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 Post subject: Re: INFORMATION FOR AWAY SUPPORTERS VISITING VAUXHALL ROAD
PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 2:00 pm 
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Information for Away Supporters visiting Vauxhall Road

About Vauxhall Road


There is usually one turnstile open so dont leave it too late to arrive as there is usually a queue leading up to kick off. There is a new turnstile on the Tenzing Road side of the ground, however this is rarely (if ever) open due to a dispute with the land owners that side of the ground.

Admission prices for 2016/17:
Adult: £12
Concessions: £8
Under 18: £4
Under 12: £1
Concessionary price is available for over 65's, students in full-time education and military personnel. Identification will be required. For concessions, Under 18s and Under 12s, the following forms of identifications are acceptable:
•Current Passport
•EU National ID Card
•Current Full UK Driving Licence
•Student Identification Card (or ISIC)
•UK Armed Forces ID Card
•OAP Travel Pass

Upon entry to the ground, club shop is on the left, burger van on the right, clubhouse/bar further to the right and toilets in the bottom corner. There is a large covered terraces at the top end of the ground, a covered all seater stand running along the opposite side of the pitch to where you enter the ground. Just to the left of the entrance is a very small covered partially seated stand but comfort & view aren't great here. The bottom end of the ground (to the right as you enter) is a newly renovated all seater covered stand behind the goal, unfortunately replacing what was a great terrace.

Bar prices are decent enough, the burger van food is the typical quality/price of these vans. Programme is £2.50 and available inside the ground along with 50/50 raffle tickets.

Parking
There is a small car park at Vauxhall Road. It fills quickly and can be a pain to exit, you're likely to be refused entry anyway as it will be full by the time the players, officials and the more eager fans arrive. You can park on Vauxhall Road if you can avoid blocking residents driveways - it is a busy residential area though and like the car park the whole area fills up quick if there's a likelihood of a decent game or if the team is on good form. If arriving early enough, have a drink in the nearby Crabtree pub and leave your car there (see below). If you're arriving in Hemel via the M1, instead of heading to the ground, turn right at the roundabout off Breakspear Way on to Maylands Avenue, there's a Travelodge and Toby Carvery there with a decent size car park and it's just a short walk to the ground. Parking here will be a much better way of getting out of the area quickly and back on to the motorway after the game.

Contact
If in doubt of a game being on, this forum is your best bet to find out latest updates. Other than that, phone the club on 01442 259777 or check twitter @hemelfc


Getting to Vauxhall Road

By Train
Hemel Hempstead Railway Station is on the London-Midland line http://www.londonmidland.com
Getting to the ground from the station:
There is a taxi rank outside the station, and taxi firm (Millenium 24-7) has an office at the ground which will sort you out for the return journey.
Or, take Bus number 320 from Stop 'A' outside the station, depart at High Street Green, Adeyfield (ask the driver to let you off at the stop on Adeyfield Road just before the junction with Leverstock Green Road)
Timetable: https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/south-east/ ... n=outbound
You have a 200 metre walk, turn right at Adeyfield Road in to Leverstock Green Road, walk past the Crabtree pub on your right, turn right in to Vauxhall Road - ground will be on your right hand side.

By Car
M25
Leave at Junction 21 for the M1

M1
Leave at Junction 8, straight over (2nd exit) first roundabout, straight over (2nd exit) second roundabout at which point you need to get in the right hand lane - take first right across the dual carriageway which leads in to Leverstock Green Road. First left at mini-roundabout in to Vauxhall Road, the entrance to the ground is on the right hand side by an out of place looking roundabout.

A41
Leave at Hemel Hempstead, straight over cross roads and head to the "Magic Roundabout". Panic if you're from out of town as you face six mini-roundabouts around one big roundabout. In this order, go right, left, right across the mini roundabouts on to the A414 heading towards the M1 (or, as best as you can, just follow signs for the M1 motorway). Head up the A414 then at the first roundabout (Tesco on right hand side) go straight over or avoid it altogether by staying in left hand slip lane. Second roundabout, straight over (2nd exit), then take Leverstock Green Road which will be the 3rd left. Then take the first left at mini-roundabout in to Vauxhall Road, the entrance to the ground is on the right hand side by an out of place looking roundabout.

For a Quick(er) Getaway from Vauxhall Road:
Upon arrival at Hemel, drive past the ground and park and as far up Vauxhall Road as possible, facing the junction with Longlands. You're a very brief walk from the ground. After the game, walk back to your car past the fools edging their cars slowly out of the packed car park, drive out of Vauxhall Road, left in to Longlands, left on to the dual carriageway and then you're on your way back to the M1 without the hassle of negotiating your way out/past the busy football ground. Or... park at the Toby Carvery/Travelodge car park (it's free) just off Maylands Avenue. You're a 10 minute walk at most from the ground, but once you get back to your car after the game you can nip out the car park and head straight on to the M1.


Local Shops/Pubs/Restaurants

Cox Pond store is at the junction with Vauxhall Road/Leverstock Green Road. This is a small supermarket/newsagent and does the lottery. DO NOT leave your car parked outside here during the game!

