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AWAY DAY GUIDE: GRIMSBY v CITY

10 October 2023

Fixture News

AWAY DAY GUIDE: GRIMSBY v CITY

10 October 2023

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The Bantams will begin their EFL Trophy campaign this evening when travelling to Grimsby Town’s Blundell Park. 

Kevin McDonald’s men head to Cleethorpes with action set to get underway at 7.30pm in Northern Group F.

We have compiled a handy Away Day Guide - packed with useful information ahead of tonight’s encounter.

TICKETS

You will be able to PAY ON THE DAY at Blundell Park this evening, with admission available on turnstiles for no extra charge. 

Close to 200 City supporters have already secured their place in the Osmond Stand.

Any supporters who have not collected their tickets from the University of Bradford Stadium will also be able to do so in Grimsby.

PLEASE NOTE: Only cash will be accepted on turnstiles at Blundell Park this evening. 

Admission prices are as follows: 

Adults: £12

Concessions (14-22/65+/Student): £6

Juniors (3-13): £3*

Under-3s: FREE*

*with accompanying paying Adult

Disabled supporters are charged the above, age-related price and are entitled to a carer ticket, free of charge. 

To read full details, please CLICK HERE

iFOLLOW

iFollow video match passes are available ahead of the clash, for those unable to secure a ticket for the game.  

On sale for just £10, the pass will enable supporters in the UK to tune in for all the pre-match build-up, before enjoying all the action alongside live commentary provided by BBC Radio Leeds' Jamie Raynor and former City frontman Clayton Donaldson. 

Supporters are reminded that 100 per-cent of monies generated through the sale of iFollow video match passes for this fixture will be directed straight to Bradford City AFC. 

To purchase a video match pass, please CLICK HERE

ABOUT THE GROUND 

Built in 1899, Blundell Park is home to the Mariners. The main stand is among the oldest stands still in use, with parts of the original wooden structure - dating back to its creation in 1901 - still visible.

Blundell Park is surrounded on all sides by housing and is just a stone’s throw away from the Humber Estuary.

The Osmond Stand hosts visiting supporters. Built in 1939, it has the capacity to accommodate up to 1,888 fans.

The current capacity of Blundell Park is 9,031.

ABOUT THE OPPOSITION

Last season’s surprise FA Cup quarter-finalists, Grimsby currently sit 18th in Sky Bet League Two.

As they aim to build on their impressive 11th-place finish last campaign, Paul Hurst’s side have picked up 14 points from their opening 12 games, winning 2-1 in their last home outing against Barrow.

While City will begin their EFL Trophy campaign tonight, Grimsby will host their final group stage game, having lost 2-0 to League One opponents Barnsley and on penalties to Manchester City’s star-studded academy.

CAR PARKING 

Parking is extremely limited around Blundell Park. We advise supporters to arrive early and use the local street parking.

Please be aware that some areas close to the ground have matchday parking restrictions.

ENTERTAINMENT AND REFRESHMENTS

Blundell Park has a range of food on offer inside the ground, including pies, pasties, burgers and hot dogs.

Hot drinks are also available from food stands, offering tea, coffee, Bovril and hot chocolate.

Soft drinks and bottled water are also available from fully-stocked bars throughout the ground.

The Mariners Trust run bars are situated at the back of the Pontoon Stand, the Main Stand, in the Lower Youngs Stand and in the Osmond Stand – where away fans will be located.

Grimsby Town will have both an indoor bar and outdoor bottle bar open.

Any relevant further information will be provided by Grimsby Town’s Supporter Liaison Officer via Twitter - @GTFC_SLO.

GETTING THERE 

By car: 

Follow the signs on the M180 and continue as it becomes the A180. This road will bring you to where you need to be as it runs adjacent to Blundell Park.

Supporter coaches should leave Grimsby Road via Tiverton Street and will be parked on Harrington Street.

By train:

The nearest station to the ground is Cleethorpes. This is around a mile from Blundell Park. It will take around 25 minutes to walk from the station to the ground.

Upon arrival at Cleethorpes train station, you will find yourself on the promenade.

From here, you will find two viable routes to the ground.

Option 1: This is the route that is the most accessible. Leave the station to the south-west and turn onto Princes's Road. Follow this until you reach Isaac’s Hill Roundabout, turning right onto Grimsby Road.

Continue on Grimsby Road and turn right onto Manchester Street (after Papa John's Pizza).

At the end of the street, follow the road left and continue until you reach the first set of turnstiles on the left (Harrington 2).

Option 2: This route is very similar in distance and journey time, but will take you on a seaside walk.

Leave the station onto the North Promenade.

From here, walk north-west up the Promenade and away from the Pier.

You will see Fuller Street bridge and the ground to your left. Cross over the bridge, this brings you onto Harrington Street.

The first set of turnstiles on the left (Harrington 2) are where away fans are located. This route is not wheelchair accessible.

By bus: 

Stagecoach operates services that run along Grimsby Road, with stops found near the ground.

Supporters should look out for the number 9, 13 and 46 routes on matchdays.

MEMORY LANE

City’s 1-1 draw against the Mariners last month stretched the Bantams' unbeaten streak against Grimsby to 19.

Andy Cook secured the three points last April when City ran out 3-2 winners in a topsy-turvy affair at the University of Bradford Stadium. 

Before Grimsby were relegated from the fourth tier in the 2009/10 campaign, the Bantams won four-consecutive outings.

The final of the four victories came in November 2009, as goals from Simon Whaley, Steve Williams and James Hanson sealed a 3-0 victory at Blundell Park.

PYROTECHNICS AND BEHAVIOUR 

The club would like to remind supporters the possession or use of pyrotechnics inside a football ground is strictly prohibited. Those found to be carrying or using pyrotechnics will face a long-term ban.

We would like to remind supporters it is a criminal offence to enter the pitch at any time. Anyone who does so without permission can expect to face prosecution.

The club outlined its stance on pyrotechnics at the University of Bradford Stadium last season, following an incident during our home match against Newport County, in a statement. This can be read HERE.

The club would also like to take the opportunity to remind supporters of the zero-tolerance approach towards missile throwing, after an incident in City's home match against Harrogate Town in the Emirates FA Cup last season. 

Bradford City AFC would like to remind supporters that the strongest condemnation is employed towards anti-social behaviour, crowd disorder and misconduct, and illegal activity inside football stadia. 

Our stance on the above will ensure the strongest-possible action continues to be taken against those found guilty of any offence, including the issuing of Football Banning Orders. 

This follows the implementation of the 'Love Football, Protect the Game' initiative reinforced this season, by the EFL, FA and Premier League. For full details, please CLICK HERE

WEATHER 

City fans can expect moderately mild and windy conditions with highs of 19•C. 

To purchase a video match pass, please CLICK HERE


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