Crewe Alexandra

Alexandra Stadium

Capacity: 10,066 (all seated)
Address: Gresty Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 6EB
Telephone: 01270 213 014
Fax: 01270 216 320
Ticket Office: 01270 252 610
Pitch Size: 100 x 66 yards
Club Nickname: The Railwaymen
Year Ground Opened: 1898
Shirt Sponsors: Mornflake
Kit Manufacturer: Carbrini
Home Kit: Red, White & Blue
Away Kit: White and Black

External View
External View
Main Stand
Main Stand
Away Fans Stand
Away Fans Stand
Looking Towards The Railway End
Looking Towards The Railway End
Gresty Road End
Gresty Road End
Railway End
Railway End

Although the football ground id officially known as the Alexandra Stadium, it is more widely referred to as Gresty Road, the street which it is located on. 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.

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. 

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 £2.70), Beef and Vegetable Pasty (£2.70), Sausage Rolls (£2.10), 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...

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 – it’s 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. 

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 holds 560 cars and costs £3.50 for the day. Obviously this fills up quite quickly on matchdays. 

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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.

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All Areas Of The Ground

Adults £22
Over 60's £17
Under 17's £10.50
Under 11's £6.50

Crewe Alexandra fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Official Programme £3

Stoke City and Port Vale.

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

2014-2015: 4,732 (League One)
2013-2014: 4,932 (League One)
2012-2013: 4,903 (League One)

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Crewe Alexandra v Colchester United
Saturday, September 27th, 2014, 3pm
League One
Philip (Colchester United fan Fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I've lived in Thailand for 25 years and only get home once a year, usually around September/ October time. If my beloved Colchester United are playing somewhere that's easy enough to get to, I'll make the journey. I actually stay in Birmingham (my home town) so with the exception of the Bescot Stadium in Walsall, Crewe is possibly the easiest first division ground to get to. You might say the fixture list was kind to me this year!

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I traveled by train from Birmingham New Street and the journey was just under an hour. Interestingly, I had checked the UK train website the day before the game and the return ticket was quoted as being £13.50. When I turned up at New Street station, the ticket officer wanted 24 pounds! He then spun me a tale about needing to book the ticket in advance in order to get that cheaper price, but I had never had that problem before. I have always turned up on the day and got the same price as the one calculated on the website. I was not a happy bunny but I get so few chances to see Colchester play, I reluctantly parted with the cash.

Crewe's ground is literally a five-minute walk from the train station. Come out of the station, turn left and then left again - and there's the stadium. It couldn't be easier.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

I got to Crewe about an hour before kick off so didn't really have time to sample the delights of Crewe town centre. No disrespect to the fine people of Crewe, but the area around the ground is a bit grim and what pubs I saw didn't look particularly inviting. I had a quick walk around the ground and decided to buy my match ticket and enter the away end. The woman at the ticket office and the guys on turnstile duty were all super-friendly. Crewe F.C certainly make you feel welcome as an away supporter.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

It's a tidy little ground dominated by the large Main Stand which runs along the length of one side (opposite the section allocated to away supporters) The two goalmouth ends, with their low terracing, are a bit basic though. I suppose you might say it's a ground that looks at home in division one. I certainly wouldn't complain about my seat in the away section though - good leg room, an unobstructed view just a few feet from the half-way line. All in all, I had a fantastic view of the game.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

This was the classic early season six-pointer, with Crewe and Colchester occupying the bottom two positions in the division. Although the official attendance was just shy of 4,000, it felt like a lot less than that and the atmosphere was a bit flat during a goalless, uninspiring first half. It wasn't difficult to see why these two teams were at the bottom. I don't know what went into the Colchester half-time team talk but they came out in the second half and played like Real Madrid. They bossed every area of the pitch and eventually ran out easy 3-0 winners, much to the delight of the 300-400 travelling Colchester fans who started to really make themselves heard as the game wore on and the goals went in. I think it's going to be a long, hard season for Crewe and they'll do well to avoid the relegation trapdoor. Cries of 'sack the board' rang out in the second half from the more vocal supporters huddled behind the goal. With five minutes to go, and Crewe heading for another heavy defeat, I don't think I've ever seen a stadium empty so quickly.

