Pompey Away-Day Guide: Carlisle United

Brunton Park, home of Carlisle United

Brunton Park, home of Carlisle United

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ompey travel to face Carlisle United this afternoon (3pm) in League Two.

STADIUM: Pompey supporters will be making the long trip up to Carlisle’s Brunton Park ground, Warwick Road, CA1 1LL.

Brunton Park has a capacity of just under 18,000.

Away fans are housed in part of the Pioneer Foods Stand, which is a relatively new, all seated, covered stand located at one side of the pitch.

The concourse underneath has a bar and food outlet.

DIRECTIONS: If you are making the 700-mile, 11-hour round trip by road, at least the ground is easy to find!

Leave the M6 at junction 43 and take the first exit off the roundabout, the A69 towards Carlisle.

After a mile you will reach the ground on your right.

PARKING: There is a car park at the club which costs £2.50.

From the M6 turn right at the third set of traffic lights and drive through the gates and behind the Pioneer Foods Stand to enter the car park.

Alternate parking is available in Rosehill Industrial Estate opposite Tesco when you first leave the M6, or in the city centre, which is about 20 minutes walk from the ground.

NEAREST TRAIN STATION: Carlisle Citadel Station is served by the West Coast Main Line from London Euston.

The journey from Euston takes around four hours.

From the station, walk straight ahead across Botchergate and walk along the crescent until you see Warwick Road on the right, next to Nandos.

Brunton Park is about 20 minutes walk along Warwick Road.

There are some engineering works on the Portsmouth to Waterloo line that weekend, which means replacement buses for part of some journeys, so best to check on nationalrail.co.uk before you travel.

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK: The Carlisle Rugby Club next to Brunton Park on the Warwick Road, CA1 1LW, has a club bar which allows in away supporters and will be serving some food like pies, chips or sandwiches.

At the back of the main car park there is the Stoneyholme Golf Club, St Aidan’s Road, CA1 1LS which has a bar, serves food and welcomes fans on match days.

The Toby Carvery, Warwick Road, CA1 2SB serves big breakfasts until 11am.

The Lakeland Gate, Walkmill Crescent, CA1 2WF is a family-friendly pub serving food.

In the city centre, the Club Britannia 35 Lowther Street, CA3 8EJ, has sports TV but no real ale.

The closest pub to the ground, the Beehive, is not admitting away fans.

In addition, for supporters travelling by coach these fans will be met by an away supervisor and depending on time of arrival time the away concourses will be open from 1.30 pm.

Fans will be allowed to head round from the away east side of the ground to the west side in order to use the Sunset Lounge which is open from 12.30pm, or sooner if required.

There will be a big screen showing the live match.

There will also be sale of pies, burgers and hot dogs and in addition, at the bar coffee, tea etc can be purchased.

As this is an old stand access by stairs – regrettably there is no wheelchair access.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS: Last season, Pompey fans had to make the long trek to Cumbria on Good Friday where Andy Awford’s side fought out a 2-2 draw.

Goals from Jed Wallace and Matt Tubbs giving the Blues’ a 2-1 lead after Kyle Dempsey had given the Cumbrians an early lead.

An injury-time equaliser by Charles Whyke was heart-breaking for the fans. Last time Pompey won a league game at Brunton Park was back in 1985 when Mick Channon scored a 75th-minute winner.

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