Accrington Stanley FC - Wham Stadium

Crown Ground Guide

Stadium Info

The stadium itself is relatively small but generates a real football atmosphere. The main stand is fully seated but with the exception of a small row of seats at the from of the Clayton Terrace, all 3 others are terracing. The 'Stanley Ultras' stand behind the goal opposite the away fans and generate a lot of noise.

Away Fans

Visiting supporters are situated in the Coppice Terrace behind one of the goals and are open to the elements as the stand has no roof. The Whinney Hill Stand is also allocated to away fans if demand for tickets is high. Both are standing only.

Stadium Layout

Crown Ground seating plan:

Crown Ground Seating Plan

Where To Drink

The main away fanís pub which is a few minutes from the ground and is called The Whittakers Arms. It is situated just 200 yards away from the old Peel Park ground from the 1960ís era of Stanley, so you football historians out there may want to take a peek at that. They do a selection of home-cooked meals in the pub or restaurant and have great facilities including pool table, beer garden, sky sports, darts and lots more besides. Walking distance from the ground us about 20 minutes, in a car around 5 minutes.

The Crown Inn on Whalley Road which virtually overlooks the ground offers a warm welcome to all supporters. The Crown'ís lease has recently been taken over by Accrington Stanley and has undergone redecoration and will at some point in the near future become a Stanley themed pub, featuring memorabilia and photographs from the past to present day.

Parking

There are 300 spaces available at the stadium, though the entrance is tight and is very slow getting in and out. There is off street parking all around the ground, but right next door is a large field which is available for match day parking. At £2 a pop it's not a bad bet if you're in a rush or not interested in walking in from a distance on one of the busier days.


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Directions

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By Train

The nearest / closest train station to the Crown Ground, is Accrington. This is approx 20 minutes walk from the ground. Leave the station and proceed down the hill passing the main Blackburn road, follow the road down the hill passing the King Street Pub on your left, follow the road down to the main roundabout, cross over the road and head up the hill passing the Aldi supermarket still on your left.

At the top of the hill turn left into Whalley Road. Follow this road straight on through the traffic lights, the Grey Horse and the Oaklea pubs are 300 metres through the lights. Carry on straight along Whalley Road over the mini roundabout for approx 200 metres. Livingstone Road is on your right, turn down Livingstone Road and the ground is on your left.

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Fans Reviews

  • Joel Page wrote:

    Travel: As I was celebrating my 12th birthday, I decided to make the long trip North to watch Dagenham at Accrington Stanley. I went on the supporters coach which left at half seven and, after a comfort break, we arrived around 2. The ground is very difficult to get to and took us a while to comprehend we were there as it looked more like wasteland with a tiny turnstile on.

    Refreshments: A few fans left for The Crown pub and another nearby, however I opted to eat inside which I regretted. The food is okay though how can a cheeseburger cost £6.50? Other than that it was fairly decent. (Waitrose, its just like going Waitrose.........!)

    Impressions: The stadium is tiny, the away terrace uncovered and visible from below where the burger bar is. It's fairly poor if truth be told and barely eclipses Concord Rangers & Billericay. Still, a nice lower-league reality which was buzzing with the great atmosphere created by the 77 Daggers.

    Facilities: Nothing to do; a tiny cubicle with a few shirts and merchandise being labelled a 'club shop' and a man with a handful of substantial smaller than usual programmes for £3. Boss Wayne Burnett allowed me in the dressing room which is absolutely tiny! Leg room was decent, though I wonder what it'll be like if a more local team visits. I checked out the 'toilets' as well. Well, I say toilets, I actually mean a narrow rusty portacabin barely visible with about four decaying toilets, very disappointing. Makes Dagenham look like Wembley!!

    Exit: Luckily there wasn't a big attendance, meaning I could exit with no troubles. However, by now it was pouring down prompting a few fans to convert to a little stand. Not me! I stayed in the frozen conditions and was relieved to get onto the dry coach .

    Enjoy: As we won 2-1 and deserved nothing, I was happy. A truly unforgettable birthday. The poorness actually improved the day and if a£6.50 burger takes your fancy, pop down to Accrington!

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Ground Name: The Crown Ground
Capacity: 5,057 (2,000 seated)
Address: Livingstone Rd, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 5BX
Main Tel No: 0871 434 1968
Team Nickname: The Reds, Stanley
Year Ground Opened: 1968
Site: www.accringtonstanley.co.uk

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