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AWAY DAY GUIDE: SWINDON v CITY

27 January 2024

Match Previews

AWAY DAY GUIDE: SWINDON v CITY

27 January 2024

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Graham Alexander’s Bantams are back on the road this afternoon in Wiltshire, taking on Swindon Town at The County Ground.

City make the long trip south, with action set to get underway from 3.00pm.

We have compiled a handy away day guide - packed full of useful information ahead of the contest.

TICKETS

Supporters will be able to PAY ON THE DAY at The County Ground this afternoon. 

Over 450 supporters have already secured their place in the Arkell's John Trollope Away Stand. 

Tickets will be available from Swindon's Away Ticket Point from 1.30pm. Any matchday sales will be CARD PAYMENT ONLY. All kiosks at the County Ground are also CASHLESS. 

Any tickets not collected from the University of Bradford Stadium will also be available to collect from the same place on Saturday. 

Admission prices are as follows:

Adult: £27

Over 65/Student: £22

Under-21: £15

Under-18: £11

Under-11: £3

Disabled supporters will be entitled to a free carer ticket. 

CLICK HERE to read full details. 

STADIUM ADDRESS

The County Ground 

Swindon 

Wiltshire 

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ABOUT THE GROUND

The County Ground is a traditional-looking stadium, that has an interesting mix of stands.

The main stand is a two-tiered structure, while the Arkells Stand opposite is a single-tiered stand which houses the away supporters. 

The Don Rogers Stand, which has a cantilevered roof, admits supporters to a clear view of the play.

ABOUT THE OPPOSITION

The Robins currently sit in 17th in Sky Bet League Two, with one win in their last nine - coming against Forest Green Rovers.

They are currently without a manager in the dugout having parted company with Michael Flynn 10 days ago.

Gavin Gunning took over on an interim head coach basis of a squad which boasts the likes of former Premier League players Charlie Austin and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy.

The reverse fixture earlier this season ended in victory for the Bantams, as Bobby Pointon netted his first professional goal in Kevin McDonald's first game in caretaker charge. 

CAR PARKING

Swindon Town suggest parking in the St Joseph’s School on matchday, which is a short, five-minute walk from the ground, and charges £5 to park.

Alternatively, there is parking available at the cricket club on County Road, which also costs £5.

The Merlin Pub on Drove Road costs £2, but is a fair walk from the ground.

ENTERTAINMENT AND REFRESHMENTS

PLEASE NOTE: The County Ground kiosks are entirely cashless, with turnstiles opening at 1.30pm.

To drink: 

Alcohol is available within the ground for away supporters in the Arkells Stand.

Away fans will be welcomed to their own bar, Bar 71, which is located by the away turnstiles.

It is relatively small and tends to fill up quickly, so the Cricket Club is the next closest option. 

The Merlin pub is highly recommended amongst away fans, and is only 10 minutes away from the ground. 

Swindon town centre is a 15-minute walk away where there are plenty of pubs to be found.

To eat:

The Jewel In The Crown is highly-rated and serves Indian and Asian delicacies - only 0.6 miles from the ground.

The aforementioned Merlin Pub also serves food, as well as Bandido Burritos. The Mexican fast-food restaurant is much-loved in Swindon and is less than a mile from the ground.

Quicker and easier options such as Burger King and local fish and chip shops can be found close to the ground.

GETTING THERE

By car:

Leave the M4 at Junction 15, and take the Commonhead Roundabout.

Take left onto the A4259 Marlborough Road, and take the second exit at the roundabout onto Queens Drive.

At the next set of roundabouts, take the third exit onto County Road, and after taking the first right, you will see Swindon’s stadium.

By train:

From the front of the station, turn left onto Station Road.

Head right onto Corporation Street and at the traffic lights turn left onto Manchester Road.

After walking to the end of the road, turn right onto County Road, and the ground is on the second left.

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 last season, following incident during our home match against Newport County, and away match at Crewe Alexandra. These statements can be read HERE and HERE

The club reiterated this stance on pyrotechnics and crowd disorder after incidents at December's away game against Doncaster Rovers. CLICK HERE to read the statement. 

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. 

The club reiterated its stance on this following an incident at our recent Bristol Street Motors Trophy game against Manchester City Under-21s. CLICK HERE to read the statement.  

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

WEATHER

Temperatures of 8°C are expected in Swindon along with moderate clouds and wind forecast.


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