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)
A Closer Look At The Coppice Terrace (photo)
So Why The Name Stanley?
Record & Average Attendance
Fan's Ground Reviews
Crown Ground Location Map
|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|
|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'.
|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.
|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
Post Code for Sat-Nav: BB5 5BX
|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
All parts of the ground
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.
For details of disabled
facilities and club contact at the ground please
visit the relevant page on the
|Blackburn, Burnley and from a little further a field, Morecambe, Southport & Barrow.|
|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.|
|Accrington Stanley FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record & Average Attendance|
At The Crown Ground:
4,368 v Colchester United
FA Cup 3rd Round, January 3rd, 2004.
2013-2014: 1,606 (League Two)
2012-2013: 1,675 (League Two)
2011-2012: 1,785 (League Two)
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|Fans Reviews Of The Crown Ground|
Stephen Spooner (Southend United) 9/8/14
Peter Moor (Groundhopper) 17/9/09
Rob Allen (Chester City) 5/1/08
Jordan Pattison (Bradford City) 1/1/08
|Map showing the location of the Crown Ground, railway station and listed pubs.|
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