Man Utd  Saturday 6th October  5.30pm
 
Here's a selection of the available trains, with fares as at 03/09:
 York   1238 1252   1309      1338    Piccadilly   2007     2035 2047  
 Leeds 1236 1306 1318 1318 1334 1340 1350 1406    Victoria 2002 2017 2025 2032 2047 - 2058
 Bradford Int 1303 - - 1342 - - - -    Bradford Int - - 2127 - - - 2157
 Victoria 1410 1354 1408 1443 1422 - 1438 1454    Leeds 2049 2108 2152 2119 2134 2145 2221
 Piccadilly     1420     1440 1449      York 2116 2134   2142 2203   2301
 Single (Leeds) 3.50 12.50   3.50 12.50 9.50   12.50    Single (Leeds) 12.50   3.50 9.50   15.50 3.50
 Single (York)   16.40 16.40   16.40     16.40    Single (York) 16.40 16.40   10.90 16.40   6
 Single (Bradford) 5     5            Single (Bradford)     5       5
  
 Sheffield 1240 1311 1340 1411    Piccadilly

2019

2043

2119

2141

 Piccadilly 1341 1402 1441 1503    Sheffield 2109 2135 2210 2231
 Single fares 9.50 5.90 9.50 4.70    Single fares 4.70 9.50 4.50 8.20
 
Fare options from Leeds:

From 7

 Advance Singles
17.50  Off Peak Day Return (via Hebden Bridge)
22.70  Off Peak Day Return (any trains)

From York:

From 22.40

 Advance Singles

29.60

 Off Peak Return

From Bradford:

From 10

 Advance Singles

12.90

 Off Peak Return

From Sheffield:

From 9.20

 Advance Singles
18.90  Off-Peak Day Return (Transpennine services only)
19  Off-Peak Day Return (Northern services only)

22.40

 Off Peak Day Return (any trains)

Notes:
1. Railcard holders can normally get one third off the above prices.
2. 16-25 Railcard holders can get 50% off TransPennine fares if booked at www.tpexpress.co.uk.
3. Groups of three or more can get one third off TransPennine fares if booked at www.tpexpress.co.uk.

Getting to the ground
You can catch a tram from the city centre to the ground. It's 3.20 return, and it takes around 10 minutes from Piccadilly Gardens. Note that St Peters is better than Piccadilly Gardens because it's a more frequent service, every 3 minutes as opposed to every 6 minutes (6 and 12 minutes on Sundays). It's also the most convenient stop for the Waterhouse or City Arms. You get off at Old Trafford or Pomona depending on which service you catch. Basically, follow everyone else for getting off and walking to the ground. It's about a 10 minute walk from Old Trafford, 3 or 4 minutes more from Pomona, Exchange Quay is better than Pomona after the game because trams stop there first. A taxi, if you can find one, is a relatively quick and cheap way of getting to the ground. Possibly the easiest way to get from the city centre to the ground is by train. A special service operates from Piccadilly (platform 14), picking up at Oxford Road, to 'Manchester United Football Ground', a station at the back of the main stand that's only used on match days. There are 3 or 4 trains before the game, with the last one leaving Piccadilly around an hour before kick off. There's usually a notice showing train times near the entrance to Piccadilly. Get on the train right at the back and you'll be less than 50 yards from the away turnstiles when you get off. The fare in 2008/9 was 3 quid single or return (so get a return!); railcard holders get a third off. The first train back to Piccadilly leaves around 10 minutes after the end of the game. Even if you miss that one you'll still get back much sooner than if you go to Old Trafford for a tram (you could have to queue for up to an hour!). The special buses are a better bet than the tram. But the train's best!
 
If you decide to drive over then I haven't any first hand experience of parking. There is though street parking available within a 10-15 minute walk of the ground, including in the area around the Quadrant (see Pubs below), provided you get there reasonably early. Alternatively, you can park at the Lowry Mall at Salford Quays. This costs 3.50, and the access from/to the M602 is very good. The Lowry Mall is marked on the pub map.   

Pubs
All the pubs around the ground are basically home fans only. There is though one place near Old Trafford tram stop, the Quadrant, which allegedly gets a mixture of home and away fans. Not only that, there are a few takeaways very nearby, not to mention an offy in case service in the pub is really bad. The pubs in Lowry Mall are also apparently ok for away fans. Another option is Sale town centre, which is only 8 minutes away by tram (from Old Trafford stop).

When travelling over by train our usual pre-match haunt was for a long time the Waldorf, near Piccadilly, a proper pub with a decent range of beers and basic food. It has though recently been done out and gone a bit upmarket. Alternatively, some of our lot prefer Sinclairs, which is a Sam Smiths pub over towards Victoria. Being Sams, it has cheap beer. However, they no longer have hand pumps, plus they'll only serve you in plastic glasses. A couple of pubs that are worth the hike are the Crown and Anchor (beer nothing special, but excellent pub food) and the Unicorn (lively, relatively cheap belting beer).

It goes without saying that there are a few Wetherspoons outlets around. Possibly to be avoided is the one in Piccadilly Gardens, imaginatively called Wetherspoons. If you arrive at Victoria you might want to check out the Seven Stars. But the best is probably the Waterhouse, which is smarter than your typical Spoons, with prices to match, and gets good reviews. Next door to the Waterhouse is the City Arms, which is a belting pub with around eight real ales on at any one time.
 
 
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Football Ground Guide
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