We return to league action this weekend when we make the long journey north to Doncaster Rovers and the Eco-Power Stadium. It's going to be a long one, so lets get you up to date with everything you need to know...
Where is the Eco-Power Stadium?
The Eco-Power Stadium is located at:
Where will Newport fans be during the game?
Away fans at Doncaster are located in the North Stand. Doncaster Rovers have provided the following handy guide to help fans find their way around, you can view this HERE.
How do I get to The Eco-Power Stadium?
There are several ways you can get to Doncaster Rovers this weekend.
Doncaster Rovers is 188 miles from Rodney Parade, making it one of the longer away days of the season. The journey will take around three and a half hours, depending on traffic. We would recommend hitting the road as early as possible.
If you are travelling up from Newport, then taking the train could prove to be a long and expensive option. There are no direct trains from Newport to Doncaster, so you will need to take a train to Stockport and then swap. This is the easiest route, and it will take around four and a half hours. Alternatively, there are options to take a train to Bristol Parkway, then switch to take a train to Sheffield before changing again to Doncaster. This option takes around four hours and 15 minutes but is more expensive and requires more changes.
To give yourself plenty of time ahead of kick-off, we recommend taking the 08:06 train to Stockport. This will arrive at 11:01, giving you 24 minutes to wait for the train to Doncaster at 11:25. The final destination of that train is Cleethorpes. You will arrive around 12:35. Alternatively, take the 09:04 on that route, which arrives at 13:35. However, this does not give as much wiggle room in case of delays.
Train prices vary, with the above route costing around £105. If you opt to go via Bristol Parkway and Sheffield, this will cost around £125.
If you don’t want to worry about train changes or traffic, the most relaxing way to get to Doncaster Rovers is by taking one of the official supporter's coaches arranged by the NCAFC Supporter’s Club.
Can I park near the stadium?
There are around 1,000 parking spaces available at the Keepmoat. However, you will need to be there early if you want to get one of these. Alternatively, there are multiple industrial estates near the stadium that have set fees for parking, which is often reasonably priced.
Doncaster’s website has the following PDF information about parking for fans.
How far is the train station to Doncaster Rovers?
Doncaster station is around a mile and a half from the stadium. This is not going to be walkable for all fans, but if you do fancy a stroll, this will take between 30-40 minutes.
If you take the aforementioned train arriving at 12:35, then you can catch the 56 bus directly from the station interchange at 12:41. You can then jump off at Carriage Drive/White Rose Bay, and you will be just a few minutes walk from the stadium. If you miss that bus, then the next one arrives at 13:11.
Where to eat and drink locally
A popular destination for away fans visiting Doncaster is the Leopard pub, just a few minutes walk from the train station. As we have mentioned, the station is not too close to the stadium, so if you are visiting here, ensure you factor in the bus to the ground.
At the stadium itself, the Belle Vue Bar has been known to welcome both home and away fans. This is a popular spot to catch up with fans from both teams and discuss the game pre-match.
Alternatively, the Lakeside Shopping Village is around a 15-minute walk from the stadium. You will find multiple fast-food outlets there and plenty of January sales to keep you busy if you arrive early.
Last time out
Our last game against Doncaster Rovers was back in August, and it was one to remember for Newport fans.
We got off to a flying start, with three goals hitting the net in the opening 21 minutes. Seb Palmer Houlden finished with composure after just six minutes, before Will Evans tapped in a rebounded effort on the 16-minute mark.
Richard Wood put the ball in his own net at 21 minutes to send us in 3-0 up at the break. Things went from bad to worse in the second half, with Will Evans completing his brace to wrap up the three points. You can watch the match highlights HERE.
How much are tickets for Doncaster Rovers vs Newport County?
You can find out more about tickets for our trip to Doncaster Rovers HERE.