Address: Britannia Stadium, Stanley Matthews Way, Stoke on Trent ST4 4EG
Telephone: 01782 367 598
Web Site: www.stokecityfc.com
What’s It Like
The Britannia is high on a hill with no buildings close, so looks impressive from a distance, especially at night.
With a large evening crowd the home fans can make a big noise, so the atmosphere should be pretty good. Swans fans are on the side of the pitch near the players tunnel.
Excellent facilities are available in the ground with good views of the pitch as well as beer, lager and cider sold in the bars. Be wary of wearing club colours around the ground and in the pubs.
Alton Towers (ST10 4DB) is open 10am-9pm and just 15 miles away. Scarefest runs from 21st October to the night of the game with extra events including scare mazes, scare zones and on stage shows, spooky storytimes, talks and House of Monsters.
It’s not a cheap day out, but 2-for-1 ticket offers are normally around, if not book on line for 25% off.
Thursday before the game Illegal Eagles are at Victoria Hall (ST1 3AD) tickets are £23-£25.
The Saturday, comedian Romesh Ranganathan is there, tickets are £19.75. Monkey Forest (ST4 8AY) has Chills & Thrills 24th – 30th October.
In the Deadly Dungeon there’s face painting, fancy dress, colouring competitions and gruesome games and is open 10-5, entry is £8, £7.50 (OAP), £5 each (disabled & carer) £6 (children 3-14), under 3’s are free.
The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery (ST1 3DW) and Shire Hall Gallery (ST16 2LD) both have various exhibitions.
Pubs and Grub
Many of the pubs around the stadium are home fans only. The student union bar at Staffordshire University (ST4 2DF) on Leek Road campus is the nearest big venue to the train station, and the police generally escort the buses there. The venue is exclusively used by around 500 away fans. Buses to the ground and back is £3.50.
Also, near the train station is ‘Terrace Bar’ (ST4 2BW). The shuttle bus to the stadium stops outside the pub and costs £3 for a return trip, stopping at the pub after the game.
There are two barges on the canal behind the Main Stand (look for the semi circular looking bridge beyond the car park), one sells oatcake, the other sells beer. Both are very popular on matchdays.
There’s a Holiday Inn Express (ST4 4EG) and Harvester (ST4 4TL) next to the ground. Car parking in the Harvester is £3.
Also close to the stadium is a Power League complex (ST4 4TN) has a bar with Sky TV and allows in away fans, parking is £4.50. ‘Longton Rugby Club’ (ST4 8WG) is a 20 minute walk away with parking at £5.
Another option is to stop en-route, or a few pints in the ground. The small village of Stone is signposted off the M6 and has a few pubs that serve food, among them ‘The Royal Exchange’ (ST15 8DA), ‘Langtry’s’ (ST15 8EB), ‘The Poste of Stone’, a Wetherspoons (ST15 8AB), ‘The Red Lion Inn (ST15 8AJ) and the ‘Star Inn’ (ST15 8QW). ‘The Crown & Anchor’ (ST15 8JP) is more of a restaurant now than a pub.
Parking & Train
Not a lot of parking is near the ground and you need to book to use the official car park; a nightmare to get out of. 300 parking spaces are at Screwfix Direct (ST4 8GR) for £4. It’s a mile away and gives a quicker getaway onto the A50 after the game.
There’s parking (around £5) at the industrial units on Great Fenton Business Park (ST4 4LZ), a signposted 10 minute walk from the ground.
Stoke railway station is a two mile hike or £7 by taxi.
Stoke is a 5 hour train journey from Swansea on the 11:55, 12:28, 12:54, 13:28 & 13:55.
Returning, the train at 21:13 gets into Swansea at 02:53.
For the Travelling Jacks making the trip – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!