On the road: Plymouth, Home Park

Home Park

Home Park

A WEEK after completing the gruelling trip to Carlisle, our hardy supporters will be on the road at the crack of dawn again as they make the comparatively short trip to Plymouth. Just the 294 miles to Home Park, hurrah! Still, better August for this kind of caper than January, I suppose.
Plymouth are many people’s dark horses this season, with a decent manager in John Sheridan and some head-turning signings over the summer. Since they were relegated down to this level a few years back, Argyle have steadily improved and will once again enjoy the backing of one of the biggest support bases in the division.
However, Southend have not been beaten at Home Park since Argyle came back down this way in 2011. Alright, we haven’t won either, but as the cliche goes, this is a tough place to go. Last year we drew 1-1 thanks to Kevan Hurst’s goal, with the scoreline the same the previous year.
Home Park is a tidy ground with three sides recently developed. Home Park was part of England’s ill-fated 2018 World Cup bid, but that seems a long time ago now. Southend fans are housed behind one goal to the left, with tickets priced at £20.
Best option for a pre-match drinky poo is the Wetherspoons, halfway between the station and the ground – a ten-minute walk from the turnstiles.
If you’re coming by car, you can park at the ground or there is street parking on the roads going away from the city centre.