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AFC Bournemouth vs Liverpool: our essential guide to the FA Cup clash
AFC Bournemouth's FA Cup clash with Liverpool is now just hours away.
Whether you're one of the lucky ones to get tickets for the ground, watching at the pub or staying at home with friends and families, here is our essential guide to the big game.
We will providing rolling coverage throughout Saturday in the build-up to the match as well as live coverage of the game and all the post-match reports.
You can also send us pictures of you watching the game by tweeting @bournemouthecho or emailing us a snap of what you are doing on Saturday.
Also, don't forget our special AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool supplement in Saturday's paper!
Kick off 12.45pm.
A spokesperson for the club said all available tickets for the game have now been issued.
“180 tickets, which had been unclaimed by season ticket holders, went on sale this morning (Friday) over the phone and online, selling out within 15 minutes.
“No further tickets will be issued to home supporters.
“Tickets for visiting supporters will only be available from Liverpool Football Club. If you purchase tickets for this fixture and the club have reason to believe you are an away supporter, your tickets will be retained until this is verified.”
To help those going to the game on Saturday here are some tips:
- Arrive early at Goldsands Stadium.
- Those without tickets should not go to the ground. All available tickets have been issued for the game.
- The gates will open at 11.15am, leaving plenty of time for supporters to get into the ground and minimise queues at the turnstiles.
- AFCB are urging people to make sure they sit in their allocated seat.
- The area behind the South Stand has been allocated for away supporters so home fans will need to enter the ground at a different gate.
The club are urging people arriving by car to be considerate to local residents and adhere to “obvious” parking restrictions.
They say: “Kings Park Drive has been recently yellow-lined and the council will enforce this restriction this Saturday, as it did last week.
“The south car park will have less spaces than usual due to TV crew and away supporter coach parking and is expected to be full by two hours prior to the game.”
Alternative parking includes the Sovereign Centre car park on Christchurch Road, 10mins walk from the ground.
Parking fees are £2 or £2.50 dependent on how long you stay.
The club has also secured the use of Harewood College and Avonbourne School car parks with access from Harewood Avenue.
This is open from 11am to 3.30pm and stewards will collect the parking fee of £2 per space.
People are being encouraged to car share or use public transport or get dropped off closer to the ground.
WHERE TO WATCH
These are the pubs we’ve been told are showing the game tomorrow. People are advised to get in early to get a seat as they are bound to fill up quickly.
• Fiveways in Charminster is opening at 10am.
• Litten Tree, Old Christchurch Road
• Horse and Jockey, Wimborne Road opening at 11am
• The Goat and Tricycle, Westhill Road
• East Bar, Swanage
• Shoulder of Mutton, Ringwood Road, Bournemouth
Liverpool fans can drink at the Sir Percy Shelley Florence and Mello Mello bar 10 mins from stadium. All other nearby pubs are home only.
It’s live on ITV1 from 12.15pm so tune in and don’t forget to send us a picture of your gathering!
If your pub is showing the game, let us know which one and where by emailing email@example.com or tweet us @bournemouthecho
ALSO, Cherries players take part in Soccer AM's Crossbar Challenge, which is screened tomorrow.
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