Accrington Stanley v
Johnson Paint Trophy
Tuesday, October 31st 2006,
By John Ingle
As a Blackpool supporter
I was looking forward to this match for a number of reasons Accrington being
a local team, this being a new ground for me to go on and Blackpool having
won this trophy twice in the last few years. Also we bought one of our best
players in recent years from them which helped both clubs gain promotion and
therefore I felt we had a bit of a connection.
The journey to the ground was very easy, its not far from Blackpool to
Accrington, we used the M65 and got onto Blackburn Road off the motorway and
turned onto Whalley Raod and parked up along there. From the motorway to the
ground its only about 5 minutes. We were parked along Whalley Road next to a
few other Blackpool fans and also a Stanley fan who we walked with to the
ground and had a good talk to. They were a very friendly bunch of supporters
and the pub right next to the ground, I think its called the Crown, was full
of both sets of fans and there was not trouble what so ever.
Since we had stopped on our way for a drink in a pub we decided that we
would go straight into the ground and see how many people were there and get
a prime position in the stand. The way to the ground was through the pubs
car park and down some steps to just behind the two stands along one side of
the ground. From the back they didn't look up to
much and we just walked behind them down to the away end past the building
with the players changing rooms, which was in the corner between in the main
stand and the away end.
Getting into the ground the stewards and ticketing people were really
helpful and friendly and we got on to what is a good but fairly small
uncovered terrace end. For the size of the stand the views were good and
there was plenty of safety barriers to lean on so
it was a comfortable stand to stand on, and luckily it was not raining or
too cold so it was very pleasant. Opposite us there was another terrace
which looked like a replica of the one we were in and on the right was a
very very small terrace which had a bit of cover over parts of it. The main
stand was on the Left with the smaller Thwaites
stand a little further down the same side of the pitch, this is a unique
arrangement and the stands look good in my view, they could do with building
more of the same on the other side of the pitch.
Before the match the Blackpool supporters were all talking about our recent
good run in the league and how Accrington had managed to knock out Carlisle
in the previous round so the game should be a good one. The atmosphere
gradually started to build as more and more Blackpool fans made their way
from the pub to the terrace and we filled the end well by the time the kick
The game was a really exciting game with both teams looking to attack all
the time and the pitch made it all the more exciting as it was not the
flattest pitch that day. With the pitch causing players problems and both
teams on the attack as much as possible the game was always going to have a
few goals in it but nobody thought it would have as many as it did. In the
end it was 4-4 and went to penalties which Stanley won but it did not spoil
the experience at all.
Getting away from the ground was easy and pleasant with the supporters again
being just as friendly to each other as they were before the game and the
traffic moving quickly away, although with 1,344 people at the game it was
never going to be a long wait to get out.
Overall I had a great time and think that the Accrington supporters are very
friendly and helpful as are the staff at the ground. Its a small ground and
may need a bit of work doing to it in the way of toilets and building a new
stand on the Whinney Hill Terrace side of the ground would give it a more
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