Friday, April 3

Sunderland travel and pub guide

Stadium of Light
Premier League
Saturday April 11, kick off 15:00


Out of a capacity of 49,000, United have 1,700 tickets, priced at £33 for adults, £22 for over 65s and £12 for under 16s. All tickets have been sold and posted out.

World Ticket Shop, an internet touting agency is charging £179.10 for home-end tickets and £211.50 for away-end tickets.

Home-end tickets have been on general sale for a month and continue to be so.
But only members who have bought tickets before can buy them, and Sunderland are warning buyers they will be responsible for the behaviour of ticket users.

The match will not be shown on TV in the UK, but you can watch streams at MyP2P. Links will be go online five hours before kick off.

We recommend downloading Sopcast or Veetle for the best quality.


Car - £36.30

If you are using a sat nav or an internet routeplanner, use the destination postcode SR5 1SU.

The journey takes about two-and-half hours each way and petrol will be roughly £18 each way.

The basic route is: Take the M62 to J29 and join the M1 northbound. Get off at J62 and follow the A690 and signs for Sunderland city centre.

Parking – free
Because the ground is so close to the city centre, it is hard to find spots nearby for cheap and that won't have you queuing to leave for ages.

We recommend you use the free park-and-ride service. You park at Sunderland Enterprise Park and then buses leave every five minutes from 1.30pm.

To reach Sunderland Enterprise Park, leave the M1 at J65 and take the second exit onto the A1231.

Keep going for six miles over five roundabouts and the enterprise park is signposted.

Train - £62.10
It will take you about four hours and probably require four different trains to get there and the same on the way back, though if you go at the right time, it should be more straightforward. Get an off-peak return ticket on the day for £62.10.

Manchester to Sunderland

Option A – Journey time: 3:59
Leave Piccadilly: 07:10
Arrive York: 09:06
Leave: 09:34
Arrive Newcastle: 10:33
Leave: 10:35
Arrive Newcastle Central Metro: 10:43
Leave: 10:45
Arrive Sunderland: 11:00

Option B – Journey time: 3:44
Leave Piccadilly: 07:26
Arrive Leeds: 08:23
Leave: 08:35
Arrive York: 09:25
The rest of the journey is the same as Option A

Option C – Journey time: 4.15
Leave Piccadilly: 07:35
Arrive Selby: 08:58
Leave: 09:15
Arrive York: 09:45
Leave: 10:00
Arrive Sunderland: 11:50

Option D – Journey time: 3:50
Leave Piccadilly: 07:55
Arrive Leeds: 08:54
Leave: 09:05
Arrive York: 09:55
Leave: 10:03
Arrive Newcastle: 11:04
Leave: 11:06
Arrive Newcastle Central Metro: 11:14
Leave: 11:18
Arrive Sunderland: 11:45

Option E – Journey time: 3:59
Leave Piccadilly: 08:10
Arrive York: 10:06
Leave: 10:34
Arrive Newcastle: 11:32
Leave: 11:34
Arrive Newcastle Central Metro: 11:42
Leave: 11:44
Arrive Sunderland: 12:09

Option F – Journey time: 3:43
Leave Piccadilly: 08:26
Arrive Leeds: 09:23
Leave: 09:35
Arrive York: 10:25
Leave: 10:34
Arrive Newcastle (pictured right): 11:32
Leave: 11:34
Arrive Newcastle Central Metro: 11:42
Leave: 11:42
Arrive Sunderland: 12:09

Option G – Journey time: 3:48
Leave Piccadilly: 08:57
Arrive Leeds: 09:52
Leave: 10:05
Arrive York: 10:55
Leave: 11:04
Arrive Newcastle: 12:02
Leave: 12:04
Arrive Newcastle Central Metro: 12:12
Leave: 12:18
Arrive Sunderland: 12:45

Option H – Journey time: 3:44
Leave Piccadilly: 09:26
Arrive Leeds: 10:23
Leave: 10:35
Arrive York: 11:25
Leave: 11:34
Arrive Newcastle: 12:32
Leave: 12:34
Arrive Newcastle Central Metro: 12:42
Leave: 12:44
Arrive Sunderland: 13:10

Option I – Journey time 3:58
Leave Piccadilly: 10:11
Arrive York (pictured right): 12:06
Leave: 12:29
Arrive Newcastle: 13:25
Leave: 13:27
Arrive Newcastle Central Metro: 13:35
Leave: 13:42
Arrive Sunderland: 14:09

There are two later journeys, but we would not recommend them because one delay would mean you miss the match.

