City In London (and The South East)

Originally intended to document City's appearances in London, with promotion back to the National League in 2022, this page has been extended to give brief travel guides for our games in London and the South East. For the 2022/3 season, with 12 teams based in the South East plus Torquay and Yeovil in the South West, City will have plenty of long distance adventures.

For 2023/4, travel wise we won't miss the long trips south west to Torquay and Yeovil, but gain Ebbsfleet and Oxford City, making 13, or 15 if you count Kidderminster and Solihull Moors as south east.

The definition of both London and the South East are open to interpretation, so don't shoot the messenger.

General

A few pointers for City supporters, hopefully equally useful to fans based in London and fans travelling down for games.

  • Use a credit / debit card to pay for London Transport journeys, including underground, buses and many trains within the London area. On tube / train, touch in / out at the start / end of each journey and use the same card on all journeys. Touch in at the start of a bus journey. A daily cap (travelcard) applies, from January 2017, the daily cap is £11.20 within zones 1- 5 (Wembley, Wealdstone, Barnet & Dagenham included) and £12.30 for a wider area including Borehamwood. By June 2022, the daily cap for zones 1-5 costs about £13, so your card will never be debited more than the cap in a day.
  • The travelcard can be used on the tube, London buses and local rail lines (night tube and night buses excepted).
  • Always double check for (un)planned service disruptions.
  • Beware: London operates various schemes to reduce pollution by charging most drivers when driving into London. A long standing “congestion charge” in central London and on 25 October 2021, the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) expandedfrom central London up to (but not including) the North Circular (A406) and South Circular roads. When approaching the areas, there are prominent signs. If you enter a zone, you need to pay online that day, otherwise you’ll be hit with a much bigger penalty charge. If supporting City, you shouldn’t need to enter a zone unless you get lost and very lost if you go into the inner “Congestion charge” zone.
  • Warning: Increasingly clubs appear to be stopping sales of match tickets to away fans on matchday, so check and purchase in advance if appropriate.

2023/4

More Coming Soon.

With City's National Conference status being assured, the fixture list will have a similar look to last season, albeit with an increased south east focus (13 clubs (up from 12) bounded by Eastleigh, Oxford City and Southend). We lose the 2 long south west journeys to Torquay and Yeovil.

Going up, Wrexham and Notts County will be replaced by Hartlepool and Rochdale.

Going down, we lose Torquay, Yeovil, Scunthorpe and Maidstone. Coming up from the south will be Ebbsfleet and Oxford City.

Just Oxford City (Marsh Lane, Marston (OX3 0NQ)) is a new league opponent / ground for City.

How long before the Conference is rebranded Football League Division 3 (South)?

Always assuming financial (and other) woes don't scupper the make up of the league.

Hopefully, the below guide will be useful to City fans based in the London area and fans travelling down for games. Health Warning: Always check nearer the day for disruption / strikes etc.

  • Bromley Saturday March 23(15:00)
    Postcode: BR2 9EF
    Address: Hayes Lane, Bromley
    Public Transport: Nearest station is Bromley South, about a 20 minute walk from the ground. There is a very regular train service from London Victoria (plus a few trains from London Blackfriars). Journey time is 20 - 35 minutes depending on the train's routing. Return tickets are about £14. Exit left from the station and head south for 100 yards. Then either
    • (preferred) turn right (B225 / Westmoreland Road) and in 200 yards turn left into Hayes Road or
    • (alternatively) turn left and take the footpath on your right through the Cromwell Road housing estate or carry on and take the much longer (police preferred) route along the A21 and then right into Hayes Lane.

