Away Day Guide: Crawley Town

Ashley Harris, centre, opened the scoring for Pompey in a 3-0 win at Crawley in September 2012   Picture: Allan Hutchings

Ashley Harris, centre, opened the scoring for Pompey in a 3-0 win at Crawley in September 2012 Picture: Allan Hutchings

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Welcome to our Pompey away travel guide, brought to you by PAM WILKINS and JOHNNY MOORE, continuing in the honour and memory of Ken Malley.

The Pompey Supporters’ Trust, the club and the police will attempt to bring help and advice to Blues fans on the road in the regular column in the Sports Mail.

CRAWLEY TOWN v POMPEY (tonight, 7.45pm)

STADIUM: Tonight we are off to Crawley Town’s Checkatrade.com Stadium, Winfield Way, Crawley, for the first evening away game of the new season.

This relatively new stadium was opened in 1997, with the club moving there from their old Town Mead ground.  

Indeed, the last (and only) time Pompey played at Crawley, back in September 2012, the ground was known as the Broadfield Stadium – the name has since been changed as part of a corporate sponsorship deal.

Pompey’s sell out following of around 1,500 fans will be housed in mostly covered terracing at one end of the ground, with some seating in the West Stand.

DIRECTIONS: The stadium is near junction 11 on the M23, signposted Horsham and Pease Pottage services.

At the roundabout at the end of the slip road, take the third exit on to the A23 towards Crawley.

There is a brown sign to the stadium and the ground is approximately two minutes from the junction on your left.

The post code for navigation is RH11 9RX.

PARKING: There is a car park at the stadium which costs £5 but space is limited with some spaces being reserved for regular home supporters.

In addition, there are some free parking spaces nearby at KPMG and Bard Ltd at the Tilgate Forest Business Centre; these spaces should be signposted from the A23/M23 roundabout.

There is also some street parking nearby but please note there is no street parking in Anglesey Close or Lundy Road, Broadfield.

Parking on the grass verges in the roads near the stadium is prohibited and cars may be towed away.

NEAREST TRAIN STATION: The nearest station to the Checkatrade.com Stadium is Crawley.

Southern Railway trains from Portsmouth to London Victoria stop at Crawley.

The journey takes one hour and 10 minutes.

It is just over a mile to the stadium.

It is a 20-minute walk or there is a taxi rank at the station.

As you come out of the station, turn left and walk down to the T-junction. At the junction turn left into Brighton Road.

Keep walking straight along Brighton Road for just under a mile and at its end turn right.

You should now be able to see the stadium in the distance behind the traffic island.

There is an underpass to cross the A23 to the ground.

If you intend to travel by train you will need to make a swift exit at the final whistle because the last train back to Portsmouth leaves Crawley at 10.18pm and arrives at Fratton at 11.47pm.

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK: The Jubilee Oak is a Weatherspoons pub in the High Street, Crawley, RH10 1BU.

The pub offers real ale and food and has wireless internet access.

The Railway Pub on the corner of the High Street and Brighton Road, RH10 6AA serves food daily until 7pm and advertises a curry and pint on Tuesdays.

PAST MEETINGS: Pompey’s only visit to Crawley came in September 2012 when Michael Appleton’s side recorded their first League One win of the season.

Goals by Ashley Harris, Luke Rodgers and Izale McLeod, now a Crawley player, made it emphatic for the Blues.

The victory left home manager Richie Barker less than amused after his team had been reduced to nine men following the dismissal of Hope Akpan and Josh Simpson.

Adam Webster, who came on as a 40th-minute substitute, is the only player to feature in that game still at Fratton Park.

Pompey keeper Paul Jones was in goal for the home side and he lined up alongside Shaun Cooper, who went on to join the Blues for the second time having been a former Fratton youth-team player.

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