The ground is a 15 minute walk from the station.

Leave the station by WH Smith, turn left and walk down High Street West.
Turn left again into Fawcett Street. This leads to the Wear Bridge.
Cross the bridge, and turn left into Millennium Way.

Sunderland to Manchester

Option A – Journey time: 4:03
Leave Sunderland: 17:30
Arrive York: 19:13
Leave: 19:55
Arrive Piccadilly: 21:33

Option B – Journey time: 3:31
Leave Sunderland: 19:02
Arrive Newcastle Central Metro: 19:30
Leave: 19:32
Arrive Newcastle: 19:40
Leave: 19:44
Arrive York: 20:41
Leave: 20:54
Arrive Piccadilly: 22:33

Option C – Journey time: 3:46

Leave Sunderland (pictured right): 19:50
Arrive: Thornaby: 20:39
Leave: 20:55
Arrive Leeds: 22:30
Leave: 22:40
Arrive Piccadilly: 23:37
Option D – Journey time: 4:46

Leave Sunderland: 20:02
Arrive Newcastle Central Metro: 20:30
Leave: 20:32
Arrive Newcastle: 20:40
Leave: 20:47
Arrive York: 21:51
Leave: 23:07
Arrive Piccadilly: 00:48

Coach - £21
United are running coaches from Old Trafford to the game for £21 per person. Book here.
National Express is running a coach from Manchester to Sunderland on the day of the game for £19.50 one way, but none on the way back.

It leaves Chorlton Street at 08:30 and arrives at 14:30.

Sunderland Coach Station is on Park Lane, which is a two-minute walk from Sunderland Train Station and a 15-minute walk to the ground.

Walk up Park Lane, turn right onto Holmeside and then a left onto Fawcett Street. Keep going up and cross the bridge. The ground is on your left.

Megabus does not run coaches between Manchester and Sunderland.
The ground is a 15-minute walk from the city centre and there are no bars next to the ground, so all our chosen pubs are in town.
Probably, the meeting place for reds will be The William Jameson (pictured above), a Wetherspoons pub a stone's throw away from the train station at 30 Fawcett Street.

It's been open for 12 years now and has decent service and, of course 99p bottles of San Miguel and a cheap food menu.

And, fingers crossed, if the weather is good, there is an outside drinking area at the front.

The WJ doesn't have live football though, but you can go to another Spoons bar a couple of streets away in Low Road to watch the Liverpool v Blackburn 12:45 kick off at The Lambton Worm (pictured above).

A good place to try is The Borough at 1 Vine Place. 'Quirky' doesn't begin to describe this joint.

There are always a few odd-but-friendly characters dotted about the place and there is a fantastic jukebox if you like your rock tunes.

Drink prices are about average (£2.50 for most pints of lager), but you can warm up your belly with a Borough Bomb cocktail, which costs £3.50 and is made up absinthe, Red Bull and Aftershock – served on fire.

It also has a big screen so you can watch the Liverpool v Blackburn 12:45 kick off.

Another decent boozer is Sinatras at 31 Holmeside right near the train station, though it is quite near to Yates, which is firmly a home-fans' pub on matchdays.

But by far our favourite pre-match watering hole in this part of the North East is Laings (pictured right) at 26 Olive Street.

The prices are low, the Guinness is good and even the Stella goes down well.

It's named after a local shipping dynasty and, while it's not massive, it is big enough for you not to be too crammed in on matchdays and get served quite quickly.

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