    Road: From the M25 (J4), take the spur road onto the A21. In about 3 miles, turn right onto the B265 (Bromley) and the ground is on your right in about 2 miles. An alternative is the the M5 (J3) / A20 but it probably means a slower journey from there to the ground.
    Notes: Give City's recent visits, you should be able to find the ground in your sleep. Beware local police corralling you onto the long routes to / from the ground.
  • Barnet Saturday February 24 (15:00)
    Postcode: HA8 6AG
    Address: The Hive, Camrose Ave, London
    Public Transport: Jubilee Line towards Stanmore. Alight at Canons Park (you’ll see the ground on the right just before the station). Turn left out of the station and in 70m turn right in to the sports ground / playing fields. 5 minute walk. The previous stop, Queensbury is a little further away and Edgware (Northern Line) is about one mile away. No planned closures / disruptions.
    Road: From Marble Arch, travel up the Edgware Road (A5) and continue northwards. After you pass the A406 (North Circular flyover), in a further 6 km, turn left into Camrose Avueue, you’ll see the ground in front of you in about 2km. Ground parking is £8. Alternatively, don’t go down Camrose Avenue, carry on straight ahead and in about 1.5 km turn left into the B461 which takes you to Canons Park tube station (see public transport above) and probably more on street parking options. From the M1, exit at J4, head south (towards London) down the A41, in 2km at the roundabout exit on the A410 and then left on to the A5. In about 3 or 4km, turn right into the B461 or Camrose Avenue. From the A1, after passing the M25, at the 2nd roundabout, 3rd exit onto the A41, continue straight ahead and at the roundabout on the A410 and at the next roundabout, first exit onto the A5. Turn right as above. WARNING: Beware Edgware Road roadworks.
    Notes:
    • The ground is in a residential area, so for pre match refreshments, try Baker St, Wembley or stay on the tube one stop extra for Stanmore. Edgware Road offers a variety of Irish (and other) pubs but is a good walk from the tube and to the ground.
    • A repeat of last season would be nice.
  • Southend (Conference) Saturday February 10 (15:00)
    Postcode: SS2 6NQ
    Address: Roots Hall Stadium, Victoria Ave, Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend
    Public Transport: PREFERRED ROUTE (Cost and timings). C2C operate a service from London Fenchurch Street to Southend Central, journey time is about 50 minutes (every 10 minutes) or 75 minutes (every 30 minutes). Return tickets are £16. Southend Central is 5 minutes from the seafront and 5 minutes from Southend Victoria. For the ground, head towards Southend Victoria station and then follow Victoria Avenue all the way to the ground. PS: Check nearer the time for possible strikes. NOTE: The closest station is Prittlewell on the Abellio Greater Anglia service from London Liverpool Street but there are no trains. Its a 5 minute walk away. As you exit the station walk up the hill and turn right, then follow the road until you come to a crossroad with traffic lights. On your right will be the 'Fish House', fish and chip shop. Pass this, cross at the lights and turn right. Walk about 100 yards and the ground is tucked away on your left. If you'd stayed on the train, the next stop is Southend Victoria, the end of the line, in one direction, a 10 minute walk to the sea front and 10 minutes to the ground, along Victoria Avenue, in the other direction. Journey time is about one hour and about £10 for a "rail sale" off pea return ticket, twice as much for a normal off peak.
    Road: From the M25 take Junction 29 and follow the A127 to Southend. Continue towards the town centre, through the lights. At the next roundabout turn right (3rd turning), continuing on the A127. The ground is on the right just past the next traffic lights.
    Notes: Let's hope Southend survive their winding up order (and financial crisis) and the game goes ahead...
  • Tue Jan 23 - Oxford City
    Postcode: OX3 0NQ
    Address: RAW Charging Stadium, Marsh Lane, Marston, Oxford
    Public Transport: A decent selection of outbound trains (mainly from Paddington with a few from Marylebone). After the game, return trains about every 20 minutes to 23:16 with a final service at 00:36. Journey time about one hour. The ground is over 4 miles from the station, so local buses (including 4A from bus stop 4 at the station) and taxis (001 Taxis (01865 240000) are recommended).
    Road: On the northern outskirts of the City, from the A40, the main circular around Oxford, exit at Marsh Lane / B4150 and continue until you see a sign for Court Place Farm.
    Notes (1): A new ground for City.
  • SUNDAY Jan 7 (2pm) - Boreham Wood
    Similar details to last season (but note the changed date and kick off time)
    Postcode: WD6 5AL
    Address: LV Bet Stadium Meadow Park, Broughinge Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
    Public Transport: Trains run from St Pancras International to Elstree & Borehamwood (and on towards Luton, calling at Kentish Town, West Hampstead Thameslink, Cricklewood, Hendon and Mill Hill Broadway) about every 10 minutes and the journey time is about 25 minutes. Exit the station and turn right onto the high street (Henley Road). Continue for about 1,000 metres and at the big roundabout, turn left (Brook Road). The ground is about 500 metres up the road, the floodlights should be visible.
    Road: From the A1, travel south beyond the M25 and in about one mile, exit onto the A5135 (Borehamwood). Follow the road ahead for about one mile, passing across 2 mini roundabouts before taking second exit at the big roundabout into Brook Road. The ground is about 500 metres up the road, the floodlights should be visible.
    Notes: The ground is close to the town centre.
  • Sat Nov 25 - Maidenhead United
    Address: York Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire
    Public Transport: Since our last visit, the Elizabeth Line has opened with 4 trains an hour offering a fast, regular and direct service from Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street and Paddington (40 minutes) to Maidenhead. A trundler train from Paddington to Maidenhead is available. Arriving from London, you’ll see the ground on the right. 10 minute walk. No travel disruption expected.
    Road: M4: From the M4, exit junction 8/9 A404. Take the A308(M) exit and then first exit onto the A308. Follow the road for about 2km. Immediately after the railway underpass, the road turns sharp left. At this point (approximately 200m from the ground), carry straight on here into Queen Street and quickly right into York Street. It is a town centre ground, so parking might be limited.
    Notes (1): Don't expect it to be as hot as our last visit.
    Notes (2): Plenty of local / city centre pubs to choose from but don't expect to get a drink from Glen Henderson this time.
    Notes (3): Don’t confuse the club with any other club in Maidenhead.
  • Sat Oct 21 - Eastleigh
    Postcode: SO50 9HT
    Address: The Silverlake Stadium, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh, Hampshire
    Public Transport: The nearest train stations are Eastleigh or Southampton Airport (Parkway), both are about a 20 minute walk. Parkway is the first and just closer, Eastleigh is the next stop. About 3 outbound trains an hour from London Waterloo and equally regular return trains. Journey time is about 90 minutes and return tickets are about £45 (slighly less on some services). Exit Parkway to the left and follow the A335 road through the rural area and you'll see the ground in front of you.
    Road: From the M3, exit J13 and turn right into Leigh Road. Continue to crossroads and turn right at lights into Passfield Avenue. Go past Flemming Park Sports Centre on right and continue to the end of Passfield Avenue. At the roundabout, take 2nd exit and at next roundabout 1st exit past Concorde Club. Take the first turning right into Stoneham Lane Ground 100 yards on left hand side.
    Notes: Advance tickets are £5 cheaper than those bought on the day.
  • Tue Oct 17 - Needham Market
    Postcode: IP6 8DA
    Address: Bloomfields Quinton Road, Needham Market
    Public Transport: The nearest mainline train station is Ipswich, 10 miles away, from there, take the branch line to Needham Market. Trains leave Liverpool Street at 16:30, 17:00 and 17:50 and get into NM about 90 minutes later. Catch the 21:51 return to be in London for midnight, next one gets you in at 05:53. The ground is about one kilometre west of the station.
    Road: West of Ipswich off the A14. Take the Needham Market exit and cross the town.
    Notes (1): A first visit to Suffolk for City.
    Notes (2): No advance tickets.
  • Dagenham & Redbridge Tuesday October 3 (19:45)
    Postcode: RM10 7XL
    Address: Victoria Road, Dagenham, Essex
    Public Transport: Nearest tube station is Dagenham East (District Line). Turn left out of the station and take the 5th left turn into Victoria Avenue. Approximately 10 minutes walk.
    Road: Beware speed cameras and speed limits in the area. From the north and west: Exit the M25 (J27) and take the M11 towards London. When the M11 splits at the end of the motorway follow the signs for A406 South & A13. After 5 miles, take the slip road on the left signposted A13 Dagenham, Tilbury and Southend. Go under the underpass and over the flyover and with the leisure complex on your left bear left onto the A1306 signposted Dagenham East. At the fifth set of lights with McDonalds in front of you, turn left onto the A1112, Ballards Road. At the Bull Roundabout bear left and go past Dagenham East Tube Station. Victoria Road is the fifth turning on the left. From the south & east (via the Dartford Crossing): Follow signs for A13 to Dagenham / Central London. Proceed along this road and take the turn off signposted Elm Park & Dagenham East and turn right at the roundabout at the bottom of the slip road. Proceed to the set of lights and turn left onto a dual carriageway. After about half a mile you will see a McDonalds on your right. Get into the right hand filter lane and turn right onto the A1112 Ballards Road. At the Bull roundabout bear left and go past Dagenham East Tube Station. Victoria Road is the fifth turning on the left.
    Notes: Give City's recent visits, you should be able to find the ground in your sleep.
  • Woking Saturday September 23 (12:30) NOTE: Early 12:30 kick off.
    Postcode: GU22 9AA
    Address: Kingfield Stadium (currently The Laithwaite Community Stadium), Kingfield Road, Woking
    Public Transport: Fast trains depart Waterloo every 10 minutes and take about 25 minutes. In between, there are slow trains taking up to about 50 minutes. Equally as many trains after the game. Return fare from £17.60 Exit the station to your right onto Station Appraoch. It feeds into Guildford Road (A320). After about 1,200 metres, at the Wych Hill Lane junction, turn left and you'll see the ground in front of you. Alternatively, as you walk down Guildford Road, when it bends right, carry straight on into Constitution Hill and through the park (with Sports / Leisure Centre) and the ground is straight in front of you and you'll save a few yards walking.
    Road: from the M25, at J11, take the A320 towards Addlestone, Woodman and Woking. Continue through the town centre, wave to the City fans walking to the ground, and at the Wych Hill Lane junction, turn left. The ground is on your right just in front of you.
    Notes: Paul Weller's Style Council filmed the video for "Solid Bond In Your Heart" at the ground's social club.
  • Ebbsfleet Saturday September 2 (15:00)
    Postcode: DA11 9GN
    Address: The Kuflink Stadium (new name, same old ground), Stonebridge Road, Northfleet, Kent
    Public Transport: Distance wise Northfleet is the closest station (5 minutes walk) but Ebbsfleet International (10 minutes walk) is possibly the more convenient given a normal train service.
    • From Liverpool Street, take the Elizabethan Line to Abbey Wood and change to a local service to Northfleet. Hourly trains at 01 minutes past the hour, the same 01 minutes past the hour for the return. Travel time is 50 minutes and costs about £14 return. Possibly the best option given the expected disruptions.
    • From St Pancras, trains depart at 7, 20 and 37 minutes past the hour. Return tickets about £21. EXPECT disruptions.
    • There are also trains from Victoria and Liverpool Street to Northfleet, cost about £14 return but taking between 40 and 75 minutes. EXPECT disruptions.
    • Essentially from either station, walk back up the line in a north easterly direction and the ground should be soon visible.

