Cambridge away travel info: Tuesday 26 Sept

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Cambridge away travel info: Tuesday 26 Sept

Postby The Old TomCat » Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:03 pm

Ticket and travel information for next week’s away trip to Cambridge United is now available.

You can join the team at the Abbey Stadium to get behind the boys in green and black as we look to build on our draw against Port Vale on the road.

Tickets

Rovers fans can buy their tickets in advance from the Forest Green Rovers reception with prices as follows:

Concession type Price
Adults £20
Concessions (64+) £15
Young Adult (18-21 and Student NUS) £15
Under 18 £10
Under 12 £5

There is no charge for Under 5’s who can watch the game for free.

All ticket prices increase by £2 on the day of the game so FGR supporters looking to make the trip are advised to make an advance purchase to save themselves some money.

There are two ways to buy their tickets –
In person: visit The New Lawn from Monday to Friday between 9am and 3pm
Over the phone: call 01453 834860 during the above times.

To ensure tickets aren’t lost, they must be collected from the club, and fans have until Monday 25th at 1pm to make their purchase.

Travel

Fans can jump on the club's official transport for the fixture, with coach travel available to purchase through the Forest Green Rovers on line shop
https://inhouse.forestgreenroversfc.com ... Spectators.

Prices for this service are:

Concession type Price
Adult £22
Young Adult £19
Junior £11

FGR members and season ticket holders can save £5 on Adult and Young Adult prices.

Supporters can also secure their seat by calling the club on 01453 834860 or visiting The New Lawn before 1pm on Monday 25th.

The pick up points available are:
The New Lawn, Nailsworth – 2.00pm
Sainsburys, Dudbridge – 2.15pm
Brunel Way, Stonehouse – 2.30pm

As ever, supporters can visit the dedicated away travel page on the website for all the latest information on away trips.
https://www.forestgreenroversfc.com/tickets/away-travel
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Re: Cambridge away travel info: Tuesday 26 Sept

Postby The Old TomCat » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:20 pm

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Cambridge United, Cambs Glass Stadium
Address: Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8LN
Capacity: 8,127 (4,376 Seated)
Telephone: 01223 566 500
Pitch Size: 110 x 74 yards
Club Nickname: The U's
Year Ground Opened: 1931
Home Kit: Amber and Black Stripes

Distance from TNL: 130 miles (3 hrs 3 mins)

WHAT IS THE CAMBS GLASS STADIUM LIKE? 
The Main Stand on one side is a covered two-tiered all seated stand, part of which is used as a Family enclosure. This stand has a number of supporting pillars. Opposite is the Habbin Stand, which is for home supporters and is mostly covered. Again there are a number of supporting pillars. At one end of the ground is the Marstons Smooth South Stand, which was opened in 2002. This good sized covered single tiered, all seated stand, replaced a former open terrace. The seating area is raised in this stand, meaning that supporters enter the stand via a small flight of stairs. The North Terrace at the other end of the ground is covered. However, it only runs for about half the width of the pitch, with one side ending in line with the eighteen yard box. Thus there is a large open area at one corner of the ground, that is unused for spectators but houses the supporters club.

WHAT IS IT LIKE FOR VISITING SUPPORTERS? 
Away fans are housed in the Marstons Smooth South Stand at one end of the ground, where up to 1,600 supporters can be seated. This relatively new covered, all seated stand has good facilities. For some larger games then the South part of the Habbin terrace can also be made available. This covered terrace can accommodate almost 1,000 supporters. The entrance to the away section is reached by walking along a path through what appears to be a common field that is used from time to time to graze cows (well judging from the number of cow pats!). Not much fun at the best times and especially when it is a bit more difficult to see for those night games! Adam Hodson a visiting Stockport County fan informs me; 'The away end is a nice modern stand with good views of the playing action. The refreshments on offer included the legendary bacon rolls (£2), which have apparently returned after an absence, due to demand from fans'. Other food on offer include Cheeseburgers (£3.50), Burgers (£3), Hot Dogs (£3.50), Steak Pies (£3), Chicken Balti Pies (£3) and Potato, Cheese & Onion Pasties (£3). Whilst Graham Young tells me; 'On the whole Cambridge is a good day out as it is generally relaxed and friendly'.

WHERE TO DRINK? 
There is a supporters club at the ground itself, that normally allows in away supporters, except for high profile games. The club charges a £2 entrance fee and also serves food. However as you would expect on matchdays it gets rather busy and sometimes has to turn away fans because it is full. With a number of pubs in the local area having closed down, there is little choice for away fans in the way of a pre-match pint. Along Newmarket Road going to towards the city centre is the Wrestlers pub, which also offers Thai food. Otherwise it may be in an idea to drink in the centre of Cambridge before the game or enroute.

Jeff Beastall a visiting Mansfield Town fan adds; 'Unable to get admittance into the supporters club at the ground, the police directed us towards Cambridge town centre. We set off down Newmarket Road then bore a left into East Road (A603). Just past KFC on the right is Dover Street and here well tucked away is a little gem of a pub – The Tram Depot. As its name implies, it was once where the trams into town would have started from. It is a character pub offering a broad selection of beers and lagers, with meals and snacks, It is just over a mile away from the ground which took me around 20 minutes to walk back to. However the pub prefer that you keep team colours covered. Postcode for the Tram Depot is CB1 1DY with a bit of off street parking nearby if you wish to call for swift one before heading to the game'.

