The 70s had seen the search for hostilities centre around Bradford and I certainly witnessed some hairy episodes. I expected the atmosphere to be intimidating but it was fairly good natured with the usual banter. Now before you get any ideas, it was the middle of the afternoon, in the middle of the biggest heatwave weve had in England since 1976. I am a keen real ale fan and as a CAMRA member went into the locals on that basis. 9.5/10. It was a hairy walk back to the car, but with plod stationed at regular intervals nothing went amiss initially. Explore. Cant honestly say that I didn't come within 30 yards of a Stoke fan either before, during or after the match. RM C8EY1C - Matthew Etherington of Stoke City. For twenty minutes we watched him letting other people in in-front of us so I approached him. We have 1 possible answer in our database. Part of what makes football matches so good, is a great atmosphere. Couldnt see many pubs in the area of of the Stoke train station. At the bottom of Station Road at the traffic lights, turn right to go along Leek Road (A52). Times change and progress is made and we move on in all walks of life.". And that September afternoon there were a few isolated instances of projectiles launched from above landing in the terraced area. County held on to get the win and the prospect of promotion when they faced Peterborough 10 days later. I did think the West Stand was also too far away from the edge of the pitch but was the nicest looking side of the ground. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc.. We drove down from out home in Manchester. The stadium is quite high up in an exposed position and the open corners can mean that a cold wind can whip through the stadium, so bear this in mind, especially in the winter months. , The Victoria Ground was demolished in June 1997 and the site stood empty for over 20-years until a housing development was built in 2019 named Victoria Park with the streets named after former Stoke players and managers.. As a result the atmosphere in our end was pretty non existent. I was in row 8 and a block left of the goal which gave me a fairly decent view of the pitch. The provision of the shuttle bus within a five minute walk from the train station made it easy. The concourse seemed a bit small and not really adequate for the 2,900 away fans. It cost 2 for adults to enter and 1 for kids. There were a few Spurs fans walking up but the vast majority were Stoke fans although they were friendly enough and didn't make us feel intimidated. Car parking also was straightforward as we parked in a local car park that's free. 1960), H. Cholmondeley-Pennell Modern Fishing Salmon & Trout Book 1901, Illustrated Catalogue Of Electrical Materials, James A. Henshall Black Bass Angling & Fly Fishing Tools Tackle & Implem, Wright And Ditson's Catalogue Of Fine Athletic Goods, Modern Fishing Lure Collectibles Volume II, 2023 - WorthPoint Corporation | 5 Concourse Parkway NE, Suite 2900. Note the Plus Bus ticket does not cover you for the special buses from the railway station. It was going to be my third visit to the beautifully named bet365 Stadium (does it become the bet366 Stadium in a leap year!? The stewards were friendly, me and my cousin got talking to one of them and he was friendly. Also, I was in a confident mood as Reading have picked up form of late. Its a stadium with a good atmosphere like your attending a proper football match, unlike our trips to Fulham and Wigan this season (which felt like entering Lords Cricket Ground). To be fair, there were a couple of decent chances, for both teams, but it was never going to be a thriller. At the bottom left point of the car park, you should be able to see a couple of bridges and a pathway going down towards them. I exit the ground of the World's oldest existing football club. The Rugby Club is only a ten minute walk away from the bet365 Stadium. Signs, memorabilia and parts of the old pitch sold off for 12.50 a square yard but you had to dig it out yourself are still being manicured as lawns across the land, except the centre-spot, which was dug up and re-laid in Trentham Lakes. The last official match at the ground was played on the 4th of May 1997. As we had pre booked tickets on the 19:10 train so decided not to risk waiting for a bus, but decided instead to walk along the canal and through the town to the station. We were then given a Police escort to the M6 motorway to prevent any damage to the coaches. With the match ticket, travel, food etc, it probably cost me less than 35, which is not too bad for a day at the football. The service of food and hot drinks was from one counter with alcohol from another. It was a slightly odd feeling to be in a rugby club before a football match but it is a new clubhouse with good facilities, serving food too and no hint of bother so I would recommend it. He went on to play 217 (+1) games for the Hatters, but the arrival of Paul Jones prior to the 199/97 season saw him relegated to the bench for that campaign, (he started in only 2 of the 67 games). Adults 40 (A 30) (B 25), Over 65s 27 (A 21) (B 19), Under 17s 23 (A 17) (B 15), Under 14s 20 (A 14) (B 12), Under 11s 16 (A 10) (B 8). There was car parking at a warehouse which was a 10 min walk from the stadium which only cost us 6. This made the Mackems go ballistic. I strongly recommend parking at Longton Rugby Club! The first stadium was the Victoria Cricket Ground. The Riverside Stadium was like that originally when it was built but the corners were soon filled in. Victoria Ground was Stoke City's home for more than a century Stoke City Football Club's derelict former ground could be built on in 2013, the owner says. The concourse for the away supporters is not that big and does get congested, though this is eased at half time by the stewards opening the gates to allow supporters access to the Coach Park area primarily for smokers and the burger van! There was a 6 charge but it was very conveniently situated a short walk from the stadium. if you want to back the Potters, we reviewed the differents offers from bet365: Away fans are housed on one side (towards the Players Tunnel and Main Stand) of the Sharp (South) Stand at one end of the ground, where around 2,800 supporters can be