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Free Lionesses Guide to Utrecht

The Lionesses travel to Netherlands for their second Nations League qualifier in five days, following Friday’s 2-1 win against Scotland at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

Kick-off is 8pm CET / 7pm BST (Tuesday 26th September 2023) at Stadion Galgenwaard, Utrecht.

Thanks to England fan Maisie Prescott for the city guide.

The game will be broadcast live on ITV4, with buildup from 6.15pm (BST), while travelling fans can thank Maisie Prescott (left), an England fan who has lived in the Netherlands, for the below city guide.

City guide

Travel

The NS app is good for transport – you can also buy train tickets on there – and you can use a debit card for public transport by tapping on and off (except for trains).

The direct bus to Utrecht stadium from Utrecht central on matchday is usually €3 return and trains are a set price for journey (there’s no off-peak/peak for non-Dutch residents)

A 24-hour ticket is available for unlimited GVB operated Amsterdam Metro, bus and tram. Departures 2 is a lot less busy than Departures 3 at Schiphol.

Food and drink

Albert Heijn / Lidl supermarkets are good for food, and pretty much same price if you’re looking to eat on the move. 

In Utrecht Neude Square is the most well-known in the city centre with many bars, cafes and restaurants.

In Amsterdam Maisie likes Chupitos, Thrill Grill, The Butcher, Hard Eock, Snack it, Julia’s, Melly’s StroopWafels and the Foodhallen.

Her recommended Dutch delicacies are Bitterballen, Kaas sticks, Kaassnacks, Stroopwafel (but not Van Wonderen Stroopwafels which are “overrated, expensive and not that nice”).

Payment

Though most places will take card, we’ve come across a number of bars and restaurants that don’t – so it’s best to have some cash on hand just in case. As always, it’s worth double-checking when you arrive at a venue before ordering.

Emergencies

If you experience an emergency, dial 112 for assistance.

Things to do (in Amsterdam)

Many England supporters are likely to stay in Amsterdam and, given it’s one of Europe’s most historic cities, there’s plenty to see and do with Maisie recommending, in no particular order:

  • NEMO Science Museum
  • A’Dam Lookout 
  • Ajax’s stadium tour
  • Boat tour – Amsterdam Lovers Canal Cruises
  • Parks – Rembrandt, Beatrix, Vondel
  • Art – Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum 

Oranje fanzone

The Netherlands will be putting on a fan zone outside Stadion Galgenwaard 5pm to 7.15pm. It should have all the usual stuff you’d expect in a fan zone – we don’t know if England fans are allowed into the Oranje fanzone, but if you’re at the ground early and at a loose end it might be worth a shot.

 

Utrecht: More food and drink suggestions

Lunch and coffee
Rabarber – https://rabarber-utrecht.nl/lunch/
Village Coffee – http://thevillagecoffee.nl/
Stach Food – http://www.stach-food.nl/

Restaurants
Jozef – http://jozefutrecht.nl/
Loof – https://restaurantloof.nl/
Dogman Hotdogs – http://www.dogmahotdogs.com/

Fancy Restaurant
Bistro Madeleine – http://www.madeleine-utrecht.nl/

Bars
Belgisch Biercafé Olivier, Utrecht – https://cafe-olivier.be/
Lebowski – http://www.grandcafelebowski.nl/

Thanks to Lottie Kew for these suggestions.

Matchday

Lionesses fans will meet up from midday – further details to be confirmed.

There’s also a bus running from C3 at Central from two and a half hours before kickoff to the stadium (€3 return).

Tickets don’t have to be printed off but it is a cashless stadium with a maximum A4 bag size.

The stadium officials are normally quite relaxed on food and drink but they’re “iffy about signs and it depends who is on gate whether a sign is allowed”. The “can I have your shirt” type signs are very frowned upon, says Maisie.

There’s a massive gap between the pitch and stands so no chance for photos and autographs.

Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund

Partners

  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • Pledgeball