Stoke City and the Britannia Stadium:

Stoke City FC is a professional club based in Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire. The team currently plays in the Premier League and has done so since 2008. Founded in 1863, the club was initially known as Stoke Ramblers before changing its name to Stoke City FC in 1925 to mark Stoke-On-Trent gaining city status.

Stoke City FC is thought to be the world’s second oldest football club, after Notts County.

The club is nicknamed ‘The Potters’, reflecting the traditional pottery industry in Stoke-On-Trent.

In 1997, The Potters moved from the Victoria Ground, where it had been based for one hundred and nineteen years, to the Britannia Stadium. The Britannia is an all-seater stadium with a capacity of just over 28,000, built at a cost of almost £15 million.

Away fans are housed on one side of the South Stand at one end of the ground near the players’ tunnel.

How to get there:

By train:

Trains to Stoke-On-Trent run regularly from Birmingham New Street, generally calling at Wolverhampton and Stafford. The journey will take just under an hour.

Buses from the train station/The Terrace pub will take fans to the ground for £3 return.

By bus:

National Express services run from Digbeth Coach Station to Stoke-On-Trent.

By car:

Leave the M6 at Junction 15 and go straight across the roundabout onto the A500 towards Stoke. Continue along the A500, passing the junction with the A34. Leave the A500 at the slip road, following signs for the A50 to Derby. When you reach the top of the slip road, turn right at the roundabout (still A50) and move into the lane signposted Britannia Stadium, which is the second from the left. You will then see the Britannia Stadium on your right. Turn right at the top of the slip road and then right at the next roundabout for the stadium.

The Screwfix site on Sir Stanley Matthews Way, a mile from the ground, has three hundred parking spaces. Minibuses and buses cannot park here and it will cost you £4 per car. Although you will have a mile to walk, you will find that you can access the A50 quickly after the game.

There is some wasteland around the ground but avoid parking there as it is patrolled by parking attendants who will not hesitate to issue parking tickets. Parking on the grass verges around the stadium is also prohibited and vehicles left there will be towed away.

Where to drink:

The Power League complex, set in the retail park close to the ground on Dennis Viollett Road, is a friendly, relaxed spot showing Sky Sports that admits away fans, although it is used more by home supporters. Food is sold there on match days and parking is available at a cost of £4.50 per vehicle.

Next to the Britannia you will find a Holiday Inn and a Harvester, both of which can be used by away fans. Limited parking is available at the Harvester at a cost of £3 per vehicle.

Another option is Longton Rugby Club, situated on Sir Stanley Matthews Way, which is approximately twenty minutes’ walk from the away end. Parking is available there, costing £5 per vehicle.

Away fans travelling to Stoke by train can use The Terrace pub close to the station. According to West Midlands police, LRV in the Students’ Union on College Road, normally popular with away fans, will not be open.

Ticket information:

Aston Villa Football Club’s allocation of tickets for this Premier League fixture has been sold. Stoke City FC confirmed earlier this week that the game has sold out.

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