Crystal Palace on Sunday 24th May 2015 at 15:00
Address: Selhurst Park, London SE25 6PU
Telephone: 0208 768 6000
Web Site: www.cpfc.co.uk
What’s It Like
Away fans are in the Arthur Wait Stand, where just over 2,000 fans are accommodated. If you are sat towards the back of the stand you’ll have old wooden seats with little leg room. The views is not brilliant, because to the overhang of the roof plus a few supporting pillars. One small refreshment area caters for the whole away support sells burgers and chips. An idea is to get food before entering the stadium.
There’s loads of stuff going on in London on the weekend of the game, especially as it’s a bank holiday weekend!
Booking.com are offering some great deals on London hotels if you plan on making a weekend of it.
On the Saturday, the League 2 play-off final is at Wembley at 17:30. The Sunday, the League 1 play-off final is also at 17:30 so a very quick exit is needed to get to Wembley before KO. If you can get tickets the Championship play-off final is the following day at 15:00, again at Wembley.
The O2 (SE10 0DX) – Thursday there’s Premier League Darts with such names as Raymond van Barneveld, Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor completing, tickets from £21. Friday is Mark Knopfler and Band from £53, Saturday has two tribute bands, Blurd and Oas-is playing, tickets are £11. Paul McCartney is playing there Saturday and Sunday, from £53.50.
On Saturday and Sunday at the Richmond Theatre (TW9 1QJ) is something for the little ones; Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, tickets from £16.40,
Fairfields Hall & Ashcroft Theatre (CR9 1DG) hosts the violist Nigel Kennedy at 19:30, tickets from £33.50. Saturday 18:00 and Sunday 16:00 it’s ‘The Pirates of Treasure Island’ from £15.
Alexandra Palace (N22 7AY) hosts the ‘The Great British Tattoo Show’ on the Saturday and Sunday and is reached via Wood Green tube station. It has 300 artists from around the world, trade stalls, burlesque and other live entertainment. For tickets at £25 for one day, or 2 days for £35, child entry is free; go to http://www.greatbritishtattooshow.com/tickets At the checkout use code LONDON23 for £5 off. There’s free delivery of tickets and free parking
Up to the Friday, The O2 (SE10 0DX) has free family movies at 12:00, 18:00 & 20:00. Check out https://rewards.sky.com/home/sky-at-the-o2/ for more info.
If theatre is your thing, then take a look at the latest London Theatre Ticket deals.
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 went to the ‘Prince George’ (CR7 8LE), its on Thornton Heath High Street, has a couple of take-away a few doors away, and a convenience store and off-licence opposite, it also boasts 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.
A few doors down is a Wetherspoons, ‘The William Stanley’ (SE 25 6EP), close by is ‘The Ship’ (SE25 6EF). Alcohol is served inside the ground.
Thanks to Clive whom has informed us that – “The Alliance is closed as is the Portmanor. My advice is to stick with the pubs in Thornton Heath if you can. If you must go to Norwood Junction then the William Stanley is the best bet.”
There’s street parking around the ground, but look for residents only bays. Also some street parking is pay and display with a 4 hour limit. Traffic on Sundays can be pretty bad even without football traffic, so allow extra time for the trip.
Sarn Helen Cycle Events and the Swansea City Community Trust have organised a 3 day charity bike ride to raise money for SwansAid. The 190 mile ride will leave the Liberty Stadium on Friday, 22nd May and finish at Selhurt Park on the day of the game. Full details of the ride are available on the Ride to the Palace website.
Train and Tube
The nearest stations are Selhurst or Thornton Heath, served by London Victoria main line station, Clapham Junction, London Bridge (every half hour) and East Croydon (every 15 minutes). 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. If coming from outside London, it’s an idea to buy a ‘Travelcard’ at the first tube station you get to, or you can add this to your train ticket. Specify you want a ‘Travelcard’ that covers you to Selhurst or Thornton Heath. The card allows unlimited travel on the tube and trains within the London travel zone.
Trains from Swansea leave at 07:45 and 08:58 for the 4.5 hour Sunday service journey. Trains leave Paddington at 17:37, 18:37, and 19:37, getting in at 21:54, 22:57 and 00:04.
For the Travelling Jacks making the trip – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!