On Saturday 26th October, Pompey fans will be travelling to Bristol Rovers Memorial Stadium, Filton Avenue, Bristol, BS7 0BF. The Stadium has a capacity of just over 12,000, only around 3,000 of which is seated. Blues fans will mostly be in the uncovered East Stand terrace, so hopefully the weather will be dry. There are a few seats allocated in the South Stand.
Rovers fans are sometimes nicknamed the ‘Gasheads’, from the time when their old Eastville Stadium was located near to a, sometimes smelly, gasworks.
How to get to the Memorial Stadium
The Memorial Stadium is located on Filton Avenue, just off the Gloucester Road (A38), approximately two miles from the centre of Bristol. It is well sign posted with brown and white signs from the main motorway junctions on the M32 [from the M4 Junction 19] and the M5 [Junction 18]. Leave the M4 at Junction 19 and join the M32. Travel along the M32 for about 3 miles to Junction 2. Exit the M32 at Junction 2 and take the third exit signposted ‘Horfield’ and ‘Southmead’. Continue along this road, following signs for the Memorial Stadium, until you come to a signal controlled crossroads. Turn left here into Filton Avenue and the ground is located almost immediately on your left.
For up to date travel information on the day, go to @PompeyfcCop on twitter.
The stadium car park is only accessible to permit holders, spaces are not available on a match-by-match basis. There should be street parking within five to ten minutes walk of the ground in Muller Road, Gloucester Road, Kellaway Avenue and side roads off them. Please be aware this is a predominately residential area and ensure that private driveways are not obstructed.
Direct trains run hourly from Portsmouth to Bristol Templemeads, leaving Portsmouth Harbour at 23 minutes past the hour. The journey takes about two and a half hours. After the match return trains leave Bristol Templemeads for Portsmouth at 18.22, 19.22 and 20.22. It is quite a distance from the station to the ground, so either take a taxi from Bristol Templemeads, or buses 73, 73A and 73B run from Bristol Templemeads to Filton Avenue. The nearest station to the ground is Filton Abbey Wood but unfortunately on the 26th the train service from Bristol Templemeads to Filton Abbey Wood will be replaced by buses and the journey will take about half an hour.
Where to eat and drink
There are plenty of pubs and places to eat in the city centre. One of the late Ken Malley’s favourites, near Templemeads Station, is a Wetherspoons pub, the Knights Templar, The Square, Bristol, BS1 6DG.
For real ale lovers, and not far from the station, is the King Street Brew House, Welsh Back, Bristol, BS1 4RR. The pub has a microbrewery and a wide range of beers. It is family friendly, serves food and has Sky and BT Sports.
Nearer the ground and on past visits welcoming Blues fans, is the Crafty Cow pub, 635 Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 0BJ, (formerly known as the Duke of York and the Gloucester Arms), it has been fully refurbished, is family friendly and serves food with craft beers, real ales, draft lagers and ciders.
In the ground there are Cornish pasties and a range of pies and sausage rolls, as well as hot and cold drinks. Please note that alcohol is not usually on sale in the away sections of ground.