Capacity: 4,151 (553 Seats)
Address: Braintree, Essex CM7 3RD
Telephone: 01376 345617
Fax: 01376 330976
Pitch Size: 110 x 70 yards
Club Nickname: The Iron
Year Ground Opened: 1923
Home Kit: Orange and Blue
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. It also has a television gantry situated on top of its roof. Opposite is the Cressing Road Terrace. This small covered terrace has the team dugouts located in front.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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 £18 (B £17) (C £16)
OAP's & Under 16's £12
Adults £17 (B £16) (C £15)
Under 16's £6
Under 11's £4
Official Programme: £2.50
4,000 v Tottenham Hotspur 1952
2013-2014: 994 (Conference Premier)
2012-2013: 674 (Conference Premier)
2011-2012: 896 (Conference Premier)
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Braintree Town v Gateshead
Conference Premier League
Saturday, March 10th 2012
Alan Price (Gateshead Fan)
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground?
That's simple - I'd never been to Cressing Road before!
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
Being a long journey (270 miles each way), it wasn't easy, but being properly prepared there were no problems. There was ample parking in the club car park, at only £2. The approach to the ground along Clockhouse Way looks a bit weird - have a look at the houses on Google Street View!
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly? As we only got to Braintree around 1:30pm, I didn't get off the supporters' bus at the town centre, as I preferred to avoid the hassle of getting to the ground after the pub, and to take maximum opportunity of taking in a new stadium. My friends who made for Wetherspoons were narked to be told they couldn't buy a drink without ordering a meal! I never saw any evidence of unfriendliness between fans - this is a proper non-league ground, with supporters who don't only go there to shout insults at the away fans.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground. To be fair, Cressing Road doesn't do much more than meet Conference Premier standards, but credit to them for investing in their ground despite long-term plans to relocate. The Quag End was out of bounds as the addition of rows of terracing at the back was not quite complete. There was no segregation in place for this game, with the fans exchanging ends at half time in time-honoured non-league tradition. Well, as much as we could, with the Quag End closed. The Main Stand is decent, as is the small covered terrace opposite, but with both ends uncovered, anyone who likes to stand behind the goal could be disappointed if it's a wet day.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc.. It was an appalling game from a Gateshead point of view, with our lot going two down within six minutes, and not managing a shot on target until on the stroke of 90 minutes, with a cracking consolation goal. What an insult to fans who travelled for 540 miles and 11 hours to witness a total capitulation. There was a good atmosphere, and I don't even recall seeing a steward, but with two fairly civilised sets of fans, there was no need for them. Food was supplied by a mobile unit and was fairly ordinary (not too impressed with the chips), but the other features of the ground were what impressed me. The Club Shop is excellent, with a fantastic range of programmes and books incredibly well set out, as well as other stuff, there was a separate stall selling club-branded clothing, etc., and even a mobile sweet shop! And like the home fans, everyone was friendly. Just the way a football match should be.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
No problems getting away from the ground, except that heading away from the Town Centre down Cressing Road to Galleys Corner for the A120, the roundabout was so busy that it was difficult for our driver to get out.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out Well, I'm glad the new ground (for me) was a delight, because the football wasn't! I'd recommend Cressing Road to anyone who enjoys a proper non-league experience, and especially to anyone who likes a programme shop as they used to be. The shop is one of the best I've seen in a long time, it's clearly a real labour of love. It's a shame that so many bigger clubs have lost sight of the value of a facility such as this.. .