    Road: Exit M25 (J2) and take the A2 signposted Canterbury. Leave the A2 at the Northfleet/Gravesend West junction. At roundabout, follow signs to Ebbsfleet International Station/A226 which will take you on to Thamesway and past Ebbsfleet International. The stadium is at the end of the road.
    Notes: Last time we were there, the ground was in an industrial estate, so pre match either stay in London or go into Gravesend / Northfleet town centre and then catch a bus to the ground.
    Beware: Planned train strike on September 2, expect a much reduced service.
  • Dorking Wanderers Saturday August 26 (15:00)
    Postcode: RH4 1DX
    Address: Meadowbank Football Ground, Mill Lane, Dorking, Surrey
    Public Transport: Plenty of trains from Victoria, Waterloo, Blackfriars, all taking about one hour, many direct, others need a change. The best service is probably Victoria at 11 and 41 minutes past the hour direct to Dorking and another 2 indirect trains every hour. Plenty of trains from Waterloo, but most require a change at Guildford or Clapham Junction. Trains depart London Blackfriars at 14 , 15, 54 and 55 (strangely not 34) minutes past the hour for Dorking, change at Redhill the journey takes just over one hour. Turn left out of the Dorking (Mainline) and walk along the A24 (Deepdene Avenue). In about 200 yards you’ll reach Deepdene Station. Here, cross over the road and turn right into London Road. Follow the road and when it bends left, take a right into Rothes Road. The ground is at the end of the road. Its about a 10 minute walk from the station. If you alight at Dorking West (one stop before Dorking West), find your own way taking a south easterly direction.
    Road: The ground is about 5 miles due south of Junction 9 of the M25. Exit onto the A243 and continue onto the A24 through Leatherhead into Dorking. As the road approaches Dorking, it is known as London Road and Deepdene Avenue. Continue through Dorking and at the roundabout (you can't miss it as it has a 3 metre tall cock in the middle (a tribute to the locally famous dorking breed of chicken)), take the 3rd exit (effectively a right turn). In about one kilometre, take the 5th turn into Mill Lane you’ll see ground, near the library. Parking is not available directly at the ground, however there is parking next to the ground at St Martins Walk, RH4 1DX.
    Beware: Planned train strike on August 26, expect a much reduced service.
  • Aldershot Saturday August 19 (15:00)
    Postcode: GU11 1TW
    Address: The EBB Stadium, Aldershot Town FC, The High Street, Aldershot
    Public Transport: Trains run from London Waterloo on the hour and half hour, changing at Woking, take 50 minutes. Alternatively, a direct train departs Waterloo 42 minutes past the hour and take 70 minutes. Similar post match return service departing at 4 and 34 minutes past the hour. Returns from £18. The ground is a 5 minute walk from the station. Leave the station by the main entrance, towards the bus station, and turn right into Windsor Way. Pass Holy Trinity Church on your left and follow the road as it bends left. Turn right at the junction with Victoria Road and the ground is in front of you. To reach the away turnstiles, turn right under the railway bridge and then left up Redan Road.
    Beware: Planned train strikes on August 18 and 20.
    Road: Accessible from the M3 / M4 / M25. Take the A323 towards Aldershot town centre. Parking is available in the town centre multi-storey car park on Wellington Avenue, which is a five-minute walk from the ground.
    Notes: The ground is very close to the town centre.
  • Wealdstone Saturday August 5 (15:00)
    Postcode: HA4 6JQ
    Address: Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip, Middlesex
    Public Transport: The ground is located near 4 tube stations. Ruislip and Ruislip Manor (Uxbridge branch of the Piccadilly and Metropolitan Lines) and Ruislip Gardens and West Ruislip (Central Line). Ruislip is just the nearest station to the ground, 500 metres away. From here, turn left immediately out of the exit, walk along the pathway, up the stairs and turn left onto West End Road. Follow the road and turn left on Grosvenor Vale. Ruislip Manor is about 600 metres from the ground (see below). On the Central Line, Ruislip Gardens (right out of the station, walk along West End Road and turn right into Grosvenor Vale) and West Ruislip (right out of the station, walk along High Road, at the roundabout turn right into Wood Lane and at the junction, right onto West End Road and then left into Grovsenor Vale) are both about 30 minutes walk away. Bus E7 stops at the ground and others (114, 278, 331, 398, H13, U1 and U10) stop at Ruislip station. On National Rail, Chiltern Railways serve the area with trains from London Marylebone (to High Wycombe). West Ruislip is the nearest station (directions above) but trains are quite infrequent and usually run only once per hour.
    Road: Leave the M25 at Junction 16 and take the M40 towards London. At the end of the M40 the road becomes the A40. Take the first exit on the A40, onto the B467 towards Ruislip. At the roundabout at the top of the slip road take the first exit towards Harefield / Ruislip. Continue along the B467 going across two roundabouts. At the end of the B467 you will reach a T-junction that has a small bandstand located in front of you. Turn left here onto the High Road. Follow the High Road passing West Ruislip Station on your right and at the roundabout with the White Bear pub on the right hand corner, take the fourth exit into Wood Lane. Continue along Wood Lane crossing one small roundabout and at the next roundabout bear right onto West End Road. Then take the second left hand turn into Grosvenor Vale and the stadium is located at the bottom of this road. No parking at the ground, but it should be possible on the residential streets near the gound.
    Travel Disruption: None expected.
    Notes (1): The ground's social club hosts Ruislip's Tropic venue which features a regular Friday night tribute band, unfortunately its closed for gigs in August but will be open as usual before the game
    Notes (2): From Ruislip tube station, the high street is a short walk away and features the standard set of high stret pubs
    Notes (3): Don't catch the tube / train to Harrow and Wealdstone (unless you want to come to my house for a cup of tea), it is about 4 miles from the ground. If you do, catch the H9 bus outside the station, alight at Rayners Lane tube and catch the Metropolitan / Piccadilly Line as above.
    Plug: Got off the tube at Ruislip Manor, turn left and at the roundabout, turn right (Cornwall Road). You’ll see The Sound of The Suburbs record shop. Well worth a visit. Then continue along the road and you’ll see the ground in about 10 minutes behind the houses (on the right) as the road bends left (unfortunately, there are no cut throughs).

2022/3 Travel Guide

  • Torquay Saturday April 15 (15:00)
    Postcode: TQ1 3PS
    Address: Marnham Road, Plainmoor
    Public Transport: Trains from London Paddington to Torquay Station, usually 4 minutes past the hour plus one at 10:35 take about 3 hours. Returns at 18:24 and 20:12 (or stay over the night). Single fares £55-£65 or a Super Off-Peak Return at £113.20. The ground is just over a mile north east of the station towards Ellacombe. Alternatively, Torre Station is a bit closer and the ground is due east of the station. Bus 35A from Torquay Harbourside takes you to Plainmoor.
    Road: From the M5, take the A38 and then A380 towards Torquay. As you enter Torquay, turn left onto the A3022. In about 1.5km, turn left onto the B3199 (Hele Road). In a little over 1 km, the road turns sharp left, then immediately take a right onto Westhill Road at the mini roundabout. Carry on straight ahead into Warbro Road and you should see the ground in about 1 km.
    Notes: Comedian Charlie Baker is their celebrity supporter. Another top entertainer might be at the game selling fanzines.
  • Bromley Tuesday March 7 (19:45)
    Postcode: BR2 9EF
    Address: Hayes Lane, Bromley
    Public Transport: Nearest station is Bromley South, about a 20 minute walk from the ground. There is a very regular train service from London Victoria (plus a few trains from London Blackfriars). Journey time is 20 - 35 minutes depending on the train's routing. After the game, the service is almost as regular. Return tickets are about £13. Exit left from the station and head south for 100 yards. Then either
    • (preferred) turn right (B225 / Westmoreland Road) and in 200 yards turn left into Hayes Road or
    • (alternatively) turn left and take the footpath on your right through the Cromwell Road housing estate or carry on and take the much longer (police preferred) route along the A21 and then right into Hayes Lane.

