Aston Villa has sold their full allocation of 3,200 tickets for Saturday afternoon’s trip to the capital to take on Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road in the Championship.
Loftus Road was built in 1904 but was originally used by an amateur football team called Shepards Bush FC. QPR moved into the ground in 1917, after their ground, Park Royal was commandeered by the army in 1915.
Loftus road is very compact and is totally enclosed with supporters being very close to the pitch. The stadium is made of four stands and it oozes lots of character with no other stadium looking similar in English football.
The stadium is an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 18,439.
THE AWAY SUPPORTERS
The away supporters are situated in the School End, usually in the upper tier where 1,800 fans can be accommodated. When demand requires the lower tier is usually allocated increasing the number of places to about 2,500. Villa has been given a further 700 tickets so I am unsure where the other tickets have been allocated.
This ground is quite small inside and gets extremely busy. Arrive with plenty of time to spare. Alcohol is usually served inside the stadium depending on the behaviour of the fans with the usual food options available.
I NEED A PRE-MATCH PINT!
Fans are advised to drink in Shepards Bush with Belushi’s Bar usually the popular choice. The bar is located in the Vue Complex and usually shows either Sky or BT Sports on the television. The bar only has a capacity of 225 and insists on photo ID in order to enter.
There aren’t too many other options in terms of bars so follow Aston Villa WMPolice who is trying to get another location for away supporters.
#avfc #utv Fans travelling to QPR Saturday Belushi’s Bar is still ATM the only bar in Shepherds Bush happy 2 accept away fans with a capacity of 225 and must have Photo ID for entry, I am working with the Met to secure another premises.
— Aston Villa WMPolice (@WMPVillaFC) November 16, 2017
HOW DO I GET THERE?
If you are driving the head down the M40 motorway all the way to the end and then follow the A40 towards Central London. When the A40 turns into the A40(M), turn off onto the A40 towards White City and then turn right onto Wood Lane. Then take a right turn when you come to South Africa Road.
The train from Birmingham New Street to London Euston will take anything from 1 hour 20minutes to 2 hours and 20 minutes depending on what you are prepared to pay. You then need to take the Central Line on the tube towards White City.
Parking is very limited around Loftus Road as you would expect with a football stadium in London. We have been told that street parking is available around the area for £2.20 per hour with some areas offering free parking after 5 pm. With it being the Capital there are also a lot of restricted parking zones so be very careful and read all signs.
Parking is also available at Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepards Bush for £8. If you sign up in advance to their Smart Parking Scheme, then you can park for £6.
If you have Twitter then it is well worth following the official WMP Villa FC account. PC Stuart Bladen usually tweets live updates throughout the day.
Preston also has their very own PNE Police account. I have to say that I have been following this account since we got relegated to the Championship and they seem extremely helpful and love a little bit of banter with fans of the opposition.