Ipswich v Pompey: Away-Day Guide

Dario Silva celebrates his goal with Gary O'Neil
Dario Silva celebrates his goal with Gary O'Neil
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Here is our Pompey away travel guide as the Trust, club and police attempt to bring help and advice to Blues fans on the road to Ipswich.

STADIUM: Portman Road Stadium, Portman Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2DA.

The Tractor Boys’ stadium has a capacity of around 30,000 and Pompey fans will be in the Cobbald Stand on one side of the pitch.

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

Directions: From the A12, turn right and follow the A14 around Ipswich to the A1214. The ground is well signposted.

Alternatively, leave the A14 at the next junction and take the A137 towards Ipswich.

Stay straight on this road into Ipswich and as you cross the bridge over the river, stay in the left-hand lane for the town centre.

Once over the river, turn left at the roundabout (signposted Colchester/Bury St Edmunds) and pass the Punch & Judy pub on your right.

Continue along this road and, as it bends to the left into Commercial Road, you should be able to see the Portman Road floodlights over to your right.

Move into the right-hand filter lane for the town centre and continue to follow the road around to the right.

As you reach Fitness First and Staples, move over to the left-hand lane and at the traffic lights turn left into Princes Road.

Take the next left into Portman Road for the ground.

PARKING: There is very little free street parking in the vicinity of Portman Road.

However, there are several pay-and-display car parks within walking distance of the ground.

There are a number of other car parks located in the town centre which are signposted, while there is also an NCP multi-storey car park next to the railway station.

nearest train station: There are regular trains to Ipswich from London Liverpool Street and the journey (from London) takes a little more than an hour.

The ground is only about five minutes walk away from Ipswich train station.

You will see the Portman Road floodlights in the distance as your train comes into the station.

Go straight out of the station, over the bridge and past two sets of traffic lights before turning left into Portman Road.

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK: If you are coming by train, opposite the station and not far from the ground is the Riverside Hotel, Burrell Road, Ipswich, IP2 8AJ.

It was formerly known as the Station Hotel and is a pub as well as having a restaurant and offering B&B.

The bar serves light snacks and has large screen TVs.

The Punch & Judy, on Cardinal Park, IP1 1UZ, is a large pub and restaurant not far from Portman Road which welcomes away fans.

There are also other pubs and restaurants in Cardinal Park.

Most of the pubs near the ground do not admit away supporters, though.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS: Portman Road will always be remembered as the venue that kicked off Pompey’s 2008 FA Cup triumph.

It was here in January 2008 that David Nugent’s 51st-minute goal began an adventure that took Harry Redknapp’s men to two Wembley visits, including a 1-0 final triumph over Cardiff City.

This was an identical score two years previously when Dario Silva netted the only goal in the third round match to again knock Ipswich out.