    Road: From the M25 (J4), take the spur road onto the A21. In about 3 miles, turn right onto the B265 (Bromley) and the ground is on your right in about 2 miles. An alternative is the the M5 (J3) / A20 but it probably means a slower journey from there to the ground.
    Notes: Give City's recent visits, you should be able to find the ground in your sleep. Beware local police corralling you onto the long routes to / from the ground.
  • Dagenham & Redbridge Saturday March 4 (15:00)
    Postcode: RM10 7XL
    Address: Victoria Road, Dagenham, Essex
    Public Transport: Nearest tube station is Dagenham East (District Line). Turn left out of the station and take the 5th left turn into Victoria Avenue. Approximately 10 minutes walk.
    Road: Beware speed cameras and speed limits in the area. From the north and west: Exit the M25 (J27) and take the M11 towards London. When the M11 splits at the end of the motorway follow the signs for A406 South & A13. After 5 miles, take the slip road on the left signposted A13 Dagenham, Tilbury and Southend. Go under the underpass and over the flyover and with the leisure complex on your left bear left onto the A1306 signposted Dagenham East. At the fifth set of lights with McDonalds in front of you, turn left onto the A1112, Ballards Road. At the Bull Roundabout bear left and go past Dagenham East Tube Station. Victoria Road is the fifth turning on the left. From the south & east (via the Dartford Crossing): Follow signs for A13 to Dagenham / Central London. Proceed along this road and take the turn off signposted Elm Park & Dagenham East and turn right at the roundabout at the bottom of the slip road. Proceed to the set of lights and turn left onto a dual carriageway. After about half a mile you will see a McDonalds on your right. Get into the right hand filter lane and turn right onto the A1112 Ballards Road. At the Bull roundabout bear left and go past Dagenham East Tube Station. Victoria Road is the fifth turning on the left.
    Notes: Give City's recent visits, you should be able to find the ground in your sleep.
  • Eastleigh Tuesday February 28 (19:45) Saturday January 21 (15:00)
    Postcode: SO50 9HT
    Address: The Silverlake Stadium, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh, Hampshire
    Public Transport: The nearest train stations are Eastleigh or Southampton Airport (Parkway), both are about a 20 minute walk. Parkway is the first and just closer, Eastleigh is the next stop. The landslide which would have affected the origial date has been repaired. Outbound trains are 17:09, 17:35 and 17:50 from London Waterloo and returns at 21:47, 22:12 and 23:12 (last train). Journey time is about 90 minutes and return tickets are about £45 (slighly less on some services). Exit Parkway to the left and follow the A335 road through the rural area and you'll see the ground in front of you.
    Road: From the M3, exit J13 and turn right into Leigh Road. Continue to crossroads and turn right at lights into Passfield Avenue. Go past Flemming Park Sports Centre on right and continue to the end of Passfield Avenue. At the roundabout, take 2nd exit and at next roundabout 1st exit past Concorde Club. Take the first turning right into Stoneham Lane Ground 100 yards on left hand side.
    Notes: Advance tickets are £5 cheaper than those bought on the day.
  • Wealdstone Saturday February 18 (15:00)
    Postcode: HA4 6JQ
    Address: Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip, Middlesex
    Public Transport: The ground is located near 4 tube stations. Ruislip and Ruislip Manor (Uxbridge branch of the Piccadilly and Metropolitan Lines) and Ruislip Gardens and West Ruislip (Central Line). Ruislip is just the nearest station to the ground, 500 metres away. From here, turn left immediately out of the exit, walk along the pathway, up the stairs and turn left onto West End Road. Follow the road and turn left on Grosvenor Vale. Ruislip Manor is about 600 metres from the ground (see below). On the Central Line, Ruislip Gardens (right out of the station, walk along West End Road and turn right into Grosvenor Vale) and West Ruislip (right out of the station, walk along High Road, at the roundabout turn right into Wood Lane and at the junction, right onto West End Road and then left into Grovsenor Vale) are both about 30 minutes walk away. Bus E7 stops at the ground and others (114, 278, 331, 398, H13, U1 and U10) stop at Ruislip station. On National Rail, Chiltern Railways serve the area with trains from London Marylebone (to High Wycombe). West Ruislip is the nearest station (directions above) but trains are quite infrequent and usually run only once per hour. BEWARE: PLANNED TRAIN STRIKE, tube unaffected.
    Road: Leave the M25 at Junction 16 and take the M40 towards London. At the end of the M40 the road becomes the A40. Take the first exit on the A40, onto the B467 towards Ruislip. At the roundabout at the top of the slip road take the first exit towards Harefield / Ruislip. Continue along the B467 going across two roundabouts. At the end of the B467 you will reach a T-junction that has a small bandstand located in front of you. Turn left here onto the High Road. Follow the High Road passing West Ruislip Station on your right and at the roundabout with the White Bear pub on the right hand corner, take the fourth exit into Wood Lane. Continue along Wood Lane crossing one small roundabout and at the next roundabout bear right onto West End Road. Then take the second left hand turn into Grosvenor Vale and the stadium is located at the bottom of this road. No parking at the ground, but it should be possible on the residential streets near the gound.
    Notes: Don't catch the tube / train to Wealdstone (unless you want to come to my house for a cup of tea), it is about 4 miles from the ground.
    Plug: Got off the tube at Ruislip Manor, turn left and at the roundabout, turn right (Cornwall Road). You’ll see The Sound of The Suburbs record shop. Well worth a visit. Then continue along the road and you’ll see the ground in about 10 minutes behind the houses (on the right) as the road bends left (unfortunately, there are no cut throughs).
  • Southend (FA Trophy) Saturday February 11 (15:00)
    Repeat: Exactly as a week earlier, train disruptions included
  • Southend (Conference) Saturday February 4 (15:00)
    Postcode: SS2 6NQ
    Address: Roots Hall Stadium, Victoria Ave, Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend
    Public Transport: PREFERRED ROUTE (Cost and timings). C2C operate a service from London Fenchurch Street to Southend Central, journey time is about 50 minutes (every 10 minutes) or 75 minutes (every 30 minutes). Return tickets are £16. Southend Central is 5 minutes from the seafront and 5 minutes from Southend Victoria. For the ground, head towards Southend Victoria station and then follow Victoria Avenue all the way to the ground. PS: Check nearer the time for possible strikes. NOTE: The closest station is Prittlewell on the Abellio Greater Anglia service from London Liverpool Street but there are no trains. Its a 5 minute walk away. As you exit the station walk up the hill and turn right, then follow the road until you come to a crossroad with traffic lights. On your right will be the 'Fish House', fish and chip shop. Pass this, cross at the lights and turn right. Walk about 100 yards and the ground is tucked away on your left. If you'd stayed on the train, the next stop is Southend Victoria, the end of the line, in one direction, a 10 minute walk to the sea front and 10 minutes to the ground, along Victoria Avenue, in the other direction. NOTE: A rail replacement bus service is in operation, journey time is nearly 2 hours and about £20 for a return ticket.
    Road: From the M25 take Junction 29 and follow the A127 to Southend. Continue towards the town centre, through the lights. At the next roundabout turn right (3rd turning), continuing on the A127. The ground is on the right just past the next traffic lights.
    Notes: Let's hope Southend survive their winding up order (and financial crisis) and the game goes ahead...
  • Woking Saturday December 10 (15:00)
    Postcode: GU22 9AA
    Address: Kingfield Stadium (currently The Laithwaite Community Stadium), Kingfield Road, Woking
    Public Transport: Fast trains depart Waterloo every 10 minutes and take about 25 minutes. In between, there are slow trains taking up to about 50 minutes. Equally as many trains after the game. Return fare from £14. Exit the station to your right onto Station Appraoch. It feeds into Guildford Road (A320). After about 1,200 metres, at the Wych Hill Lane junction, turn left and you'll see the ground in front of you. Alternatively, as you walk down Guildford Road, when it bends right, carry straight on into Constitution Hill and through the park (with Sports / Leisure Centre) and the ground is straight in front of you and you'll save a few yards walking.
    Road: from the M25, at J11, take the A320 towards Addlestone, Woodman and Woking. Continue through the town centre, wave to the City fans walking to the ground, and at the Wych Hill Lane junction, turn left. The ground is on your right just in front of you.
    Notes: Paul Weller's Style Council filmed the video for "Solid Bond In Your Heart" at the ground.
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  • Boreham Wood Tuesday November 8 (19:45)
    Postcode: WD6 5AL
    Address: LV Bet Stadium Meadow Park, Broughinge Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
    Public Transport: Trains run from St Pancras International to Elstree & Borehamwood (and on towards Luton, calling at Kentish Town, West Hampstead Thameslink, Cricklewood, Hendon and Mill Hill Broadway) about every 10 minutes and the journey time is about 25 minutes. Note, an almost as frequent service runs after the game, but check closer to the day for any engineering works. Exit the station and turn right onto the high street (Henley Road). Continue for about 1000 metres and at the big roundabout, turn left (Brook Road). The ground is about 500 metres up the road, the floodlights should be visible.
    Road: From the A1, travel south beyond the M25 and in about one mile, exit onto the A5135 (Borehamwood). Follow the road ahead for about one mile, passing across 2 mini roundabouts before taking second exit at the big roundabout into Brook Road. The ground is about 500 metres up the road, the floodlights should be visible.
    Notes: The ground is close to the town centre.
  • Barnet Saturday October 1 (15:00)
    Postcode: HA8 6AG
    Address: The Hive, Camrose Ave, London
    Public Transport: Jubilee Line towards Stanmore. Alight at Canons Park (you’ll see the ground on the right just before the station). Turn left out of the station and in 70m turn right in to the sports ground / playing fields. 5 minute walk. No planned closures / disruptions.
    Road: From Marble Arch, travel up the Edgware Road (A5) and continue northwards. After you pass the A406 (North Circular flyover), in a further 6 km, turn left into Camrose Avueue, you’ll see the ground in front of you in about 2km. Ground parking is £8. Alternatively, don’t go down Camrose Avenue, carry on straight ahead and in about 1.5 km turn left into the B461 which takes you to Canons Park tube station (see public transport above) and probably more on street parking options. From the M1, exit at J4, head south (towards London) down the A41, in 2km at the roundabout exit on the A410 and then left on to the A5. In about 3 or 4km, turn right into the B461 or Camrose Avenue. From the A1, after passing the M25, at the 2nd roundabout, 3rd exit onto the A41, continue straight ahead and at the roundabout on the A410 and at the next roundabout, first exit onto the A5. Turn right as above. WARNING: Beware Edgware Road roadworks.
    Notes: The ground is in a residential area, so for pre match refreshments, try Baker St, Wembley or stay on the tube one stop extra for Stanmore. Edgware Road offers a variety of Irish (and other) pubs but is a good walk from the tube and to the ground.
  • Yeovil Saturday September 3
    Postcode: BA22 8YF
    Address: Huish Park Stadium, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset
    Public Transport: Various services from Paddington (usually 2 changes) or Waterloo (some shown as “direct”, others with 2 changes, but all come with a bus portion of the journey), total journey time is around 3 hours. Waterloo is a much cheaper option but given the bus, Paddington may be reliable. The station is in the south east of the town, the ground is in the north west of the town, about 3 km away. Note the Waterloo replacement bus, otherwise, no travel disruption expected.
    Road: From London and the Home Counties. Take the M3 and the A303 until the Cartgate roundabout, junction with A3088 sign-posted for Yeovil. At first roundabout take the first exit along Bunford Lane, go straight over the next roundabout and take the first exit – again the Western Avenue roundabout into Lufton Way. From the South via A30. Take the A30 into Yeovil until the Kingston roundabout, and then follow signs for Taunton (A358) along Preston Road to roundabout at Western Avenue. Brown directional signs are provided from all the major routes for both home and away fans. Away fans (including coaches) via Lufton Way to the stadium. Parking at the ground for £3.
  • Maidenhead United Saturday August 27
    Postcode: SL6 1SF
    Address: York Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire
    Public Transport: Train from Paddington to Maidenhead (direct service), approximately every 15 minutes and a 40 minute journey. Arriving from London, you’ll see the ground on the right. 10 minute walk. No travel disruption expected.
    Road: M4: From the M4, exit junction 8/9 A404. Take the A308(M) exit and then first exit onto the A308. Follow the road for about 2km. Immediately after the railway underpass, the road turns sharp left. At this point (approximately 200m from the ground), carry straight on here into Queen Street and quickly right into York Street. It is a town centre ground, so parking might be limited.
    Notes (1): Plenty of local / city centre pubs to choose from.

