Away Fan Guide by Sam Turner – Basingstoke Town F.C.
The resurgent Gulls will travel to Hampshire for their FA Trophy third round qualifying match against Southern League Premier Division side Basingstoke Town F.C. Here’s everything you need to know about the town itself.
Manager: Terry Brown
Ground: The Camrose
Capacity: 2500 (650 seated)
Nickname: Dragons or Stoke
– Established in 1896 by a merger of Aldworth United and Basingstoke Albion
– Reached the FA Cup first round for the first time in the 1971/72 season where they lost 5-1 to Northampton Town
Address: Basingstoke Town FC, The Camrose Stadium, Western Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG22 6EZ
Location: 48 miles (77km) southwest of London. 142 miles (228km) or a 2 hour and 45 minute drive from Plainmoor.
Population: 113,776 (2016)
– The earliest known human settlement in the town dates back to 3000 BC.
– Basingstoke was recorded as a weekly market site in the Doomsday Book, 1086.
– Thomas Burberry, in 1856, founded the household name fashion brand named after him in the town of Basingstoke
– Entered the top 50 places to live 2011 Halifax survey at number 47
Directions to ground:
Follow the A303 all the way to the M3 before leaving the M3 at junction 7. From this point you will be on the same road as the ground so just follow Winchester Road all the way into Basingstoke and the ground will be on the other side of the third roundabout. Travelling to the train will require multiple changes so driving or travelling with the Torquay Travel Club would be advisable.
The club car park is next to the ground and will cost £1 per car. Otherwise the other car parks are based in the centre of Basingstoke which is about a 22-minute walk from the ground.