Newport v Pompey: Away-day guide

Rodney Parade
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All you need to know about your journey today between Pompey and Rodney Road, Newport.

STADIUM: Pompey play away for the second weekend running, at Newport County AFC’s Rodney Parade, Rodney Road, NP19 0AX.

The Exiles moved to Rodney Parade, the home of Newport and Newport Gwent Dragons rugby clubs, at the beginning of the 2012-13 season.

Blues fans will mostly be housed on one side of the Bisley Stand.

This stand is all-seated and covered – in addition, a small, temporary block of open seating is also made available at the south end.

Supporter coaches will this season have an appropriate drop-off point for the game at the away entrance.

The use of postcode NP19 OBH will direct coaches to a location outside gate six of the ground, which is the away entrance on Corporation Road – where supporters can be dropped off and picked up after the match.

From here, stewards will be able to direct the coach drivers to a nearby parking area.

Also new this season, there is an away supporters’ bar and the catering facilities serving tea, coffee and hot food have been upgraded.

The away entrance is poorly signposted and is accessed via a small pathway situated between some residential houses.

On previous visits, Pompey fans have been searched and as there are only two turnstiles you would be well advised to leave plenty of time to get into the ground.

Directions: Leave the M4 at junction 24 and take the B4237, signposted Newport (east).

After approximately two-and-a-half miles turn left at a set of traffic lights, signposted B4237.

Go under a bridge and at the next set of traffic lights turn right into Corporation Road. After passing an ATS garage on your right, you will see the away supporters’ entrance on your left.

PARKING: There is no away supporter parking at the ground and many nearby streets have residents-only parking restrictions.

It’s either a case of parking further away or using one of the city centre car parks and walking.

nearest train station: There are direct trains from Portsmouth to Newport which take about three hours and leave Fratton at 31 minutes past the hour.

Return trains leave Newport at 14 minutes to the hour.

It is best to check the fares online because – at the time of writing – it looked as if two singles were cheaper than a return.

Newport Railway Station is about a quarter of a mile from the ground.

As you come out of the main entrance, turn left along the main road (Queensway).

Follow this road until you reach a large roundabout.

Take the pedestrian underpass and at the centre turn left towards Clarence Place/River Usk.

After you come back up to street level you should see a bridge in front of you going across the river.

Cross the bridge and then take the first right into Rodney Parade, the ground is down the road on the left.

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK: The town centre is only about a 15 to 20-minute walk from the ground and has a wide variety of pubs and eating houses.

The most convenient and closest to the railway station, is a Wetherspoons, the John Wallace Linton – named after Commander, John ‘Tubby’ Wallace Linton, who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross in 1943 – Units 10-12, The Cambrian Centre, Cambrian Road, NP20 4AD.

Cambrian Road can be seen on the far side of the main road, Queensway, outside of the main station entrance.

The pub still has its ongoing ‘two meals for £7.39’ offer.

If you come in to Newport on the B4237, then you will find another Wetherspoons, the Godfrey Morgan, at 158 Chepstow, NP19 8EG.