Ahead of AFC Bournemouth’s trip to Rotherham on Saturday for the FA Cup third round tie we spoke to Vital Rotherham and Dorset Police about what to expect.
With a special thanks to Caz from Vital Rotherham for answering our questions.
Any tips on getting to and from the ground?
Getting to the New York Stadium is a bit of a nightmare at the moment as there are roadworks all around the ground – but there’s no away parking at the ground anyway unless you’ve already booked.
Can I advise you park in the multi-story car park in Rotherham and it’s less than ten minutes walk from there to the ground (which is more or less in the centre of town).
The train station is just minutes away from the New York and there are plenty of trains going to Sheffield, via Meadowhall, from Rotherham.
Where are the best places for a pre-match drink for away supporters?
We have three Wetherspoon pubs in Rotherham town centre – nearest is ‘Corn Law Rhymer’ with ‘Blue Coats’ and ‘The Rhinoceros’ also less than five minutes walk away.
Away fans are also welcome in The Bridge Inn which is just outside the railway station (turn right)
For any AFC Bournemouth supporters who haven’t been before, what is your ground like for away fans?
It’s a new ground so is a good ground. Food, cold and hot drinks can be bought in the concourse and prices are about on par with other football grounds in the Championship. For the FA Cup game your fans have part of our Family Stand (the club have moved us season tickets out of our seats from the half-way line down for you to have this. For the league game you will be in our away end).
For any Cherries supporters staying in the local area for a couple of days what’s the one thing you would recommend to do?
You can get to lots of places from Rotherham. Wentworth is worth a good look round (though buses aren’t too frequent) – it has a garden centre with a small children’s farm. There’s antique shops and pubs there too plus Wentworth House, though I’m not sure if it will be open.
Magna Science Centre is on the doorstep but I’m not sure if that will be open either! There’s been a fire next door to it and it did have to shut down.
Clifton Park in Rotherham is good for a walk and there’s a children’s playground, crazy golf and the museum to look round.
Roche Abbey is just up the road – an English Heritage site.
We also have a couple of country parks too.
And then there’s Derbyshire just over the border for walks as well as Meadowhall for shopping and cinema and Sheffield next door.
Has your side changed much from last season?
Has it ever! Though we have a lot of loanees who might not be able to play in the FA Cup game. We broke our transfer record to sign Jordan Bowery and Jonson Clarke-Harris in the summer and we also brought in Paul Green, Frazer Richardson, Kirk Broadfoot and Conor Newton plus others.
Who is your player to watch?
It really depends who we play. If Alex Revell plays then you always have to keep an eye on him while Lee Frecklington can cause problems. If we can play the loanees then Emmanuel Ledesma and Tom Lawrence will need to be kept in check.
What are your predictions for this game and the remainder of the season?
I have mixed feelings about the FA Cup this season. Of course we always want to win but we also need to be keeping our focus on the league. So, if I had to pick between winning this one and our league game with you in a couple of weeks it would be the league game every time.
We’ve been playing some lovely passing football lately but we just can’t get the ball in the net. I’m not sure the word ‘shoot’ is in our forwards vocabulary! Some of our defending at times leaves a lot to be desired but, saying that, I really do think we are too good to go down. I’d like to think once we start getting goals others will naturally follow but I’m not so sure.
Dorset Police told us the following…
The preferred ‘away` pub for travelling fans is The Bridge Inn, which is next to Rotherham Central railway station and is 5-10 minutes walk from the New York Stadium.
There is no specific away parking, away fans are advised to use one of the council run pay and display car parks or one of the ‘pop-up` match day car parks attached to the local industrial units. You can expect to pay £3-£5.
The turnstiles open at 1.30pm and alcohol and refreshments will be sold up to and including half time.
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