Ipswich Town FC - away supporters' guide
RTG’s totally and utterly (we hope) indispensable guide to this season’s away grounds.
THE OPPO Ipswich Town
DATE – Sat 23 September
KO TIME – 3pm
THE GROUND – Portman Road, Ipswich– click here and here for maps of the area - the arrow points to where the ground is.
Ipswich is in the county of Suffolk in south-east England, about 12 miles from Harwich and Felixstowe on the coast and around 40 miles east of Cambridge. The ground is pretty much right in the centre of Ipswich, close to the river and also handy for Ipswich rail station.
Away supporters are accommodated at one end of the Cobbold Stand (upper and lower tiers), in blocks V1 and V2.
There are 9 designated areas for disabled supporters in the Britannia Stand Lower, Greene King Stand Upper and Lower, and North Stand upper/lower; within those areas, a total of 300 supporters in wheelchairs can be accommodated. There’s an additional area in the Cobbold Stand with 12 seats for visually impaired supporters and their escorts, and commentary via headphones is provided to these seats. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. 50 car parking spaces at Portman Road are set aside for disabled supporters, sold on a first-come-first-served basis: contact 01473 400517.
Season ticket holders have priority until 5.30pm Thurs 7 Sept, using voucher 32 to apply. General sale will commence at 10am Thursday 14 Sept, subject to availability. Prices still TBC, leave cheque amount blank.
GOING BY CAR?
Travelling from the north east, get yourself onto the A1/A1M southbound and stay on for about 190 miles – until you get into Cambridgeshire, past Peterborough and just before Huntingdon.
Look for signs for the A14 signposted ‘London E, M11, Cambridge’ and stay on that road for nearly 70 miles, until you reach jcn 51.
Turn left onto the A1156 (signposted Ipswich West and North) and at roundabout take 1st exit
After 2 miles turn right ,onto the A1214 (signposted ‘Colchester’)
At the next traffic lights go straight ahead onto the A137 West End Road; stay left, then at the next lights turn left into Princes Street then left again into Portman Road.
In total there are 5,800 spaces in the various town centre car parks – three of those car parks are on Portman Road itself; also a multi-storey next to the station. A Park & Ride service operates from 7am to 7pm, for details click here.
GOING BY TRAIN?
Two ways of doing it - either east coast line to Peterborough then change for Ipswich, or east coast line to London Kings Cross then cross to London Liverpool Street and catch a train to Ipswich.
eg: the 0730am GNER service from Newcastle gets you to Kings Cross at 1044; catch a tube across to Liverpool Street station then the 1130am 'One' service will get you to Ipswich at 1241.
The 0858 GNER service from Newcastle gets to Peterborough at 1115, then change for the 1148 'One' service to Ipswich, which arrives there at 1327.
The 1803 'One' service from Ipswich gets to Peterborough at 1938, then the 1951 GNER service from Peterborough arrives in Newcastle at 2252.
For more service times see the National Rail website.
- Holiday Inn Express, Old Hadleigh Rd, Ipswich – tel 01473-222279
- Travel Inn, Bourne Hill, Ipswich – tel 08701 977 143
- Travelodge, A12 Capel St Mary, Ipswich – tel 0870 191 1542
- Station Hotel, Burrell Rd, Ipswich – tel 01473 602664
- Highview House Hotel, Belstead Rd, Ipswich – tel 01473 601620
SCRAN AND BOOZE
You’ll find the usual array of chips and burger bars along Portman Road. Most pubs in the area welcome away supporters. The Station Hotel (as the name suggests, close to the station!) is a regular meeting place for away supporters. The Greyhound on Henley Road sells Adnams beer and comes highly recommended, and the Milestone Beer House on Woodridge Road does a wide range of food and the ‘Fat Cat’ pub has won the Suffolk Pub of the Year award more than once. In the town centre there’s a Hogs Head selling Caledonian Deuchar's IPA, and two Wetherspoons pubs.
Head into the town centre area and there are loads of places to eat.
LEND US A FIVER I’M OUT OF CASH
There’ll be cash machines at Kings Cross Station if you’re taking the train down, and more at Ipswich station.
There’s a Barclays and also a Co-Op and a Bank of Scotland on Princes Street that has ATMs, and are quite close to the ground, also close by is the Tesco on Ropes Drive which has a Royal Bank of Scotland ATM.
LAST 6 MEETINGS
17.04.05 Ipswich 2 Sunderland 2 (Elliott, Robinson)
21/11/04 Sunderland 2 Ipswich 0 (Elliott, Brown)
12/04/04 Ipswich 1 Sunderland 0
24/01/04 Ipswich 1 Sunderland 2 (Smith, Arca)
30/09/03 Sunderland 3 Ipswich 2 (Breen, Oster, Kyle)
29/12/01 Ipswich 5 Sunderland 0
Two former Ipswich managers have both left their post to take over as England manager, and both were later knighted by the Queen: Alf Ramsay and Bobby Robson.
George Burley, who managed Town from 1994 for eight years, played for Sunderland for three years in the mid-1980s, after a 12-year spell playing for…..Ipswich, his first employers in football.
Former SAFC striker Marcus Stewart signed for them in February 2000, for the club’s then record transfer fee of £2.75m. He stayed for two and a half years, scoring 37 goals in 93 appearances. He was a crowd favourite but in his last season at Portman Road, scored only 10 goals compared against 21 the season before.
Ex-Ipswich players with an SAFC connection: Ian Atkins, Rod Belfitt, Keith Bertschin, George Burley, Terry Butcher, Alec Chamberlain, Lee Chapman, Pat Curran, Eric Gates, Danny Hegan, Lee Howey, Chris Makin, James Nelson, Marcus Stewart.
Credits Ipswich Town FC, London Clarets, Ipswich borough council, Pride of Anglia, Link, Multimap, Rough Guide to English Football, Soccerbase, streetmap.co.uk, The AA, BBC.