On Saturday 23rd December Pompey supporters will be travelling to Shrewsbury Town’s Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium, Oteley Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ST.
The Shrews stadium has a capacity of 9,875 and is located on the outskirts of Shrewsbury. Blues fans will be in the Pro-Vision CCTC Stand at one end of the ground.
Shrewsbury have recently announced that they are to apply for permission to install a safe standing area at the back of the Salop Leisure Stand.
How to get to there
From the M6 junction 10A take the M54 towards Telford/Shrewsbury. At the end of the M54 continue onto the A5. After about seven miles there is a roundabout, which is at the junction with the A49. Bear left at this roundabout, still following the A5. At the next roundabout take the third exit onto the B4380 (Thieves Lane). Continue along Thieves Lane going over two roundabouts and this will lead you into Oteley Road. The stadium is further down Oteley Road on the left.
The large car park at the stadium is reserved for permit holders only. Parking is prohibited in the nearby Retail Park and nearby streets, so to find some street parking you will need to drive further away. Check for any parking restrictions before you park. Parking on the grass verges near the stadium could lead to a fine. Parking enforcement officers do patrol the area on match days.
Meole Brace Bowling Club, off Upper Road, SY3 9JF has a car park, for which there will be a charge. At the top of Oteley Road, near Meole Brace roundabout, there are a number of private car parks.
Alternately, if you are thinking of heading into Shrewsbury to eat and drink before the game, around 15 minutes walk from the ground and signposted from the A5 is the Meole Brace Park & Ride, where you can park and catch a bus into town and back. Depending on traffic, the journey should take about fifteen minutes. Please note this car park is for those using the Park & Ride only, and not for general match day parking.
At the time of writing, Saturday 23rd December is not looking to be a good day for train travel. If you are thinking of travelling via Birmingham there is industrial action on Cross Country trains affecting that route. Engineering works are affecting GWR trains through Southampton Central, with some trains being diverted.
The best way looks to be to catch the Portsmouth to Cardiff train and change at Newport (South Wales) for Shrewsbury. The journey will take you about five hours but it is possible to get back to Portsmouth after the match. There is a train leaving Shrewsbury for Newport at 17.46.
Train times and details of delays and engineering works can be checked at http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
It is just over two miles from Shrewsbury station to the ground, so best to either take a taxi, or you could catch the Meole Brace park and ride service bus, from the station to the retail park near the ground. Services on Saturday afternoons run every ten minutes. Alternately there is a Football Special bus service that runs from the Town Centre Bus Station to the ground. To return it departs just after the final whistle back to town from behind the South Stand. In addition bus service number 8,16,23,25 and 544/546 all stop near the ground.
Where to eat and drink
Within walking distance of the ground, formally known as the Brooklands Hotel, is the Wild Pig, Mill Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9JT. The Wild Pig welcomes away supporters and has a small car park, for which there is a charge. It has match day catering, including burgers and pizzas, and a big screen.
Near the pub and the BP garage is the Flippin Fish and Chip Shop, 123 Hereford Road, SY3 7QZ.
The retail park near the stadium has some food outlets.
In town there are plenty of places to eat and drink, including two Wetherspoons, The Shrewsbury, Bridge Place, SY1 1PU, which also offers accommodation, and the Montgomery Tower, Lower Claremont Bank, SY1 1RT.
In the ground you will find a selection of Wright’s pies, sausage rolls and hot dogs, plus hot drinks. Alcohol is usually on sale in the ground. There are large screens on the concourses showing Sky Sports.
For up to date, on the day, travel information link to @PompeyfcCop on twitter.