As for facilities, etc. The stewards all kept a very low profile and did a good job. I had a very forgettable, dry balti pie before the game. The good-size toilet facilities were outside of the stand and there was also a small smoker's area for those wishing to indulge in a half-time puff.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

About as comfortable as it gets. A five-minute walk back to the station and a train to Birmingham leaving every twenty minutes. I was back in Birmingham at just gone 6pm. I also had a nice chat with some Liverpool supporters on the way back home. They had been to see the Merseyside derby (a 1-1 draw) which had kicked off at 12.15 that day. The conversation and banter certainly made the hour-long train journey pass quickly.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Brilliant! Win, lose or draw, it's always great to see the mighty U's. Believe it or not, this was the first time I had seen Colchester score a goal in NINE games. I was beginning to think I was a jinx. But you can't complain about a 3-0 away win. All-in-all, a very stress-free day out - an easy train journey, a friendly football club and the right result. Perfect!

Crewe Alexandra v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Pre-Season Friendly
Saturday, July 26th, 2014, 3pm
Jack Finch (Wolves Fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

It was my first opportunity to go and see Wolves since the end of last season, and at a very reasonable £8 a ticket, it promised to be a fairly cheap away day.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I caught a train from Wolverhampton to Crewe, for the price of £18.50, and as I had booked in advance, it was cheaper. The train took just over half an hour to reach Crewe, so it's probably quicker than going via car or coach. The ground is one of the easiest to find from a train station, once you leave the station, take a left, and then left again is Gresty Road. In fact you can see the ground from the train window as you approach Crewe Station.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

I had a brief walk around the ground, in search of something to eat, and found an excellent little chip shop opposite. It looks like a converted terraced house from the outside, so it would have been easy to miss, had it not been for the fans stood outside eating. £1.40 for a tray of chips seemed a little excessive to me, but they were very nice, and so warm that I imagine the tray they were in is still smouldering as we speak! The home fans seemed very friendly, although as it was a friendly match there weren't an awful lot of them about.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The ground is dominated by the main stand, which towers above the other three smaller stands. It's one huge bank, rather than a tiered stand, and also hosts the tunnel and dugouts. The other stands seem very small in comparison, with the two stands behind each goal comprising of only a few rows of seating each. The away stand was nice enough, and the toilets and refreshment kiosks are actually located outside of the stand, which I'd imagine lessens the risk of those half time crushes in a concourse! One thing I noticed straight away was just how close you are to the pitch, I would guess that sitting on the front row of the away section, you’re no more than 6 yards from the touchline. It allows you to hear the players communicating, which is always interesting! It also meant that the first couple of rows of fans were sprayed by the pre-match sprinklers, although on a baking hot day, I didn't hear any complaints!

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

A typical pre-season affair from both teams, played in very hot conditions, so much so that the referee decided to introduce a drinks break half way through each half, something he'd no doubt picked up on from watching the recent World Cup! Wolves controlled possession without creating too many clear cut chances, perhaps the best moments coming from new signing Rajiv Van La Parra, whose direct running down the wing did at least cause a few moments of concern within the Crewe defence. Both Leon Clarke and Danny Batth went close from corners, the latter having a header cleared off the line, whilst Michael Jacobs hit the wall with a free kick right on the stroke of half time. Crewe also threatened, notably when Kevin McDonald flicked the ball onto his own crossbar when clearing a corner, and Carl Ikeme was forced into a flying save to push a long range strike over the crossbar.

The second half continued in much the same vein, the absence of any real clear chances perhaps undermining some neat football from both sides. Clarke should have given Wolves the lead when he was left unmarked at the far post, but he could only nod Scott Golbourne's cross wide. Ikeme was again kept busy by a couple of long range strikes, one of which required an excellent low save to prevent the ball from nestling in the bottom corner. Ultimately, it was one moment of quality which won the game for Wolves. Substitute Nouha Dicko, last season's leading scorer, latched onto an excellent lofted pass from Lee Evans. He used his strength to muscle Thierry Audel of Crewe out of the way, before sidestepping the onrushing Scott Shearer, before squeezing the ball into the far corner. In truth it was a barely deserved winner, as there had been little in the game, but one can only hope that Dicko can provide those match winning moments in the League too.

The stewards were excellent, a visible but not overbearing presence, and the atmosphere was relaxed, with Crewe's stand barely half full, and the two stands behind the goal closed.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Very easy, a 5 minute walk from the ground back to the train station. The platform was a little crowded due to a couple of trains arriving before the one back to Wolverhampton, but the presence of thee British Transport Police meant there was no trouble.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A nice ground, which I imagine can create quite a noise when full. Obviously friendlies are always difficult to judge in terms of the quality of football, but as an away day, spending a couple of hours in the Cheshire sunshine was one of the more enjoyable ones in recent years!