    Notes (2): Don’t confuse the club with any other club in Maidenhead.
  • Maidstone Saturday August 6

City's Playing History In London

City's first ever trip to play in London was in 1937. Our first league trip didn't come until the end of regionalised football in 1958. Here we recall all the London grounds we've played on.

How many grounds have City played at in London?

Until 1958, when regionalised lower league football ended, we never played league matches further south than Walsall. We visited Southend and Swansea during our 1936/7 cup run, but last time I looked, neither was in London. A season later, we went 2 rounds better, reaching Round 6. In Round 2, we finally got to London and a tie at Clapton (Now Leyton) Orient, enjoying their first season at their new Osborne Road ground, now known as Brisbane Road. Incidentally, a few seasons earlier, they'd played their home league games at Wembley Stadium, until 2017 and Spurs, the only club to do so.

We waited until 1958/9 for our next forays into London with Division 4 trips to Millwall and Crystal Palace (#3).

Promotion that season opened up a whole new vista in West London, QPR and Brentford (#5). Although our first trip to QPR, it was their 16th different ground our hosts have called home. Incidentally, in former days, Griffin Park was an orchard owned by Fuller’s Brewery whose logo included a griffin.

Whilst existing in the lower divisions it wasn’t until 1972 that we visited another new ground in London, Charlton's, The Valley. 5,378 saw us lose 1-0 in a stadium that had seen much better days and 75,000 attendances.

1974 saw us in Division 2, playing many teams for the first time, surprisingly only one new London ground, Fulham's Craven Cottage (#7). Watch Chris Jones' brace as we win 2-0. A little later in that 1974/5 season we drew Arsenal (#8) in Round 3 of The FA Cup. Jones’ strike partner, Jimmy Seal scored with a stunning long range effort to give us the lead in a game we drew 1-1. Recent evidence suggests that that was not the first time we'd visited Highbury as Jimmy Crangle recalled playing on the ground for City's reserve side a couple of seasons earlier.

A season later, we visited newly relegated Chelsea (#9) and held them to a rather drab 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge in October 1975.

Successive relegations saw us back into the basement. November 1977 saw us make our first trip to Plough Lane (#10), Wimbledon and a 2-1 defeat against a team enjoying their first season in The Football League.

