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MANCHESTER UNITED - PREMIER LEAGUE

SUNDAY 29TH APRIL 2018,
KICK-OFF 4.30PM GMT

OLD TRAFFORD

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ADDRESS: Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 0RA

MAP:  http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=M16+0RA

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

By Train

Manchester is well-served by trains from all over the UK. There are three mainline stations – Victoria, Oxford Road and Piccadilly which form a triangle in the main city centre, Most trains stop at the larger Manchester Piccadilly, though some Liverpool – Leeds/Bradford/Huddersfield use Manchester Victoria instead.

Old Trafford has its own railway station often referred to as Manchester United FC Halt or Old Trafford Halt on the Liverpool Lime Street – Manchester Piccadilly line, open on matchdays only. Entrance to the ground is via a narrow set of turnstiles off the platform.

(Note: There are no trains back to London after evening kickoffs.)

By Metrolink

From the centre of Manchester the easiest way up to Old Trafford is by Metrolink which runs from Bury on two lines to Altrincham and Eccles. The favoured route (and, therefore, the one that gets backed just before kick off) is the Bury – Altrincham line which runs from Piccadilly station every 12 minutes and from Victoria Station, Shudehill (by the Printworks) and St. Peter’s Square amongst others, every 6 minutes. Due to the central location and the number of pubs in close proximity, you often have to wait for several trams to pass before there’s enough space to get on, especially in St. Peter’s Square.

The Old Trafford stop is around 10 minutes on foot from the ground. From St. Peter’s Square it’ll take around 7 minutes, and around double this from Victoria. The Metrolink gets very crowded at Old Trafford after the final whistle with people trying to catch connections or to get back into town. If you are in a hurry, it probably isn’t the best route to take.

An alternative is to use the Eccles line to Pomona or Exchange Quay and make the short walk up to the ground from there. Again, journey time is just under 10 minutes from St. Peter’s. Pomona is the closer of the stations to the ground but most supporters will use Exchange Quay on the way back as when the trams get full, they tend not to stop! Whilst this is the closest station, it is more of a walk for away fans who then have to walk round the ground to get to the away turnstiles.

By Car

Depending on where you’re travelling from, the best way to get to Old Trafford by car is off the M60.

Junction 7 is recommended if you’re driving clockwise on the M60. Take the A56 towards Manchester and follow signs for Old Trafford and Lancashire County Cricket Club. If travelling anticlockwise on the M60, you can use either junction 9 or 12. From junction 12, take the M602 signposted Salford/Manchester. At the end of the M602, follow signs for Trafford Park and Salford Quays. Turn right at the roundabout on to Trafford Road (A5063) and go over the bridge staying in the right hand lane so you can turn right at the next set of lights into Trafford Wharf Road. From here the route depends on which roads have been closed but you’re close enough to find your way!

From junction 9, join Parkway (A5081) towards Trafford Park and take the third exit at the roundabout onto Village Way. Take the second exit at the next roundabout to join Wharfside Way. Depending on what time you arrive, you can take a right into Sir Matt Busby Way.

Parking

There are lots of small private car parks near to the ground, otherwise it is street parking. There is plenty of parking at Old Trafford Cricket Ground and Trafford Town Hall, and in several other car parks that you’ll see signs for on your way in driving along the A56, however, this road gets heavily congested after games with all car parks emptying onto the one main road which can result in lengthy delays to get back to the main motorways. Alternatively, there are a couple of large car parks on the opposite site of the ground by the Salford Quays Lowry Mall and on several of the industrial unites over that side. Charges range depending on where you park and although they can be expensive, they tend to be easier to get away from if you’re in a hurry. Most are within 10 – 15 minutes walk of the ground over the Lowry footbridge.

It is possible to find on street parking within 10 minutes walk of the ground up to around 1pm when it starts to get pretty busy. You should be aware of a residents parking scheme in operation in the immediate vicinity. The club also have a couple of car parks which are available for individual games , N3 and W3, for £8 which you can book in advance to save having to worry as kick off approaches.

Alternatively

If you’re not that fussed at driving right up to the ground, there is also the option of parking in Altrincham town centre or at Ladywell Halt on the Eccles line and take the Metrolink to the ground (20 minutes). These tend to be quieter and less crowded than the services back into the city centre. There is secure parking at Eccles and plenty of parking in the pubs and around the streets of Altrincham.

