Plymouth (a)  Monday 19th April 7.45pm

This could turn out to be the game that we sew up the title. What a shame then that Sky have made it so difficult for people to be at by moving it to Monday night. Presumably anyone going to this game will already have their travel and accommodation arrangements sorted out. If not then the non-driving options are not good. The cheapest you can do it for by train is 129, while flying down is even worse at 216.

If driving down then the big car park by the ground is FREE. However, it's first in, first out, and if you're one of the later arrivals it could take you up to 45 minutes to get out. A better option is probably to park in the Peverell area (to the east of the ground). Not only will you get away quicker after the game, there are a few pubs not too far away.


There's only one pub anywhere near the ground - the Britannia, a Wetherspoons. Fortunately it allows away fans in. However, they chuck out away fans who start singing. And of course it'll be very, very, busy. The Pennycomequick, on the way up from the station, is mentioned as being away fan friendly on a few sites. That may be true, but it's now shut! For anyone arriving by train then the city centre is an obvious drinking option. Union Street is Plymouth's (rougher) equivalent of the Bigg Market. Amongst the pubs here is the Union Rooms (no less!), which is a Lloyd's No 1. Not far off Union Street is the Duchy of Cornwall which is a traditional corner pub that gets great reviews.

An alternative to the city centre itself, particularly for anyone driving down, is the Peverell area. Once again there's a load of pubs, but you're closer to the ground here. The pick of the pubs is undoubtedly the Fortescue, which has no less than eight hand-pulled beers and is the local CAMRA branch's current pub of the year.

Another good area for pubs is Barbican, which is down by the harbour. This could be of interest to anyone staying down overnight. As well as the inevitable Wetherspoons (the Gog and Magog), there are quite a few traditional, cosy pubs, most notably the Dolphin.

Pub map
Internet Ground Guide
The Football and Real Ale Guide