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🚗 Away Day Guide: Swindon Town

1 February 2022

Back on the road Exeter City travel to Swindon on Saturday to take on the Wiltshire outfit.

In our first trip to the County Ground since 2020, here’s a reminder of what to expect.

Stadium

  • Name: The Energy Check County Ground
  • Capacity: 15,728
  • Year opened: 1892
  • Record Attendance: 32,000 (v Arsenal, FA Cup Third Round 1972)
  • Address: County Road, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 2ED

The County Ground has had a mixed purpose history since being opened to replace The Croft. Thomas Arkell, the owner of Arkell’s Brewery first donated £300 to build a stand at the Wiltshire County Ground, though the funds were enough to build the entire stadium.

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During the war the stadium was used as a Prisoner of War camp, with huts built on the pitch to house the German POW’s. In 1951, Swindon Town became the first club to have floodlight’s fitted and the new lamps were first tested against Bristol City in April that year.

In another quirk, the Energy Check County Ground is the only football stadium in the world to have a Rolex clock, which was erected in 1963. City fans will be housed in the Arkell’s John Trollope Stand and the uncovered Stratton Bank end.

Tickets

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Tickets for City's trip to Swindon Town on Saturday, February 5 in a 3pm kick-off are advance sales only and no tickets will be available on the day.

Tickets are on sale online until midnight on Thursday, February 3. They can be purchased in the club shop or by phone until 4pm on Thursday, February 3.

Please note there is plenty of availability ahead of the deadline but it's wise to book early to secure your tickets.

We have been allocated 1920 tickets in total, with covered 692 seats in the Arkells Stand and 1228 uncovered seats in the Stratton Bank Stand.

Arkells Stand prices (Covered):

  • Adults: £23 |65+: £17 |Student: £17 | Under-21: £10 | Under-18: £6 | Under-11: £1

Stratton Bank prices (Uncovered):

  • Adults: £19 | 65+: £15 | Student: £15 | Under-21: £10 | Under-18: £6 | Under-11: £1

Wheelchair spaces: There are 5 covered wheelchair spaces and are charged at the age related price with the carer FOC.

Ambulant disabled: Same as above.

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How to buy

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here, or by visiting the club shop at SJP (Mon - Fri, 10am-4pm) or by calling 01392 411 243 (before 5pm on Thursday, February 3).

Ticket Collections

Tickets will be available to collect from our Club Shop between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday. Those not collected will be sent up to Swindon, for collection from the County Ground.

Getting to The County Ground

By Car (2hrs)

Take the M5 until junction 16, merging onto the M4 Eastbound (London).

Exit the M4 at Junction 16 for Swindon/Great Western Way. Follow A3102/B4006.

Take the magic roundabout onto County Road and the Ground is on your left. 

Parking

Official match day car park at St Joseph's School (SN3 3LR) is a five-minute walk from the ground and charged at £5 per car. 

By Rail: (1hr 52m)

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Swindon is on the mainline between London and Bristol Temple Meads.

Exeter St Davids: 10:27 Crosscountry to York. Depart at Bristol Parkway.

Bristol Parkway: 11:56 GWR to London Paddington. Depart at Swindon (Wilts) at 12:19.

The station is a 15 minute walk from the stadium. Exit the station along Wellington Street. Turn left onto Manchester Road and at the end of the road the County Ground is on your right.

Grecian Travel is now SOLD OUT for the trip to the County Ground!

  • The coach will depart at 10:15am 

Other pick-up points include: Honiton Road park and ride (by Miller and Carter Steakhouse), junction 28 (Cullompton services), junction 27 (Tiverton), junction 25 (Taunton). All other pick-ups by prior arrangement.

How to buy

Currently Grecian Travel can only be booked directly.

For more information or to book please contact John Bishop on 07904 036334 or by email at: john.bishop760@btinternet.com (after 6pm).

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Pubs and Matchday refreshments

The County Ground is surrounded by a number of pubs. City fans are welcomed into the designated away end bar, ‘Bar 71’. Just outside Swindon station, two pubs adjacent, the Queens Tap and Great Western Hotel have been friendly for away visitors in the past.

Five minutes from the ground along Drove Road, the Merlin (Greene King) is a keen spot for travelling fans, with big screens, outside gardens and a good range of food and drinks.

Around the ground there are refreshment kiosks, and in the main car park there is a burger bar. 

Swindon Town's Official Matchday Programme, which features an extensive look at the away team, will be priced at £3 and can be purchased from a number of sellers outside The County Ground. 

You can also purchase a programme from The STFC Store, which is located at the bottom of the main car park. 

Safeguarding

Both clubs are committed to the EFL Ground regulations an remind supporters that racist, sexist homophobic and other offensive behaviour will never be tolerated in our game or wider society. Swindon Town operate an anonymous reporting system, by contacting you nearest steward, if you experience any criminal behaviour.

We’d also like to kindly remind supporters that pyrotechnics are illegal. If incidents of this nature are reported, the Football Association have the power to impose serious sanctions on our club.

1100 Grecians have already purchased tickets for Saturday and there are still more available in advance only. Your support and atmosphere created has been nothing short of brilliant this season! We can’t wait to see you in Wiltshire backing the boys again! Come on you Reds!

 


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