On Saturday 17 th February Pompey Supporters have another away trip, this time to Southend United’s Roots Hall, Victoria Avenue, Southend, SS2 6NQ.
The Shrimpers ground holds 12,392 all seated and Blues fans will be in one side of the North Stand. The stand is a former terrace that has had seats bolted on to it, so there is not much leg room. The stand is covered, but there are a number of pillars at the front that could impede your view.
Please note that there will be no tickets on sale on the day.
How to get to Roots Hall
From the M25 take Junction 29 and follow the A127 to Southend. Continue towards the town centre, through the lights near the Bell pub. At the next roundabout turn right (third exit), continuing on the A127. The ground is on the right, just past the next traffic lights. (Remember, if you use the Dartford Crossing, to avoid being fined you must pay in advance or by midnight the day after you cross. You can do this at https://www.gov.uk/pay-dartford- crossing-charge or by ringing 0300 300 0120).
Parking at the ground is reserved for season ticket holders only. If you turn right as you reach the ground, this will put you behind the away end where there is plenty of on street parking to be found. The nearby Southend High School for Boys offers car parking at a small charge.
The station closest to the ground is Prittlewell, however this station is on the line from London Liverpool Street and is affected by engineering works on the 17th, so there will be no trains running from Liverpool Street to Prittlewell. The alternates are, either to go to London Waterloo and catch a Jubilee Line tube train eastbound toWest Ham, where you can catch a train to Southend Central, or go to London Fenchurch Street and get the Southend Central train from there. The journey from Fenchurch Street to Southend will take about an hour.
From Southend Central it is about a mile north to walk to the ground, about twenty minutes. If you don’t fancy the walk, either take a taxi, or there is a bus station nearby in Chichester Road.
Where to eat and drink
If you are driving in along the A127 you will pass the Bell pub, SS2 6RL, a Toby Carvery that also has accommodation. Not far from the ground, near Prittlewell Station, is the The Fish House fish and chip shop, East Street, SS2 6LQ, which comes recommended by other away supporters..
In the town centre there are plenty of pubs and places to eat, especially down near the sea front. If you arrive by train then near Southend Central station there is a Wetherspoons pub, The Last Post, Weston Road, SS1 1AS. A listed building and former Edwardian Post Office.