It was nearly 16 years later before we visited a new London ground. March 1993, with Paul Barnes having very recently departed, we won 5-1 at Barnet’s Underhill (#11), largely due to a Paul Barnes hat trick, as both teams strove for promotion. Watch Barnes' Hat Trick. Despite the setback on the day, our hosts, in only their second league season, won automatic promotion consigning us to the play offs. I’m sure many of you reading this will have been at Wembley (#12) on May 29 and recall our extra time and penalties win over Crewe on our first visit to Wembley. Watch Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 - Penalties

April 1997 saw us visit Millwall (#13) and their new ground, The New Den, a Neil Tolson goal giving us a 1-1 draw.

In November 1998, with the early rounds of The FA Cup being de-regionalised City visited Enfield (#14) in Round 1. A top non league side over the previous 30 years, they were already in decline and were forced to sell their ground a year later beginning a nomadic existence. City drew 1-1 and won the replay.

Our relegation to the conference saw us buy a new road map. In our first season, we made our first visit to Dagenham & Redbridge (#15). Other clubs in the south east included Stevenage, Canvey Island, Woking, Crawley and Gravesend & Northfleet (later Ebbsfleet), but for the purposes of this article, all are considered to be outside London, as are Grays who we first visited a season later.

May 2009 saw us make the first of 4 visits to the new Wembley (#16). Watch It

In August 2009, City played Hayes & Yeading (#17) for the first time visiting their Church Road ground. By our 3rd trip to play them, their ground was a Barratt Homes building site and they’d moved outside London to ground share with Woking, a game best remembered for a stunning Jason Walker free kick. Later ground shares with Maidenhead and Beaconsfield followed before they permanently returned to Hayes and a new ground in 2017.

In October 2015, Barnet’s new The Hive (#18) became the next, the only new London ground in our 4 season return to The Football League.

I’ve missed one out, West Ham. The only time we’ve played them was March 1999 in the last 16 of the FA Youth Cup. After a 1-1 draw a Bootham Crescent, we lost the replay 5-0 at Upton Park, maybe not too unsurprisingly when you consider The Hammers had Michael Carrick and Joe Cole in their line up. That makes 19.

I’ve allowed myself a bit of latitude on defining London. Generally, zone 1 - 5 tube stations are included ((AFC) Wimbledon at Plough Lane, Brentford, Dagenham & Redbridge and Wealdstone are amongst those in) but excluded are non London postcodes (Watford, AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow and Boreham Wood are out), being the rule of thumb.

Promotion to the National League in 2022 saw Wealdstone added to the list. That makes 20 different London grounds we’re played on.

Roll on, first trips to Arsenal’s Emirates, The Olympic Stadium, Spurs' new stadium, Brentford and of course AFC Wimbledon’s return to Wimbledon. A little further down, Chelsea.

Travel Guide - 2018 & Earlier

2017/8
National League North doesn't offer too many local games for the southern based fans, even counting the likes of Leamington and Brackley (Northamptonshire). So, we’re indebted to Robin Bowes and his public Google calendar containing all City’s 2017/8 fixtures, including the address of the home grounds from which Google automatically generates a map link. Whilst Robin will endeavour to keep it updated in the event of any fixture changes, you should always check official sources before setting off anywhere as Robin can't be held responsible for inaccurate content. Try HTML or ICS format.

WEMBLEY (Macclesfield) (Sunday May 21 2017)
Ground: Wembley Stadium HA9 0TU
Tube: Wembley Park Regular Metropolitan Line tubes from Kings Cross take about 25 minutes. A leisurely walk up Wembley Way takes 10 minutes. Alternatively take the Bakerloo Line to Wembley Central or Chiltern Railways from Marylebone to Wembley Stadium and enter Wembley via the back door.
Road: Don't follow the motorway signs which seem to take you half way around the M25. Drive on, park near a tube station and take the tube. There is a 2 mile parking exclusion zone around Wembley. Continue down the A1(M) beyond the M25 and at the 2nd roundabout, turn right onto the A41 and then A410 towards Stanmore (Jubilee Line) or continue towards Pinner, Rayners Lane or North Harrow and catch the Metropolitan Line. If on the M1, come off at J4. You'll always find supporters from northern clubs parked up around these stations when their team is at Wembley. If I see any City supporters parked near my house, I'll sell you a York City Quiz Book or 2 at a special price!
Pubs:

  1. As in previous Wembley years, Dave Wood is organising a pre-match event kicking off in Smithfield at Fox & Anchor, Charterhouse Street (opens 08:30am!), moving on to the Old Red Cow, Long Lane (2 minutes away) in readiness for fine food at 12 noon. This really is a fine establishment, and we’d need to book a space as it’s a popular destination for Sunday lunch. If we can get about 20 folk there, we could take over the upstairs. Beer is great too. A quick 5 minute walk to Farringdon for the fast Met line to Wembley, and you’re there. Easy peasy. Mail Dave Wood for more details.
  2. Ray & Dot Goodearl plan to visit The Duke of Kent, 2 Scotch Common W13 8DL from 1pm and then stroll down to the Arygle Road about 14.30 for a bus trip on the 297 to the end of the Empire Way. Mail Ray Goodearl for more details.
  3. “Green Man & Porter's Bar” at 383 Euston Road, London, NW1 3AU. Its right outside Great Portland Street tube station (2 stops from Kings Cross on the Met line on the way to Wembley).
  4. Avoid the Baker Street area if you want a quiet drink.

Woking (April 22 2017)
Ground: The Laithwaite Community Stadium, Kingfield, Woking, GU22 9AA
Train: Woking Direct regular trains (about every 10 minutes) take about 25 minutes from London Waterloo. The ground is due south of the station and takes about 15 minutes to walk. From the station, exit the station onto Station Approach, turn left on Guildford Road and continue onto Claremont Road. At the end, turn left onto Kingfield Road and the ground is just in front of you.
Road: Exit the M25 at J11. Follow the A320 Woking / Chertsey. Continue on it through Woking town centre at take a left onto the A247 (Kingfield Road). Ground on the right.
Fact: The Style Council recorded the video for their 1983 hit, "A Solid Bond in Your Heart" at Woking's ground.

Dagenham & Redbridge (March 25 2017)
Ground: Chigwell Construction Stadium, Victoria Road, Dagenham, RM10 7XL
Tube: Dagenham East Regular tubes from central to east London. Eastbound (Circle, Hammersmith & City or Metropolitan) from Kings Cross, change at Aldgate East or Tower Hill onto the District Line towards Upminster. Exit left at Dagenham East station, walk along the main road and take the 5th left turning. The ground is in front of you. Approx 15 minutes walk.
Road: If coming from the North, exit the M25 at J27 and take the M11 towards London, at the end of the motorway follow the signs for A406 South & A13. Beware speed cameras from here onwards !!!! After 5 miles, take the slip road on the left signposted A13 Dagenham, Tilbury and Southend. Go under the underpass and over the flyover and with the leisure complex on your left bear left onto the A1306 signposted Dagenham East. At the fifth set of lights with McDonalds in front of you, tern left onto the A1112, Ballards Road. At the Bull Roundabout bear left and go past Dagenham East Tube Station. Victoria Road is the fifth turning on the left. Tube is more convenient for anyone in London.

