BRADFORD City face a long trip to Newport County tomorrow, and will hope the Welsh side are still licking their wounds from their midweek heartache.

A tense semi-final in the Trophy against Salford City went all the way to penalties after a 0-0 draw, but it was the (Greater) Mancunians who prevailed 6-5 in the shootout.

It means there will be no Wembley date for County, and also could mean they are feeling fatigued, having had that Wednesday night game when City have not played since last Saturday.

But City may still feel deflated themselves after last week. Despite coming under immense second-half pressure at Cambridge United, they entered the final 10 minutes looking all set to grab a 1-0 win, courtesy of an early Jake Reeves strike.

But two late goals from the U's turned the game on its head, and left the Bantams STILL without an away victory since October 12, at Morecambe.

Newport is a long way to travel for City's fans, and given their recent record on the road, it takes a dedicated man/woman/child to get themselves down there.

But if you are heading to Wales for tomorrow afternoon's game, here is your T&A away day guide...


VENUE: Rodney Parade


ADDRESS: Rodney Road, Newport, NP19 0UU


Supporters will be able to pay on the gate when City visit Newport County tomorrow.

Close to 400 travelling supporters have already secured their place at the encounter, and will be housed in the covered Bisley Stand - on a reserved seated basis.

Tickets are now off sale though, and can only be purchased on the day of the game.

Admission prices are as follows:

Adults - £22

Seniors (60+) - £18

Young Adults (16-21) / Students - £16

Juniors (15 and Under) - £10

Under-12s - £8

Under 6s - FREE

Disabled supporters pay the age-related price from the above list. If they are in receipt of DLA or PIP at the middle or enhanced rate, they are entitled to a free carer.

Wheelchair bays are in front of the Stand, so are uncovered.

For more information, please call a member of City's ticketing team - on 01274 770012 - during normal office hours.


The main concern for the big day is how to get there, how long it will take to get there, and where on earth you’re going to park.

Train: Get the Northern service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds, before hoping on a CrossCountry train from there to Plymouth.

Get off that after about three hours at Bristol Parkway. Catch the Great Western Railway service from there to Cardiff Central. You will alight at Newport station about 20 minutes later.

Walk south from there towards Queensway. Then, obviously taking care at the roundabout, take the third exit on to Clarence Road, which crosses over the River Usk.

Turn right from there on to Rodney Road and walk down there until you reach the stadium. The walk from station to ground should take just over 10 minutes.

Car: After leaving Bradford, stay on the M62 for about 10 miles. Then take the M1 exit to London/Wakefield.

After taking the third exit on to the M1 ramp to London/Wakefield, stay on the M1 for just under 75 miles, before taking the A42 exit towards Birmingham.

Continue on to the A42 for about 15 miles, then keep right to continue on the M42, following signs for Tamworth/Birmingham.

Forty miles later, merge on to the M5. Stay on there for around 65 miles, before, at junction 15, exiting on to the M4 towards the M48/South Wales.

Keep right at the fork to stay on M4, then 20 miles later, at junction 25A, take the A4042 exit to Newport/Casnewydd/Cwmbran.

Continue onto A4042, then take a couple of slight lefts and right to stay on there. Turn right next on to Granville Street, then right again on to Lower Dock Street.

At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Emlyn Street, and there you will arrive at Kingsway Car Park in the city centre.

From there, walk up towards the A4042 and stay on there until you reach the River Usk, where you can cross the Newport City Footbridge.

Once off there, turn left on to Rodney Road and stay on there until you reach the ground.

Kingsway Car Park is the closest one to the ground and recommended by Newport County themselves.

There are several other car parks in the city centre too though. You are advised to use those as there is no parking available at the ground and very limited street parking around it.


There is no on-site car parking available at Rodney Parade, so, as mentioned above, fans are encouraged to park at the local shopping centre or at the NCP just over the bridge from the stadium.

The Kingsway Shopping Centre (NP20 1EW) is the more popular with away fans is to park at. It is less than a ten minute walk from the stadium and costs just £2 for five hours parking.

Newport High Street NCP (NP20 4AX) is also regularly used by visiting supporters. It is only a five minute walk across the bridge to the stadium and costs £5 for between four and eight hours parking.

Otherwise, street parking is an option, but be careful about the residents only parking scheme in operation, as well as some off-road parking.

To reach this, continue past the ground entrance for another 400 yards and turn left at the traffic lights into Coldhams Lane.

Continue for about 300 yards, crossing a small roundabout and going over a railway bridge. The car park entrance is on the left about 50 yards beyond the bridge.


There is a clubhouse at the ground (inside the home main entrance) which admits away supporters. Next door to the clubhouse is a hot food area which tends to do a steady trade.

There is also a small Fan Zone, but this tends to be more for home supporters. Inside the away section there is also a Fan Zone facility, which contains a bar serving draught beers.

Generally, the area around the ground is not particularly great, but along Corporation Road is the Excelsior Club, which is five minutes from the away turnstiles, allows in visiting fans, shows televised sports and is family friendly.

It shows both BT and Sky Sports and has the normal range of beer, cider and lager on draught at competitive prices, In addition, it has a good range of bottled ales and ciders.

It is free to enter and also has a pool table and a skittles alley. Coaches are able to drop off outside the entrance. The club normally opens at 1pm on Saturdays. For general enquiries call the club on 01633 262171.

There is also a Wetherspoon on Chepstow Road called the Godfrey Morgan. This spacious pub is only a 10 minute walk from the away turnstiles.

An added benefit is that along Chepstow Road there are a number of food outlets, including a couple of fish and chip shops and a Greggs.

Otherwise, the city centre, where the station and best car parks can to be found, includes three Wetherspoons outlets.

Two of these, the John Wallace Linton in Cambrian Road and the Queen's Hotel in Bridge Street are located quite close to the railway station.

Another pub recommended by away fans is The Tiny Rebel in the High Street. It has an excellent choice of beers from the local brewery, excellent food, lots of room and even a great value carry out for the train home.

Further along the High Street is a Sam Smith's pub called the Ye Olde Murenger. It is also worth a visit and has a great collection of football mugs. Both these pubs are listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

Fans have been known to visit the Lamb pub on Bridge Street in the town centre too. The place is welcoming and serves real ale.

There is also a micropub called Cellar Door, situated close to the station in Clytha Park Road.

It specialises in cider and was voted Wales' top cider pub by CAMRA. There are draught ales available and the owners Paul and Karen are said to be very friendly, along with their dog Cae.

PREVIOUS TEASER (Cambridge away):

Q: Which manager, who went on to win the FA Cup twice and League Cup twice later in his career, guided Cambridge United to the Fourth Division title in 1977?

A: Ron Atkinson


Q: Which famous striker, who spent the first five years of his professional career at Newport County, later became the first player to ever have a penalty saved in an FA Cup Final?