In the first of our new ‘Away Day Guide’ features for the official website Bromley supporter Will Bains provides us with a fans insight to our midweek trip Torquay United.
Having escaped any Tuesday night long distance trips throughout last season, the first of our long midweek trips in the National League takes us to Torquay on August 9th.
If our two journeys down to Torbay in the past couple of season are anything to go by, then this is a match that will provide plenty of goals. The FA Trophy defeat in January of last year was one to forget, with Bromley completely outplayed in a 4-0 defeat. In contrast, the 7-3 victory in September was definitely one to savour, with Bromley conceding an early lead only to run riot and make amends for the previous season’s defeat.
For those heading down to the south west, here are a few tips and pointers that you might find useful. The Babbacombe area just to the north east of the ground has plenty to keep everyone interested in the run up to the evening kick off. The Babbacombe Inn has gained accolades for its pub garden, or there is also the Buccaneer Inn with its cask range from the St Austell Brewery and great sea views. Sticking with award winning establishments, Hanbury’s Fish and Chips has won the award for best South West Fish & Chip shop three times in the past nine years so should be a decent bet for excellent quality seaside fare before the game.
By train: Great Western Railway runs services from Paddington to Torquay (most of these involve a change at Exeter or Newton Abbot), with journey time of about 3 to 3½ hours. Although there aren’t any trains home directly after the game, those feeling adventurous can opt for the Night Riviera sleeper service from Newton Abbot, which will get you back to Paddington early on Wednesday morning. Nearest station to the ground is Torre, which is also on the line to Torquay. The walk from here will probably take around 20-25 minutes via quite a zig-zag route. From Torquay station, it’s probably best to take a taxi for the two-mile journey to the ground from there.
By car: The M4 and M5 will get you down to Exeter, or if you feel like following the occasional slow moving lorry or tractor, there is a more scenic route via Stonehenge. From Exeter, the A38 and A380 will feed you into the Torre/Torquay area. For those with satnav, the postcode of the ground is TQ1 3PS.
By plane: While this isn’t a viable option for getting down to the south west on Tuesday, for anyone wanting to get back to work on Wednesday without the romance of the sleeper train, the 06:35 from Exeter will get you back to City Airport at 07:45.
- Adult – £15.00
- Concession – £12.00
- Under 18’s -£7.00
Bristow’s Bench Away Seating
- Adult – £19.00
- Concession – £15.00
- Under 18’s -£7.00
Please note Under 7’s are free with a full paying adult.
Disabled supporters are charged £15.00 with one adult helper admitted free.
The Launa Windows Stadium, Plainmoor, Torquay TQ1 3PS
Can’t make the trip? Don’t worry we’ll have live commentary on the official website from 7:30pm on Tuesday – Link will appear on front page of official site.