Sutton (March 11 2017)
Ground: The Borough Sports Ground, Gander Green Lane, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 2EY
Train: West Sutton 2 direct trains per hour (18 and 48 minutes past the hour) from London St Pancras International and 2 more (04 and 34 minutes past the hour with a change at Sutton). All take just under one hour. The ground is right outside West Sutton station. From Sutton station, its about a mile in a north west direction (exit right from the station, carry on up the high Street, at the top turn left into Crown Road).
Road: From the M25 exit at Junction 8 onto the A217. Carry on for about 8 miles, after crossing the A232, in about 500 yards, take the first right into Alberta Avenue and continue into Frederick Road and you'll see the ground in front of you. From central London, head south west and find your own way to the A24 and A217.

Borehamwood (February 18 2017)
Ground: Meadow Park, Broughinge Road, Boreham Wood WD6 5AL
Train: Elstree & Borehamwood 4 trains per hour (10, 24, 40, 54 minutes past the hour) from London St Pancras International (ex Sutton and South London and stopping at Kentish Town, West Hampstead, Cricklewood, Hendon & Mill Hill Broadway). Journey time is 24 minutes. From the station, exit right onto the main road, walk straight along High Street / Shenley Road (B5378), turn left into Eldon Avenue and you should see the ground in front of you when it meets Brook Road. About a 15 minute walk.
Road: From the A1 Northbound, stay on the A1, over Stirling Corner, exit slip road into Borehamwood, join A5135 (about 2 miles south of the M25), at the 3rd roundabout take the 2nd exit on the left into Brook Road, Broughinge Road is first turning on the right, after big car park. Its about one mile from the A1.
Pub: The Hart And Spool, a Wetherspoon pub, at 148, Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Herts, WD6 1EQ. [020 8953 1883] is half way between station and ground. The choice is yours film studio or beer.

Aldershot Town (January 28 2017)
Ground: The EBB Stadium (better known as The Recreation Ground) High Street, Aldershot, GU11 1TW
Train: Aldershot 2 trains per hour (on the hour and half hour) from London Waterloo, change at Woking and it takes about 56 minutes.
Road: From the train, you should see the ground on your right, its about a 10 minute walk from the station. By road, head down the M3, at J4 take the A331 exit to Guildford / Farnham / Camberley / Farnborough / Aldershot. In 5 miles, take the A323 towards Aldershot / Woking, then at the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Ash Rd / A323. Continue to follow A323, Go about a mile and through 2 roundabouts and you should see the ground on your right.

Harlow Town (January 14 2017)
Ground: The Harlow Arena Elizabeth Way, Harlow, Essex, CM19 5BE
Train: Harlow Town With engineering works, it’s a train from Liverpool St (12 and 42 minutes past the hour) or Seven Sisters to Cheshunt and rail replacement bus to Harlow Town. Total time is about 75 minutes. From Harlow Town station, its in the south west direction. Find the A1169, keep walking down the road and its one mile (roughly speaking).
Road: From the M1, take the A414 at J4 and follow it for about 10 miles into Harlow and then take the A1169 (ground on the right). OR: From the M11, take the A414 at J7, then A1025 and A1169 (ground on the left). The ground is about 5 miles from the M11.

Dover Athletic (January 7 2017)
Ground: Crabble Athletic Ground Lewisham Road, River, Dover, Kent, CT17 0JB
Train: Dover Priory (or Kearsney) From St Pancras, 37 minutes past the hour and it takes just over one hour to Dover Priory. The tain at about 10 past the hour involves a change at Ashford International and takes about one hour 20 minutes. Or take a train from Charing Cross which takes nearly 2 hours. Dover Priory is about 2 miles from the ground, alternatively, take the train back up the line to Kearsney, 10 minutes' walk from the ground. Exit left out of the main entrance, walk along High Street, right into Westmoreland Road, left into Hayes Road (B2212) and it leads into Hayes Lane, the ground (BR2 9EF) is a little less than one mile from the station.
Road: M25, then M2/A2 (following the signs to Canterbury, then to Dover) to the Whitfield roundabout McDonald's Drive-Thru on the left). Take the fourth exit, down Whitfield Hill. At the bottom of the hill turn left at the roundabout and follow this road until the first set of traffic lights. At the lights turn right (180 degrees down the hill) and follow the road under the railway bridge, the ground is a little further up the road on the left. No supporter parking in the ground, use the rugby ground.

Bromley (November 25 2016)
Train: Bromley South 45 minutes from St Pancras (2 trains an hour) or 16 - 27 minutes from Victoria (8 trains an hour). Exit left out of the main entrance, walk along High Street, right into Westmoreland Road, left into Hayes Road (B2212) and it leads into Hayes Lane, the ground (BR2 9EF) is a little less than one mile from the station.
Road: By car, its about 10 miles from J4 on the M25, take the A21, after 5 miles left onto the A232, at the 2nd lights, right onto B265 (Hayes Lane), after about a mile and passing through Hayes, you should see the ground and a fitness centre on the south of Bromley on your right.

Braintree No trains from Liverpool Street. Central Line tube to Newbury Park, replacement bus to Witham and train to Braintree. Allow about 90 minutes.

Maidstone (August 6 2016) Remember 12:15 kick off. Trains from St Pancras or London Victoria to either Maidstone East or Maidstone Barracks. Both stations are about 500 metres from the ground. There are direct trains, every 30 minutes, from Victoria to Maidstone East taking about one hour, from either London station there are one or 2 change trains taking up to 90 minutes. By road, its the M2 (J3) / M20 (J6) and the A229 but parking is very limited near the ground. PS Not to be confused with the old Maidstone United who we played in Division 4 between 1989 and 1992. They played in Dartford.
Gallagher Stadium, James Whatman Way, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LQ.

Wimbledon (March 19 2016) Replacement bus. Allow extra time.

Dagenham (March 5 2016) Normal tube service. Get to Dagenham East (District Line). Take the Circle or Hammersmith or Met line from Kings Cross and change where it connects with the District Line (Aldgate East or Tower Hill). At Dagenham East, left out of the station, fifth left and you're there. About 15 minutes' walk.

AFC Wimbledon (March 7 2015) Frequent fast trains run from Waterloo to Norbiton, every fifteen minutes taking 25 minutes, take the slow one and its 50 minutes. 20 minutes' walk from the station to the ground, just follow the crowds.

Woody Pub: The Willoughby Arms at 47 Willoughby Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 6LN. Described as a gracious Victorian 'pile' situated in North Kingston; it features 3 bars, a function room, big screen HD & 3D TV, a range of real ales, garden with pond (and the famous turtles) and a covered smoking area at the rear which also includes an HD plasma TV screen.

The Cherry Red Records Stadium, Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 3PB

Barnet (August 2012) Straight up the Northern Line from Kings Cross to Barnet and a 2 minute walk from the tube station. Alternatively the main line out of Kings Cross involves a 15 minute walk. Talk the tube on the way back and get out at Mornington Crescent and join York City South's social and quiz night in The Sheephaven Bay.

May 2012 - Wembley No directions needed to our home ground.

Oxford (Wembley) - (May 16) After last year, not sure if we need to repeat the travel info, but just in case, here goes. Take The Metropolitan Line from Kings Cross or Baker Street to Wembley Park and walk down Wembley Way, it provides the most regular service. Trains every 5 minutes and allow 40 minutes from KX to Wembley Park. As an alternative, take the Bakerloo tube to Wembley Central or Chiltern Line train from Marylebone to Wembley.

Just outside Marylebone, towards Edgware Road, 5 minutes' walk from either, is the York City South preferred pub, "The Perserverance" at 11, Shorton St, Marylebone, NW1 6UG. Its open from 12, so you there. From Marylebone, you'll enter the stadium via the back door and miss out on the walk down Wembley Way.