accommodated. Select the 'Free delivery on first order' option at checkout. I remember ripping up the Sentinel on a Friday night with my brother to throw paper up when the players came out on a match day. Facilities were also very good in the ground. We drove past the ground and parked at Longton rugby club for 5 which had plenty of space. The atmosphere was very good from the Southampton perspective and towards the end Stoke's atmosphere was also very good. We decided to drive to Milton Keynes and then take a direct train to Stoke. Stoke were terrible one of the most gutless performances Ive ever watched from a home side and their atmosphere showed. By this he meant the space next to the kerb! Items in the Price Guide are obtained exclusively from licensors and partners solely for our members research needs. Who doesnt love pre-season!? Very easy, special buses are laid on for visiting fans that run from right outside the train station direct to the Britannia. The dpdStand (Wings): Once you pass this stretch of police/stewards there was nothing anywhere else. Football ground of Stoke City, 1878 to 1997, "Lou Macari's love letter to Stoke City's Victoria Ground on anniversary of last game", "New homes plan for Stoke City's former ground (& there'll be some pitches)", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Victoria_Ground&oldid=1119665683, Demolished sports venues in the United Kingdom, Short description is different from Wikidata, Infobox mapframe without OSM relation ID on Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License 3.0, This page was last edited on 2 November 2022, at 19:44. Book now using the blue journey planner above. Parking cost 5. The Police kept everyone who were on public transport (coaches and shuttle buses) kettled in the compound behind the stand for quite a while after game. Straight out the ground, back along the towpath, back on the train, home. Stoke. Shame to see it go. I also found it a little bigger than I had expected, from the pictures that I had seen of the stadium beforehand. Xs Malarkey Live With Elf Lyons. I heard that Stoke was pretty bleak but found it okay and visited a couple of places before meeting with my nephew who lives not far away. If you want to go to the pub I would advise going on the train, going to a pub in the city and then getting the bus from near the station. The bare facts are that Stein assaulted Gannon after County lost 2-1 at the Victoria Ground in March 1993 and was subsequently charged and the case went to court. The ground doesn't look that striking from the outside with the exception of the Main Stand which has a curved middle section. The road ahead was blocked as traffic looked to turn onto a major road. Then at a set of traffic lights where there is an obvious industrial estate to the right, turn left onto Stanley Matthews Way for the stadium. 4 league games; 2 play-off semi-finals, and an Autoglass Final at Wembley. However, Stoke bounced back a few years later and saw Victoria Ground further improved with the construction of a new two-tier stand at the Stoke End. God i miss this place !  The ground took its name from the nearby Victoria Hotel and was originally an oval shape, built to accommodate a running track and used by the local athletic club. Also, there were a few queues to wait for the food, but you have to wait everywhere nowadays! 3 His first game was Stoke City away on a Wednesday night on Then go straight across the A500 dual carriageway and into Glebe Street which is straight across in front of you. Tim Rigby a visiting Wolves fan adds there are some shuttle buses than run from Glebe Street in Stoke up to the Bet365 Stadium, which depart every 15 minutes before kick off. My friend was driving elsewhere after this game so as I had booked a train for an hour after the game finished and this time I was told by a steward there was no shuttle bus at all for away fans and if that was true (I have no reason to disbelieve the steward) then I knew I had walk the 2 miles to the railway station, luckily I arrived at the station with just over 10 minutes to spare. Personally it was a memorable day as my brother got to see us win after six years living down under. Not the largest of venues so once it got busy it's almost impossible to move around. At the top of the slip road turn right at the roundabout (still A50) and then move into the second from left lane (signposted Bet365 Stadium). Not the first time a Boro match has been the only bad point in a good day out, not to mention us slipping into the bottom three. The league match between Stoke and West Brom ended in a 2-1 Stoke win. Listen out though for the Stoke anthem Delilah being sung by the home fans, they can still give a great rendition of that Tom Jones classic song. The away end was small but that was to be expected of a Monday night game. If you want to try something a little different then on the canal located behind the Main Stand (look for the semi-circular looking bridge beyond the car park) are two moored barges, one which sells the traditional locally produced Oatcake, whilst the other sells beer. It leaves for the match around one hour before kick off. The first season at the new ground was a bad one as Stoke were relegated from the First Division, losing 5-2 at home to Manchester City on the final day of the season, with the visiting side also going down after the relegation-threatened sides above them all won their final games. The bet365 Stadium is a pretty standard modern ground. We decided to just eat in the stadium. Also, you will end up singing to Tom Jones I tried to resist, but hey I'm only human Also, I did feel a bit shortchanged on the experience. Adults 47 (A 37) (B 32), Over 65s 33 (A 27) (B 25), Under 17s 27 (A 21) (B 19), Under 11s 21 (A 15) (B 13) Summary of overall thoughts of the day out : Any Premier league away win is brilliant and enjoyable. In the previous game, QPR battled well and we enjoyed seeing Man City come to Loftus Road, unfortunately we didnt get the point we deserved. The game from our point of view was terrible. Next up was a three year spell at Sweetings Field before a long term home was established with the Victoria Ground; Stoke played their home matches there from 1878 all the way through to 1997.