What started out as one of our famous cup scalps of the 1990s has turned into quite a tete-a-tete with Cambridge United. Epic league battles of note include them dumping us out of the 2008-9 Blue Square Premier playoffs after extra time and us returning in the following term to kick the snow out of ’em. It was so much fun that we picked it back up again when the Us joined us in the Football League. And who can forget the 4-0 win at their place that you can say kept us up once the 2019-20 season was finally resolved?
If we wanted more, we got it the next season; Boro’ doing the league double over the Us. It came at a price though. Our friends from up the road were promoted to League One. And, in doing so, it robbed us of a guaranteed six points going into the 2021-2 season. Bit harsh that, lads…
Fans with a disability or impairment are charged at the full rate, unless you meet the age criteria for a concession.
Car parking is available for those with the most severe mobility issues. You can apply for spare spaces in the club’s car park via the ticket office. This should be done 48 hours in advance, however. To do so, call 01223 566500.
In terms of actual facilities, there are spaces for wheelchair users in all areas – including the away end. Carers and personal assistants can also be accommodated. People with ambulant disabilities will be accommodated as far as possible when buying their tickets.
You’re not exactly spoilt for choice when it comes to pubs near the ground, which means you might wish to stay in the city centre before heading up to the ground. That’s if police advice doesn’t end up with away fans being “discouraged” from doing so too.
There is a supporters’ club at the ground, but we find it unlikely that Boro’ fans will be let in. We could be wrong, of course…
Cambridge United Travel Information – Distance: 33 miles
For what is one of our shorter trips, head north on the A1(M) to Junction 9. Here, take the A6141 to Baldock and join the eastbound A505 towards Cambridge and Royston.
Once you reach Royston, take the northbound A1198 for nearly four-and-a-half miles. You should reach a roundabout right about now. If so, take the third exit for the A603. If not, we say Google is your friend. Stay on the A603 to go across the M11 and enter the ‘burbs of Cambridge.
The A603 kinks left as you come into Cambridge. Shortly after it does, take the second exit at the roundabout for the A1134. At the next roundabout, it’s a left onto Trumpington Road and then right very quickly after for Lensfield Road and the A603 once more.
After a mile, take the third exit at the roundabout onto Newmarket Road (A1134) and be sure you have Premier Inn and Travelodge to your right. You’ll also pass a retail park, before swinging round to the right. This is when you’ll be confronted by the ground. Woop!
You can’t park at the Abbey Stadium and the advice is to use the matchday Park and Ride service. This is from the Newmarket Road site (CB5 8AA) and costs fans £2.50 a head to get to and from the ground. If you’re going with kids, however, you’ll have to pay a normal £3 fare. This does mean that one kid goes free with you.
Other options include parking opposite the ground in Ditton Walk and Ditton Fields.
Services to: STEVENAGE
It’s a bit of a walk from the station to the football ground – and it’s likely to take you more than 30 minutes to do it. When leaving the station, turn right out of the main entrance.
You should arrive on the bend of Devonshire Road, where you need to turn right. Stay on Devonshire Road; passing the Devonshire Arms (left) and then turning right for Mill Road to cross back over the railway. Continue past the Earl of Beaconsfield and The Sea Tree.
Turn left onto Sedgwick Street; this becomes Cromwell Road after about a third of a mile, but continue regardless. And, at the roundabout, bear left and remain on Cromwell Road for a further 0.4 miles.
Once you get to the junction with Coldhams Lane, cross over into the recreation ground; turning left to follow the path of the small waterway on your left. If you’re on the right track, you’ll soon see the larger Coldham’s Brook join you from the right.
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