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31 December 2012

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Our guide to the New Year's Day trip to Surrey

There’s no rest for the wicked as the Town are on the festive fixture trail once again on New Year’s Day when they travel to Woking.

Where? Kingfield Stadium, or to be exact, Kingfield Stadium, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9AA. A 6,000 capacity stadium for the Cards’ home games will welcome the Hatters for their first league visit to Surrey. The ground is also shared with Hayes & Yeading.

Straight ahead to Surrey. A fairly routine round trip for those following the Hatters into the New Year with a trip that should take no longer than 90 minutes (providing traffic is generous). No winding roads to follow, just head for the M1 and M25. Break away from the mayhem at junction 10 and head for the A3 towards Guildford. From there it’s onto the A320 towards Woking and then follow the A247 all the way to the ground's doorstep.

Remember remember. If you’re nursing a hangover from New Year’s Eve, it might be wise to set an alarm. Kick-off for this game is at 1pm.

Where to park? Similarly to Kenilworth Road, the Kingfield Stadium relies on local street parking for those spectators travelling to the ground so don't leave it late or you face a long wait. Multi-storey parking is available in the Town centre if you fancy a venture, or if you’re not one for heights there is limited parking available at the opposite Leisure Centre.

Do it in comfort. Forget the perils of parking and head to Woking with the Bobbers. They leave the Maple Road car park at 10am for this one. The fare is £16 for adults and £14 for concessions.

A new one for the scrapbook? Perhaps you will be one of those visiting the Kingfield for the first time but this is not an inaugural visit for the Hatters who first visited this part of leafy Surrey in search of triumph a decade ago. A 1,216 strong home support roared Woking on against lofty Luton in October 2002 when Peter Holmes and Joe Deeney struck in a 2-0 win in the LDV Vans Trophy. The Town have also played Hayes & Yeading at Kingfield, drawing 2-2 last season.

New Year, same story. The forecast looks quite promising with no early signs of a washout but with temperatures ensuring an icy visit, the goalkeepers will not be the only one's donning hand-wear. How about you head to the Town club shop after the game today to get your pair.

By royal appointment. All those who are in attendance for the visit to the Kingfield will have a majestic view of the luscious surface from the away end. The Hatters following will be placed in the Chris Lane Terrace and the Gosden Stand, which provides an unchallenged view of proceedings.

Wembley or Woking? Wembley Stadium may play host to the national football team but look no further than the home of non-league internationals. The Kingfield Stadium has played host to the England C team home fixtures over the past few seasons which means a happy hunting ground for the likes of Simon Ainge, Andre Gray and Jake Howells, who have all been capped for their country.

Have we met before? Suffer from amnesia? For those of you who missed the Boxing Day clash it will be the return fixture from the game which saw the Hatters triumph 3-1.

Home or away? As usual, the Hatters will take a rapturous following to Surrey as they look to plunge into 2013 with a win. The average attendance last campaign for the Cardinals was 1,833...time to warm up those vocal cords.

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