DRFC - Guide to away day at Derby County.
A regular feature I will carry out this season is to find the best places to go for parking, food, drink etc and places to avoid For Doncaster fans on our away travels.
Vital Doncaster caught up with Vital Derby co editor Mike C ahead of Saturday's game at Pride Park.
Which Pubs would you recommend for Rovers fans to visit?
Away fans from the station are usually directed to the Crown and Cushion by the Police, the Bruswick Inn is a good pub if you're not into your lager and although it's Derby fans you'll have no trouble there.
Which pubs would you tell Rovers fans to stay well clear of?
Nowhere really; although a couple of pubs near the stadium on Pride Park can be home fans only depending on the opposition.
Best places to get food from?
There's burger vans and the like on the way to the stadium that aren't too bad; and apparently we have some new stadium caterers who are supposed to be 'experts in the field' but I'll reserve judgement until I've tried it!
Can you get a drink inside the ground?
There are bars in the ground selling alcohol; although you can't take it to your seats, you can watch the tv's on the concourse if you don't want to miss any of the match.
How good is the away end, for viewing, space and facilities?
The view from all stands at Pride Park is good with no impaired views, away fans are located in the South Stand behind the goal. From my knowledge of the grounds in The Championship I'd have to say Pride Park is one of the best and not just because it's our stadium.
How easy is the ground to find?
Just head for Pride Park and you can't miss it, you can see the stadium from the back of the train station if you're coming that way or ask a friendly police man. If driving there head for the city centre and either park there and walk or you can try and park on Pride Park itself.
Best place for away fans to park?
There's not really any parking around the ground itself but a few businesses on Pride Park let you park there for around £5 and there's a five minute walk to the stadium. If you don't mind a bit of a walk and want free parking you can park near London Road in Chaddesden and walk to the ground over the A52 bridge, you can follow the crowd to get to the stadium and there's a couple of pubs on the way that you should be okay as an away fan.
Do you know how much you charge for away fans admission?
Not sure to be honest as I've never sat in the away end; although you're looking at £22-£33 for a home ticket if bought in advance, matchday sales are slightly more.
How do you think you will fair this season?
If we get off to a good start we could be pushing for the top six but with the almost completely new squad it could go either way, at worst we should be top half and I think Paul Jewell is definitely the man for the job.
Who is your key player?
Hard to say with all the new signings over the summer, Kris Commons has looked dangerous in pre-season, Nathan Ellington has been finding the net on a regular basis in pre-season and the new Pole Przemyslaw Kazmierczak looks as though he'll be useful once he's settled into the English Game.
How do you think Rovers will do in our first season in the Championship?
To be 100% honest with you I've got to admit I don't know much about Doncaster other than watching the play-off final last season; but that was a result that put a smile on most fans faces, poor old Leeds! You put us out of the League Cup on penalties a couple of years ago and loaned us Michael McIndoe; although that didn't work out so our paths have crossed before. The Championship will be really tight again this season so if you can be hard to beat or put together a couple of decent runs you should stay in the league.
Finally who do you think will win the Championship this season?
Birmingham will be up there, QPR have the backing to make it out of the league and Reading have a good squad.
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