DIRECTIONS AND CAR PARKING 

From the North:
Take the A1 and A14 to Cambridge, heading towards Newmarket. Turn off onto the B1047 sign posted for Cambridge Airport. At the top of the slip road turn right towards Fen Ditton. Go through Fen Ditton until you reach a T Junction, where at the traffic lights you turn right into Newmarket Road. Go straight across the roundabout (there is a McDonalds on one corner) and you will come to Abbey Stadium on your left hand side.

From the South:
Take the M11 to Junction 14 and then join the A14 towards Newmarket. Turn off onto the B1047 sign posted for Cambridge Airport. Then as North.

From the West: Take the A428 to Cambridge, then join the A14, heading towards Newmarket. Turn off onto the B1047 sign posted for Cambridge Airport. Then as North.

Car Parking
There is no parking available for away fans at the ground. There is some parking to be had on the streets surrounding the stadium. Otherwise some off road car parking is available behind the stadium. To reach this, continue past the ground entrance for another 400 yards and turn left at the traffic lights into Coldhams Lane. Continue for about 300 yards, crossing a small roundabout and over a railway bridge, The car park entrance is on the left about 50 yards beyond the bridge. Thanks to Chris Armstrong for providing the directions and car parking details.

Please note that after the match has ended roads around the stadium can get pretty deadlocked at times. So you may wish to consider parking further away from the Abbey Stadium to help avoid this.

BY TRAIN 
The main Cambridge Railway Station is over two miles away, so best to catch a taxi (about £9). The station is served by trains from Birmingham New Street, Norwich, Ipswich and London King's Cross. In May 2017 the new Cambridge North Railway Station was opened. At just under two miles away from the Abbey Stadium, it is slightly closer than Cambridge Railway Station, but still a fair way. It is also served by trains, from Norwich and London King's Cross, as well as London Liverpool Street.

Walking or By Bus From Cambridge Railway Station
If you decide to walk to the ground, then it is a fair old stroll, and a mazey route, but should only take 30 minutes at a good pace. Leave the station and take the first right hand turn into Tenison Avenue. Just beyond the traffic lights turn right into St. Barnabas Road. Follow this road along over the traffic lights and into Gywdir Road. Go through the traffic barrier and take the first left turn into Norfolk Street. Then take the first right turn just past the newsagents into St. Matthews Street, pass the church and take the 4th right into New Street. Follow all the way along until you reach Coldhams Lane. Head left here and then take the first right onto Newmarket Road, continue along this road for the ground.
An alternative walking route from the station with beer and food stops along the way; 'When exiting the station entrance immediately turn right and cut through the car park. At end of the car park, you will see a pedestrian exit which takes you onto Devonshire Road. Turn right and just before the end of the road you will see the entrance to the Devonshire Arms on your left. This pub shows BT & Sky Sports on large screens and has up to five real ales from the Milton Brewery, it is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. On exiting the pub turn left and at the crossroads turn right into Mill Road (or if you go straight across into Kingston Street, there is another CAMRA Good Beer Guide pub, the Kingston Arms up on the left). Proceed over the bridge and pass a pub on your left called the Earl Of Beaconsfield, then in the next parade of shops is good fish and chip shop called the Seatree. Take the next left into Sedgwick Road which becomes Cromwell Road. Where the road forks, keep to the left (still Cromwell Road) and at the end of the road cross straight over onto to the common and there is a pathway running to the left, which leads you over to the stadium. The total walking time from the station to the ground using this route is around 25 minutes.'

Richard Green a visiting Macclesfield Town fan adds; 'There are frequent buses that run to the Abbey Stadium before and after the game. I got on the C3, although the bus drivers in Cambridge directed me to several different numbered buses before a more 'down-to-earth' Cambridge fan (who was actually a bus driver), correctly directed me to the C3 bus. The bus journey takes 10-15 minutes'. The fare is £2.50 return.

Walking From Cambridge North Railway Station
Turn left from the station, go through the cycle park then along a path and carry on down the street (Moss Bank). At the junction turn right and continue down Fen Road until you reach the Green Dragon pub (a Greene King pub with food and garden). Go left over the bridge and away from the river coming out on Garlic Row. Carry on down and turn left at the main road. The Abbey Stadium is about 100 metres along on the right.
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Re: Cambridge away travel info: Tuesday 26 Sept

Postby Timb » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:34 pm

Cheers Tom. I've never not had a drink in the Cambridge club bar before now. Hopefully that's not going to change on Tuesday night.

It's a damned long walk back into the town centre from the ground.
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Re: Cambridge away travel info: Tuesday 26 Sept

Postby The Old TomCat » Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:32 am

I have just spoken to Kate on reception and she will be at TNL until 7 pm this evening and would be happy to sell tickets for the Cambridge match at that time.
Remember there is a £2 discount on advance ticket purchases for this game.
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Re: Cambridge away travel info: Tuesday 26 Sept

Postby The Old TomCat » Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:11 pm

I’d like to thank all the regular away supporters of the Kendo Express who on every trip take part in the ‘Time of Goal’ competition.
The SC accounts were submitted for public scrutiny at the AGM on Thursday and it showed this competition had paid in £1,000 last season.
That is terrific because on a few occasions when the coach travels at a loss [with too few travelling supporters], this money helps subsidise it to an affordable rate.
And now FGR are in the Football League we are finding that some clubs are charging us to park up at their grounds. The float from the competition solves immediate problem of finding cash to pay this rip-off charge.

Reminder that FGR are away to Cambridge on Tuesday and there are still coach seats available.
The coach leaves TNL at 2pm, Stroud at 2.15 pm & Stonehouse at 2.30 pm.
Book online at shop.fgrfc.com or phone reception 01453 834 860 on Monday before midday.

There will be a stop over on A14 after Coventry.
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