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      Thursday
      Feb162017

      AWAY DAYS: IPSWICH TOWN 18.02.17

      Ipswich Town v Leeds United, Saturday 18th February 2017, 3.00pm Kick-Off.

      Car Directions

      From Leeds, there are two main road options, the most direct being M1 / A14, though often the quicker route is the M62 / A1 / A14. Whichever way you go, it is likely to take three-and-a-half to four hours, but you should allow at least another hour for traffic. Beware of average speed cameras which cover about 25 miles from Huntingdon to the east of Cambridge (and, of course, various other stretches of average speed cameras now both on M1 and A1).
      Unless you live very close to Suffolk, we generally recommend allowing at least an hour beyond the AA / Google / SatNav suggested journey time. Satnavs vary in their recommended route into town, but whichever way you go, it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes from the A14 to the ground.
      For those without Satnav, once you reach the junction of the A12 and A14, just south of Ipswich, take the A1214 (London Road) for a couple of miles into town. As you approach the town centre area, there’s a Sainsbury’s supermarket on the left – at this point, go straight on past Sainsbury’s and then almost immediately right onto West End road. Take the first left (after about half a mile) onto Sir Alf Ramsey Way and you’ve arrived.
      Note that the roads immediately behind the Cobbold and Sir Bobby Robson stands are closed about 90 minutes before the game, so to access the NCP car park on Portman Road you will need to continue on London Road, straight on to Handford Road and then turn right at a set of traffic lights onto Portman Road (if you miss the turning, just do a U-turn at the roundabout with Civic Drive, turning back onto Handford Road, then taking the first left into Portman Road).

      Post Code for SAT NAV: IP1 2DA

      Car Parking

      There is no official stadium car park, but there is parking all around the ground. The closest is a large NCP on Portman Road (right by the away end), which usually has spaces up to at least 2:15pm, and it’s worth checking later. There’s also a large car park on West End Road (5 minutes’ walk away) and at the railway station (less than 10 minutes).
      The town centre is less than 10 minutes’ walk, and has numerous car parks, as you’d expect. Being a town centre ground, most streets are controlled (residents only) parking, so free on-road parking tends to be at least a 20-minute walk away.
      As usual, the car parks nearest the ground are a bit slow to clear after the game – for a quicker exit, use the railway station car park, and exit left out of the station onto Burrell Road / Ranelagh Road (B1075), then (after about a mile) left onto the A1214.

      Coach Directions and Parking

      Follow instructions as above. There will then be a motor cycle escort to the ground after a meet at 1330 to 1345 at Beacon Hill services at the end of the A140/A14 junction.
      Most of the coach companies are well versed in what happens now and they will know that it gets them in and out of the Old Cattle Market car park opposite the ground that bit quicker. Coach parking is adjacent to the away turnstiles.


      Train information

      For those travelling by train, Ipswich station is only 5 to 10 minutes’ walk from the ground and, reassuringly, the ground is visible as soon as you exit the station. For Leeds to Ipswich, the quickest route is to travel from Leeds to Peterborough, then Peterborough to Ipswich. There are options via Peterborough and Cambridge but these do take up to 60 minutes longer. Note that the trains from Peterborough and Cambridge to Ipswich are a maximum of three carriages, and often fewer, so they can get a bit crowded.
      Note that if you intend to travel from or via London, the line to Ipswich is affected by engineering works, so there is a rail replacement bus service from Newbury Park to Ingatestone, adding well over an hour to usual journey times. You will need to take a Central Line tube from central London to Newbury Park, then jump on a bus. If you have a ticket from Liverpool Street station to Ipswich, then you are likely to have to go to Liverpool Street, exit the tube, and then use your rail ticket to re-enter the tube! We’d recommend allowing at least an extra hour for your journey to Ipswich, as delays are by no means unknown.
      There are ticket checks on all mainline trains and ticket barriers at Ipswich.

