoons, the Thomas Drummond, London Street, Fleetwood, FY7 6JE. A former Sunday school, named after Thomas Atkinson Drummond, who, during the mid nineteenth century, built most of the workers’ cottages and the churches in the new town of Fleetwood.
On the sea front is the Mount Hotel, The Esplanade, Fleetwood, FY7 6QE which serves pub grub and cask ales.
Jim’s Sports Bar at the ground, located at the back of the Memorial Stand, usually admits away fans. It serves food and drink, but can get very crowded.
Inside the ground you will find the usual selection of pies and hot dogs and hot drinks. Alcohol will only be available to those in the seated Parkside Stand.