Catch the Metropolitan line tube from Kings Cross or Baker Street to Wembley Stadium. Enjoy the walk up Wembley Way. The best pub is The Green Man on Dagmar Avenue (HA9 8DF). Take a right out of the tube station, fork left at the roundabout and follow the main road round as it becomes Empire Way. Pass McDonalds, The Quality Inn and new build flats and at the next roundabout take a right into Dagmar Avenue. Pub on the right at the top of the hill. Its a 10 minute walk. The beer garden serves burgers and even when England play, there is very little queuing.

For the early starters, open from 08:30 is a fine watering hole, Fox & Anchor, 115 Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6AA (close to Smithfield Market). The pub is a proper free house, and carries 6 varying real ales. Food is of an exceptionally high quality, as the 70 or so City fans who were there pre-Trophy will attest to. Tables will be reserved for YCS at lunch ‘til 1.30pm, and we can drink beyond that. The other plus points are no problem in getting served, no plastic glasses, no opposition fans and its just a 5 minute walk to Farringdon or Barbican tube to pick up the Metropolitan line to Wembley.

Travel tips:

  1. A Kings Cross - Wembley return is slightly cheaper than 2 singles.
  2. Don't buy 2 singles. The ticket office queues are horrendous.

Ebbsfleet (February 13) They've had many names over the years. Their most recent, in the hope of getting sponsorship from Eurostar and its new Ebbsfleet International railway station. Catch the Eurostar from St Pancras, right next to Kings Cross. 4 trains an hour, taking under 20 minutes, and £3.30 for a return. The International Station is clearly visible from the ground. Alternatively, the scenic routes trundle out of London Bridge and Charing Cross (2 trains per hour from each station) arriving at Northfleet (Cooper Arms) just under one hour later. Exit the station and turn left onto the main road. Its down hill all the way. The station is barely 400 yards from the ground.

The YCS meet is at the "Rose and Crown", close to Northfleet station. For the thirsty amongst us, "The Plough" is bang next door to the ground. There's also a social club at the ground, but on big match days, its segregated or packed or both. Beware, don't ask a local for directions. He's as likely to be an Aussie, rather than a Kentish Man (or Man of Kent), paying his annual visit to his club and is probably more lost (and maybe more drunk) than you! PS Don't mention The Ashes.

AFC Wimbledon (November 21) AFC Wimbledon, like Hayes, is in a tube free London desert. Norbiton is the nearest railway station to the ground, its about a 10 minute walk away. The station is served by trains from London Waterloo via Clapham Junction and Wimbledon. AFC Wimbledon play at, deep breath, The Cherry Red Records Fans Stadium, aka Kingsmeadow. Its located at Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 3PB. By public transport from Kings Cross, take the Northern line to Waterloo and then the train from Waterloo to Waterloo (via Reading). It does a circuit and returns to London. Best look on the departure board for Norbiton. There are 4 trains an hour, departing at 12, 27, 42 and 57 minutes past the hour.

Alternatively, catch the Victoria Line from Kings Cross to Vauxhall and pick up the train from there. Assuming you don’t get lost, it should take about 50 minutes from KX to Norbiton.

Outside the station, take either Homersham Road or Norbiton Avenue, turn right into Gloucester Avenue, then left into Cambridge Road. You’ll see the ground on your right. Its about a 10 minute walk from the station.

By road turn off the M25 at junction 10 and head up the A3, London bound towards Kinston and Norbiton. Take the A2043 towards Kingston. Follow this to the next roundabout. Take the first exit into Kingston Road (A2043 still) and Kingsmeadow is one mile (roughly speaking) on the left.

Hayes. Its the back of beyond (post code UB3 2LE). Nearest station is Hayes & Harlington out of Paddington’s main line station. Even then, it is a mile (roughly speaking) walk from the ground. According to their website, "Turn right outside the station, walk through the shopping area to the end of the part pedestrianised section. Turn left into Botwell Lane. Just after the swimming pool, turn right at roundabout into Church Road, and the ground is 500 yards on the left". Don’t expect to see any evidence of the ground until you’re right on top of it. Not the greatest of areas for pubs etc. There’s variety of local buses from the station and from all around, including Heathrow, Harrow, Uxbridge, Wembley and even Euston , although from there its a long haul. The nearest we'll get to Wembley this season?

Travel Health Warning: Check the www.tfl.gov.uk LUL / TfL (London Underground Limited / Transport for London) website, its got a journey planner and also a page which tells you which services are suspended for weekend engineering works.

Meet & Greet

The Branch has launched a "Meet & Greet" initiative for the 2009/10 season. In old money, that's like a piss up, but only more refined, to you and me. Check our twitter feed on the home page for the next one.

You've already missed the first few, but don't be late for the next.

Stevenage (April 24) - Shirley Pilmore writes. York City South's final (ed - What about the play off? What about Wembley?) "Meet and Greet" of the season (in fact open to all YCFC fans by invitation of the Landlord) is "The Chequers" 164 The High Street. Stevenage. Turn left out of station and 5 mins walk. Drinks before the game and celebrations after. See you there ......."! Come on the York".

Ebbsfleet (February 13) - Shirley Pilmore writes. The next YCS Meet and Greet is at the "Rose and Crown", close to Northfleet station. For the thirsty amongst us, "The Plough" is bang next door to the ground. There's also a social club at the ground, but on big match days, its segregated or packed or both.

Stoke (January 2) - Shirley Pilmore writes. Next YCS Meet and Greet -"Trentham Lakes", a Harvester on Sir Stanley Matthews Way.

AFC Wimbledon (November 21) - Shirley Pilmore writes. Even though the club has two bars within the Phil Strank Stand which we will be open to us before the game, I'm going to the Willoughby Arms (47 Willoughby Rd). A pub with 3 bars, a garden, TV sports screen and 4 real ales on draft. Its 0.5 miles from Norbiton Station. Right into Manorgate Rd, right into Clifton Rd, left into Canbury Rd then right again into Willoughby Rd. PS All the time, you're walking away from the ground, that's when you're not walking around in circles. But if Shirley recommends it and you don't mind getting wet in the beer garden, then its an excellent choice. See you there ......."! Come on City"

Crawley (October 31) - Shirley Pilmore writes. The next YCS "Meet and Greet" will be at Crawley's social club (also know as the "Redz" Bar) both before and after the game. To get to the ground take the Fastway 10 bus from opposite the station (stops right outside the ground) or share a cab with the hundreds of York fans getting of the train at Crawley (obviously not all in the same one) See you there ......."! Come on City"

Salisbury (October 10) - Shirley Pilmore writes. Great place, one down side is the Old Sarum is way out of town. Their social club (which overlooks the pitch) does welcome away supporters though and there are 3 buses that run from the station to the ground at 1.30, 1.40 and 1.50 (they're expecting large numbers from York on the Jimmy Sangere former haunts trial) only thing is the buses take 45 minutes to get there. So, after much trawling the net hopefully we've found a decent town centre pub for a York City South "Meet and Greet". The Wig and Quill at 1 New Street, SP1 2PH. From the station, walk down Fisherton Street, turn left into High St and right into New St. They serve local ales from the wood, have a working cellar (which you can view) a restaurant and bar menus as well as an outside courtyard...Hoping to meet up with friends before hot footing it to their social club for a quick pint of Magna Carta.

August 22 and Hayes is the next meet and greet. We're meeting in their clubhouse before the game.

Or contact Shirley for more details or to suggest a meeting point for future away games.

When the weather gets cold and wet (I mean winter, not summer), Sophie has offered to come to a meet and greet on the weekend of one of City's trips down south.

Trying to arrange travel to a City game home or away, got a spare seat ,want a lift, want someone to go with, then email Webmaster and I'll put something on this page.