      Pubs

      The Station Hotel (formerly the Riverside Hotel) is opposite the station, and is the official away pub. It has had a major refurb recently, is roomy, has a garden and TV screens, and three beers on handpump from the Greene King stable. Most pubs immediately around the ground are for home fans only, and few pubs around the town, if any, will welcome groups of away fans. As always, couples, families and older people will find it a bit easier to slip into a town centre pub for a quiet beer or two, or around the waterfront area. Note that, on a match-by-match basis, police may designate other pubs in the town centre as home fans only.
      Look out for updates nearer to Kick-Off time from @LUFCTrust and @LUFC_WYP regarding any alcohol arrangements inside the ground. As it stands, alcohol will be available pre-match subject to there being no issues. No alcohol with be available in the away end after kick-off or at half time and this is the case for all fixtures, not specific to Leeds United.

      Policing issues

      We are not aware of any at this stage.

      Potential flash points/Dos and Don’ts

      There are no areas of potential issue aware to us at this time.

      Stewarding issues

      We are not aware of any at this stage. Look out for the Portman Pals outside the stadium. Dressed in red, they are there to help answer your questions and point you in the right direction. As at most away grounds, you can expect to be searched prior to entering the ground. Ipswich Town also uses a trained search dog and some stewards now wear body cameras.

      Ticket Information

      Leeds United’s allocation for this fixture has sold out. The away end is blocks V1 and V2 of the Cobbold Stand plus, for this game, the adjacent block E, plus (families only) block S. All bar block S give you a good side-stand upper-tier view of the action, though it is an older stand, dating from the 1970s. Ambulant disabled fans will be seated in the away fans Family Area, within block S of the lower tier.


      Other Information

      Please check West Yorkshire Police Twitter @LUFC_WYP for info on alcohol restrictions in place on the day and any other travel or supporter issues. Please also check the official Ipswich Town Twitter account @Official_ITFC for up-to-date changes.
      Friday
      Feb032017

      AWAY DAYS: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 05.02.17

      Huddersfield Town v Leeds United, Sunday 5th February 2017, 12.00pm Kick-Off.

      Car Directions

      From M62 west - exit the M62 at junction 24 and follow signs for Huddersfield Town Centre (A629). After approximately two miles, follow the signs for the stadium turning left onto Castlegate ring road. Turn left onto Leeds Road (A62), then follow the official car park signs.

      From M62 east/north - exit M62 at junction 25 and turn left, following signs for Huddersfield Town Centre (A62). Follow the official car park signs thereon in.

      From M1 south - exit at junction 42 and continue west on the M62. Exit the M62 at junction 25 and turn left, following signs for Huddersfield Town Centre (A62). Follow the official car park signs thereon in.

      Post Code for SAT NAV: HD1 6PX

       

      Car Parking

      There is a good-sized car park for away fans at the ground which costs £6. Alternatively you can use town centre car parks, which are only a 10-15 minute walk from the ground.

       

      Coach Directions and Parking

      Coaches are expected to use the M62 to enter Huddersfield both travelling east and west on the motorway. Leave the M62 at Junction 24 at the roundabout leave via the 2nd exit (when travelling west) 4th exit (when travelling east) onto the A629 Halifax Road and head towards Huddersfield Town centre. After approximately 2 miles, take left-hand lane signposted Leeds A62 and Stadium. Bear left to join the ring road and straight on at the traffic lights following signs to the stadium. At the next set of lights go straight across into Lower Fitzwilliam Street, as you travel down this road you will see a Gas storage tank in front of you. At the roundabout controlled by traffic lights take the third exit almost straight across into Gasworks Street. Travel straight across at the next set of lights into stadium way and you have arrived.

      Stewards will direct you to the allocated coach parking bays.

      Unless agreed in advance there will be a charge for parking.

      Coaches must comply with the following traffic commissioner’s guidelines.

      1. Coach operators must not arrive earlier than 2 hours before the scheduled Kick Off time and No later than 1 hour before Kick Off time.

      2. Coach operators must not stop within 10 miles of their final destination.

      3. Departure from the event must be within1 hour of the final whistle.

      4. Coaches must not stop at any premises where intoxicating liquor is available.

      5. Coaches must not carry alcohol.

      Failure to comply with any of these requirements will be notified to the appropriate Area Traffic Commissioner.

       

      Train information

      Huddersfield Railway Station is situated in St. George's Square and is approximately half a mile from the Stadium, or a 10-15 minute walk. Buses and taxis are available outside the station or you can follow the signed pedestrian route to the Stadium via Northumberland Street. There are regular trains from Leeds and the train journey is approximately 20 minutes.

