Pompey Away-Day Guide: Cambridge United

Pompey return to Cambridge United's Abbey Stadium this afternoon for the first time since they thrashed the U's 6-2  on their own turf in February     Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey return to Cambridge United's Abbey Stadium this afternoon for the first time since they thrashed the U's 6-2 on their own turf in February Picture: Joe Pepler

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Pompey travel to face Cambridge United this afternoon (3pm) in League Two.

STADIUM: Abbey Stadium, Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8LN.

Those who made this trip last season witnessed the Blues’ biggest away win since 1963 – with a stunning 6-2 triumph on the road.

Pompey supporters will either be in the Marstons Smooth South Stand at one end of the ground – a relatively new covered, all seated stand with good facilities – or in the Habbin Terrace. 

DIRECTIONS: Beware the Dartford Crossing charge; if you are planning on driving via the M25 Dartford Crossing then you have to pay in advance or by midnight on the day you cross.

If you are coming 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 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.

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 ground.

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.

NEAREST TRAIN STATION: There are regular trains to Cambridge from London Kings Cross and London Liverpool Street.

Cambridge railway station is more than two miles from the ground and will take around 30 minutes to walk.

It’s best to catch a taxi, or the Citibus C3 bus runs from the railway station and through the city centre every 10 minutes and stops a few yards from the ground (Ditton Walk stop).

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK: There is a supporters’ club at the ground that sometimes allows in away supporters for a small 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, 337 Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8JE, which, besides Real Ale, also offers Thai food.

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

It is a character pub a mile away from the ground, with a bit of off-street parking nearby if you wish to walk from there.

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

A Wetherspoons pub, The Regal, 38-39 St Andrews Street, CB2 3AR, is a former cinema with all of the usual food and beer on offer.

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