The bar at the Vauxhall Road ground is open match days, the entrance is within the ground so you would have to enter via turnstile to gain entry. Good selection of drinks, the bar is small but comfortable, you'll find somewhere to sit or something to lean on, TV's will be showing live Sports if there is a Football/Rugby game on or Sky Sports News if there's nothing else going on. Kids are welcome.

The Crabtree is the nearest pub, just around the corner from the ground on Leverstock Green Road. If travelling by car, ignore the turning in to Vauxhall Road and you'll see the pub on your left. It is a large pub with good selection of drink and decent food, big car park, but no TV's for Sky Sports etc. If you're having a pre-match drink here you'd get away with leaving your car in the car park and walking the short journey to the ground. You have a 150 metre walk from here, turn right out of the pub on to Leverstock Green Road, turn right in to Vauxhall Road - ground will be on your right hand side. They may be fussy about football shirts, depending on their attitude on the day. If there's a bunch of you in football shirts or you have kids that won't settle well in the family area, play it safe and head to the football club for your pre-match drink.
http://www.emberinns.co.uk/thecrabtreehemelhempstead

In nearby Leverstock Green, well within a brisk walking distance, is The Leather Bottle (https://www.facebook.com/TheOldeLeatherBottle), The Green Man (http://www.greenmanhemelhempstead.co.uk/) and The Plough (http://www.innbritain.co.uk/).

for a better selection of pubs and a few restaurants, visit Hemel's "Old Town" - set your satnav for High Street (pay and display starts at 30p per hour). This is the opposite side of town to the football club so plan accordingly.
http://www.hemeloldtown.info

Everyone always looks out for the Weatherspoons when visiting a new town, ours is The Full House at the junction with Marlowes and Combe Street. Like all Weatherspoons across the country, it's full of the social underclasses drinking themselves to a slow and painful death, but at least it's cheap. You wont be able to park anywhere nearby for free, nearest car park is at Waterhouse Street, pay & display starts at 70p per hour. Like the nearby Old Town, Marlowes is the opposite side of town to the football club so plan accordingly.

There is a Toby Carvery just 8-10 minutes walk away from Vauxhall Road. From the ground, turn left towards Leverstock Green Road, then right towards St Albans road, turn left onto the dual carriageway and the Carvery is about 350m on your left http://www.tobycarvery.co.uk/hemelhemps ... fordshire/

Situated next to the Toby Carvery is a Subway and a Dominos.

If arriving in Hemel by train with some time to kill, there is a Harvester next to the station.

If you happen to arrive in Hemel very early, are making a day of it or need somewhere to drop the missus/kids while you're at the match, probably best to use a Satnav to find your way around as there are far too many roundabouts in our town for me to write directions which wont confuse you. From Hemel's town centre you're a 10 minute drive to Vauxhall Road depending on traffic. Hemel's central shopping location is at Marlowes, set your satnav to Wolsey Road for the Marlowes Shopping Centre car park which is also adjacent to Riverside Shopping Centre (parking fee's start at £1.50 for 2hrs)
http://www.riversidehemel.com
http://www.themarlowes.co.uk

At Jarman park (all free parking, set your satnav for Jarman Way) there is:
"Leisureworld" featuring an Empire Cinema and newly opened restaurants Frankie & Benny's, Nandos, Coast to Coast, Chiquitos, Hungry Horse, Bella Italia
the XC Centre next door has skating/BMXing, rock climbing and caving
http://www.thexc.co.uk/
just over the road there's a large Tesco
and finally a McDonalds.

indoor ski slope The Snow Centre in Hemel is very popular
http://www.thesnowcentre.com/

Petrol Stations
If you're arriving in Hemel via the M1, there is a BP just as you exit the motorway at Hemel and there is a Shell just before the M1 on your way out of Hemel. The above mentioned Tesco also has a petrol station which you'll pass if arriving via A41.

Cash Points
Cash points are situated at the BP, Cox's Pond (charges a fee) and Tesco, also nearby are branches of LloydsTSB and Barclays at nearby Wood Lane End.

Hotels
The nearest hotel is the newly opened Travel Lodge on Maylands Avenue, it's a very short walk to the ground.
http://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/549/ ... eway-hotel

Just off the M1 and also within walking distance if you're eager enough, is the Holiday Inn
http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/gb/en/ ... oteldetail

Night Life
If you're staying in Hemel overnight, your best local option would be the above mentioned Old Town for pubs and restaurants. A ten minute walk from the Old Town is Hemel's main town centre which is slowly improving, other than the Weatherspoons, which is the first pub you'll come to if walking from the Old Town, there is Olly's Bar (http://www.ollysbarhemel.co.uk/), Verve (http://www.vervebarhemel.co.uk/) and a new music venue which I can not remember the name of but is on the same row of outlets as Olly's and Verve.
If you can manage a short but expensive taxi ride from Hemel then you can pick from either St Albans or Watford, both have much more lively night life in their town centres, while our rail station is about half hour away from London (Euston).


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