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Cans & Megabus Away Guide: Everything Sunderland fans need to know about our trip to Portsmouth

Sunderland’s first game post-Brexit is a trip down to the the south coast where the Lads will resume their invented rivalry with Portsmouth. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the trip.

Danny Roberts

Who Are These Jobbers?

Oh God, this lot again?


What’s The Ground Like?

Ramshackled, cold and full of people that look like they want to kick your head in, but enough about Brexit Britain! We’re going to Fratton Park, and you better believe it hasn’t got any better since the last time you visited.

Cram yourself into the Milton End and prepare for that white hot Fratton Park atmosphere that secured them a famous goalless draw against us last time out.

Portsmouth FC v Barnsley FC - FA Cup Fourth Round Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

How Do I Get There?

I couldn’t think of a better way to start life in Brexit Britain than travelling almost six hours to stand in Fratton Park.

For the true patriots among you, travelling on British roads which will no doubt now be lined with milk and honey, take the A1(M), M1, M4, M3 and M27 down to the south coast before exiting at junction 12 for the M275. Pass the Asda on your left hand side and then take the A2030, following the signs for Fratton Park. There’s parking available at the ground for £10 a car while there’s also street parking in the near vicinity.

If you get lost plop PO4 8RA into your sat nav.

For the big dawgs on travelling on the Great British railways, the nearest station is Fratton which is served by services from London Waterloo and London Victoria.


Where Can I Get The Sesh Started?

Due to the huge rivalry between Sunderland and Portsmouth, the Pompey faithful aren’t quite fond of their north-east brethren. However, we at Cans & Megabus are forever striving to ensure you can get fully lagered before this enormous clash - even if some of you weirdos decided to go the whole opening month of 2020 intoxication-free.

One of those venues is the charming Good Companion on Eastern Road, which is a favourite among away supporters. While both The Rutland Arms on Francis Avenue and The Fawcett Inn on Fawcett Street are all a good supping destination within a decent stroll of Portsmouth’s hallowed stadium.

The Good Companion

Is There Owt To Do Around Here?

While you may want to head down to Portsmouth Docks and give the naval ships a poignant salute, as we celebrate the glorious Brexit, perhaps gird your loins and give it a hearty “gong hei fat choy” as Gunwharf Quays rings in the Chinese New Year. It’s the Year of the Rat and Portsmouth Chinese Association will be hosting everything from kung fu demonstrations and everything in between.

Alternatively, part with £28 (TWENTY EIGHT OF THE QUEEN’S BREXIT POUNDS) for the Ultimate Classic Rock Show at Kings Theatre for an evening of live rock anthems.