On the road to…Derby
Once again the fixture computer conspires to do me out of an away game, as West Ham’s trip to Birmingham this year fell on Boxing Day. That being said however, the fact that virtually the entire National Rail network was shut down on Boxing Day would have meant that getting there for a 5.30 kick-off, never mind getting home again, would have been nye on impossible. Perhaps fortunate that I decided to give it a miss, and instead look to the following away game on New Year’s Eve at Derby County.
Date: 31 December 2011
Stadium: Pride Park
Away Section: South Stand
Score: Derby County 2-1 West Ham United
Nearest station: Derby
Local rozzers: Derbyshire Constabulary
Total Travel Cost: £5.90 (1 x Off-Peak Day Return)
Station to Stadium: Pride Park is yet another of those new stadia built in the middle of a business park. However, unlike some of the others that I have been to so far this season that are in the middle of a business park, this one is excellently situated for the railway station, being built as it is on former railway land (Derby being very much a railway town). Derby station has an additional entrance that leads direct to the Pride Park area, with the stadium no more than seven or eight minutes walk. Indeed, so close is the stadium to the station that it can be clearly seen from trains heading into Derby from the east.