Cans & Megabus – Your indispensable guide ahead of Sunderland’s trip to Ipswich Town!

Next up, it's Portman Road!

‘Tis the season to be jolly everyone! So, grab your vaccine passport and let’s all head on down to Ipswich for some festive merriment with a set of supporters that hate their own club just a little more than us.

After spending the summer following Wigan’s trend of buying literally everyone that has ever played in League One, Ipswich have found themselves being actually very bad at football. Having binned off the two-voiced man Sunderland should’ve hired, Paul Cook, the Tractor Boys have still been bad at football.

However, we all know that when it comes to bearing gifts for opposition footballers, Sunderland can be quite the generous type so let’s all hope Portman Road isn’t filled with festive cheers come 5pm.

How Do I Get There?

It’s incredibly funny how far away Ipswich is. Think of going to Portsmouth or Shrewsbury, yet more annoying because you spend lengthy parts of this journey stuck behind a tractor on a B-road somewhere. Anyway, for those of you deciding to do this dumb journey by motor car here are some handy instructions.

Take the A1(M) all the way down to Cambridge and then jump on the A14 to junction 54 for Ipswich. Then you need to take Sproughton Road and W End Road following the signs for Portman Road. Since the ground is pretty much in the town, there’s loads of parking about so find some for yourself.

Sat nav losers need to put in IP1 2DA to get there.

For you kings on the train, Ipswich railway station is only a short walk from Portman Road so that’s nice.

What’s the Ground Like?

Portman Road looks very much like Portman Road. You all know what Portman Road looks like, right? Come on, we’ve been here loads in recent years, you should know what it’s like by now.

Anyway, it’s conveniently placed near the train station and a load of lovely pubs so that’ll be nice for you. We’ll all be crammed in the Cobbold Stand, so enjoy yourself up there.

Yer thirsty?

You can have your pick of the hostelries Ipswich has to offer on your trip to Portman Road. Thomas Wolsey on St Peter’s Street proudly proclaims to have “Goose Island on tap!” on it’s Google Maps page while Lord Nelson on Fore Street gives you the option of enjoying a pint with a marina view, in Ipswich!

Venture into the town centre and you’ll probably find a sad Christmas market selling toxic gluhwein, or you could pop into The Spread Eagle (also on Fore Street) for a lovely warming ale.

What’s This Place Like?

If you like spending the weekend before Christmas travelling in the car for thousands of hours, then come on down to Ipswich!