Pompey face their final pre-season fixture as they travel to League Two outfit AFC Wimbledon and visit The Cherry Red Records Stadium, known to many fans as Kingsmeadow.
If you’re looking for pre-match drinking there are options both in and out of the ground, the nearby Duke of Wellington and Prince of Wales pubs on Kingston Road providing match day refreshment, whilst The Football Ground Guide recommends the two large bars located inside the main Paul Strank Stand. Away supporters are generally welcome to frequent the bars.
The nearest railway station to the ground is Norbiton, which is about a 15 minute walk away. Leave the station via the back exit (Westbound platform), and take the first left onto Norbiton Avenue. At the end of the avenue, turn right Gloucester Road, and at the end of Gloucester Road turn left into Cambridge Road. The main entrance to Kingsmeadow is 400 yards down on the right, with the away entrance a little further on past this on the right hand side and is well sign posted.
If you are driving to Kingsmeadow, from the M25 Junction 10, take the A3 northbound into London. At the exit for New Malden/Worcester Park, turn off and take the left into Malden Road (A2043) towards Kingston. Follow this to the next roundabout. Take the first exit into Kingston Road (A2043 still) and Kingsmeadow is one mile on the left. Parking is fairly limited around the ground however, as the stadium is located in a residential area.
No news on how much beer is inside the ground or what they have on offer unfortunately!
The official match-day programme can be bought for £3 outside the ground.
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AFC Wimbledon can host up to 4,850 fans (Seating 1,265) The Pompey faithful will be housed in the John Smith’s terrace, where 700 fans can make a racket under the shallow terracing.
Travelling fans are reminded that the away terrace is not accessible by going through the main entrance into the stadium car park. Away fans should instead continue going along Kingston Road (keeping the main entrance on the right) and take the next right into Jack Goodchild Way.
Tickets are only available to buy from the ground on the evening of the game.
The prices are as follows:
£12 for adults (£10 Terraced)
£8 for seniors (65+) (£7 Terraced)
£4 for juniors (under 16). (£2 Terraced)
Terrace tickets are also available, priced £10, £7 and £2.
Fans of the “Football Manager” series will note that AFC Wimbledon are sponsored by Sports Interactive, creators of the management simulator.
AFC Wimbledon are of course a phoenix club, born from the ashes of Wimbledon FC who moved to Milton Keynes to become the MK Dons, giving hope to all Pompey fans that should the worst happen on August 10th there is precedent for a new club to rise and become successful.