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Braintree Town FC
Amlin Stadium

(But known to many as Cressing Road)
Capacity:
4,151 (553 Seats)
Address:
Cressing Road Stadium, Braintree, Essex CM7 3RD
Main Telephone No: 01376 345617
Fax No: 01376 330976
Pitch Size: 110 x 70 yards
Team Nickname: The Iron
Year Ground Opened: 1923
Home Kit Colours: Orange and Blue
Official Web Site:
www.braintreetownfc.org.uk
Unofficial Web Site:
Iron Chatter Forum

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Contents
What's The Amlin Stadium Like?
Future Developments
Main Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Cressing Road Terrace (photo)
Where To Drink?
Quag End (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

Clubhouse End
(photo)
By Train
Admission Prices
Fixtures 2013-14
Local Rivals
Programme

Ground Layout
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Amlin Stadium Location Map


 

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What's The Amlin Stadium Like?

On one side is the tidy looking Main Stand. This covered all seated stand runs for around half the length of the pitch and straddles the half way line. It contains 553 seats and has open portions of terracing to either side. It does though have a number of supporting pillars running along its front. Opposite is the Cressing Road Terrace. This small covered terrace has the team dugouts located in front and has a television gantry located on top that looks a little precarious.

Both ends are fairly new terraces, the most recent of which the Quag End was replaced in 2012. Both ends are uncovered and the smaller Social Club End, which can accommodate around 800 fans, does not extend to the whole width of the pitch, but is more like a block of terracing that sits behind the goal. The ground has a set of eight floodlight pylons, four of which are situated conveniently behind each of the stands at the sides of the pitch.

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Future Developments
The Club still have aspirations to move to a new stadium. A scheme which would involve the building of a new 6,000 capacity stadium to the West of Braintree, off the A120 by-pass has been in the air for sometime now and would be part of a wider development in the area. However, whether will this will ever materialise is anyone's guess.

Main Stand


 Main Stand photo

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

If segregation is in force, then away fans are housed in the intriguingly named Quag End (apparently Quag is an area of land that is usually soft and wet and sinks under the foot; in other words the Bog End!). This terrace was redeveloped in 2012 with a new larger terrace, that has a capacity of 1,000. However, whereas the old terrace had at least some cover, the new terrace does not being open to the elements. So hope that it doesn't rain! If demand requires it then additional terracing can also be made available to one side of the Main Stand. This area has space for around 365 fans.

It may be a better bet to go for one of the seats given to visiting supporters in the Main Stand. At least this is under cover, but there are some supporting pillars to contend with that could effect your view. After passing through the main entrance to the ground, then away fans will find their turnstiles over to the right of the Club house.

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Cressing Road Terrace


Cressing Road Terrace photo

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Where To Eat and Drink?

Although there is a good sized club house at the ground, this is not available to away fans if segregation is in force. If fans are not separated then away supporters can gain access to the bar once they have entered inside the stadium. A five minute walk away is the Orange Tree Pub which is located on Clockhouse Way. If arriving by train then you may care to visit a Wetherspoons outlet called the Picture Palace on Fairfield Road, which is only a five minute walk away from the station. This converted former cinema, is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

If you had travelled to the ground by car from the M11, then you will have seen by the Galley’s Corner roundabout, a McDonalds, KFC & Pizza Hut outlets.

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Quag End


  Quag End Braintree Town

Thanks to Steve Pitts for providing the photo above.

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Leave the M11 at junction 8 and take the A120 towards Colchester. Follow the A120 for 16 miles until you reach the 'Galley's Corner' roundabout (with McDonalds on your right). Take the first exit into Cressing Road. After three quarters of a mile turn left into Clockhouse Way (signposted Braintree Town FC) and then first left again for the ground. There is a small car park at the ground which costs £2, otherwise street parking.

Map showing the location of the Amlin Stadium
(at the bottom of this page).

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Clubhouse End

Clubhouse End Braintree
                  Town

Thanks to Adam Hodson for providing the photo above.

By Train
Braintree station is situated just under a mile away from the ground. It is served by trains from London Liverpool Street. Exit the station and turn right along the Station Approach. Cross Rose Hill at the pedestrian crossing into Railway Road. Turn right at the traffic lights into the wondrously named Trinovantian Way. This becomes Manor Street and then Lakes Road. After the 'Sportsmans' Snooker Club turn left into Chapel Hill. At triangular junction bear right into Cressing Road and then turn right into Clockhouse Way. Soon after right angled bend there is an unmarked road to the right, ground is at the end of this cul de sac. It takes around 20 minutes to walk. Thanks to NR Pennington for providing these directions.

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Admission Prices

The Club have introduced a category system (A, B & C) for Adult tickets (concession tickets are unaffected) whereby fans pay more to watch the more popular games. Category A prices are shown below with Category B & C prices shown in brackets:

Main Stand Seating:
Adults £17 (B £16) (C £15)
OAP's & Under 16's £11

Terrace:
Adults £16
(B £15) (C £14)
OAP's £10
Under 16's £5
Under 11's £3

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Fixtures 2013-2014
Braintree Town FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Local Rivals
Chelmsford City 

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Programme
Official Programme: £2.

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Ground Layout


 Ground layout plan

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
4,000 v Tottenham Hotspur 1952

Average Attendance:
2012-2013: 674 (Conference National)
2011-2012: 896 (Conference National)
2010-2011: 661 (Conference South)

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Fans Reviews Of The Amlin Stadium

Alan Price (Gateshead) 10/3/12

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.

Access their Braintree 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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Map Showing The Location Of The Cressing Road Stadium, Railway Station And Listed Pubs

Instructions for using the map:
- Use the bar on the left of the map to zoom in / out using the + / - keys.
- Click and drag an area of the map to move around or use the up/down, left/right arrows 
- Click the Satellite button to see aerial view photograph.

 

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Feedback
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.


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Last Updated: 14
July 2014