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Accrington Stanley FC
Store First Stadium

(But still known to many fans as the Crown Ground)
Capacity:
5,057 (2,000 seated)
Address:
Livingstone Rd, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 5BX
Main Tel No: 0871 434 1968
Fax No:
01254 356 951
Pitch Size:
111 x 72 yards
Team Nickname: 
The Reds, Stanley
Year Ground Opened: 1968
Home Kit Colours: Red and White
Away Kit Colours: Yellow and Blue
Shirt Sponsors: storefirst.com
Kit Manufacturers: Mitre
Official Web Site:
www.accringtonstanley.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
Stanley Ultras
Vital Accrington Stanley (Vital Football Network)

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Contents
What's The Crown Ground Like?
Main Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Looking Towards The Coppice Terrace
(photo)
Where To Drink?

The Sophia Khan Stand (photo)
How To Get There & Where To Park
Whinney Hill Side (photo)
By Train
A Closer Look At The Coppice Terrace (photo)
Admission Prices
Programme Price
Ground Layout
Disabled Facilities

Local Rivals
So Why The Name Stanley?
Fixtures 2014-2015
Record & Average Attendance
Hotel Accommodation
Fan's Ground Reviews
Crown Ground Location Map

 


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What's The Crown Ground Like?
Although the ground is on the smallish side, it is set in a picturesque area, with views over fields and hills behind the Coppice Terrace at one end of the ground. On one side of the ground is the Main Stand, which at first glance looks like one stand, but in fact it is comprised of two small stands; the Main & Thwaites Stands. They sit on either side of the half way line, with an open gap between the two. Both are all seated covered stands and have a row of floodlights at the back of them. To compensate for the fair slope of the pitch which runs up along the ground from the Coppice Terrace to the Sophia Khan End, the Thwaites Stand has less rows of seats than the Main Stand. Both these stands also have an unusual array of tubular steelwork, running across the top of them.

Opposite is a very small covered seated area, called the Whinney Hill side. This former terrace had seating installed before the start of the 2009/10 season, in order that the Club could meet Football League stadium criteria of having a minimum of 2,000 seats (further seating was also installed into the Sophia Khan End). Behind this stand is a relatively new housing development, which overlooks the ground, meaning that some residents can see the game for nothing. Both ends are fairly new looking affairs, of which the home end, the Sophia Khan Stand covered, whilst the Coppice Terrace opposite is open to the elements. The Sophia Khan Stand looks a little odd, with a terracing at the rear, but with seating at the front, especially when you consider that the stand is quite a small structure. Another unusual aspect of the ground is that it has a total of eight floodlight pylons, with three on either side of the ground and another being located at one end.

 
Main & Thwaites Stands


 Main Stands Accrington Stanley

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are mostly housed in the Coppice Terrace at one end of the ground, where up to 1,800 fans can be accommodated after this area was recently extended. If demand requires it then part of the Whinney Hill side can also be allocated. This small stand has a mixture of seating and terrace and has the benefit of some cover, unlike the Coppice Terrace which is open to the elements. Adam Hodson a visiting Stockport County fan adds; 'As it was raining I decided to head for one of the 200 or so seats in the Whinney Hill stand. I found that there is very little leg room between the rows of seats, of which there are only four. I was though located very close to the playing action as I sat in the front row'.
 
Whilst Shirley Lawrence a visiting Swindon Town supporter tells me; 'We had a pleasant day at the Crown Ground. Before the game we went to the Crown Pub which was crowded, but as they had six staff serving, we were able to get our drinks relatively quickly. Inside the ground there was not much atmosphere due to the away end being uncovered. Although we had over 800 supporters who were in good voice, the noise just wasn't carried around the ground'.
 

Looking Towards The Coppice Terrace


Looking Towards The Coppice Terrace

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Where To Drink?
There is a Club Bar at the ground, however this is for home fans only. The nearest pub is the Crown, which is just behind the ground on the main Whalley Road and welcomes all supporters. A little further down Whalley Road (five minutes walk in the direction of the motorway), is the Greyhound pub, which is a Sam Smith's house. John Schmidt a visiting Darlington fan adds; If you go from the ground to the main road and head towards the town centre, then five a minute walk away, down on the right is the Grey Horse pub, It is only a small pub but served decent real ale. This area also seemed to be good for street parking'.
 
