Travel and Fans Info for the game on Saturday
Venue: John Smith’s Stadium
Address: The John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield, HD1 6PX
Main Telephone Number: 0870 444 4677
Official Website: www.htafc.com
Date: Saturday 14th September 2013, K.O. 3:00pm
Sat Nav Postcode: HD1 6PX
Weather Forecast: Sun and Cloud. Max Temp 12
After leaving their old Leeds Road ground in 1994, Huddersfield Town moved the short distance to what was then known as the Alfred McAlpine Stadium.
It took until 1997 for the ground to have a more traditional feel to it, as when it originally opened only three sides were constructed. However, this all changed three years after opening, when the North Stand was opened. The John Smith’s Stadium has won numerous awards for its architectural design, and it’s easy to see why. The stands are not the traditional rectangular models, but semi-circular, giving the ground a distinct and unique feel. The Fantastic Media (North) Stand, behind the goal, and the Riverside (East) Stand, running alongside one side of the pitch, are both similar in appearance. They both consist of two tiers, with executive boxes running through the middle. Opposite the Riverside Stand is the Britannia Rescue Stand, which is single-tiered and can accommodate up to 7,000 home supporters.
Away fans are allocated the John Smith’s (South) Stand, which can house up to 4,000. Being a more modern development, the facilities in the stand are good and the view excellent. Rovers fans will be pleased to know that the stand offers good acoustics, allowing a lot of noise to be made! There is an electronic scoreboard housed at the back of the away end.
Where to Drink
Many travelling fans recommend the Gas Club on Gasworks Street, about a five to ten minute walk from the Stadium. There is usually a good mix of home and away fans. The Club does charge a £1 entry fee, but both the drinks and food are considered to be reasonably priced. You can also park in their car park at a cost of £3. Please note that after the game the Club reverts to a 'home fans only' bar.
The Head of Steam pub at the railway station is another a pub frequented by visiting fans. Also near to the railway station is the Cherry Tree pub. This Wetherspoons outlet is located on John William Street and is popular with away fans. Otherwise if you like your real ale, then Huddersfield has a number of entries in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Those in the town centre closest to the ground include; The King's Head (very near to the Head of Steam), The Sportsman on St John's Road, the Vulcan in St Peter's Street and Slubbers Arms on Halifax Old Road.
There is also a cinema and entertainment complex behind the North Stand, which also contains the Rope Walk pub, however bouncers can sometimes be found in the area preventing away fans from entering the pub. Alcohol is also made available to away fans inside the stadium.
Travelling by Car
The stadium is just off the A62 Leeds Road. It can be easiest reached from Junction 25 of the M62, simply follow the signs for Huddersfield (A62) and you will come to the stadium on your left. Alternatively, leave the M1 at Junction 38 and take the A637 towards and then the A642 into Huddersfield. As you approach the town centre try to keep to the right hand lane as you will turn right at the roundabout and onto the A62 Leeds Road. The stadium is a short distance down this road on the right. For the car parks turn right at the traffic lights, where the Market Pub is on the corner. The stadium is generally well signposted around Huddersfield town centre.
There is a fair sized car park located at the ground (£5) and a number of unofficial car parks nearby (expect to pay around £4).
Traffic News : Roadworks on the M62 between Junction 29 and Junction 25 could lead to delays with 50 mph speed limit.
Travelling by Train
The ground is walkable from Huddersfield train station; it should take no more than 15 minutes at a comfortable pace. After coming out of the Railway Station, turn down past the front of The George Hotel. Go straight over the crossroads into Northumberland Street and walk down across the Ring Road straight on into Leeds Road. Turn right down Gasworks Street, and then head straight over the crossroads to the ground.
The last time Rovers travelled to Huddersfield Town was on 5th April 2008, in a highly entertaining League One game. The hosts took the lead on 17 minutes through Robbie Williams, before substitute Gareth Taylor equalised for Rovers. The visitors were dealt a blow seven minutes later however, when defender Matt Mills was shown a red card. Shortly after the dismissal of Mills, Rovers found themselves 2-1 down as Andy Holdsworth struck. Just as it looked as if the points would be staying in West Yorkshire, fans’ favourite Paul Green grabbed a late leveller to ensure that the points would be shared.