Match Preview:  Swindon Town (v) Aston Villa. Pubs & Parking #avfc

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It’s pre-season time baby.

Apparently we are now into “friendlies” rather than “training” matches, and Villa visit the County Ground to face Swindon Town.

The markers seem a little different to previous years where Villa have been known to field many players from the development squads.  Whilst the younger players will likely feature, there appears to be a drive towards blooding them amongst the senior players under Sherwood.  That doesn’t mean we won’t field the youth however..

Ou est le County Ground?

Where is Swindon Town’s glorious football ground:

Described by one visitor on Google reviews as “a horrible stadium”, it is a must visit for the hardened “away dayer”.  They don’t make ‘em like this anymore.

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Pubs near the County Ground;

“Away fans are treated to their own bar, called Bar 71, which is located by the away turnstiles. However it is quite small and tends to fill up quickly, with door men preventing anyone else going in, so that it does not become over crowded. 

The County Hotel right by the ground, DOES NOT allow entrance to away supporters. 

Best to continue down County Road and seek out the Cricket Club that sits behind the Arkells Stand. 

On match days home and away fans can park on the cricket ground (for a small fee) and then have access to a drink in the cricket club. This is a very friendly (as well as cheap) club that always welcomes away fans’.

Please note though that the Cricket Club facilities are not available for night matches or when the Cricket Club is playing a match (*unconfirmed for the Villa Fixture). The latter doesn’t happen often but can do towards the beginning and end of the football season, when fixtures overlap.

‘The Merlin’ on Drove Road, near to the magic roundabout. ‘Away fans are welcome. It’s a decent size pub which serves meals and has a number of TV screens installed.

Alcohol is available within the ground at the away end in the Arkells Stand (but not in the open Stratton Bank End), otherwise if you arrive early Swindon town centre is a 15 minute walk away.”

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