Rangers v Newcastle – An away day guide.
Posted on August 6th, 2010 | 65 Comments |
Newcastle United head north of the border for their final pre-season game on Saturday, and will be taking at least 3,850 fans with them.
That is the official allocation of tickets given to Newcastle, and all of them have been sold. Fans will be located in the Broomloan Road stand upper and lower tiers.
I’ve been asked to provide an away fans guide for the match, so that is just what I have done. The last time we were at Ibrox was back in 1993 for Ally McCoist’s testimonial, so a lot of things would have changed in the past 17 years. If you feel I have missed anything, or if you have anything to add, then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment at the bottom of the page.
As I understand it, a lot of people are getting the train to Glasgow. That means you will more than likely end up at Glasgow Central train station. It’s quite a way from the ground itself so you can have a nice long walk to Ibrox if you’re feeling up for it, or you can spend some time in the city centre, have a few beers and grab a taxi to the ground.
Alternatively, you could grab the underground train to the ground. For that you’ll need to turn right out of the train staion, walk on for about 100-yards and turn right again into Union Street. Follow that for a while until you reach a big set of traffic lights where you should turn left into Argyle Street. Follow that for a 100-yards or so and you should see St Enoch underground station on the right-hand side. From there you can get on the Inner Circle line direct to Ibrox.
However, if you do end up at Queen Street train station, then all you have to do when leaving the station is go straight over into George Square, which then runs into Queen Street which then runs into Argyle Street and brings you out at the underground station mentioned above.
Be warned that if you are planning the same route back then it can get pretty busy. You could do worse than catching a bus back to the centre rather than risking getting snarled up in the underground, but that choice is up to you.
If you are going by car, then point your vehicle towards Glasgow, and more particularly point it towards the M8. Leave the M8 at Junction 23 and head towards Govan/Clyde Tunnel on the A8 Paisley Road West. Ibrox stadium will be on your right after approximately a mile and a half. There is plenty of street parking to be had, and the road behind the away stand has plenty of industrial units that will no doubt be used as unofficial car parks.
As for drinking, it is up to you if you wish to take a risk in a pub around the ground. Be cautious, don’t act like an idiot and you should be fine. The Rangers fans don’t seem have a problem with us, so why go and create one? That’s my responsible bit done.
I would be tempted to stick in the city centre until you are ready to head to the ground. There will be more pubs about and less chance of any hassle so you can enjoy a few pints, or soft drinks, and not have to keep an eye on things too much.
Having said that, around ten minutes away from the ground is The Quayside Bar which is situated on the Paisley Road. Apparently it will be open from 8am serving breakfast rolls and snacks, and possibly alcohol aswell.
Whatever you do, have fun, just be careful and use your common-sense. Generally speaking our away days pass without much trouble and most people have a good laugh with the opposition. Rangers are no different and should be a decent laugh. As I said earlier, if I have missed anything, or if you can add anything, then please feel free to do so.
Have a goodun!