What Portsmouth fans need to know for trip to Barnsley

Pompey travel to Barnsley on Saturday, December 15
Pompey travel to Barnsley on Saturday, December 15
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Kenny Jackett’s Blue Army will be making the 468-mile round trip north to Barnsley tomorrow.

The Tykes’ Oakwell ground (Grove Street, Barnsley, S71 1ET) has a capacity of 23,287 and Pompey fans will be in the modern North Stand,

where facilities and view of the pitch are generally good.

Getting to Oakwell

By Road

Leave the M1 at Junction 37 and take the A628 towards Barnsley.

Stay on this road (the ground is well signposted) and you will eventually see the ground on your right.

Parking

The car parks at the ground are mainly reserved for permit holders but in between the ground and the Metro Dome leisure complex is a car park for visiting supporters called Queens Ground (S71 1AN) – just a few minutes walk from the ground.

There is a charge of £5 for cars and £20 for coaches.

Parking is also available at the Metro Dome, although it can be very slow getting out after the game.

By Train

The journey from Portsmouth to Barnsley will take just over five hours via London St Pancras and Sheffield or London Kings Cross and Leeds.

However, Northern Rail has planned Industrial Action on the 15th, which is likely to mean a heavily reduced service in the north, with very few trains running after 5pm.

You are advised to allow extra time for your journey and make sure you leave for home straight after the game.

Details can be checked at nationalrail.co.uk.

If you do decide to brave the trains, Barnsley Railway Station is about 10 minutes walk from Oakwell.

Turn left out of the station away from the town centre and head towards the bridge that the dual carriageway runs over.

Go under the bridge and turn left up the slip road and then take the first road on the right and head towards the Metro Dome leisure complex at the top of the hill.

You should then be able to see Oakwell.

For up-to-date travel information on the day link to @PompeyfcCop on twitter

Where to eat and drink

The Metro Dome leisure complex near the ground has a bar and offers food.

The Dove Inn (102 Doncaster Road, Barnsley, S70 1TP) is an Old Mill Brewery pub listed in the CAMERA Good Beer Guide, serving food.

Further along Doncaster Road, on the right past the primary school, is the Barnsley East Dene Working Mens Club (S70 1UD).

The club usually admits away supporters, including accompanied children, for a small donation.

In the town centre there is a Wetherspoons (The Joseph Bramah, Market Hill, Barnsley S70 2PX), named after a local inventor, serving the usual food and beer.

Inside the ground you will find the usual hot drinks, cold drinks, beer, pies, sausage rolls, hot dogs and sweets