On Monday 11 th November Pompey supporters will be travelling North to Harrogate Town’s CNG Stadium, Wetherby Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 7SA for the First Round proper of the FA Cup. Kick off at 19.45. The Town’s stadium has a capacity of just over 4,000 and it has a 3G pitch.
Since promotion to the National League in 2018 the ground has been expanded to meet Football League standards. Blues supporters will mainly be on the covered terrace on the Wetherby Road side of the ground in the Envirovent Stand. A few seats will be allocated at one end of the stand.
Harrogate Town FC urges supporters not to bring bags to the game as a stop and search policy will be in place at the turnstiles.
Getting to the Ground
Leave the A1(M) at Junction 47 and take the A59 towards Knaresborough. Then take the A658 towards Bradford/Harrogate. At the second roundabout turn right onto the A661 towards Harrogate. You will pass a Sainsburys and then after the lights, with the Woodlands pub on one corner, the entrance to the ground will be a bit further down on the right. The traffic can get very congested on the A660, so make sure you allow plenty of time for your journey.
There is no parking available at the ground and please be aware that there are residents only parking schemes in most of the residential roads near the ground. Kingswood Surgery on Wetherby Road (HG2 7SA) or Cedar Court Hotel on Park Parade (HG1 5AH) offer match day parking at £5 per car. Please note that if you park at the Cedar Court Hotel, which is five minutes walk from the ground, you will need to to enter your vehicle details and card details on the iPads in reception. Otherwise you will need to find street parking further away from the ground. An alternate is to park in a town centre car park around one mile away. If you are thinking of parking in Sainsburys please double check any signage there to make sure you do not fall foul of their parking restrictions.
The train journey from Portsmouth to Harrogate will take around six hours. From London Kings Cross you can catch a train to either York or Leeds, from where it is possible to catch an onward train to Harrogate. Trains from York to Harrogate run once an hour and the journey takes about thirty minutes, from Leeds they run every thirty minutes and that journey will also take about thirty minutes.
Please note that after the match it will not be possible to get back to London or Portsmouth by train until the following morning. Train details can be found on www.nationalrail.co.uk. Harrogate Railway station is located just over a mile from the ground, about fifteen to twenty minutes walk. Exit the station on the East side (the side for trains towards Leeds), go up a slight incline and turn right onto the main road. Cross this road at the pelican crossing and continue due South. Turn left at the roundabout into Station Avenue. Continue straight up this road, crossing over at some point, until you come to a grassed area. Cross the A6040 at the pelican crossing and then turn left, passing public toilets on your right. Take the diagonal footpath across the park, which is called “The Stray” or “Two Hundred Acre” Turn right along Wetherby Road and the ground is the left after about 400 yards, passing the hospital on the left. Take care as it is a busy road.
Alternately you could catch the Harrogate Bus Number 7 or the Connexions Bus Number X70 from Stand 9 at the Harrogate Bus Station in the town centre. Both these buses pass the ground along Wetherby Road. From the Station, turn right out of the main entrance and the Bus Station is a short walk down on the right. The bus journey to the ground is no more than ten minutes. On the Harrogate Bus Number 7, show your match ticket to the driver and you should be
entitled to a reduced bus ticket price.
Eating and Drinking
If you are arriving by train, then just off Platform 1 is the Harrogate Tap, with up to eleven real ales on offer.
There are plenty of other pubs and places to eat near the railway station and in the town centre, including a Wetherspoons The Winter Gardens, Unit 4 Royal Baths, Parliament Street, HG1 2RR. The nearest pub to the ground is The Woodlands, 110 Wetherby Road , HG2 7AB. A short distance from the ground, heading away from the town, The Woodlands serves real ale and food, and is family friendly. About a ten minute walk from the ground along the Wetherby Road towards the town is The Empress, 10 Church Square, HG1 4SP. The Empress has a pool table and two sports screens and serves food.
In the ground, provided by a local company, you will find a selection of burgers, pies and beef stew.
The South turnstiles will also be open from 5.30pm for Portsmouth supporters.
Away fan entry is via advance ticket only which can only be purchased direct from Portsmouth FC (subject to availability). There will be no sales on the day at The CNG Stadium.
There is no access to the 1919 bar for Portsmouth supporters.
The Harrogate Arms (HG1 2QU) in the town centre, offer 20% off all food and drink for any supporters with a match ticket, both pre and post-match. They also show live sport on both Sky and BT.
Non-alcoholic refreshments, hot and cold, along with a range of food will be available within the away section of the ground