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Crewe Alexandra FC
Alexandra Stadium

But known to a lot of fans as Gresty Road.
Capacity: 10,066 (all seated)
Address:
Gresty Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 6EB
Main Telephone No: 01270 213 014
Ticket Office: 01270 252 610
Fax No: 01270 216 320
Pitch Size: 100 x 66 yards
Team Nickname: The Railwaymen
Year Ground Opened: 1898
Shirt Sponsors: Mornflake
Home Kit Colours: Red, White & Blue
Away Kit Colours: Navy Blue With Sky Blue Trim

Kit Manufacturers: Carbrini
Official Web Site:
www.crewealex.net
Unofficial Web Sites:
Crewe Mad (Footy Mad Network)
Vital Crewe Alexandra (Vital Football Network)

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Contents
What's The Alexandra Stadium Like?
Future Developments

External View (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Main Stand
(photo)
Where To Drink?
Whitby Morrison Ice Cream Van Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Gresty Road End (photo)
By Train
Wulvern Housing Stand (photo)
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Programme
Ground Layout
Fixtures 2014-201
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Disabled Facilities
Record & Average Attendance

Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Alexandra Stadium Location Map


 

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What's The Alexandra Like?
The opening of the 6m pound Main Stand in 1999 changed forever the look and feel of the ground. Before, it had always been small and homely, but the addition of the Main Stand has drastically changed the overall scene. The stand, which sits proudly along one side of the pitch, is a single tier cantilever holding just under 7,000 people. It looks huge compared to the other stands and is probably three times the size of the old Main Stand.  It is simply designed, sits well back from the pitch and has windshields to either side. Considering that the overall capacity of the ground is just over 10,000, one can understand how the Main Stand dominates Gresty Road, accounting for 70% of the available seating.

The other three stands are roughly of the same height, covered and all seated, but are rather small when compared to the Main Stand. So much so, that balls are regularly kicked out of the ground during a game. The newest of these smaller stands is the Gresty Road End, which is the home end of the ground. This replaced a former open terrace and seats around 900. Opposite is the Wulvern Homes Stand, which was previously known as the Railway End. This has some executive boxes at the rear, but the seating area is only opened for the bigger games. The Whitby Morrison Ice Cream Van Stand at one side of the ground , has an unusual television/press gantry on its roof. It almost looks as if part of a portakabin was at some point bolted onto the roof and it looks a bit precarious. In the corner between the Wulvern Homes and
Whitby Morrison Ice Cream Van Stands is a large clock, whilst on the other side of the Whitby Morrison Ice Cream Van Stand is a Police Control Box, keeping a close eye on the away contingent.

An unusual feature is the absence of dugouts, the teams instead are given a section of seating at the front of the Main Stand. You will also notice that the pitch is slightly raised above ground level.
The ground is completed with a set of modern looking floodlights. I noted that on the Main Stand side of the stadium additional lighting is present half way up the floodlight pylons. One assumes that the height of the new stand prevented enough light getting to the pitch and hence additional lighting needed to be subsequently added.

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Future Developments
At some point in the future, the club hopes to replace the Whitby Morrison Ice Cream Van Stand (formerly known as the Popular Side) with a new two tiered stand, which will also contain executive boxes. 

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Main Stand External View


External View

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are housed in the Whitby Morrison Ice Cream Van Stand at one side of the ground. The whole of this stand is given to away supporters and houses 1,680 fans, though if required the Wulvern Homes Stand can also be allocated to away fans. Entrance to the away stand is by ticket only, (no cash is accepted at ironically some of the oldest turnstiles I have ever seen at a League Ground). Tickets need to be purchased from the ticket booth next to the supporters club at the entrance to this stand. Please also note that alcohol is not available in this stand.

I found Crewe to be relaxed and friendly, making for a good day out. There was a large away support on my last visit which boosted the atmosphere of the ground, however I have heard reports that it can be a bit flat at certain games, even with the efforts of a drummer in the home end. There are a couple of supporting pillars in the
Whitby Morrison Ice Cream Van Stand which if you are unlucky could effect your view of the playing action. There is a popular fish and chip shop just outside of the stadium, the smell of which, early in the game, wafts across the ground.

Food on offer inside the stadium includes a range of Holland's Pies; Chicken Balti, Potato & Meat, Potato Cheese & Onion (All 2.60), Beef and Vegetable Pasty (2.60), Sausage Rolls (2), Hot Dogs (3) and Hamburgers (3).

