Crystal Palace (a)  Saturday 22nd September 3.00pm

Here are a selection of the available trains, with fares as at 21/08:
 Leeds 0740 0815 0845 0915 0945    Kings Cross

1803

1818

1833

1903

1933

 Wakefield W - 0830 0858 0929 0958    Wakefield W 2006 2023 20369 2059 2130
 Kings Cross 0959 1029 1059 1129 1202    Leeds

2020

2039

2054

2115

2155

 Single fare 37 37 37 37 37    Single fare 29 22 22 29 29

Fares from Leeds and Wakefield:

From 59

 Advance Singles

110

 Super Off Peak Return

From Sheffield:

34

 Advance Singles booked through Megabus (down on 0834, back on 1834)

From 53

 Advance Singles

78

 Super Off Peak Return

Notes:
1. Railcard holders get one third off the above prices.
2. Groups of three or more can get approx 25% off East Coast Advance Singles fares if booked at www.lner.co.uk.
 
If you don't mind spending most of the day on a coach you can get there and back for as little as 15 from Leeds with National Express.

Getting to the ground

There are basically two ways to get to the ground from Kings Cross - via Stockwell and Balham to Thornton Heath or Selhurst, or via London Bridge to Norwood Junction. In either case it's around a 40 minute journey time if you hit it right. There are though only two fast trains an hour from London Bridge (at 10 and 40 minutes past), compared to five an hour from Balham. Norwood Junction is a 10 minute walk from the ground, whereas the other two are 15 minutes away. The cheapest way of getting over there is with an Oyster Card or contactless debit/credit card (4.50 each way). Otherwise you'll need a One Day Travelcard zones 1-4 (12.70). Your best bet is probably to travel out to Thornton Heath for the pubs (see below), then back from Selhurst. The trains back areas follows:  

Depart

 Arrive  From  Via

1659

1751  Norwood Junction

 Balham & Stockwell

 1701*

1745  Selhurst  Balham & Stockwell

1709

1753  Norwood Junction

 East Croydon & Victoria

 1710*

1755  Selhurst  Balham & Stockwell

1716

1752  Norwood Junction  London Bridge

 1716*

1801  Selhurst  Balham & Stockwell

1721

1807  Selhurst  East Croydon & Victoria
 
* 3 minutes later from Thornton Heath
 
Note: You should be able to shave a few minutes off by hurrying between platforms at Balham, London Bridge or Victoria as appropriate.
 
Pubs
If arriving at Thornton Heath station the pub situation has taken a big turn for the worse since our last visit to Selhurst Park. The main away fans pub, Wetherspoon's Flores Sandes, has shut down and is now a gym! This means the options are now severely limited. The Railway Telegraph, a Youngs outlet, is just 50 yards down from the station and is a cracking pub. It doesn't open until 12 mind. Other than that you're basically looking at the Prince George, although it'll be heaving and they don't do hand-pulled beer. If you want a good pint then the only real option other than the Railway Telegraph is the excellent Pawson's Arms. It is though a hike from the station, and it's a bigger hike to the ground. Again, it doesn't open until 12. It's basically a Palace pub, but they make away fans very welcome. The beer's decent (London Pride and Doom Bar when we were there), and they do sandwiches. Even though it gets busy towards kick-off the service is amazingly quick.

The pubs around Selhurst station are designated home fans only, which is a shame because one of them is a Shepherds Neane pub that gets good reviews. You should though be able to get in Selhurst Railway Club, which is out the 'back' door from the station and along the alleyway a bit. It'll probably cost you a couple of quid to get in, but once inside the beer and food are pretty cheap. I'm not sure about around Norwood Junction, but I suspect they're basically home pubs, and probably nothing special anyway.

Other options are:
- drink in the pubs around Kings Cross; you'd have to leave well before 2 o'clock to make kick-off though
- find a pub around London Bridge (the Old Kings Head would be my suggestion, although there's also Wetherspoon's The Pommelers Rest not too far away), then jump on the 14.10 train
- find a pub at Balham (say Wetherspoon's Moon Under Water, the Regent, or Hagen & Hyde), then jump on the 14.15 train

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