Opponents: Norwich City
Date: Friday 22 December
Post code for sat-nav: NR1 1JE
Named after the road that surrounds it, Carrow Road has been the permanent home of Norwich City since 1935.
Built on the banks of the River Wensum with large amounts of rubble from The Nest - their hastily demolished former stadium in Rosary Road – the new venue was dubbed ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ and hosted its maiden Second Division fixture on 31 August 1935, when The Canaries beat West Ham United 4-3. The Stadium has since undergone major building work on no fewer than six occasions, most notably when the City Stand was destroyed by fire in 1984, with the Geoffrey Watling City Stand opened three years later in its place. The completion of the South Stand in 2004 marked the conclusion of the stadium’s overhaul, though a Holiday Inn, nestled in the corner of the Barclay and South Stand, was constructed three years later, with its location providing customers with unobstructed views of the pitch below.
Dean Smith’s men have won just one of the last seven meetings between the two clubs, while Brentford have made the trip to Carrow Road just six times since 1968; the 2-1 win in January 2015 their only triumph in Norfolk since January 1996.
The Club will lay on six free coaches for those keen to make the trip to East Anglia, and with Christmas being one of the most expensive periods of the year, tickets are priced at a wallet-friendly £10 for adults, £5 for seniors and just £1 for juniors.
How to get there:
Drivers will usually take the M11, A14 and A11 to the outskirts of Norwich and then the A47, A140 and A146 towards the city centre. Exit A47 at A146, following signs for Norwich and Lowestoft. Turn left at the first set of lights at the bottom of the slip-road, then continue to the next set of traffic lights and turn right onto Martineau Lane. Keep in the right-hand lane and at the County Hall roundabout take the second exit. Keep right and turn right at the next set of traffic lights on to King Street – follow this road as it bends to the right over a bridge, with Carrow Road then visible to your right. Allowing for traffic delays, the most direct route to Carrow Road from Griffin Park is 126 miles and takes just shy of three hours.
There is no parking at Carrow Road for anyone who does not have a permit on matchdays. Parking is available at nearby County Hall, a ten-minute walk from the stadium, at a cost of £6 per vehicle. Supporters can buy matchday parking tickets for County Hall in advance through the Norwich City ticket office on 0844 826 1902. Resident parking schemes are in place in the streets around Carrow Road and this is strictly enforced and identified through on-street signage, while parking at Morrisons adjacent to the stadium is reserved for store customers only. Penalties will be imposed on those who park contrary to restrictions.
Norwich station – a ten-minute walk from the stadium - is served by Abellio Greater Anglia services from London Liverpool Street. East Midlands Trains services also stop at Norwich but do not go directly to London.
Where to eat/drink:
Carrow Road sits just a brisk walk away from the Riverside Retail Park, which features an array of high street restaurant chains, a Wetherspoons, a supermarket and even a bowling alley if you’ve got plenty of time to spare. The retail park is en route from the railway station to the stadium, though if you head in the opposite direction for around five minutes, you’ll stumble upon one of the more popular pubs amongst away fans, the Prince of Wales on the road of the same name. Both the Coach and Horses and the Fat Cat and Canary on Thorpe Road also boast welcoming reputations - the latter shows Sky Sports, while the former brews and serves its own real ale.