Wire travel to Castleford on Monday for what is, arguably, the best away day of the year in this country. Kick off 1.30pm.
Here’s everything you need to know about making the trip to Cas Vegas.
Wheldon Road, Castleford. WF10 2SD
Come off the M62 at junction 31 and take the A655 exit signposted Castleford/Normanton.
Continue straight onto A655 until you come to a roundabout.
Take the first exit and stay on Whitwood Common Lane (A655).
At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Savile Road (A6032).
At the roundabout, continue straight onto Wheldon Road.
The ground is very well sign posted and once you’re in Castleford, you’ll see a steady flow of Cas shirts lining the way to the ground.
Alternatively, the ground is a ten minute walk from the train station, but you will have to change trains at Manchester and Leeds.
There is a train from Central station at 10.19am that gets you into Cas at 12.18, leaving you enough time for a pint or two in the Boot Room before kick off.
For tickets and times, visit http://www.nationalrail.co.uk.
There is a car park next to the ground that charges a fiver and takes about three days to get off.
A lot of people park on the streets around the ground and in the industrial estate on the approach the ground in Wheldon Road.
You’ll notice that most of the locals park in town and walk to the ground and the road in and out of the ground just before and just after the game will be lined with people walking.
It might be worth following the natives’ lead as you can be sat in traffic on Wheldon Road for fucking ages after the game.
Adult – £22 in advance, £24 on the day. Robbing bastards
Concession – £14 in advance, £16 on the day
Junior – £14 in advance, £16 on the day
Junior season ticket holders are entitled to a free ticket.
Concessions: aged 60 & over and students with valid ID.
Juniors: 16 years and under
Tickets are available in advance from Warrington, through club shop or online.
There shouldn’t be a problem getting tickets on the day, but they’ll probably be a quid or three dearer.
The Fix-a-pipe Jungle.com Arena @ Wheldon Road, or whatever it’s called this week, is a tiny, decrepit little shed of a ground.
But it’s a fun little place.
It’s always an atmospheric little shed, especially when the away fans congregate under the roof in the stand along the side line.
If you’re stood on the railway end terrace, you’re close enough to have a chat with the players lining up for a kick-off.
They used to let you change ends at half-time, but in recent years they have put a stop to that after trouble flared – literally – when we visited one year.
The locals are generally friendly enough, until a decision goes against them and then you’re a dirty, cheating Lancashire bastard or whatever.
The club make the best of the facilities they have and the large beer tent behind the main stand is the place to be before the game – or even during it, if the action on the pitch isn’t up to much.
Pubs and food:
The Boot Room over the road is, simply, the best match day pub in the Super League.
It has a large beer garden outside which is a great laugh when the sun is out, though with this weekend’s weather forecast, it is more likely to be transformed into a winter wonderland.
Inside the ground, as mentioned, there’s a beer tent bottle bars and a big, old-school club house that’s always busy. You will not go thirsty, that is for sure.
For food, there’s a few of burger vans around the ground, inside and out, and usually an ice cream van and a sweet stall behind the main stand. What more can you ask for?