By Air

Not as silly as it may sound! There are some fairly cheap flights up to Manchester with some of the budget carriers which can make it as cheap as if not cheaper than getting the train. The airport is linked with Manchester Piccadilly by a regular service which runs every 5 – 15 minutes during the day, taking 25 minutes.

By Taxi

There are plenty of taxis at all the main stations and at several ranks across the city centre. The fare to the ground will set you back around a tenner including tip, but you often have a walk up to the ground as roads are shut a good while before kick off. It is just as easy to get the taxi to drop you off at Salford Quays where you can have a beer in the Limes or one of the pubs there and then walk the rest of the way over the bridges on foot.

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

Drinking

Manchester has no shortage of pubs both in the city centre and surrounding the ground, although, as with anywhere that attracts 70,000 regularly, the majority of them tend to get rammed before and after kick off and you can wait a good half hour before finally getting that drink you've been craving. In the city centre, the area around St. Peter's Square tends to be popular - primarily due to the ease of getting to the ground by metro from here, but there is plenty of choice available.

Up by the ground, there are several pubs to choose from, but you can expect to pay to get in - ok, only a couple of quid, but nevertheless enough to add to the cost of your (already expensive) pint, and only on condition that you're not wearing away colours in the Trafford, Blaize and Sam Platts.

Pubs in the immediate vicinity include the Trafford, at the junction of Sir Matt Busby Way and Chester Road, which, primarily due its location rather than any other reason has a tendency to get very busy as kick off approaches before being deserted. It doesn't offer anything out of the ordinary, but there are several small screen televisions showing the early kick off; Bishop's Blaize is a typical Wetherspoons establishment on Chester Road round the corner from Sir Matt Busby Way which offers the usual food and drink fare and the ten minute walk to the bar which soon becomes half an hour when you try to negotiate the other 20 people in the queue in front of you. Again, it's pretty standard stuff.

Slightly off the main route, which can be a good thing, is The Quadrant somewhat hidden away but easily walkable within 10 minutes. Don't expect to be able to walk straight up to the bar, but one thing it does have in its favour is the paved area out front which means you can normally negotiate at least 20 cms of space in which to stand and drink. Even more appealing is the proximity of the pub to the chippie so one of you can get the food in whilst the other waits for beers, and, even better you don't have to worry about getting them whilst they're still warm - the food not the beers that is.

There are also a couple of pubs/bars/clubs over the far side of the ground, around Salford Quays, the nearest of which is Sam Platts. These are fairly busy but not quite as heaving as those the other side of the ground. Sam Platts operates a membership scheme and charges to get in on a matchday whereas pubs such as Lime opposite the Lowry tend to be more bar like, and offer a posh-ish restaurant and the usual drinks in a slightly more upmarket (and therefore less busy) setting.

Other pubs worth a mention slightly further from the ground include the Gorse Hill on Chester Road and the Tollgate by Trafford Bar Metro Station.

Most fans will tend to have a drink in town rather than fight for service in one of the packed pubs near the ground. That said, if you do find yourself at Old Trafford with time to kill, there's plenty of places where you can have a drink and get ready for the game or whilst away an hour or two waiting for the roads to clear after the final whistle.

Food-wise Manchester City Centre is known for having every kind of food available from fast food outlets to five star restaurants and everything in between. Nearby Rusholme boasts the largest concentration of Asian restaurants in the UK and is always popular on a Friday and Saturday night out when you order the hottest thing on the menu and spend the next three weeks regretting it! Alternatively, if you have more respect for your internal organs, there's always Chinatown in the heart of the city or Deansgate Lock which has plenty of trendy bistro's and cafe-bars.

Up by the ground, there are several places to grab some chips or a burger on Sir Matt Busby Way including the Warwick Cafe, Red Devils, Lou Macari's and the United Cafe, which is generally regarded as being the best. If coming from the direction of Salford Quays, there are an apparently endless line of burger van after burger van selling chips, hot dogs and burgers for a couple of quid. If you're driving in, you're likely to pass several large retail parks with a selection of chain restaurants such as Frankie & Bennies' or Pizza Hut and several McDonalds! The food inside the ground came out near the top in terms of value for money but it is still over-priced and lacking in variety and/or quality and you have to queue up for an inordinate amount of time.

The slightly more upmarket option (well in terms of price anyway) is to try the Red Cafe located on the third floor of the North Stand. It is open to the public every day, except on matchdays when the restaurant is reserved for the club's official Hospitality Packages. 

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