On Saturday 19th January, Pompey supporters will be making the shorter journey to Oxford United’s Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford. OX4 4XP. The U’s ground has a capacity of 12,500 and away fans are usually housed on one end of the North Stand, towards the open end of the ground.
Please note that Pompey’s ticket allocation is sold out so there will be no tickets on sale on the day.
From the A34 follow the brown football signs to the Kassam Stadium. The stadium can be found in between the Oxford Science Park and Blackbird Leys Estate. From the A423 ring road take the A4074 towards Reading. After the roundabout with Sainsburys on one corner, take the left turning sign posted Cowley/Wallington/Oxford Science Park and you will eventually come to the ground on your left.
There are unreserved parking spaces at the stadium for around 2,000 cars. Parking is free and on a ‘first come first served’ basis. The car park does get full quite a while before kick off. There is an overflow car park at the back of the nearby Vue Cinema, just past the club shop. There is also some on street parking between the Watlington Road roundabout and the stadium, but be warned, late comers who risk parking in residents only parking schemes or on yellow lines, which includes the grass verges, are likely to get parking tickets. For disabled supporters there are specific bays near to each stand.
The journey from Portsmouth to Oxford takes about two and a half hours, either with a change at Basingstoke, or via Guildford and Reading. At the time of writing there were no scheduled engineering works or industrial action. Train details can be checked on www.nationalrail.co.uk
Oxford station is about four miles from the Kassam Stadium. There is a taxi rank at the station, or the Oxford Bus Company service number 5 runs regularly from the Oxford station bus stop R2, through the City Centre to the Knights Road stop in Blackbird Leys, which is a short walk from the stadium.
Eating and drinking
From previous visits to the Kassam most Blues fans will have discovered that there is a very limited choice of bars near the stadium. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel on the corner does not admit football supporters. The nearby Ozone Leisure centre, between the West car park and overflow car park, features a Vue Cinema, Hollywood Bowl, Frankie & Bennies, a Chinese restaurant and a fish and chip shop, the ‘Ozone Plaice’. The Oxford United club shop is also located there.
There are plenty of watering holes in the city centre. The nearest Wetherspoons to the station is The Four Candles, George Street, OX1 2BE (named after the Two Ronnies sketch). If you have plenty of time there are a couple of traditional pubs located in Sandford-on-Thames. The Catherine Wheel, Henley Road, Sandford-on-Thames, OX4 4YP is a free house offering a range of ales and food. The Kings Arms, Church Road, Sandford-on-Thames, OX4 4YB, is a family friendly, riverside Chef & Brewer pub, offering food.
But the easiest answer for a drink may be to get into the stadium early. Alcoholic drinks as well as the usual hot food and drinks are available on the concourse and there are also food kiosks in the car park.