Crystal Palace on Tuesday 3rd January 2016 at 19:45
Address: Selhurst Park, London SE25 6PU
Telephone: 0208 768 6000
Web Site: www.cpfc.co.uk
What’s It Like
Up to 2,000 Swans fans are in the Arthur Wait Stand. If you are near the back you’ll have old wooden seats with little leg room. The views are not brilliant, due to the overhang of the roof plus supporting pillars.
One small refreshment area caters for the whole away support selling handmade pies or a ‘Mighty Burger’ which is £10. Normal burgers are £4.50, Hot Dogs, Falafel Vegetarian Burgers and Seasoned Wedges are sold. Curry is available along with Thai Sweet Chilli Noodles and Teriyaki Noodles. Alcohol is served in the ground.
This time of year there’s numerous pantomimes in the theatres of London. If you want to see one, be sure to book in advance as much as possible to ensure getting tickets.
Due to the game being just after the new year, concerts and events are limited, even in London. Wembley Arena (HA9 0AA) and The O2 (SE10 0DX) have nothing special on.
Pubs and Grub
The ‘Clifton Arms’ (SE25 6NJ) is the nearest pub to the ground. Away fans will only get in if they turn up early. After about 1pm it’s Palace season ticket holders only past the doorman. I’ve been to the ‘Prince George’ (CR7 8LE) on Thornton Heath High Street. It has a couple of take-away a few doors away, and a convenience store and off-licence opposite, it also has Sky TV.
Opposite Thornton Heath Railway Station is ‘The Flora Sandes’ (CR7 7JG), a Wetherspoons pub. It’s popular with home and away fans and a 15 minute walk to the ground. As you come out of the pub turn RIGHT and follow the crowds. There are plenty of kebab & chip shops on route to the ground.
Nearby is ‘The Railway Telegraph’ (CR7 7JJ) – from the station cross the road and turn RIGHT, walk for 100 yards. ‘Two Brewers’ on Gloucester Road (CR0 2DW) is near Selhurst Railway Station.
Pubs near Norwood Junction Railway Station are ‘Shelverdine Goathouse’ (SE 25 6EP), former the Wetherspoons pub, ‘The William Stanley’ close by is ‘The Ship’ (CR0 1QD) ‘The Portmanor’ is now closed.
There’s street parking around the ground, but look for residents only bays. Some street parking is pay and display with 4 hour limits.
The nearest stations are Selhurst or Thornton Heath, served by London Victoria main line station, Clapham Junction, London Bridge (every 30 mins) and East Croydon (every 15 mins). You can use Norwood Junction station which is also served by Victoria, but is further away and a 10-15 minute walk.
Note: Crystal Palace station is nowhere near the ground.
Trains (avoiding Paddington) Swansea to Thornton Heath are 12:22, 13:22 and 14:22 for the 5 hour trip. There are no trains from Thornton Heath that evening to get you to Swansea.
If you can make it to Paddington by 23:30 the train gets into Swansea at 07:49 with a 4 hour wait at Bristol Temple Meads.
For the Travelling Jacks making the trip – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!