At Least One Mackem Happy At Toon Return!

01 April 2010 11:34
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce welcomes the Toon back to the Premiership - for professional as much as sentimental reasons. Steve Bruce: “I think that the North East wants Newcastle back. “I’m from here so I can say it. We want our football clubs to do well, we want Newcastle and Middlesbrough in the Premier League because the supporters of all of the clubs are like nowhere else. "The more the merrier for me because we have missed them. “The last few games at home we had 1,500 (away fans) come when we played Man City, Wigan 300, Fulham 200, Birmingham 400. When Newcastle come next year there’ll be thousands, which makes for a great game. “We are not safe yet, but it would take a hell of a run for the other teams to catch us. “But I think last year we took one point from our last seven games here and we nearly came unstuck. “The one thing I want to do is finish the season well. In every game we’re against a top team or a bottom team, so there’ll be something to play for in all of them. It’s not going to be easy but I hope we can get to 38 points by Saturday night and within touching distance of being safe for next year.” PETERBOROUGH UTD - LONDON ROAD What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters? Just under 4,000 away fans can be accommodated in the Moyes Terrace, with a further 800 seats being made available to away fans in the Main (North) Stand. If however, only a small away following is expected, then the terrace is kept closed and away supporters are housed just in the Block A seats of the Main Stand. The Moyes Terrace has several supporting pillars, which may obstruct your view, but the acoustics of the covered terrace are good, lending to a good atmosphere. There are a good range of pies available, plus roll over hot dogs (also £2.20). I found London Road to be a good and fairly relaxed day out.   Where To Drink? Michael Howard a visiting Reading Supporter informs me; 'The Cherry Tree pub on Oundle Rd is quite popular with away fans. Although small it is a friendly pub. It costs £2 to park in their car park but you get £2 off a beer if you present the parking ticket at the bar'. Alun Thomas a visiting Wrexham supporter adds; 'We found a better bet than the Cherry Tree was the Palmerston Arms. It is away fan friendly and has around 10 real ales on on offer. This pub is situated around 100 yards further along Oundle Road on the opposite side'. Whilst Gordon Pearson recommends the Peacock, which can be found 'as you come over the River Nene, proceed down London Road past the ground on the left and the pub is situated on the right at the traffic lights next to a KFC drive through'. Near to the ground is Charters, which is certainly worth a visit. This former Dutch barge, is moored on the River Nene, just a few minutes walk away from London Road, on the left hand side of the bridge, going towards the town centre. Upstairs is a Chinese restaurant, but downstairs there is a bar, which had on my last visit 12 real ales on tap. It was friendly enough and fans were able to take their drinks out onto the river bank, which makes it quite pleasant, when the weather is good. Alternatively, the ground is in walking distance (10 minutes) of the town centre (which is very pleasant and complete with a cathedral) where there are plenty of good pubs to be found. If you are arriving by train then the Brewery Tap near to the station on Westgate, is worth a visit. The home of Oakham Ales, this spacious bar serves good beer, Thai food and allows you views into the brewery itself. How To Get There By Car & Where To Park The ground is located on the outskirts of the city centre, on the A15 London Road. The ground is fairly well signposted around the town centre. From the North/West:Drive into the town centre, follow signs for Whittlesey (A605) which will lead you to the London Road. The new stand is quite visible from some distance away, so keep a lookout. From the South:Leave the A1 at the junction with the A15. Take the A15 towards Peterborough, you will eventually come to the ground on your right. There is a car park at the ground or otherwise there is a council pay & display car park just off London Road (on your left as you pass the ground going towards the town centre). By Train Peterborough station is around a mile away from the ground. Turn right out of station and follow the main road, passing an Asda store on your right. At the traffic lights near to the Rivergate Shopping Centre, turn right. Go over the bridge and you can see the floodlights of London Road, over on your left. It takes about 20 minutes to walk from the station to the ground. Thanks to Andrew Dodd for providing the directions.   


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