231 Addicks had purchased tickets prior to Saturday's trip to Bury. Here's what to expect from an away day at the Energy Check Stadium
Tickets will be available on the day for the fixture at The Energy Check Stadium, from hereonin to be referred to as Gigg Lane and can be purchased from the ticket office at the ground priced:
Over 65s £14
After years of being located at the Cemetry End, following a bit of redevelopment, away fans are now located at the opposite end of the stadium in the Ratio Law Stand, aka the Manchester Road End. You access this via the main car park on Gigg Lane, as you get there aim to the left-hand side and you will find the entrance for visitors, which is at one of the stand as opposed to behind it.
You then walk through a small recess before then entering the stand itself from the rear, which brings you onto a cosy concourse, then from here enter to the seating areas - it should be a case of take your pick from here.
This is quite handy, as while the stand is functional, fully covered, albeit a bit distant, it does have a series of poles across it which can obstruct the view in places. Also, it isn't very steep so, while not presenting too much of a climb, you're pretty much at eye level with the pitch. On the whole though, it does the job adequately.
Food and Refreshments
Not a lot immediately around the grounds in terms of food outlets, but the town centre is not too far a walk away where there a plenty of places to grab a bite.
Food is available inside the ground - basic stuff – but at least they allow you to take your own grub inside Gigg Lane! The closest pub to the ground is The Staff of Life, very traditional and can get a bit busy.
As mentioned, the town centre is quite adjacent - around a fifteen-minute walk - where there are plenty of places to suit all tastes. Perceived wisdom, however, says aim for The Swan and Cemetery on the Manchester Road, past the ground if you are coming from the town. This serves good beer and does a nice bite to eat as well. Of course, if you are coming via Manchester, there a few things to do there as well. Otherwise, alcohol is on sale inside the ground.
Quite straightforward by road - the postcode is BL9 9HR. By whatever your preferred route, aim for the M66 and leave this at Junction 3. Exit left and continue until you get to the A56, which is the Manchester Road. Join this by turning right aiming for Bury and once past the playing fields the ground is on the right. There is not much parking by the ground, only street parking which does have restrictions, therefore it may be worth continuing into the town centre and parking there, then walking back on yourself.
No doubt the bulk of people coming by train will come via Manchester, from where you can either catch the 135 bus which allegedly takes 50 minutes, or use the much more practical Metrolink which you can pick up in the City, while some start from Manchester Piccadilly, all run through Manchester Victoria and take this to the end of either lines A or C which is Bury itself.
Journey time is 25-30 minutes and they run every 6-12 minutes, the adult return fare to Bury being £4.60. After the match, trains start every 6 minutes from Bury at 3, 9, 15, 21, 27 minutes past the hour etc. If you are aiming for Piccadilly and are on a tram that does not stop there (these being less frequent), get off at Market Street opposite Primark and you can just walk up the road from there. Once at Bury you can either take buses 97, 135 or 524 to the ground or walk across the bus station then turn left. Cross the lights onto Knowsley Street, then turn left onto the afore-mentioned A56. Simply follow this and you will find Gigg Lane tucked away on the left.