Away Days: John Smith’s Stadium
Author: Emily Pulham. Published: 8 November 2018 at 7:41pm
Written by : @CraigPodevin
Life under Pellegrini is starting to look brilliant; a strong attacking performance against Burnley, who twice pegged us back, showed what we were really capable of. We head to Huddersfield looking for consecutive Premier League wins for the first time in a while!
Stadium: John Smith’s Stadium
Address: Stadium Way, Huddersfield, HD1 6PX
Away seating: 4,000
The stadium has won awards for architecture and design because of its rather unique circular designs rather than the traditional squared stands. The stadium is named John Smith’s after the beer.
Away fans are located in the Chadwick Lawrence stand at the south of the stadium. The facilities and view of the pitch are both good, as well as the acoustics so the away fans can create a decent atmosphere.
The stadium is a 15 minute walk from Huddersfield Railway Station. After coming out of the station, go past the George Hotel, over the crossroads into Northumberland Street and go across the Ring Road onto Leeds Road. Turn right down Gasworks Street and over the crossroads to the ground.
The Stadium is just off the A62 Leeds Road. The easiest way to get to it is from Junction 25 of the M62. Just follow the signs for Huddersfield and you will see the stadium on the left.
When coming from the south, leave the M1 at Jct 38 and take the A637, then the A642 into Huddersfield. As you come towards the town centre keep in the right-hand lane as you need to turn right on the roundabout. The stadium is a short distance down the A62.
Along St Andrews Road there are some small businesses that allow you to park there for £5. To find them, as you approach the town centre you will see a Lidl on your left. Go through the next set of lights and after a KFC and Iceland on your right, go into the right-hand lane and turn right at the next lights into St Andrews Road. If you keep going straight along the road you will see the stadium on the right. There is parking at the stadium for £6. If you’re looking at going to a pub, there is one called the Gas Club on Gasworks Street which is a 5-10 minute walk from the stadium, they offer parking for £6. More on the alcohol later.
Food and drink:
Inside the stadium, you are able to purchase cheeseburgers, peppered steak pie (both £3.50), hamburgers, hot dogs (both £3.20), potato pie, chicken Balti pie, cheese and onion pie and sausage rolls (all £3). Also inside the stadium you can purchase beer. Surprisingly John Smith’s is available inside the stadium (£3.50 a pint), Fosters (£3.50 a pint/£3.10 for 330ml bottle), Bulmers cider (£3.50 330ml bottle), Bulmers red (£3.50 330ml bottle) or red or white wine (£3.70 187ml bottle).
Behind the North Stand there is a cinema and entertainment area which contains a bar called Rope Walk Grill & Bar which also provides food. It holds both home and away fans, and some locals who are happy to talk about football.
The Gas Club on Gasworks Street (5-10 minute walk from the stadium) is available, it charges £2 on entry and holds both home and away fans. As previously mentioned, you can park in their car park for £6. After the match, this club is for home fans only.
The Head of Steam pub is ideal if travelling by train as it is at the station and serves food. The King’s Head pub is also at the station and is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and has real ales on tap.
Stay safe while enjoying yourself on this away day, use the acoustics in the stadium to create a brilliant atmosphere and let yourself be heard by the players! COYI!