Away-Day Guide: Plymouth Argyle

Plymouth Argyle's Home Park stadium

Plymouth Argyle's Home Park stadium

Kyle Bennett celebrates scoring his first goal of the match during Pompey's win against Newport County. Picture: Joe Pepler.

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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 the late 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 a regular column here in the Sports Mail.

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE v POMPEY (Today, 3pm)

STADIUM: Today sees us travel to Home Park for the first away match of the season, the so-called ‘Dockyard Derby’ with Plymouth Argyle.

Those of you who have been travelling away with Pompey for a long time may remember memorably clinching the third division title in Devon in 1983.

DIRECTIONS: If you are making the 170-mile trip by road, you will approach Plymouth on the A38 (continuation of the M5).

Take the turning for the A386, signposted Home Park, City Centre, Ferry Port, and Tavistock and then the second exit, Outland Road, signposted Plymouth Argyle Home Park, Ferry Port.

Stay on this road for approximately a mile – the stadium is on your left.

PARKING: There is quite a large car park at the ground, which is free – post code for Sat Nav is PL2 3DQ.

It is operated on a first in before the game, first out after the game basis.

If you are last in, then on average it takes around half an hour to clear.

The car park will probably be full an hour or so before kick-off.

There is some street parking on the side roads on your right as you drive down Outland Road.

NEAREST TRAIN STATION: If you are travelling by train, the 07.31 from Fratton will get you to Plymouth at 12.26, with a change at Salisbury and Exeter St Davids.

It is a mile walk to the ground, which should be sign-posted and takes you through Central Park.

There is a return train at 19.18, again changing at Exeter St Davids and Salisbury, which gets back to Fratton at 00.01, but do check with the train companies as there seems to be replacement bus journeys involved on some of the evening trains.

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK: As you would expect for a Naval port, there are plenty of pubs around the centre.

Nearer the stadium, however, the Britannia, a sizeable Wetherspoons, is your best bet and only a 10-minute walk away.

It serves the usual food and nearby there is usually a van selling pasties.

An alternate pub, if you are arriving by road, at the traffic lights in Outland Road, turn right into Ham Drive for the Cherry Tree at 291 Ham Drive, PL2 3NH.

The landlord has said that Pompey fans are welcome.

There is of course the famous Fanzone marquee at the ground where you pay £5 entry, which includes a pint and a pasty and music and comedy from a very entertaining duo.

Space is very limited, however, so it is best to get there early if you want to get in.

PAST MEETINGS: Last time out, in November 2014, Pompey suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat at Plymouth in a televised clash.

Three down to two Reuben Reid goals and one from Lewis Alessandra after half an hour, Andy Awford’s side were never in it.

The previous season a Jed Wallace screamer earned a 1-1 draw.

For the last league victory at Home Park you have to go back 26 years to December 1989 when goals from Mark Chamberlain and Guy Whittingham earned a 2-0 win to ease growing pressure on manager John Gregory.

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