Morecambe v Barnet
Saturday November 10th 2012
A BIG 10/10, as everybody loves the seaside don’t they? The aforementioned York Hotel has been offering inexpensive, basic yet comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation to away supporters for years – no doubt it will be full. Mrs Reckless and I stayed at a very pleasant B&B called the Ashley last time and I have no problems recommending it for the weekend. Morecambe Bay is reputedly one of the best for wildlife in Europe. If pubs, night-clubs, Whipple Ice Cream 99’s, Candy Floss and Hot Doughnuts is what you seek then Morecambe is for you!
Overnight Stay Factor:
Main Stand Adult £19, Concessions £15, Children £6.
At a cost of around £12m, the Globe Arena is typical of modern football stadia The focal point is the Peter McGuigan Stand. Named after the current Chairman the stand has room for around 2,200 seats. Opposite is the North Terrace is a shallow open terraced area, no doubt to be developed in time. It resembles the old Car Wash terrace at Christie Park – perhaps the club wanted fans to feel at home? Both ends have covered terraces. The larger West Terrace for home supporters and the smaller East Terrace, with room for around 1,400 for visitors. Seating is available for visiting supporters too.
Barnet FC are running the Official Coach Travel this season. The coach will leave the Pavilion at 07.45 and the ticket price is just £25.00. The Pavilion will be open from 06.15 for pre journey refreshments. Discounts on travel are available for season ticket holders and club members. Bookings for coach travel for all 2011-12 season away games can be purchased online or by calling 0208 8449 6325.
An early start is required for this one as the journey time is a good four hours with changes at Preston and Lancaster possible depending on which train you take. Morecambe station is near the seafront and approximately a 30 minute walk from the ground. From the promenade turn left and left into Regent Street (superb Indian Restaurant on the corner if you are staying over – serves Chicken Tikka with Goats Cheese, very unusual on my Tandoori Travels). Through into Westgate and you will see the ground on your left just over the railway bridge. The bus 9 or 9a from the bus stop outside Frankie and Benny’s will drop you outside the stadium. A Taxi I believe is always the best option, and then you can spend more time by the seaside! On away trips with my “band of brothers” sharing cabs to the ground is the norm because………. a) it’s cheap as chips when sharing, b) drops you at the turnstiles, c) leaves the maximum time possible in a bar and, d) if you get out quick leaving the hapless one to pick up the fare he more often than not forgets to ask his pals for reimbursement!
Directions by Train:
Parking is still at a premium at the club especially for visiting fans so your best bet is to continue past the stadium on Westgate and carry on under the railway bridge where you will find unrestricted and plentiful street parking available.
Go straight over two large roundabouts on the second of which you will find one of those appalling drive through Chavburger joints. At the third roundabout, called the Shrimp Roundabout take the first exit into Westgate Road (signposted West Promenade). Go past the Fire Station on your right and after about a mile you will see the Globe Stadium also on your right.
A bit of a trek this one! We take the M1 onto the M6. Exit the M6 at its junction 34(A683) and head towards and into Lancaster. Stay on the one way system in Lancaster and look out for the A589 from Lancaster into Morecambe. Cross over the river and then look out for the splendid sight that is Lancaster Castle on your left on top of a hill. These guides offer so much more than dodgy directions or bogus bus routes – consider the culture and the beauty of England and indeed its very history, its heritage.
Brief Directions by Road:
Official Club Website:
Red and Black and White
01524 411 797
The Globe Arena, Christie Way, Westgate, Morecambe LA4 5TB