Pompey Away-Day Guide: Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers' Memorial Stadium plays host to Pompey this afternoon
Bristol Rovers' Memorial Stadium plays host to Pompey this afternoon
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Pompey travel to face Bristol Rovers this afternoon (3pm) in League Two.

STADIUM: The Memorial Stadium, Filton Avenue, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 0BF.

Bristol Rovers’ Memorial Stadium capacity is just under 12,000, only around 3,000 of which is seating.

Rovers fans are sometimes nicknamed ‘gasheads’, which comes from when their old Eastville Stadium was located next to a, sometimes smelly, gasworks.

Away supporters are mostly housed in an uncovered terrace, so Pompey fans will get wet if it rains.

Directions: Exit the M4 at junction 19 and join the M32.

Travel along the M32 for 3.1 miles until you reach junction two.

Here, exit the motorway and take the third exit signposted Horfield and Southmead and follow the road through a division and a roundabout both of which have clear signs reading ‘The Memorial Stadium’.

Once through this area you join Muller Road and you should continue to drive along it for 1.4 miles until you come to signal-controlled crossroads.

Signposted right is Horfield Health Centre and Library.

At this junction, ignore the sign and turn left into Filton Avenue where the ground is located almost immediately on the left.

PARKING: There is no car parking at the Memorial Stadium.

If you are lucky you can find on-street parking on Filton Avenue or in nearby residential streets.

There is also parking on Muller Road and other roads about five to 10 minutes walk away.  

nearest train station: There are direct trains from Portsmouth to Bristol Templemeads station which take two hours 17 minutes, leaving Fratton at 09.31 and 10.31.

Trains return hourly at 22 minutes past the hour from Bristol Templemeads station.

There is a taxi rank at the station or buses 73/73A/73B run from the railway station past the ground.

The nearest station to the Memorial Stadium, about 20 minutes walk away, is Filton Abbey Wood and there are regular trains running there from Bristol Templemeads.

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK: The bar behind the clubhouse terrace at the ground usually welcomes away supporters.

The nearest away fan-friendly pub to the ground is the Duke of York (formerly the Gloucester Arms) 635 Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 0BJ.

The Duke has food, Sky Sports and a garden.

If you are coming by train then one of the late Ken Malley’s favourite meeting places was the Knights Templar pub, 1 The Square, Temple Quay, BS1 6DG, a Wetherspoons pub near Templemeads station.

Please note no alcohol is on sale in the ground.

PREVIOUS MATCHES: Since Pompey first travelled to Bristol Rovers as a Southern League club in the FA Cup 103 years ago, they have played them numerous times in several settings.

But only once have they played at Rovers’ current Memorial Ground, recently in December 2013.

One of Richie Barker’s early games in charge saw an abject 2-0 defeat with goals from Ollie Clarke and David Clarkson demonstrating just how much work the manager had in front of him.

Pompey, though, had the last laugh under Andy Awford as they survived while Rovers were relegated.

Their previous meeting came 10 years earlier in the city of Bath, with Guy Whittingham – on his way to breaking Pompey’s goal-scoring record for a season – and Benny Kristensen earning a 2-1 Blues win.