       

      Pubs

      There are no recommended pubs for away fans in Huddersfield town centre, near the train station or near the ground. Some pubs may be more approachable after the game, but it is not advisable to make it known you are an away fan. We would recommend drinking in Leeds before or after the short journey to Huddersfield.

      Look out for updates nearer to Kick-Off time from @LUFCTrust and @LUFC_WYP regarding any alcohol arrangements inside the ground. In the past, Huddersfield have never sold alcohol to Leeds fans before the game and we expect this to be the case again.

       

      Policing issues

      We are not aware of any at this stage.

       

      Potential flash points/Dos and Don’ts

      There are no areas of potential issue aware to us at this time. Post-game, both home and away fans do tend to converge together at the south entrance by the away fans’ car park and this is a potential area where conflict could occur.

       

      Stewarding issues

      We are not aware of any at this stage.

       

      Ticket Information

      Leeds United fans are situated in the Chadwick Lawrence South Stand. We have traditionally occupied all of this stand, but from this season the allocation is only for one half, with home fans occupying the other half. All tickets for this fixture have sold out for Leeds United fans.

       

      Other Information

      Please check West Yorkshire Police Twitter @LUFC_WYP for info on alcohol restrictions in place on the day and any other travel or supporter issues. Please also check the official Huddersfield Town Twitter account @htafcdotcom for up-to-date changes.

      Tuesday
      Jan312017

      AWAY DAYS: BLACKBURN ROVERS 01.02.17

      Blackburn Rovers v Leeds United Wednesday 1st February 2017 7.45pm Kick-Off.

      Car Directions


      From The North
      Use Motorway M6 to junction 30, to the M61 - leave junction 9 then onto the M65 towards Blackburn - leave the M65 at Junction 4 (A666) and follow signs towards Blackburn. Ewood Park is about 1 mile down the road on the right hand side.
      From The South
      Use Motorway M6 to junction 29, then onto the M65 towards Blackburn - leave the M65 at Junction 4 (A666) and follow signs towards Blackburn. Turn right at the first set of traffic lights and Ewood Park is about 1 mile down the road on the right hand side.
      From The East
      Use Motorway M62 onto M66/A56, then onto the M65, head towards Blackburn - leave the M65 at Junction 4 (A666) and follow signs towards Blackburn. Turn right at the first set of traffic lights and Ewood Park is about 1 mile down the road on the right hand side.

      Post Code for SAT NAV: BB2 4JF

      Car Parking

      Parking is available at the ground in car parks B, F & H for £10, but these will quickly fill up. Various private car parks are available in the area around the ground, costing in the region of £5. If you want to get away reasonably quickly after the game (the roads immediately around Ewood Park are closed off for crowd safety for around 30 minutes after the game) then as you come down the hill on the A666, you will pass a petrol garage on your left. Turn right at the next traffic lights into Branch Road and down on your left there are some industrial units offering matchday parking. After the game turn left out of the car parks, so that you are going away from Ewood, turn right at the second mini roundabout and this will take you back up to the M65.

      For all travel and parking info please see the Blackburn Rovers website

       

       

      Coach Directions and Parking

      Please be aware we are expecting a lot of Leeds United coaches for this fixture.
      Use the M65 and leave at junction 4 for the Rendez-Vous Point.
      Upon leaving the motorway, please enter the service area (Blackburn and Darwen Services) and follow the signs to the coach parking. Once there, a police officer will place you ready for an escort in convoy by a police motorcyclist to your designated parking. The coach park at the stadium is car park C and a £20 fee is charged by the club. You should be at the Services no earlier than 2 hours prior to kick off and no later than 1 hour prior to kick off. Please do not allow passengers to disembark at the service area.
      At the end of the game, Blackburn Rovers operate a policy whereby priority is given to the visiting supporters’ coaches. In order to do this, a road block around the ground will be implemented. The block will remain in place until all coaches are loaded and ready to move. Police motorcyclists will be
      assigned to the coach parking areas and it is requested that you embark your passengers as quickly as possible. When you are ready to move, illuminate your hazard lights. The Police motorcyclists will then escort you to the M65 motorway at junction 4. Please do not move independently. This should mean that you are not queued in heavily congested traffic, and it would be envisaged that you are on the motorway network no later than 30 minutes after the final whistle.

