Bradford City v Hereford United
Football League 2
Saturday 29th December 2007
Coral Window Stadium (Valley Parade)
Phone 0870 822 0000
Hot on the heels of the Boxing Day trip to Macclesfield, The Bulls head north again on Saturday to take on former Premiership outfit Bradford City. The stadium is all seated and visiting fans are accommodated in the TL Dallas Stand, which is a two-tiered affair not unlike The Floors2go offering the best views from the upper tier. A visit to Bradford City is said to be a pleasant experience where even the stewards have a decent reputation. One thing to remember is that the stadium is at the bottom of a valley down which a very cold wind often blows so be sure to take some warm clothes.
Bradford have probably the most expensive admittance prices that we will encounter this season. Despite selling in excess of 13,000 season tickets at something approaching the cost of a ten year old bike, they charge adults £20, Students £15 (SU Card), Senior Citizens £14 and U16's £12.
Directions:- Bradford is off the M62 so you have a choice of going via the M6, or the M42/M1 route. In either case, leave the M62 at J26 and take the M606 towards Bradford. At the end of the M606 take the centre or right hand lanes and follow signs for Ring Road East (under tunnel) onto Rooley Lane (sign Leeds/Bradford Airport). Pass McDonalds on your left and then over a set of light by an Asda store then turn left at the roundabout into Wakefield Road. Stay in the middle lane, over two roundabouts and onto Shipley Airedale Road (A6037), which then becomes Canal Road. Just after a Tesco store, turn left into Station Road (A6177) and left again into Queens Road. At the third set of lights, turn left into Manningham Lane then after the Gulf filling station turn left into Valley Parade. There is no public parking at the stadium and limited street parking. Distance approx 180 miles. Allow three and a half hours. Postcode BD8 7DY.
HUISA - Departs 9.00am. Fare £18. Bookings through club office (01432 276666)
FUNBUS - Full. Departs at 9.30am. Fare £13ish.
Refreshments - There is the Carlton pub that is only a few minutes walk from behind the Kop Stand. It does allow in away fans, but the pub is quite a basic one. There are also a couple of hotels with bars; all about a ten-minute walk away. They are the Park & Cartwright hotels. Just continue to walk on the main road by the ground away from the town centre and at the traffic lights where the entrance to the park is, turn right and you will see them in a row on your right. Also about a ten minute walk away is the 'Corn Dolly' a good real ale pub on Bolton Road, but this has more of a home fan feel about it. Otherwise it is probably wise to drink in the centre or if you are feeling adventurous jump in a taxi and visit the Fighting Cock in Preston St, which serves excellent real ale and is quite a Mecca for CAMRA members. Darren Middleton recommends Haigys Bar on Lumb Lane whilst Jamie Morgan adds; a new pub/curry house has just opened called The Valley. It is on Manningham Lane, only a short distance past the ground. Taken from The Football Ground Guide.
See you there.