And so we reach the final away game of the season. With Pompey having already secured promotion, Saturday April 29 th is the day Blues fans will be travelling to Mansfield Town’s One Call Stadium, Quarry Lane, Mansfield NG18 5DA. Fancy Dress optional! Redeveloped in 2000, the Stag’s stadium was formerly known as the Field Mill Ground and has been used as a football ground since 1861, making it the oldest ground in the football league. It has a capacity of around 10,000 and Pompey fans will be in the North Stand. Pompey’s ticket allocation has sold out.
Directions to the One Call Stadium
Exit the M1 at Junction 28, then take the A38 towards Mansfield. After around six miles turn right into Belvedere Street (at the crossroads), then after a quarter of a mile, turn right into Quarry Lane for the One Call Stadium.
There is a small car park at the ground sold on a first come first served basis costing £5 per car, but it fills up early on. There is some parking approximately 300 yards further on past the stadium, for which there is a charge, which is donated to charity. The Station Car Park has some parking, for which there is a charge. Other than that it is a case of finding street parking. Please be warned that in the retail park behind the away end, parking is limited to two hours and match day parking is not allowed, the parking is monitored by cameras and anyone leaving their car there for the match is likely to receive a large fine.
Trains run hourly from London St Pancras to Mansfield with a change at Nottingham. The journey from London takes about two and a half hours. At the time of writing there were no details of any engineering works. The One Call Stadium is visible from Mansfield Station. It should take about five minutes to walk, leave the station via the footbridge adjacent to platform 2. Walk past Burger King and through the retail park and you will arrive at the North Stand, the away end.
Where to eat and drink.
Driving into Mansfield along the A38 you will pass several pubs. The Sir John Cockle, Sutton Road NG18 5EU, is a large community pub, that serves food and has screens showing football. The Nell Qwyn, 117 Sutton Road NG18 5EX, is a small, old pub serving real ale. Just off the A38 is the Bold Forester, Botany Avenue NG18 5NG, a Hungry Horse pub serving real ale and good value pub grub. In town The Court House, Market Place, NG18 1HX, formally a Wetherspoons, serves food and drink. There are several cafés in town. Many of the pubs in town do not admit away supporters.
For up to date on the day information go to @PompeyfcCop on twitter.