      Train information

      Blackburn station is served by trains from both Manchester and some direct from Leeds, but be aware that the walk from Blackburn station to Ewood Park is nearly two miles and a good 25-30 minutes. The nearest station to the ground is Mill Hill, which is 15 minutes’ walk and trains are available from Blackburn.

      Pubs

      There isn’t an away friendly pub as such within walking distance of the ground, however, new for this season Blackburn have opened an away fanzone behind the Darwen End to cater for Leeds fans. There will be a big screen featuring footage of previous encounters as well as a fully stocked bar. The fanzone is situated less than 30 seconds walk from the turnstiles and will be open from 5pm, it has so far been well received by away fans visiting Ewood.

      Policing issues

      We are not aware of any at this stage.

      Potential flash points/Dos and Don’ts

      There are no areas of potential issue aware to us at this time.


      Stewarding issues

      We are not aware of any at this stage.

      Ticket Information

      Leeds fans are housed in the Bryan Douglas Darwen End, and we will have both the lower and upper tiers of this stand. Our allocation of 6,900 tickets has not sold out, but there will be NO tickets available to purchase on the night. There will be an Away Fan Zone outside the Darwen End turnstiles for Leeds fans, from 5pm.

      Other Information

      Please check West Yorkshire Police Twitter @LUFC_WYP for info on alcohol restrictions in place on the day and any other travel or supporter issues. Please also check the official Blackburn Rovers Twitter account @Rovers for up-to-date changes.

       

      Friday
      Jan272017

      AWAY DAYS: SUTTON UNITED - 29.01.2017

      Sutton United v Leeds United Sunday 29th January 2017 2.00pm Kick-Off.

      Car Directions

      Travelling south on the M1, join the M25 anti-clockwise. Leave the M25 at Junction 8 and take the A217 towards Sutton. On nearing Sutton you will reach a small roundabout where you bear left continuing on the A217 towards Central London. At the second set of major traffic lights (the Gander Inn is on the left hand corner) turn right into Gander Green Lane. The Borough Sports Ground is about 200 yards up this road on the left hand side.
      Post Code for SAT NAV: SM1 2EY

      Car Parking

      There is car parking at the ground which is limited to around 200 cars, so Leeds fans may be better relying on street parking, of which there is plenty nearby, or in the town centre approx. 5-10 minutes’ walk away.

      Coach Directions and Parking

      Coach directions are as above.

      Train information

      Adjacent to the ground is West Sutton Railway Station which is only a couple of minutes’ walk away from Sutton United. It is served by Thameslink trains trains via Sutton, London St Pancras and Bedford. As you come out of the narrow station entrance, turn right and the entrance to the ground is down on the right just past the Plough pub.

      UPDATE
      Thameslink trains have announced today that an unexpected shortage of train crews has resulted in short notice cancellation of all train services between Wimbledon and Sutton on Sunday, meaning that West Sutton station will be closed.
      Supporters are advised to use local buses and Southern services from Victoria and London Bridge to Sutton, or Tramlink services from Wimbledon to Mitcham Junction and Southern services to Sutton, from where they should walk or take buses 80 (for Leeds supporters) or 413 (Sutton supporters). Buses 151 and 213 also pass the end of Gander Green Lane, leaving a 5-10 minute walk. Thameslink tickets will be accepted on all these services. Alternatively use London Underground Northern Line services to Morden, then bus route 80 to Collingwood Road (Leeds supporters) or 413 to Gander Green Lane (Sutton supporters). Bus timetables are here.

      Pubs

      Behind the Grandstand is a Social Club and opposite the ground entrance is a pub called The Plough. Both usually welcome away fans, but given the size of the attendance expected, be aware that this might not be the case when Leeds visit.
      A better option for Leeds fans is to visit one of several pubs around Sutton train station, one called the Old Bank, comes particularly recommended.
      Look out for updates nearer to Kick-Off time from @LUFCTrust and @LUFC_WYP regarding any alcohol arrangements inside the ground.

      Policing issues

      We are not aware of any at this stage.

      Potential flash points/Dos and Don’ts

      There are no areas of potential issue aware to us at this time.

