Awayday Guide: Ipswich Town
Fulham’s third away fixture in the Championship is against high-flying Ipswich Town at Portman Road on Saturday. Fulham have been allocated 1,509 tickets in the Cobbold Stand Upper Tier priced at £25 for adults, £22 for adults over 65, £15 for under 23s and £8 for under 19s. Season ticket holders and members can earn two loyalty points for this fixture. Fulham fans who have yet to book tickets can purchase them from the Portman Road ticket office from 1.30pm tomorrow but these will be cash sales only.
GETTING TO PORTMAN ROAD
A few coach tickets are still available but must be purchased urgently. The club’s official coaches will leave from Craven Cottage and West Barnes Lane, opposite the Early Beatty pub, in Motspur Park at 10.30am. They are priced at £13 for adult Season Ticket Holders and Members and £5. If you are not a season ticket holder or member, you will need to pay £18 for adults and £10 juniors. If you want to book a coach place, please call the Fulham ticket office for more information on 0203 871 0810.
Ipswich is around 95 miles from London. Portman Road is well signposted. Take the A14 around Ipswich and then venture onto the A214 into the town itself, from where the ground is again clearly signposted.
Street parking is very limited near to the ground and traffic wardens patrol the area regularly. Alongside Portman Road itself there are three pay and display car parks that will cost £4 for four hours parking. The traffic usually clears very swiftly after the final whistle. You can also park in any of the town centre car parks or at the NCP car park opposite Ipswich station, which is priced at £2.70 per hour. The West End Road pay and display car park costs £4 for four hours.
Portman Road is about a quarter of a mile from Ipswich station and is about five minutes’ walk away. You can see the stadium’s floodlights as your train pulls into the platform. Regular trains run from London Liverpool Street and there are no reported delays or engineering works scheduled for tomorrow.
The traditional away pub in Ipswich is the Riverside Station Hotel (Burrell Road, Ipswich, IP2 8AJ), which backs onto the railway and is five minutes walk from the ground. It offers a wide selection of beers and food as well as having large TV screens that will show live sport and a jukebox. It will be very busy with visiting Fulham fans.
The Punch and Judy (41 Grafton Way, Ipswich, IP1 1UZ) is a great family pub, which should have its accompanying Punch and Judy fayre in operation for the Bank Holiday weekend. The pub serves a wide selection of beers, ales and ciders as well as a considerable food menu, complete with children’s options, and has been welcoming visiting fans for several seasons.
If you arrive in plenty of time, a walk into the town centre might be in order. The Lord Nelson (81 Fore Street, Ipswich, IP4 1JZ) sells Adnams, real ale and has a wide selection of traditional pub food. The Dove Street Inn (76 St. Helen’s Street, Ipswich, IP4 2LH) is regularly listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and offers 20 real ales and ciders on tap. The home cooked food is also highly recommended.
At the ground, alcohol is available from a number of kiosks but will not be served to away fans at half-time if previous visits are anything to go by. Adnams (£3.40), Carlsberg (£3.90), spirits and red and white wine (all £3.90) are all available.