As an aside, this is the only ground when just sitting there minding my own business, during the first half, I suddenly get a big wet tongue in my ear! Now before you all starting thinking all sorts of connotations (and I should add that Mrs Adams wasn't with me), it was in actual fact a black Labrador dog, that was the culprit. This was my introduction to Pebble the trainee guide dog, who had been brought to the match to get used crowd situations. Now just when I thought I had experienced it all on my travels...

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Main Stand


Main Stand

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Where To Drink?
If you get there reasonably early before the game, the supporters club at the ground allows small numbers of away fans in. There are also a number of pubs within walking distance of the ground. The pick of these, is probably the Royal Hotel on Nantwich Road. As Barry Cutts a visiting Coventry City supporter adds; 'I found the Royal Hotel to be a warm & welcoming drinking house. Turn left out of the railway station & the pub is 50 yards down this road on the right hand side. There is also a fantastic chippie opposite'. Although the pub does not look that welcoming, with a number of bouncers on the door, once inside you will find it okay. There are separate bars for home and away supporters. The away supporters bar is called Clancys and is decked out in an Irish theme. On my last visit it had a large screen showing Sky Sports and had a number of filled rolls for sale.

If you park on the industrial estate just off Weston Road, then on your way to the ground you will pass the Brocklebank Pub, a Brewers Fayre outlet, which is very popular with away fans. It is also has a large screen showing Sky Sports. You can also park in their own car park which costs 2.50. 

For those who like their real ale then further down Nantwich Road on the right hand side just past the traffic lights is the Beer Dock, as Amber Edmonson explains; 'The Beer Dock is not really a pub or a bar its basically a shop with a licence to drink. Its only a small place and does get pretty busy especially on a match day, but it is worth a visit as it sells real ale (four on draft), craft beer and decent European lagers and ciders'. You can find our more information by visiting the Beer Dock website.

If you arrive early and have a bit of time on your hands then I would recommend a visit to the Borough Arms on Earl Street. The pub which, is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, is around a mile away from Gresty Road has a large number of real ales, plus Belgian and German beers on tap. It has an impressive stock of continental bottled beers. There is also an Indian restaurant located behind it which offers reasonably priced lunches. Map of the Borough Arms location.

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Whitby Morrison Ice Cream Van Stand

 
Whitby Morrison Ice Cream Van Stand

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

Leave the M6 at Junction 16 and take the A5020 towards Crewe. Follow this road right into Crewe. At the roundabout junction with the A534, Nantwich Road, turn left. Gresty Road is down past the Railway Station on the left. Just before you reach this island on Weston Road, you will see a sign pointing to the right, which displays; 'Away Supporters On Street Parking'. This directs you to an industrial estate on the right of the road (you will also see the Volkswagen dealership, L C Charles on the front of it). It takes about 15 minutes to walk to the ground from here. Otherwise at the ground behind the Main Stand is a pay and display car park which costs 3.50 for the day. Obviously this fills up quite quickly on matchdays. 

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

Post Code for SAT NAV: CW2 6EB

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Gresty Road End

Gresty Road End

By Train
The ground is only a few minutes walk from the train station. As you come out of the Railway Station turn left and Gresty Road is down the road on your left.

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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Looking Towards The Wulvern Housing Stand

 
The Wulvern Housing Stand

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Local Rivals
Stoke City & Port Vale.

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Admission Prices
All Areas Of The Ground:
Adults 22
Over 60's 17
Under 17's 10.50
Under 11's 6.50
Family Ticket: 1 Adult + 1 Under 11 22

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Programme
Official Programme 3

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Ground Layout


Layout

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Crewe Alexandra fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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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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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
20,000 v Tottenham Hotspur
FA Cup 4th Round, January 6th, 1960.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
10,103 v Manchester United
Carling Cup Round 3rd Round, October 26th, 2004.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 4,932 (League One)
2012-2013: 4,903 (League One)
2011-2012: 4,124 (League Two)

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Fans Reviews Of The Alexandra Stadium
Philip (Colchester United) 27/9/14
Jack Finch (Wolverhampton Wanderers) 26/7/14
Tim Edwards (Oldham Athletic) 15/3/14
Sam Hodgson (Doing the 92) 1/2/14
Nathaniel Holland-Bright (Walsall) 27/4/13
James Scott (Neutral) 24/11/12
James Spring (Notts County) 18/8/12
Alex Jones (AFC Bournemouth) 31/01/10

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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 offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy 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 also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the Crewe Alexandra football ground.

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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 Alexandra Stadium, Railway Station and Listed Pubs



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



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Last Updated: 6 August 2014