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BOURNEMOUTH - PREMIER LEAGUE

SUNDAY 25TH NOVEMBER 2018,
KICK-OFF 1.30PM GMT

VITALITY STADIUM

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ADDRESS: Dean Court, Kings Park, Bournemouth, BH7 7AF

MAP: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=BH7+7AF

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WEATHER

Check the local weather at Netweather.tv - Weather for UK Football Grounds - http://www.netweather.tv/index.cgi?action=football

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ARSENAL TRAVEL CLUB

The official Arsenal Travel Club organise travel to all competitive games for the Men's First Team. Go to www.arsenal.com/the-match/fixtures-reports, select "Match Menu" next to the game then click the Travel tab.

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Call 08457 484950 or click here for National Rail Enquiries - www.nationalrail.co.uk - journey planner and news of service disruptions.

Call 020 7222 1234 or click here Transport for London - www.tfl.gov.uk for London travel service updates.

Call 08717 818178 or click here for National Express Coaches - www.nationalexpress.com for coach services.

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Travel advice from Football Supporters Federation - www.fsf.org.uk

By Train

Trains from London to Bournemouth depart from Waterloo.

The nearest station is at Pokesdown (opposite the Bell pub) although not all trains stop there. Bournemouth Central Station itself is only a mile further away and a twenty minute walk from the ground.

As you come out of Pokesdown station, turn right and walk up towards Boscombe. Take a right into Gloucester Road (3rd on your right) and follow the street until it leads you into Kings Park. You should be able see the ground from there.

From Bournemouth Central Station, walk towards the main road by Asda (Holderhurst Road) and then turn left, and follow that road (over the small roundabout) for about 15 minutes. Walk past the Dolphin and Queen's Park Pubs. As you pass a small roundabout you can either turn left into Kings' Park or cross the road, keep walking ahead and then take the first right into Thistlebarrow Road.

By Car

From the M4

At junction 15, come off the A345 to Marlborough and stay on this road, via Salisbury and Ringwood on the A338. Then, take the A31 to Bournemouth. 500 metres later, take left hand lane for the A338 to Bournemouth. (Alternatively, there is a route via the M3 and M27 via Newbury and Winchester)

From the West

Take the A35 from Dorchester. At Bere Regis, take the A31 to Wimborne and turn right at Ashley Heath interchange onto the A338.

From the North and Midlands

Head towards the M40. It will take just under two hours from Cherwell Valley Service station on the M40 at junction nine. Take the next exit towards Oxford and follow signs to Newbury. Just North of Newbury, you will meet a roundabout connecting the M4. Continue South and follow directions posted further up the page.

From the East/North of London

Head towards the M25 and then take the turn-off at the M3. Follow subsequent directions above from there.

As you approach Bournemouth, go over the Cooper Dean flyover (just after the "Welcome to Bournemouth" sign).

You should also see a big sports complex (the Littledown centre) to your left when on the flyover together with a large green glass building (JP Morgan HQ). You want to take the next junction off the A338 (a brown signpost - football traffic). Take this junction and you immediately hit a small roundabout then go straight across into Kings' Park to park in the council run car park.

Parking

Once inside the park a steward will direct you towards a very large car park next to the stadium, which rarely fills up. You do have to buy a ticket though (no free time in the evening) as you could end up with a hefty fine with the traffic wardens actively targeting football traffic.

Parking on residential streets immediately around the stadium is restricted with yellow cones and you are very, very likely to end up with a ticket if you leave your car there. On street parking is available further away from the ground but look out for the parking restriction signs, some neighbourhoods operate residents only parking permits.

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 Eating & Drinking advice from Football Supporters Federation - www.fsf.org.uk

There is not much around the ground itself to stave off the hunger pangs apart from a burger van outside the stadium. The Cherry Tree bar can be found on the right hand side of the main stand, the atmosphere is sterile, it's very expensive and it won't allow away fans in but it does at least now sell real ale. The old and well loved Dean Court Supporters Club was demolished with the old ground in 2000 and the club promised a new space several years ago. The length of time it has taken to provide a new supporters bar has been a very contentious issue amongst the fanbase and it is not sure whether the scheme will prove successful yet.

For fast food outlets visitors should head for Boscombe and Christchurch Road with its McDonalds and a dozen or so cafes, chip shops and coffee shops. Newsagents, off licenses and general stores are also to be found in Boscombe.

The Queens Park is the nearest pub being just a couple of minutes staggering distance away from the ground and is popular before and after matches. It sells the local beer Ringwood Best too so is alright with me. For fans walking from the main station in Bournemouth, the pub is ideally situated on the main road (Holdenhurst Rd) that leads to the ground. If you've parked your car in the council car park in Kings Park, simply walk out of the park (the way you came in) and turn left. The pub also has a beer garden and allows children.

The Portman Hotel is another popular haunt for Cherries fans and away supporters alike. The pub has a lot of connections with the club - in 1910 the football team used to use the back room of the pub as their dressing room! Today, the pub has been used as a venue for supporters' meetings and there is a fair bit of AFCB related memorabilia on the walls.

A relatively new kid on the block, the Percy Shelley is a Wetherspoon's pub named after the son of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley who owned land around Boscombe around 1850. The pub is located on Christchurch Road (the high street) about 15 minutes walk (obviously dependent on intake) from the ground.

Done up with a sports theme, the Bell is the nearest pub to Pokesdown station, and hence is popular with fans getting the train in for matches.

Also in Pokesdown is the new Bournemouth Fans' Club. You can find it inside Pokesdown train station. The club welcomes home and away fans, members and non-members and is a good place to go for a cheap pint and some live football on the big screen.

If you're looking to go out drinking after the game, the best place to head for is Bournemouth's town centre. There are more pubs and clubs in the centre of town than you could possibly get through in a weeks stay in the resort.

If you're after a really decent real ale pub, head over towards the Goat and Tricycle on West Hill Road near the Triangle. It's probably the towns' only remaining real pub.

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