On the road to…Leicester
While I know football is a business that is driven by television is this day and age, and that football clubs derive significant income from having their games televised, I still retain a desire to go and watch football at 3.00pm on a Saturday afternoon, and feel immensely put out when a television company feels, seemingly on a whim, that it can move a game at quite short notice to another slot simply so that it can broadcast it. As it is, I had to give serious consideration whether our last away game of the season (potential play-off game notwithstanding) was feasible, as I would have had to take a half-day, as well as ensuring I could get home again. Having made a judgement call, I decided to go ahead and make the trip to Leicester City.
Date: 23rd April 2012
Stadium: King Power Stadium
Away Section: North East Corner
Score: Leicester City 1-2 West Ham United
Nearest station: Leicester
Local rozzers: Leicestershire Constabulary
Total Travel Cost: £44.50 (2 x Advance Singles, 1 x Anytime Day Single)
District Line – Fulham Broadway to Paddington (C69/77 Stock)
Bakerloo Line – Paddington to Marylebone (1972 Stock)
15:07 – London Marylebone to Birmingham Moor Street (Chiltern Railways Class 168 Clubman)
17:22 – Birmingham New Street to Leicester (CrossCountry Class 170 Turbostar)
21:59 (Dep 22:12) – Leicester to London St Pancras (East Midlands Trains Class 222 Meridian)
Northern Line – Kings Cross St Pancras to London Bridge (1995 Stock)
00:06 – London Bridge to New Cross Gate (Southern Class 455)
Station to Stadium: The King Power Stadium is yet another of those new stadia built to replace a small, outdated one. Like some, it’s in the city rather than outside; like others, it’s a busting long walk from the railway station, especially if you’re in a rush. Not that it’s especially complicated – it’s simply a case of following the A594, which has signposts helpfully placed along the way to keep you in the right direction. But it’s a good 15-20 minutes on foot, so if you’re in a rush, take comfortable shoes.
Anything else?: If you’re from London travelling to a midweek game then beware – the last train to the metropolis leaves Leicester before 10.00pm, so you’ll likely have to leave the game before the end.