On Saturday 25 th February Pompey supporters will be making the long trip up to Carlisle United’s Brunton Park, Warwick Road, CA1 1LL. The Cumbrian’s ground was built in1909 and has a capacity of 17,949. Blues fans will be in two blocks of the covered Pioneer Foods Stand, which is a relatively new, all seated stand located at the East side of the ground. The concourse underneath has a bar and food outlet.
How to get there
By Car - If you are making the roughly 700 mile round trip by road, at least the ground is easy to find. Leave the M6 at junction 43 and take the first exit off the roundabout, the A69 towards Carlisle. After a mile you will reach the ground on your right. You will see the blue roof of the Pioneer Foods Stand as you drive in from the M6.
There is a car park at the club which costs £2.50. From the M6 turn right at the 3rd set of traffic lights and drive through the gates and behind the Pioneer Foods Stand to enter the car park. Alternate parking is available in Rosehill Industrial Estate opposite Tesco when you first leave the M6, or in the city centre, which is about 20 minutes walk from the ground. For disabled supporters there is limited car parking available at the North end of the Pioneer Foods Stand. This is free, but only available to blue badge holders.
By train - Trains run from London Euston to Carlisle Citadel Station, the journey from Euston takes around four hours. From the station walk straight ahead across Botchergate and walk along the crescent until you see Warwick Road on the right, next to Nandos. Brunton Park is about twenty minutes walk along Warwick Road.
Where to eat and drink
There are plenty of places to eat and drink in the town centre, but near the ground the bar at the Stoneyholme Golf Club behind the car park, which Pompey Supporters have used on past visits, is closed due to last year’s flood damage. However we are pleased to report that the Carlisle Rugby Club next to Brunton Park on the Warwick Road, CA1 1LW, will be open as usual. It has a club bar which allows in away supporters and will be serving a limited selection of food such as pies and sandwiches. On the way in from the M6 along the A69 is The Toby Carvery, Warwick Road, CA1 2SB, which, if you arrive early, serves an ‘all you can eat’ breakfast and has free Wifi. The Lakeland Gate, Walkmill Crescent, CA1 2WF is a family friendly pub serving food. In the city centre, near the station, is the Britannia 35 Lowther Street, CA3 8EJ. It has sports tv but no real ale.