On Saturday 15th December Kenny Jackett’s Blue Army will be making the 468 mile round trip North to Barnsley’s Oakwell Ground, Grove Street, Barnsley S71 1ET.
The Tykes ground has a capacity of 23,287 and Blues fans will be in the modern North Stand, where facilities and view of the pitch are generally good.
Getting to Oakwell
Leave the M1 at Junction 37 and take the A628 towards Barnsley. Stay on this road (the ground is well signposted) and you will eventually see the ground on your right.
The car parks at the ground are mainly reserved for permit holders but in between the ground and the Metro Dome leisure complex is a car park for visiting supporters called Queens Ground, just a few minutes walk from the ground, post code S71 1AN. There is a charge of £5 for cars and £20 for coaches. Parking is also available at the Metro Dome, although it can be very slow getting out after the game.
The journey from Portsmouth to Barnsley would usually take just over five hours via London St Pancras and Sheffield or London Kings Cross and Leeds.
However Northern Rail has planned Industrial Action on the 15th and there will be no trains running between Leeds and Barnsley that day. The last train from Barnsley to Sheffield after the match departs at 17.00.
Details can be checked on www.nationalrail.co.uk
If you do decide to brave the trains, Barnsley Railway Station is about ten minutes walk from Oakwell. Turn left out of the station away from the town centre and head towards the bridge that the dual carriageway runs over. Go under the bridge and turn left up the slip road and then take the first road on the right and head towards the Metro Dome leisure complex at the top of the hill.
You should then be able to see Oakwell.
For up to date travel information on the day link to @PompeyfcCop on twitter
Where to eat and drink
The Metro Dome leisure complex near the ground has a bar and offers food. The Metrodome bar, situated adjacent the away car park / coach park is unfortunately not open to football fans as they are hosting a snooker event and have private bookings in both bars.
The Dove Inn, 102 Doncaster Road, Barnsley, S70 1TP is an Old Mill Brewery pub listed in the CAMERA Good Beer Guide, serving food.
Further along Doncaster Road, on the right past the primary school, is the Barnsley East Dene Working Mens Club, S70 1UD. The club usually admits away supporters, including accompanied children, for a small donation.
In the town centre there is a Wetherspoons, The Joseph Bramah, Market Hill, Barnsley S70 2PX, named after a local inventor, serving the usual food and beer.
Inside the ground you will find the usual hot drinks, cold drinks, beer, pies, sausage rolls, hot dogs and sweets