In this article…

  • Match Info
  • Man City v Everton
  • New Bar Opening
  • Avoid Road Closures

This Saturday, February 10th, we welcome Poole Town to the Ray Mac Stadium for a crucial Southern Premier League South fixture.

Salisbury FC v Poole Town
Saturday, February 10th – 3 pm Kick-off
The Ray Mac – SP4 6PU

Tickets are £1 per person cheaper if you buy them online. Tickets are also available on the gate and you can pay with either cash or card.

We will be showing the Man City v Everton match LIVE. We recommend arriving early as we’re expecting this to be a busy game and also to avoid traffic in the city (more below). The live game will keep you entertained as we build up to the main event at 3 pm.

The Rude Giant Sports Bar at Salisbury FC

This Saturday will be the first opening of the Rude Giant Sports Bar at the Ray Mac.

The Rude Giant Sports Bar is located on the ground floor at the Partridge Way end of the stadium. It should be obvious where it is when you enter the ground but if you need directions, please ask a member of staff and they’ll be happy to assist.

Word from the Rude Giant!

The founding partners behind Wiltshire-based brewery, Rude Giant, are excited to launch their second hospitality venue, in the form of the Rude Giant Sports Bar – opening on Saturday, February 10th. The site will initially open before, during, and after home matches at Salisbury FC this season; providing football goers an alternative spot to grab something to eat and drink this season.  

Whilst the Sports Bar will initially open on matchdays for the rest of the season, the brewery is hoping to make its residency at the club a permanent fixture and a space to cook up Beerhouse specials found at the Rude Giant Beerhouse on Brown Street in Salisbury.  

The opening will mark an exciting new chapter for the brewery, being their first pop-up venue, and a space to serve their beers and showcase live sports on matchdays.  

Joe Robinson, co-founder at Rude Giant Brew Co: “Our arrangement at Salisbury FC marks part of what we hope will become a long-term involvement at the club. The atmosphere around the club is so buoyant right now, so we are hoping that offering fans something extra on matchdays will add to that.”  

Amanda Newbury, Director at Salisbury FC: “Amanda Newbery Director of Salisbury FC said “We are extremely pleased to announce the partnership with the Rude Giant brewery and the opening of the Sports Bar on match days in addition to the BlueBee bar.     

“With match crowd numbers increasing the opening of a 2nd bar has become essential. This is the first step in the plan to enhance the match day experience for both home and away supporters.  The opportunity to partner with a local brewery seemed perfect to launch the Sports Bar initially on match days, but with the aspiration to open in the longer term during the week and weekends to serve the local communities in Old Sarum,  Longhedge and the surrounding area.”    

About Rude Giant Brew Co.  

The formation of Rude Giant Brew Co saw a collective of local businesses come together; born out of a desire to make beers to unite all drinkers and of course a fair amount of passion for a truly decent pint. The founding partners include: Dave Hancock of Immersive Group, Joe Robinson of Blonde Brothers, Lyall Dew formerly of Sixpenny Brewery and The Brew Shack and Ethan Davids of Chickpea Group.  

Unlike many new producers on the block, Rude Giant is not entering the ‘craft’ brewing arena but instead aims to make beers for all palates. The team are stripping brewing back to its roots, focussing on the basics and launching with a curated list of quaffable drops. The beers hope to showcase a blissful blend of local produce, good craft, and creativity. Rude Giant beer is brewed with barley from the Great Bathampton farm and is malted at Warminster Maltings. The brewery sits prominently in the Wiltshire countryside and supplies a number of local pubs and restaurants.

Avoiding Road Closures

As I’m sure all of you local to Salisbury know, Castle Road is currently closed, although the extent of the closure and the section affected will change. The information below is based on what we know now. I’m sure you all have your routes around it and that’s great. Allow some extra time as it will be busy no matter which route you take on Saturday.

Use Public Transport

Our first advice is to use public transport if you can. Not only is it a stress-free way to navigate the diversions, but you can have a drink and alleviate the pressure on our car park.

The PR11 is a good option to get to the Ray Mac from the city centre and it stops less than a 3-minute walk from the stadium at the end of Partridge Way.

Use the REDS JOURNEY PLANNER and enter Partridge Way as your destination.

By Car

The short version of what is below. Use public transport if you can, set off much earlier than usual, use Google Maps or similar for the most up-to-date info. Most importantly, get to the Ray Mac and make some noise.

This is more for our visitors from Poole, but some local people might find it helpful too.

If you’re using a sat nav to get to the stadium, make sure it is something like Google Maps that updates and knows that roads are closed.

Below I have included some suggested routes for anyone that needs assistance. We know there are shorter routes and several ways to go. As I say, these suggestions are for people who are not familiar with the area.

East Side

This route to the east of Salisbury, which we think will suit people travelling from Poole, avoids the area where the closure is as it could be very busy there on Saturday. It also avoids junctions that could be busy and difficult to get away from, like near the Harvester. This route follows the A30 out of Salisbury and then takes the A338 through The Winterbournes. Once you’ve passed through the village of Winterbourne Dauntsey, you follow the road until you get to a roundabout. Turn left, first exit, signposted Old Sarum. The Football club is 2.2 miles down that road on the right.

West Side

The west side of town is a bit more tricky. You can take the chance of going across the area that is closed off and then use the above route, but the closed section is due to move on to the Castle Roundabout so this might not be possible by Saturday. Locals will know the Snakey Hill (Camp Hill) route in blue on the map below. Depending on which direction you’re coming from, it might be the better option. The pink route comes along Ashley Road and then at the end, you can turn left onto the A345 and head up to Old Sarum. I have been keeping an eye on this on Google Maps for the past few days and it has been very busy.

Use public transport if you can, set off much earlier than usual, use Google Maps or similar for the most up-to-date info. Most importantly, get to the Ray Mac and make some noise.

Ian Pearson
February 7, 2024

Ian Pearson

Media & Website Manager