EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BIG GAME
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE v AFC WIMBLEDON
At Wembley Stadium on Monday, May 30, kick-off 3pm.
MORE than 50 coaches – including four that started out before dawn at Truro – will depart Home Park from 7am on match-day Monday. Each will be clearly numbered and fans are requested to make sure they board the coach corresponding to their ticket as all coaches have been supplied with a passenger-list.
NATIONAL Express are also offering services from Plymouth to Wembley Stadium. Details can be found at www.nationalexpress.com/events/plymouth-playoff.aspx.
GREAT Western Railway has extended some high-speed trains on Monday so services that would usually start in Bristol will be extended to start at Plymouth. However, all seats have been sold and those without a reservation cannot expect a seat for the journey. For the return journey, two services that would normally terminate at Bristol are to be extended to Plymouth and a service that would normally terminate at Exeter is also being extended to Britain’s Ocean City. All services are expected to be busy. The return services will depart from London Paddington and travel on to Plymouth via Bristol Temple Meads at 7.07pm, arriving at 10.52; at 7.27, arriving at 11.32; and to Plymouth via Exeter St Davids at 6.30.
WEMBLEY Stadium is served by three stations: Wembley Park Station (London Underground Metropolitan and Jubilee Lines); Wembley Stadium Station (Chiltern Railways); and Wembley Central Station (London Underground Bakerloo Line, London Overground and Southern). For more information on these services, please visit www.tfl.gov.uk or www.chilternrailways.co.uk. The Bakerloo line platforms at Paddington are closed. Fans intending to use London Underground to get to Wembley should either:
· Take the eastbound Hammersmith & City lines two stops to Baker Street and then use the northbound Metropolitan or Jubilee lines to Wembley Park; or
· Make the 18-minute walk to Marylebone and catch Chiltern Railways to Wembley Stadium.
ARGYLE have been allocated the Green Car-Park on the East side of Wembley. Vehicles accessing Green Car-Park via the A406 North Circular should do so via Great Central Way or Drury Way – this will be the route from the A40 – and then continue along Great Central Way. Please avoid crossing from East to West as South Way and Fulton Road will be closed four hours before the match. Please also avoid using Harrow Road, which will be congested. All other routes will have support from the London Streets Traffic Control Centre.
CAR-PARKING website and app JustPark are offering a special deal for Argyle fans. If supporters book a space through JustPark and enter the promo code PILGRIMSOFFICIAL20 at the checkout, they will get 20% off their play-off final parking. Spaces can be reserved at www.justpark.com/uk/parking/wembley-stadium.
ARGYLE have sold 34,023 tickets for the game. Subject to availability, tickets will be on sale at Wembley’s East ticket office on the day of the game from 11am.
TICKET collections at Wembley are from the East ticket office, which will be open from 11am on Monday.
THE Torch pub in Bridge Road, Wembley, serves St Austell Brewery’s famous Tribute ale. Other pubs on the way to Wembley that serve either Tribute or Proper Job are: the Fountains Abbey, Paddington W2 1RL; the Globe, in Marleybone Road NW1 5JY; and the Larrik and Windsor Castle, in Crawford Place W1H 4LJ. As well as the Torch, other Wembley pubs officially designated for the Green Army are: Crock of Gold, Bridge Road; Moore Spice, Engineers Way; Watkins Folly, Empire Way; Blue Check Café, Empire Way; St Josephs Social Club, Empire Way; Crystal Club, South Way, Wembley; the Parish, Wembley Park Drive; First Class Sports Bar, Wembley Park Drive; the Wembley Tavern, Wembley Park Drive; and Flyers Last Stand, Blackbird Hill.
HOSPITALITY turnstiles at Wembley open at noon.
GENERAL admission turnstiles open at 1pm.
ANY supporter with specific medical needs, equipment or mobility aid is advised to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, the Plymouth Argyle Disabled Supporters Association recommends consulting www.levelplayingfield.org.uk/clubs/wembley-stadium and www.wembleystadium.com/TheStadium/StadiumGuide/DisabledAccess for essential information.
THE Argyle players will arrive at the ground at 1.30pm; they have been assigned the East dressing room, closest to the Green Army.
THE Kinder + Sport Football League Kids Cup Final between AFC Wimbledon, represented by Cleves School, and Mansfield Town, represented by Samuel Barlow Primary School, kicks off at 1.35pm.
THE players’ warm-up begins at 2.10pm.
ARGYLE announcer Andy Ballantyne will introduce the Argyle starting line-up at 2.33pm. This will be followed by an address from club president Chris Webb.
THE players’ warm-up ends at 2.40pm.
THE teams will enter the stadium at 2.50pm and will be presented to chief guests Edward Moss, Director of Sports Betting, Sky Betting and Gaming, and Greg Clarke, Chairman of the Football League. They will be accompanied by Russ Green, an ambassador of Prostate Cancer UK.
ARGYLE will be led out by six-year-old match-day mascot Harrison Davey, who attends Lady Modiford’s School in Walkhampton. His favourite player is Luke McCormick.
FOLLOWING the presentation of the teams, the National Anthem will be played. After that, there will be a Fairplay Handshake, led by Wimbledon.
THE match referee is Iain Williamson. His assistants are Ron Ganfield and Paul Marsden, and the fourth official is Tim Robinson.
THE match will end at around 4.50pm, or, in the event of the scores remaining level after 90 minutes, following half an hour of extra-time. Should the score remain level at the end of extra-time, the winners will be decided by a penalty shoot-out at an end of the stadium to be determined by the referee.
AFTER the match, the Play-Off Final trophy and medals will be presented to the winning team by Edward Moss.
FOR those who cannot get to Wembley, Plymouth Pavilions will be opening the doors of their arena for fans to watch the game and soak up the atmosphere alongside 3,000 fellow Pilgrims. There will be food and refreshments at pub prices to keep everyone going. Doors open at 2pm, tickets are £2, and under 18s go free but will require a ticket. Tickets can be bought online at www.theticketstore.co.uk or by calling the Pavilions’ Box Office on 0845 146 1460. Calls cost 2p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. For all enquiries, please email email@example.com.
THE match is also being shown live on Sky Sports 1 in the UK from 2pm, as well as being screened in 20 regions worldwide: Israel, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Balkans, Belgium, MENA, Australia, the Indian Subcontinent, Singapore, Myanmar, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Philippines, China, Macau Central America and Slovakia and the Czech Republic.