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.
Tours of the stadium need to be booked 2 weeks in advance at http://www.stokecityfc.com/stadium-tours and cost: 5 people or less £30, 6-10 people £40, 11-20 people £50.
There is quite a bit to do in the Stoke-on-Trent area, from learning about its famous pottery heritage to visiting the air museum at RAF Cosford, some 24 miles away.
If you’re planning on making a weekend of it, the ‘North Stafford Hotel’ (ST4 2AE) is right outside the train station, with ‘The Plough Motel (ST4 4EN), Kenwood Guest House (ST4 2DP), ‘Wheatsheaf Hotel’ (ST1 4LW), ‘Victoria on the Square (ST1 4JH) and ‘Quality Hotel (ST15NB) not far away.
Alton Towers (ST10 4DB) and Monkey Forest (ST4 8AY) are closed for the winter. The night before the game, The Darkness are at Victoria Hall (ST1 3AD) tickets are £31.65. Rob Brydon is there on the Sunday, tickets are £29.15. Potteries Museum and Art Gallery (ST1 3DW) and Shire Hall Gallery (ST16 2LD) have various exhibitions.
Pubs and Grub
There aren’t many away fans friendly pubs near the stadium except for Holiday Inn and a Harvester next to the stadium – they allow away fans in. You can park at the Harvester for £3.
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.
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.
An option is to stop en-route, the small village of Stone is off junction 14 of the M6 and has a few pubs that serve food, among them ‘The Royal Exchange’ (ST15 8DA), ‘Langtrys’ (ST15 8EB) – also has accommodation, ‘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.
Not much parking is near the ground and need to book to use the official car park; a nightmare to get out of. 300 parking spaces are at Screwfix (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. Buses are £3 return, £2 for concessions from Glebe Street to the stadium. It’s a 5 minute walk from the station, turn right, head down Station Road. At the bottom of Station Road at the traffic lights, turn right to go along Leek Road. Then across the A500 dual carriageway and into Glebe Street which is straight across in front of you. You should then see the line of buses that will take you to the stadium.
Stoke is a 4 hour train ride from Swansea on the 07:29, 08:29 & 09:29 Returning, the train are at 17:45, 18:44 and 19:44 getting into Swansea at 21:43, 22:44 & 00:03.
For the Travelling Jacks making the trip – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!