Simon Wright takes a look ahead to tomorrow’s trip to Alfreton.
Planning on making the trip? Simon previews the ground, picks out the best places to have a pint – or a cake! – and lets you know how best to get to the ground!
Alfreton is a small Derbyshire town, which, even when all the outlying villages are included, has a population of only 22,000.
There isn’t much more to say about the town, other than the HQ of Thorntons Chocolate is based here. Incentives to attend are that the Reds are our 7th nearest opponents and Alfreton don’t have sparkling recent home form.
The Impact Arena boasts 1400 seats, the main stand is a curious mix of seats and small terraces with lots of pillars to peer around. On the opposite touchline is the Tom McRoy stand. (club co-founder Tom died in 2014.)
Visiting supporters usually sit here. There are more pillars to avoid but strangely no barrier between seats and pitch.
Behind the North Street goal is the “Tin End”, a steep terrace with a token amount of cover at the back.
Expect to pay £14 adults, £10 for seniors aged over 65, 16 to 21-year olds. Or students. Children under 15 are charged £2.
Car parking is limited to a small area in North Street which is very handy for the turnstiles. Beyond that, its street parking only.
For refreshments, be aware the Reds bar inside the ground is for home supporters only. We can get into the Alfreton Town Supporters Club outside the ground in North Street. This is a seven day a week operation, but beer choice I understand won’t excite discerning visitors.
Alternatives are quite limited. The Victoria pub on Nottingham Road serves two guest real ales. A few minutes’ walk away in Prospect Street is a micropub, startlingly called the Prospect Street Micropub. This offers a choice of four rotating real ales and two ciders. Neither establishment offer food.
The local Wetherspoons is the Waggon and Horses in King Street, which is 15 minutes’ walk away. Six real ales, including guests and their regular food offering.
Not plugged a coffee and cake venue for a while. Made at No 18 in Church Street is a highly rated licensed café bistro (no 3 out of 51 in Alfreton) serving homemade food. Just one street away from the War Memorial – rated the No 1 Alfreton attraction by Trip advisor and a similar walking distance to “Spoons.”
By Car: 244 miles return (DE55 7FZ) Leave M1 at J28 onto the A38 towards Derby.
Follow for 2 miles then take the slip road onto the B600. Turn right at main road towards the town centre. After half-a-mile, immediately after Catholic Church on left, turn left into North Street for the ground.
By Train: Yet another fixture where it’s easier to travel from the Smoke than the Shire. From Hereford, train travel is over 3 hours each way, with 2 or often 3 changes. Hard work. From London St Pancras, Alfreton is reachable in just over two hours with only one change at Chesterfield.