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Abbey Stadium

Cambridge United v Pompey: Away-Day Guide

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


Opened: 1932

Capacity: 9,617

Record attendance: 14,000

The Abbey Stadium is situated on Newmarket Road, CB5 8LN.

It was renamed this year as the Cambs Glass Stadium following a sponsorship deal.

The U’s ground has a capacity of 9,617 and Pompey supporters will be in the South Stand at one end of the ground.

It is a relatively new, covered, all-seated stand with good facilities.

The entrance to the away section is reached by walking along a path through what appears to be a field.

If you are travelling by road, it is as well to avoid the congestion in Cambridge city centre, so take the M11 to junction 14 and then join the A14, heading towards Newmarket.

Turn off on to the B1047 – signposted 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 the stadium on your left-hand side.

If you are planning on driving via the M25 Dartford Crossing remember you have to pay in advance, or by midnight on the day after you cross.

This applies to both the tunnel and the bridge.

There are no longer toll booths but number plate recognition cameras make sure nobody escapes the fee.

Visit or phone 0300 300 0120.

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 parking is available behind the ground.

To reach this, continue past the ground entrance for another 400 yards and turn left into Coldhams Lane.

Cross a small roundabout and railway bridge before turning lefting into the car park.

For disabled parking, call the club on 01223 566500.

There are regular trains to Cambridge from London Kings Cross and London Liverpool Street.

It is worth checking online to see if there are any cheaper fares.

Cambridge Station is more than two miles from the ground and will take around 30 minutes to walk, so it is best to catch a taxi.

Alternatively, the Citibus C3 runs from the station and through the city centre every 10 minutes. It stops a few yards from the ground (Ditton Walk stop).

If you decide to walk, set out along Station Road and take the first right into Tenison Avenue.

Just beyond the traffic lights turn right into St Barnabus Road.

Follow this road through the more lights and into Gwydir Road.

Go through the traffic barrier and take the first left into St Matthews Street, pass the church and take the fourth right into New Street.

Follow this until you reach Coldhams Lane.

Head left there and then take the first right on to Newmarket Road, along which the ground is situated.

A selection of food and drinks are available at the tea bars in the ground, including ‘award winning’ bacon rolls.

There is a supporters’ club that sometimes allows in away fans for a small entrance fee and serves food.

However, as you would expect on match days, it fills up quickly.

With a number of pubs in the area having closed down, there is little choice for away fans by way of a pre-match pint.

Along Newmarket Road, going to towards the city centre, is the Wrestlers pub, 337 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8JE, which, besides Real Ale, also offers Thai food.

A gem of a pub that may interest some fans is The Tram Depot, 5 Dover Street, CB1 1DY.

Once used as a stable for the horses that pulled the trams around Cambridge, it is a character pub offering a broad selection of beers and lagers, with meals and snacks.

The pub has wheelchair access and a disabled toilet.

It is just over a mile away from the ground, with a bit of off-street parking nearby.

Otherwise, it may be an idea to drink in the centre of Cambridge before the game or en route.

Some suggestions include the Revolution, Downing Street, CB2 3DB, which has a selection of bottled and draught beers and ciders.

Nearby is a Wetherspoons, The Regal, 38-39 St Andrews Street, CB2 3AR.

Purpose built in 1937 as the Regal cinema, it has the usual Wetherspoons food and beer on offer.

For up to date match day information, follow @PompeyfcCop on Twitter.

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