Fans' guide to Portsmouth's visit to Doncaster

Check out our guide to Pompey's visit to Doncaster Rovers, by Pam Wilkins and Johnny Moore in memory of Ken Malley.

Thursday, 16th August 2018, 12:32 pm
Updated Sunday, 2nd September 2018, 10:07 pm
Doncaster Rovers will play host to Pompey at the Keepmoat Stadium

THE GROUND

On Saturday, August 25, Pompey supporters are on the road again.

This time they will be heading to Yorkshire for the League One fixture against Doncaster Rovers.

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The Keepmoat Stadium has a capacity of 15,231

Donny's Keepmoat Stadium is situated on the outskirts of town '“ on Stadium Way, DN4 5JW.

The ground was built in 2006 and opened in August 2007.

It has a capacity of 15,231 and Blues fans will be in the One Call North Stand at one end of the ground.

The record attendance at the Keepmoat stands at 15,001 following a visit of their Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.

GETTING THERE

From the A1(M), join the M18 eastbound at junction 35 or from the M1 join the M18 eastbound at junction 32.

Once on the M18, leave at junction three and take the A6182 towards Doncaster '“ the stadium is well signposted.

You will pass a retail park on your left and then at the next traffic lights turn left on to White Rose Way.

At the next island turn right on to the industrial estate, turn right at the end of the road and the stadium is further down on your left.

PARKING

There is a fairly large car park at the stadium.

Parking there costs £5 per car.

However, it does get full for the bigger fixtures '“ which Pompey visit will no doubt be one.

It can therefore take a long time to get out after the match.

Alternatively, there are a number of companies on the nearby industrial estate that offer matchday parking.

These vary in cost but mostly are price around £3 or £4 per car.

FROM THE STATION

Trains run regularly to Doncaster from London Kings Cross.

This journey will take between one-and-a-half and two hours.

Alternatively, trains run regularly from London St Pancras International to Sheffield.

From there, you will find frequent connections to Doncaster.

Being a Bank Holiday weekend, the trains are likely to be very busy '“ so booking in advance is advisable.

Doncaster train station is about two miles from the ground.

So either take taxi or, if you feel like a walk, then as you come out of the station turn right and keep straight on this road (the A6182 Trafford Way).

You will eventually reach the stadium complex on your left.

The number 56 bus runs every 15 minutes from Doncaster Frenchgate Interchange direct to the Lakeside Shopping Centre, which is a five-minute walk from the ground.

EATING & DRINKING

The Keepmoat is on the outskirts of town, so there is not much choice in the way of pubs.

There is The Lakeside, a Beefeater pub, on White Rose Way, Doncaster, DN4 5PJ, which serves food and has a Premier Inn attached.

In the nearby shopping centre there are several fast-food outlets.

In the town centre, near the station, is The Leopard, West Street, DN1 3AA '“ an away-fan-friendly pub serving cask ale and food.

At the Keepmoat there is the big Belle View bar, on the outside of the West Stand, which on past visits has welcomed Pompey fans.

It does get very crowded towards kick-off, though.

In the newly-refurbished concourse there are food and drink outlets as well as television screens.

This season Doncaster has launched a family section in the away end, with activities and face painting for children.

Tickets for this section should be on sale at the Pompey ticket office.

There is a comprehensive guide for away fans at doncasterroversfc.co.uk