It’s back! With the new season, comes the new away day planner. And with all the TV fixtures nailed on, Dom gives you the info you need to know.
Domestic football is coming back in less than a month, and it’s Premier League football for the Whites. We’ve got a trip to the Midlands and a London derby – a decent mix to start the campaign.
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Our first away trip of the season is to the Black Country as Portuguese managers Marco Silva and Bruno Lage go head to head.
Avanti West Coast staff are conducting industrial action on the day of the game, so there are no direct trains between London and Wolverhampton as usual. Your two solutions are:
- Take a Chiltern Railways train from London Marylebone to Birmingham Moor Street. From there you can either…
- Walk to Birmingham New Street and get a train to Wolverhampton
- Get a taxi from Moor Street to Wolverhampton (shouldn’t be too pricey if sharing)
- Get a West Midlands Metro tram from Corporation Street to Wolverhampton
- Get yourself to Reading station, and from there you can get to Wolverhampton directly on a cross-country service
Where to park
Just off the ring road near Molineux is the Civic Hall car park, which normally remains open for night matches and costs £4 for three hours, £5.50 for four hours, or £2 for evenings (if you enter the car park after 5pm).
There’s limited parking available at the stadium itself at a cost of £8 per car.
There’s some street parking to be found on a small industrial estate near to Wolverhampton Railway Station. It’s around Kennedy Road (off Culwell Street), which is then around a 10-minute walk to Molineux.
Where to drink
My recommendation would be to split your journey up via Birmingham New Street and drink pre-match at any of the pubs nearby such as The Railway, The Sun On The Hill or The Briar Rose due to the lack of away pubs in Wolverhampton.
If not, there’s The Bohemian Bar, 25-27 Lichfield St,WV1 1EQ. As mentioned, Wolves away is known for being pretty much mission impossible to find a local bar/pub to let away fans in. However this has proved a success previously.
There’s the Hogshead, 186 Stafford Street, WV1 1NA. This is more of a pub option for you also showing live sport.
Or the Bluebrick, 191 Broad Gauge Way, WV10 0BA. This is located at the Premier Inn and is only a short walk from the station
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Towards the end of the month we’ve got a London derby. It’s not a long journey, and the evening kick-off gives plenty of time for pre-match entertainment.
Trains: Nearest National Rail station is Drayton Park, which is served from Moorgate & Old Street in Central London
Tube: If coming in on the Victoria Line, your best bet is Highbury & Islington. Or if the Picadilly line is easier then I suggest Holloway Road. Finsbury Park is also only 15 minutes or so away if you decide to hang about there pre game.
Where to park:
There’s little parking at the stadium itself or in nearby streets. There’s the Sobell Leisure Centre on Hornsey Road (N7 7NY), which is just a 10 minute walk away from the Emirates Stadium.
If you’re coming from North of London I’d recommend parking at somewhere like Cockfosters and getting the tube in on the Piccadilly line.
Where to drink
1) The Coronet, 338-346 Holloway Rd, N7 6NJ. An old cinema turned Wetherspoons outlet just 10 minutes walk from the Emirates.
The Twelve Pins, 263 Seven Sisters Rd, Finsbury Park, N4 2DE. Normally a good mix of home and away fans with lots of screens showing the sport and about a ten minute walk from the ground.
Euston and Kings Cross. You could drink around the two main train stations in pubs such as The Rocket, Euston Flyer, The Millers or The Dolphin before getting on a short tube journey on the Piccadilly line to the Emirates.