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AWAY DAY GUIDE: WIMBLEDON v CITY

14 October 2023

Fixture News

AWAY DAY GUIDE: WIMBLEDON v CITY

14 October 2023

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The Bantams travel to Plough Lane this afternoon, in a return to Sky Bet League Two action. 

Kevin McDonald’s men will look for another three points in London, with action set to get underway at 3.00pm. 

We have compiled a handy away day guide, packed full of information for those heading south. 

TICKETS 

Supporters will be able to PAY ON THE DAY in South London, with over 800 Bantams already making the trip to Plough Lane.

With a £2 matchday increase on Adults and Concessions tickets, supporters will be housed in the Cherry Red Records Stand.

Any tickets not collected from the University of Bradford Stadium can also be picked up from the ground on the day of the game. 

Admission prices are as follows:

Adult: £27

Concession (65+/Student/Unemployed): £19

Under-17: £7

To read full details, please CLICK HERE

iFOLLOW

iFollow video match passes are available ahead of the clash, for those unable to make the trip south. 

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 star Andy Kiwomya. 

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

MINUTE'S SILENCE

A minute's silence will be observed ahead of kick-off at Plough Lane this afternoon, as a mark of respect for the innocent victims of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine. 

The EFL's official charity partner, British Red Cross, has launched an official appeal to help those affected. To donate, please CLICK HERE

STADIUM ADDRESS

Cherry Red Records Stadium

Plough Lane 

London

SW17 0NR

ABOUT THE GROUND

The Dons returned to Plough Lane in November 2020, after 29 years away. The 9,300-capacity ground, which is partially funded by supporters, has to potential to be expanded to 20,000, if it needs to in the future.

The ground, which was famous for its bobbly pitch, is now a state-of-the-art facility which offers flexible space for a multitude of events and occasions. 

Plough Lane houses nostalgic memorabilia such as from the Dons' historic FA Cup Final victory over Liverpool in 1988.

ABOUT THE OPPOSITION

The Dons, managed by former Charlton Athletic boss Johnnie Jackson, sit fourth in Sky Bet League Two and three points of leaders Notts County. 

Their singular league defeat this campaign came against second-place Stockport County in early September. 

They are spearheaded by frontmen Omar Bugiel and Iraqi youngster Ali Al Hamadi, the latter of which became the first of his nation to net an EFL hat-trick in the 4-1 victory over Tranmere two weeks ago. He will miss the game on international duty. 

Wimbledon recruited well this summer, replacing key figure Ethan Chislett with experienced duo Jake Reeves and Armani Little, both of whom have enjoyed promotion to the third tier with Stevenage and Forest Green Rovers, respectively. 

The Wombles were recently knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the third round, but ran Premier League side and fellow-Londoners Chelsea close, who were forced to come from behind to book their place in round four. 

CAR PARKING

Parking is extremely limited around the ground, due to Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs), so arrival on public transport is recommended where possible. 

The Queen’s Road Car Park is the closest paid car park. It costs £4.50 to park here, and is a 30-minute walk.

The JustPark app sees owners of residential properties in the area offer their drives for off-street parking in exchange for a fee. There will be Event Day restrictions in Wandsworth. Merton also has Controlled Parking Zones where restrictions will be in operation. 

The stadium is well connected to most public transport in London, with train stations, tube stations and bus stops on the doorstep, which provide another way of getting to the ground. 

ENTERTAINMENT AND REFRESHMENTS

Supporters are advised that Wimbledon currently operate a semi-cashless stadium, meaning the majority of the ground only accepts card payments. 

NO musical instruments such as drums, are permitted at Plough Lane.

To drink:

In the away concourse, there is a bar which serves refreshments.

Hot and cold drinks can be purchased here, as well as alcohol. 

The only designated away pub is The Earlsfield which is beneath Earlsfield station.

Other local pubs operate a ticket check on their doors, admitting home supporters only.

There are also pubs in and around the centre of Wimbledon, or if you are travelling on train, around Waterloo station.

To eat:

The Dons have a food park situated behind the South London Movers Stand, which is accessible to both home and away fans.

They offer several types of cuisines from local food businesses and vary from game to game. 

The food trucks will open two hours before kick-off. 

Traditional hot food, such as pies, can also be bought from kiosks inside the ground. 

GETTING THERE 

By train: 

The nearest railway station is Haydons Road, which is served by ThamesLink. 

Fans arriving into London at King's Cross can get the train from St Pancras directly to Haydons Road. From there, it is just a 10-minute walk to the stadium.

Wimbledon Park, on the District Line, is the nearest Underground Station. 

This will take around 15-20 minutes to walk to the Cherry Red Records Stadium. 

Tooting Broadway on the Northern line is also a short distance from the away turnstiles. 

By bus: 

A number of bus services run along Garratt Lane between Earlsfield and Tooting Broadway, while the 493 bus runs from Wimbledon Station.

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

Since the Dons' rebirth and subsequent promotions to the EFL, the Bantams have faced them 13 times, claiming points in eight encounters. 

City’s last victory came in London, and in League One, where Jack Payne’s injury-time spot-kick secured a vital three points. 

The two sides have also competed in the top flight, before the Dons' liquidation.  

A crucial encounter ensued in the 1999/2000 season with both sides battling for survival. City secured a 3-0 victory at Valley Parade in April 2000.

A Peter Beagrie brace and a calm Dean Windass finish took the Bantams out of the relegation zone, in a campaign City also qualified for the UEFA Intertoto Cup. 

WEATHER 

Sunny intervals are expected in South London with highs of 13•C expected and no rain forecast.

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