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AWAY DAY GUIDE: SUTTON v CITY

28 October 2023

Fixture News

AWAY DAY GUIDE: SUTTON v CITY

28 October 2023

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The Bantams remain on the road this weekend, clocking in some more miles, this time with a trip to Sutton United (3.00pm). 

We have created an Away Day Guide to give you all the important information you need to know heading into the encounter.

STADIUM ADDRESS

VBS Community Stadium

Gander Green Lane

Sutton

Surrey

SM1 2EY

ABOUT THE GROUND 

The Borough Sports Ground, which was renamed to the VBS Community Stadium for commercial reasons, was opened in 1898.

The stadium has a capacity of 5,013 of which 765 are seated.

In recent times, the ground has hosted England C team fixtures as well as the FA Sunday Cup.

Away fans are mostly housed in the Collingwood Road End.

ABOUT THE OPPOSITION

The U’s currently sit bottom of Sky Bet League Two with seven points from their opening 15 encounters. 

After winning emphatically on the opening day, a 5-1 home win against recently-promoted Notts County, the south London side have gone four games without a point. 

With manager Matt Gray at the helm, the Yellows will hope things turn around from them at Gander Green Lane.

TICKETS 

Supporters will be able to pay on the gate at Gander Green Lane, with over 600 Bantams set to make the long trip down to South London.

Supporters will be charged an extra £2, and any tickets not collected from the University of Bradford Stadium will be available at Sutton ahead of kick-off.  

Sales and collections will be from gate C by turnstiles 9 and 10, with access via Collingwood Road. 

Admission prices are as follows:

STANDING:

Adult: £23

Concession (60+): £19

Ages 12-18: £9

Under-12: FREE

Carer: FREE

SEATED:

Adult: £27

Concession (60+): £23

Ages 12-18: £13

Under-12: £6

Carer: FREE

To read full details, please CLICK HERE

CAR PARKING 

Away fans should park in Gibson Road, the local municipal car park (SM1 2RF). 

It takes no more than 15 minutes to walk from Gibson Road to the stadium. 

The route brings you in at the east end of the ground, The Collingwood Road End, which is the area reserved for away supporters.

To view a parking guide, please CLICK HERE

COACHES

Supporter coaches must not use Gander Green Lane (police advice this as it is a busy residential road with double parking).

Coaches should use the A217 north from the M25. Go past Gander Green Lane and turn right into Collingwood Road.

Drop off by the railway bridge on Collingwood Road and enter via the path into Collingwood Recreation Ground to access the away turnstiles (postcode SM1 2QN).

Coaches should then park up during the game at Kimpton Road Industrial Estate (Postcode SM3 9QW), and arrange to collect at the same location after the game. 

ENTERTAINMENT AND REFRESHMENTS

Away fans are welcome in Sutton’s bar, serving a range of beverages with access to Jenny’s Kitchen for hot food.

Sutton also have an away Fan Zone, behind the away stand, open from 1.30pm and serving food and drink. 

Supporters unable to make it to the game who would still like to purchase a matchday programme, can do so by CLICKING HERE

GETTING THERE

By car: 

Travel along the M25 to junction 8. Then north on the A217 for roughly 15-20 minutes. 

Stay on the 1217 to the traffic lights with the Cheam Road (A232) and turn right towards Sutton. 

Do not turn into Gander Green Lane, keep going until you reach the Sutton one-way system and turn left into St Nicholas Way and then left again into the Gibson Road municipal car park.

By train:

It is recommended that visiting supporters use Sutton station, which is served by regular services out of Victoria and London Bridge. 

Sutton Station is located at the top end of Sutton High Street, approximately a 20-minute walk from the ground.

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

MEMORY LANE

City are yet to lose to Sutton, having only faced off against the U's four times in their history. 

In their first encounter in December 2021, Theo Robinson and Lee Angol, who has since moved to Matt Gray’s side, netted in a 2-2 draw, which is the Yellows' only point against the Bantams. 

Since then, the Bantams have won three on the bounce, with the last victory at the VBS Community Stadium coming last season, where Scott Banks’ fantastic strike and a clinical Andy Cook finish sealed a 2-0 win. 

WEATHER 

Rain showers are forecast in South London with highs of 15°C expected this afternoon. 

To view Sutton United's away fan guide, please CLICK HERE.

For information for disabled supporters, please CLICK HERE

To purchase a matchday programme, please CLICK HERE


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