      Stewarding issues

      We are not aware of any at this stage.

      Ticket Information

      Tickets have sold out for Leeds United fans. We will be housed in the Collingwood Road End, which is a sheltered terrace behind the goal.

      Other Information

      Please check West Yorkshire Police Twitter @LUFC_WYP for info on alcohol restrictions in place on the day and any other travel or supporter issues. Please also check the official Sutton United Twitter account @suttonunited for up-to-date changes.
      Friday
      Jan202017

      AWAY DAYS: BARNSLEY FC - 21.01.2017

       

      Barnsley v Leeds United Saturday 21st January 2017 5.30pm Kick-Off.

      Car Directions

      If you are travelling to Oakwell on the motorway leave the M1 at Junction 37 and take the A628 towards Barnsley. At 1ST set of Traffic Lights turn left and follow signs for Barnsley FC.
      Stay on this road, following the signs, you will eventually come to Harborough Hill Road (A61). At the top of the hill again follow the signs onto Queens Road. The away car park is at the top of this road.
      Post Code for SAT NAV: S71 1AN (this is the Away Fans’ Car Park)

      Car Parking 

      There are a couple of car parks located at the ground, but they are mainly for permit holders only. In between the ground and the Metrodome Leisure centre is a car park for visiting supporters, called Queens Ground, which costs £4 Cars, £8 Mini Buses and £15 Coaches. An overspill car park is at County Way car park, Barnsley S70-2JW. Otherwise you can try parking at the Metrodome itself (although it can be slow to get out of after the game has finished) or street parking.
      Alternative parking is available in the town centre at varying costs. These are about 10 – 20 minutes’ walk from the ground

      Coach Directions and Parking

      Same as above. Coaches should use the Queen’s Road away car park and costs are £15. 

      Train information

      Barnsley railway station is a five to ten minute walk from the stadium. This station is served by regular trains running between Sheffield and Leeds. 
      From the train station turn right towards the traffic light, then turn left and walk towards the flyover. Go under the bridge and turn left up either Queens Road or Bala Street towards the ground/car park. The ground is visible at the bottom of the hill.
      Please note: after the game, there will be a police controlled access to the railway station to avoid overcrowding the platforms. They ask that all supporters abide by this as primarily it is for your safety. All away rail travellers are advised to return to the Schwäbisch Gmünd Way entrance to the train station after the match, where a safe queuing system will be implemented by British Transport Police officers.

      Pubs 

      There are typically no allocated away pubs in the town centre and Leeds fans are not recommended to seek out pubs particularly around the train station. 
      The safest drinking option for Leeds fans is the Metrodome Leisure centre, which has a bar and is situated just a two minute walk from the car park behind the away stand and turnstiles on Queens Road. This is allocated to Leeds fans only and a large area is set aside to accommodate our fans.  
      There will be no alcohol served at half time. Look out for updates nearer to Kick-Off time from @LUFCTrust and @LUFC_WYP. 

      Policing issues

      We are not aware of any at this stage. Please note previous advice about the train station. After the game, there will be a police controlled access to the railway station to avoid overcrowding the platforms.

      Potential flash points/Dos and Don’ts

      There are no areas of potential issue aware to us at this time. 


      Stewarding issues

      We are not aware of any at this stage. All supporters will be searched prior to entering the stadium. Barnsley operate the usual restrictions on articles not permitted in the stadium. A board outside displays these. Supporters are requested to get to the ground as early as possible and sit in the seats shown on their tickets.

      Ticket Information

      Turnstiles will be opened at 4pm, there will be a full range of refreshments available until kick-off. Tickets for Leeds United fans have sold out for this fixture. Leeds United fans will be situated in the Palmer Construction North Stand and have the entire stand with a capacity of 5,400. For Disabled fans, on arriving at Oakwell, you will be directed to an exit gate where you will be allowed through and directed to one of the two disabled areas reserved for your use. These are positioned halfway up the stand and you will have unrestricted views of the game.

      Other Information

      Please check West Yorkshire Police Twitter @LUFC_WYP for info on alcohol restrictions in place on the day and any other travel or supporter issues. Please also check the official Barnsley FC Twitter account @bfc_official for up-to-date changes.