On Saturday 19th October Pompey supporters will be making the short journey to AFC Wimbledon’s Cherry Red Records Stadium, Jack Goodchild Way, 422A Kingston Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 3PB.
The Dons' stadium has a capacity of around 5,000 and most Blues fans will be in the partly covered Rygas Stand terrace on one side of the pitch, with a few seats allocated in the John Green Stand behind one goal.
AFC Wimbledon is still a fan owned club, formed in 2002, it was rebuilt by the fans from the ashes of the original Wimbledon Football Club’s enforced franchise move to Milton Keynes.
How to get to the Cherry Red Records Stadium
Take the A3(M) northbound and continue north up the A3 towards London, passing over the junction with the M25.
After about eleven miles, take the exit for New Malden/Worcester Park and then take the A2043 left turn into Malden Road towards Kingston. Follow this road to the next roundabout and take the first exit into Kingston Road (A2043 still). The ground is about one mile along, on the left, behind some shops.
There is a free car park at the ground, allocated on a first come first served basis. The car park usually fills up well before kick off, so you are advised to arrive early.
Otherwise there is street parking in the nearby residential areas.
There are a few parking spaces reserved for blue badge disabled fans, however these will also fill up well before kick off and space is not guaranteed.
The Disability Liaison Officer and Assistant SLO is Mandy Bynon,
Mandy can be contacted at:-
[email protected] tel 020 8547 3528 / 07531 286 218
The nearest railway station to the ground is Norbiton and the journey from Portsmouth will take about two hours.
Trains run regularly to Norbiton from Clapham Junction and London Waterloo. Trains from Portsmouth to London Victoria, and the slow, stopping trains to London Waterloo will stop at Clapham Junction. At the time of writing there were no scheduled engineering works. Train details can be checked www.nationalrail.co.uk
From Norbiton station it will take about 15 minutes to walk to the ground. Leave the station via the back exit, ie on the Westbound platform, (the platform you will arrive at from Clapham Junction), and take the first left into Norbiton Avenue. At the end of the avenue, turn right into Gloucester Road and at the end of Gloucester Road turn left into Cambridge Road. The main entrance to the ground is about 400 yards down on the right. You will find the Club shop there and there is usually a vendor selling a large selection of football badges.
The away fans entrance is a little further along the main road, past the main entrance, on the right.
The 131 bus stops outside the ground, running from Wimbledon, New Malden or Kingston town centre.
If you are in Kingston catch a 131 heading to Tooting Broadway; if you are in Wimbledon or New Malden catch a 131 heading to Kingston.
Where to eat and drink
There is not much to be found near the ground and on past visits the bars in the main Paul Strank Stand have not been open to Pompey fans.
There are food kiosks in the main car park.
The best option is to drink in New Malden or Kingston from where it is possible to get the 131 bus to the ground.
In New Malden there is a Wetherspoons pub, The Watchman, a former police station, 184 High Street, New Malden, KT3 4ES.
In Kingston there is a free house, the Willoughby Arms, 47 Willoughby Road, KT2 6LN The Willoughby is an old Victorian pub listed in the Good Beer Guide, serving a selection of real ales and also pies and pizzas..
In the main road outside the ground you will find a chip shop and ‘Fat Boys Café’.
Inside the ground there is the usual range of snacks, hot food and hot and cold drinks.