Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 10th November 2018 at 15:00
Distance from the Liberty Stadium: 230 miles ~ 4 hours 35 minutes.
Address: University of Bolton Stadium, Burnden Way, Bolton. BL6 6JW
Telephone: 01204 673673
Web Site: www.bwfc.co.uk
What’s It Like
Up to 5,000 away fans can be accommodated in the South Stand at one end of the ground, although the allocation is generally 3,000.
The leg room and facilities in the stand are great and the atmosphere is good in the stadium. The bottom rows of the lower tier are not covered by the roof and you may get wet if it rains.
Stewarding can be a bit over the top with fans often thrown out fans for little reason.
The refreshment facilities are good with sometimes long queues, but there are queuing barriers and exit lanes. You order and pay one person and another prepares your order. Alcohol is usually served in the ground, but not at half time.
Bolton has a lot to offer with access to some really nice countryside and great attractions, good shopping and a haunting heritage.
If you’re thinking of making a weekend of it, then hotels nearby include Bolton Whites Hotel and Premier Inn, both at the stadium, Premier Inn, Bolton West (BL6 4BA) is 0.8 miles away, Rivington Lodge (BL6 7RW) is 3 miles away and the Britannia Bolton Hotel (BL3 4TA) is 4.5 miles away.
For things to to, the club offer regular tours of the stadium on most days. The cost of the tours is £8.50 and £5 for concessions or £24 for a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children). Tours must be pre-booked on 0844 8712932.
Bank Top Brewery (BL1 8RA), offer free tours and sampling of their award-winning beers, contact 01204 595800.
For Phoenix Nights fans, St Gregory’s Social Club (BL4 8AG) is the real-life setting for the Phoenix Club. Local comedians Peter Kay, Dave Spikey and Paddy McGuiness started their careers here. The club welcomes visitors and guided tours are available on request on 07837 732840.
Smithills Country Park (BL1 7NP) is a great place for walkers, cyclists and horse riders with more than 2,000 acres of moorland, woodland and farmland. It’s free parking and entry.
Bolton Little Theatre (BL1 4TG) has a play on the Saturday and Sunday to commemorate Armistice Day, Private Peaceful with tickets are £10.
The day after the game, a Burnley Legends team takes on Swansea Legends in a Charity fundraising game for former Swan Lenny Johnrose. The game is being played at nearby Bamber Bridge FC, which is around 15 miles from Bolton.
Eating and Drinking
The Barnstormers (BL6 4BL) admits away fans, whilst The Poacher (BL6 5SG) sells real ale and food, but both are 1.8 miles away from the ground.
The Beehive (BL6 4BA) is 0.8 miles away and has a Cask & craft beer festival. There are a number of bars on the nearby Middlebrook Retail Park, most have door staff only admitting home fans.
The town centre pubs include Yates, The Dragonfly, The Spinning Mule and The Elephant and Castle are close together and 5.2 miles from the stadium.
There are many eating places including KFC, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Subway, McDonalds, Nando’s, Frankie & Benny’s, Chiquito and others.
Inside the stadium there’s pies, hot dogs & burgers are sold, alcohol in the form of bitter, lager, cider, Guinness and wine is sold.
There’s a car park at the ground, (£7 for cars, £12 for minbuses), getting away after the game is not easy.
The (now shut) Bromilow Arms (BL6 4BP), has some street parking at the bottom of the road and many of the local industrial estate units offer parking around £5. Some of these are on either side of Lostock Lane.
You can also choose from a selection of private car parking spaces near the University of Bolton stadium – including on-street parking, off-street car parks and around 8 reservable parking spaces from just £2.00 per day.
Horwich Parkway railway station serves the stadium, and is just a quarter of a mile away. It has regular trains from Bolton’s main station.
If you are planning on going via train, be aware of the industrial action on Northern Rail, that is taking place on Saturday, November 10.
Trains leave Swansea at 06:47, 07:44 and 08:54 for the 5 hour journey.
Trains coming back are at 17:46 and 18:46 getting in at 23:07 and 00:04.
For the Travelling Jacks making the trip – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!