Bournemouth (a)  Saturday 24th February 3.00pm

This is a bit of a nightmare to get to by train. You can do it via London (quicker) or Birmingham (cheaper).  The nearest station to the ground is actually Pokesdown, which is around a twenty minute walk from the ground Not all trains stop there though. Bournemouth station is half as far again. Here are some times, with fares as at 06/02 (italics means it's via Birmingham):
 Leeds 0505 0530   0605 0616 0700    Bournemouth


1747 1759


 Kings Cross 0743 0801   0843 - 0935    Pokesdown


- -


 Waterloo   0835 0905 0935 - 1005    Waterloo


- 1949


 Pokesdown   - 1056 -  1156* 1156    Kings Cross




 Bournemouth   1020 1100 1120 1200* 1200    Leeds 2254   2325**   0020
 Advance Single Leeds-KX 22 29   37   44    Advance Single KX -Leeds 44     37

* Change at Southampton
** Change at Birningham New Street
Fares from Leeds and Wakefield:


 Advance Singles Leeds-Chesterfield-Derby-Birmingham-Banbury, Off Peak Day Returns Banbury-Basingstoke-Bournemouth
 Down on 0616, back on 1747


 Advance Singles Leeds to Kings Cross (return journey split at Newark), Off Peak Day Return Waterloo to Pokesdown
 Down on 0505, back on 2145 from Kings Cross

From 100.40

 Advance Singles Leeds to Kings Cross, Off Peak Day Return Waterloo to Pokesdown


 Off Peak Return via Birmingham


 Off Peak Return via London

1. Railcard holders can normally get one third off the above prices.
2. Groups of three or more can get 25% off the above East Coast fares if booked at, and 34% off Southern Railway fares.

If you're driving down then there's a big car park at the ground. This will cost you 50p an hour though, and you'll probably wait an age to get out after the game. Much better, particularly if you arrive reasonably early, is just to part in the streets off Holdernhurst Road.

The pub situation for anyone arriving by train at Pokesdown or by car is even worse than it was two seasons ago. Three of the pubs have shut down, including the Wetherspoons pub in Pokesdown. With the only pub anywhere near the ground, the Queeens Park, strictly home fans only, the choice is severely limited. The Bell, just over the road from Pokesdown station, is an obvious choice for anyone alighting there. Otherwise Mello Mello is probably your best bet. If you're parked off Holdernhurst Road then I would head for the Firkin Shed, 2015 CAMRA pub of the year. Be warned though that it doesn't normally open until 12.00. You should also be aware that they discourage people using phones for social networking. Either go outside with the smokers or face a fine of a pound (which goes to a local charity)! Another option not too far away is the Cricketers, a traditional pub that gets good reviews.

If you arrive at Bournemouth station there's the Christopher Creeke, a Wetherspoons outlet, not too far away. It's in the opposite direction to the ground mind. Just up the road is Inferno, which incorporates a micro brewery. Or alternatively head for the aforementioned Firkin Shed or the Cricketers, both of which are on the way to the ground.

Dorset Police have a Twitter feed where you can latest information on pubs, and also traffic info, etc.

Pub map
Football Ground Guide
Official club site
Dorset Police Twitter feed (updates on traffic, pubs, etc)