If you arrive early and have a bit of time on your hands then you may consider visiting the 'Peel Park Hotel' in Turkey Street. This pub serves food and is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. It also overlooks Peel Park, the site of Accrington Stanley's old ground. Go along Whalley Road (A680) towards the town centre. Before reaching the town centre turn left onto the B6237 Queens Road (if you miss this turning proceed into the town centre and turn left onto the A679 Burnley Road). Continue along Queens Road into Penny House Lane. At the end of this road you will reach a T-junction with the A679 Burnley Road. Turn left onto the Burnley Road and then go almost immediately right into Alice Street. Then after passing Peel Park School turn left into Turkey Street. The Peel Park pub is up on the right. The red brick wall opposite the Peel Park pub is the only structure that remains from the Peel Park ground.
 

The Sophia Khan Stand


Sophia Khan Stand

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How To Get There & Where To Park

Leave the M6 at Junction 29 and take the M65 towards Blackburn. Continue past Blackburn towards Accrington and leave the M65 at Junction 7. Then take the left hand exit at the roundabout onto the A6185 towards Clitheroe (this is in the opposite direction to Accrington). At the first set of traffic lights turn right onto the A678, towards Padiham, and then at the next traffic lights, turn right onto the A680 towards Accrington. After about half a mile along the A680 you will pass the Crown pub on your left. Take the next left into Livingstone Road and then an immediate left for the Club car park. The car park is of a reasonable size and is free, however as you would expect it fills up pretty quickly. Otherwise street parking.

Map showing the location the Crown Football Ground (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for Sat-Nav: BB5 5BX

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Whinney Hill Side


By Train
Accrington railway station is about a mile away from the ground.  Leave the station and travel down the slope towards the large viaduct roundabout in the centre of town. Take the Milnshaw Lane exit at the opposite side of the roundabout alongside the Perry's Peugeot dealership. After approximately 100 metres this road then joins Whalley Road.  Bear left up the hill and follow Whalley Road for about a mile, passing the hospital, a set of traffic lights and then a mini roundabout.  Take the next right after the mini roundabout junction into Livingstone Road. The football club is approximately 100 metres on the left on Livingstone Road. Thanks to Rob Heys for providing the directions.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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A Closer Look At The Coppice Terrace


Coppice Terrace Accrington Stanley

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Admission Prices
All parts of the ground
Adults 20
Over 65's and Students* 15
Under 18's 10
Accompanied Under 12's 5


* Student tickets are only available from the ticket office where proof of age/evidence of student status must be shown.
 
Official Programme
Programme 3

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Ground Layout

 

Layout

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Disabled Facilities

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.

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Local Rivals
Blackburn, Burnley and from a little further a field, Morecambe, Southport & Barrow.

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So Why The Name Stanley?
Many visiting fans wonder why the Club ended up being called Accrington Stanley. Was it after a former player? Well no. The Club were originally formed as Stanley Villa FC, so named as a number of their team lived in Stanley Street in the town. The Club was renamed Accrington Stanley in 1894.

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Accrington Stanley FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
At The Crown Ground:
4,368 v Colchester United
FA Cup 3rd Round, January 3rd, 2004.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 1,606 (League Two)
2012-2013: 1,675
(League Two)
2011-2012: 1,785 (League Two)

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They have a huge choice of places to stay and their booking facility is straightforward to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing includes details of how far they are away from the Crown ground.

A
ccess their Accrington Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.

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Fans Reviews Of The Crown Ground
Steve Ellis (Exeter City) 28/11/14
John and Stephen Spooner (Southend United) 9/8/14
Peter Moor (Groundhopper) 17/9/09

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Map showing the location of the Crown Ground, railway station and listed pubs.




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Last Updated: 12 August 2014