Northampton v Pompey: Away-Day Guide

Ricky Holmes netted the winner at Sixfields last season. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ricky Holmes netted the winner at Sixfields last season. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Pam Wilkins and Johnny Moore attempt to bring help and advice to Pompey fans on the trip to Northampton Town.

STADIUM: Pompey supporters are on the road again next Saturday – this time at Northampton Town’s Sixfields Stadium, Upton Way, NN5 5QA.

The Cobblers moved there in 1994 and the stadium has a capacity of a little more than 7,500.

Blues fans will be housed in the South Stand at one end of the pitch.

Pompey’s ticket allocation has sold out so there will be no tickets on sale on the day.

A variety of hot food is usually available in the ground.

Directions: If you are coming by car from the south then leave the M1 at junction 15A and take the A43 towards Northampton and you will come to the ground on your right.

Sixfields and the nearby leisure complex are well signposted.

PARKING: There is some parking at the ground with a charge of £4 per car.

Alternately near the ground, off the TGI Friday’s roundabout, is a hard standing area known as Duston Mill, which is used as a car park on match days and also costs £4.

Make sure you only use official football parking because parking in the nearby leisure complex for the match is not allowed and will probably result in a parking fine.

nearest train station: The train journey from Fratton, via Waterloo and Euston, takes around three-and-a-half hours.

Northampton station is more than two miles from the stadium, so it is probably best to get a taxi or you can take the hourly D2 bus towards Daventry, which goes by the Sixfields retail park and stops about 200 yards from the ground.

The buses go from the bridge over the railway at the south end of the station.

The trip takes about 20 minutes but traffic can be heavy on a match day.

On the return journey, make sure you get the bus heading towards the station as the same stop serves both directions.

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK: The ground is built at a leisure complex, so there are fast-food outlets like McDonalds, KFC and Pizza Hut.

There is also a ten-pin bowling alley, which has a bar and shows Sky Sports.

The nearby TGI Fridays (NN5 4EG) usually welcomes away fans as does Frankie & Benny’s (also NN5 4EG).

Unfortunately, the only pub in the area, the Sixfields Tavern, is out of action due to a recent fire.

In the town centre, which is more than two miles from the ground, you can find a Wetherspoons, The Cordwainer, The Ridings, NN1 2AQ and Tommy Flynn’s, 11 Fish Street, NN1 2AA. Both serve food.

If you are into real ale, the Malt Shovel, 121 Bridge Street, (opposite the Carlsberg brewery), NN1 1QF, is recommended as the best real ale pub in Northampton and also serves food.

Easier if arriving by train are the Thomas a Beckett, 52 St James’ Road, NN5 5HY and The Sevens pub, 157 Weedon Road, NN5 5BS.

These are on route from the station, although still a mile-and-a-half away.

PRevious Meetings: Last season, Ricky Holmes, Pompey player of the season from the previous campaign, scored the only goal in the 25th minute.

Andy Awford had firstly loaned him out and then sold him to the Cobblers.

The previous season, in Pompey’s first ever visit to Sixfields, Danny East’s sixth-minute opener on Easter Monday secured victory in a game the Blues went in to with safety assured after Bristol Rovers’ home defeat earlier in the day.