Win Manchester Derby Spends And Travel!

It’ll soon be that time again when Manchester’s Reds and Blues come together under one roof to fight it out for footballing glory in their 174th head-to-head.

With both City and United sitting in the top half of the Premier League, there’s everything to play for when two of football’s finest battle it out on the 27th of April at the Etihad Stadium.

With a capacity of over 55,000 the atmosphere will be electric as the teams meet for the 3rd time this season. Each team has one win under their belts so this is the decider. Not only are three points at stake, but the reputation as Greater Manchester’s best team is also up for grabs!

If you’re lucky enough to have much sought after match day tickets to the Derby, read on to discover tips that’ll ensure you have an enjoyable day out, whether or not your team is victorious.

And if you haven’t already got Derby Day planned, System One Travel might be able to help you out...

Team Transport

First and foremost you’ll need to sort out your travel to the Etihad Stadium. If you want to arrive relaxed and leave without the thought of facing traffic queues, leave your car at home and consider shared transport. Whether it be a minibus or coach laid on by other supporters local to you, or you make use of the various convenient bus, train or tram stops, you can have a stress free trip and take advantage of downtime to catch up with friends and family and discus the team, tactics and how you’ll celebrate when your team wins.

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Bag yourself a One Day Travelcard from System One Travel and you won’t even have to worry about the fare home.

Warming Up

You’ll need to keep your strength up if you’re going to get through those tense 90 minutes. So, if you aren’t taking your seat straight away, fuel yourself up with a pre-match meal. Manchester is a veritable culinary paradise with restaurants for all tastes and budgets.

Alternatively, if you’re a home fan, you might want to join your fellow supporters in the City Square Fanzone where food, drink and entertainment are laid on 3 hours before kick-off. It’s family friendly, so should be fit for even the littlest Blue. All under-14s must be accompanied by an adult while under-5s are admitted free as long as they sit on an adult’s knee.

As you near the ground, there’ll be plenty of helpful stewards to point you towards the most convenient entrance for your seat.

Kick Off

Tickets at the ready, make your way through the turnstiles. Don’t be tempted to buy a ticket from a tout outside the stadium - it’ll more than likely be fake and lead to nothing but disappointment. Far better to get your ticket directly from your club or stick to reputable ticket agencies like, Ticketmaster, 365Tickets and

On entry, you’ll need to present your ticket for scanning and might be searched by security but it’s all in the name of safety and security. You won’t be allowed to take any food or drink in with you, but worry not, there’s plenty to keep you refreshed inside the ground.

Then find your seat - they are well signposted - and sit back and ready yourself for cheering, groaning, singing and maybe a bit of crying.

Half Time

How’s it going? Is your team winning, losing or drawing? Either way, it’s early days and anything could happen.

Now’s the time to stock up on that hot dog or pie that you’ve been thinking about since you got the first whiff when you went through the turnstiles. But queues can be long so you might want to get a head start shortly before half time is called or be prepared to miss a little of the second half. 

Don’t be tempted to nip out for a quick pint - MUFC The Etihad Stadium has a strict no re-entry policy at football matches.

Full Time

When you think it’s all over, it probably is! If you’re a visiting supporter, you might be requested to remain in the stadium for a short while until home fans are dispersed. Outside the stadium, fancing may have been erected to stop reds and blues getting carried away. There’ll be plenty of those helpful stewards too, making sure that everyone exits safely.

Time to head home with a heavy heart or take advantage of a favourable scoreline as an excuse to celebrate. Either way, that System One Travel card you purchased this morning will some in handy. Valid all day on bus services through Greater Manchester (and trams and trains, depending on the card purchased) you can take your time getting around.

An after match bus service to Manchester City Centre is also available from Ashton New Road next to the South Stand.

We hope we’ve done a little to prepare you for your trip to the next Manchester Derby (even if we can’t prepare you for the scoreline) however, at System One Travel we feel we could do more to help. ‘What about the spends and travel?’ we hear you cry! Yes, we did indeed promise to give you the chance to win some Derby Day spending money and lend a hand with your transport. Here’s how...

To be entered into a draw for £100 spending money to help you enjoy Derby Day whatever the scoreline, simply tell us how you would spend £100 on Derby Day and share this post with your friends, family and fellow footy fans via Twitter or Facebook using hashtag #S1DerbyDay. Twenty runners-up will each get a System One one-day travelcard to help you get to and from the match.

What are you waiting for? Share this blog post, then get planning your trip with System One Travel. May the best team win! 

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