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Cans & Megabus Away Guide: Off to Peterborough? Here’s everything Sunderland fans need to know

When you have a spare moment from fawning over Marcus Maddison, here’s everything that Sunderland supporters travelling to Peterborough this weekend need to know about their trip.

Danny Roberts

Who Are These Jobbers?

That Marcus Maddison plays for them, right?

How exciting for you.

AFC Wimbledon v Peterborough United - Sky Bet League One Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images

What’s The Ground Like?

Of all the many travesties in football, Peterborough’s decision to demolish the Moy’s End terrace ranks somewhere in the lower reaches but it did rob visiting supporters of an excellent away section. Nowadays, it has been replaced with the shiny all-seater, tiered Motorpoint Stand and that’s where we’ll be housed.

Depending if we manage to shift the almost 4,000 tickets Posh have bestowed upon us, a number of supporters will be crammed into the end part of the Main Stand. This is the London Road people old enough to still think flared jeans were an acceptable fashion trend will remember. It features all your old favourites like wooden seats and obstructing pillars.

Oh, and the ground is now called the Western Homes Stadium for all you stadium name pedants out there.

Peterborough United v Coventry City - Sky Bet League One Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

How Do I Get There?

Doesn’t it feel like you’ve been travelling to an away game for the entirety of August? Yeah, me too. Anyway, let’s go to Peterborough.

It’s an achingly/boring drive to this corner of Cambridgeshire taking the A19, A1(M) and A1 until you reach Wansford and join the A47 heading towards Peterborough. Exit at junction 15 onto the Nene Parkway then hop on to Oundle Road at junction 32, keep following this and the ground will appear on your right hand side.

There is no parking at the ground but there is some lovely street parking in the surrounding area. If you get lost put PE2 8AL into your sat nav.

Situated slap bang on the East Coast Main Line, Peterborough has direct services to the north east and the train station is just a 20-minute walk from the ground.

Soccer - Carling Cup - Second Round - Peterborough United v Middlesbrough - London Road Photo by Andrew Matthews - PA Images via Getty Images

Where Can I Get The Sesh Started?

Now if you like enjoying a couple of light ales while feeling the gentle rocking only a Dutch barge could provide then you should swing by Charters Bar on Town Bridge, just a couple of minutes from the ground. Another favourite within a stone’s throw of the ABAX (or whatever it’s called now) is The Peacock on London Road.

If you’re arriving on the train then you simply cannot walk past The Brewery Tap on Westgate. Here, you’ll not only find an intensely good selection of liquid refreshment but also a fine array of Thai cuisine which will keep your belly full on this long day. If like me, you prefer one of those fancy craft beers then The Stoneworks Bar opposite the cathedral on Church Street will satisfy your needs.

For the real ale connoisseurs, The Bumble Inn on Westgate will provide you with some of the best hand pulls this side of Cambridgeshire. And if you want Brexit pamphlets and wacky carpet designs, the go-to Wetherspoons - The Drapers Arms - is on Cowgate.

The Drapers Arms
Photo credit: JD Wetherspoon

Is There Anything Worth Doing Here?

You may think Peterborough is not the hippest cat in the British Isles but how many other places in the country will be having silent disco under a cathedral this weekend? Yeah, I thought not.

Get yourself down to Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday night for Silent Disco Under the Earth where you can listen to some absolutely ripping tunes while strutting your stuff under a giant art exhibition. This year it is the Gaia by Luke Jerram, it’s essentially a massive globe with a NASA image of the earth’s surface on it.

Tickets are £7 and it kicks off at 7pm. Book your tickets here.

If that’s not your bag, then I’ll bet my bottom dollar that Thomas the Tank Engine is. The Thomas Branch Lines Weekend is back at the Nene Valley Railway and you can hop on Thomas and his naughty trucks and travel the beautiful hamlet of Wansford. There’s even a licensed bar, find out more here.