Crewe Alexandra v Oldham Athletic
League One
Saturday, March 15th, 2014, 3pm
Tim Edwards (Oldham Athletic fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I had never been to Crewe before and with it being one of the closer away days for me, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity now Crewe are back in Oldham’s league (for how long remains to be seen!)

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I went by train and getting there was easy. The ground is a very short walk from the railway station, you can see the ground as you leave the station building. If that’s not enough for an away fan, the stand for away supporters is immediately in front of you as you walk down Gresty Road, leaving you in no doubt which part of the ground you should go to.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

After buying a ticket from the away ticket office (no cash accepted at the turnstiles), my brother and I wandered back towards the town and found a pub for a quick pint. There are a few pubs in the area to choose from, most showing sport on big screen, the one we chose was nice enough for a quick stop off.  

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The ground is nice enough, small, compact, with a good view of the pitch. The large Main Stand dominates and takes up the majority of the 10,000 capacity. It is rare to get a full side stand as an away supporter, so this was a refreshing change and sitting in Row C, I felt very close to the action. I imagine the ground looks a lot more impressive as an away fan facing that big stand, whereas if you were in the main stand yourself, the ground must look so much smaller.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Before the match I bought a Chicken Balti pie (several other types of pies were also available) which was nice enough, although there were no plastic forks on offer, that’s pretty much going to be my only complaint!

The first half was awful but the second much better. Oldham brought over 900 fans which made for a good atmosphere, although there wasn’t too much noise coming from the home fans (possibly due to the performance of their team!). Oldham were comfortable at 1-0 until a 94th minute equalizer stole an undeserved point for Crewe!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I was pretty gutted when walking out, due to the last minute goal, but everyone got away quickly and within a few minutes I was back at the railway station. Both sets of fans were by now mixing together, no problems whatsoever.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I really enjoyed my trip to Crewe and if we are to play against each other next season, this is definitely going to remain as a regular away trip for me. It’s very easy to get to, a nice little ground, friendly club, I just hope we hold on for a win next time!

Crewe Alexandra v Sheffield United
League One
Saturday, February 1st, 2014, 3pm
Sam Hodgson (Doing the 92)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Gresty Road seemed like a nice ground and I was looking forward to my third ground on the journey to visit all 92. I was also looking forward to a tasty relegation battle, with Crewe in the top relegation spot and Sheffield one place above, both were level on points.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Caught a direct train direct from Birmingham New Street, and finding the ground from Crewe's station was easy, just round the corner of the station.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We got there at 2.15 so we grabbed ourselves a drink and took many photos, including one with the mascot!

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

We were in the Main Stand, about halfway up and situated between the halfway line and the Gresty Road End. My first thoughts was how impressive the Main Stand was, which you could probably see from miles away. The rest of the stadium was very pleasant, with some small but neat stands all around. The away stand was small but pleasant, with a low roof and TV camera box on top of it.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was very intriguing and to begin with was very open with plenty of chances for both sides. But two superb finishes from Arsenal loan Chuks Aneke took the wind out of Sheffield's sails, just before half time. The second half saw Sheffield looking a bit tired and slow. There weren't many chances for United, and Crewe looked menacing on the counter-attack. Just before the end, Byron Moore put the game to bed by finishing a lethal attack, making the final score 3-0 to Alex. The atmosphere was decent with a bit of singing from home fans behind the goal and the away end. The stewards were strict, throwing many Sheffield and Crew fans out for the smallest of banter and gestures. Facilities were decent, especially the food stall which sold the best balti pie I've ever had!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was very easy getting out, many exits and just a five minute walk round the corner to the station..

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Very nice ground and an enjoyable game. All in all a good day out. Definitely a ground I would love to return to.

Crewe Alexandra v Walsall
League One
Saturday, April 27th, 2013, 3pm
Nathaniel Holland-Bright (Walsall fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
 
We Saddler's consider Crewe a bit of a derby in this League, as it is not too far away. It was also the last game of the season and as both teams were safe and had nothing to play for, we could relax, have a laugh and just enjoy the football, without worrying about the result.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I took the train to Crewe as did many other Walsall fans. It was a quick and easy journey, with just one change of trains in Birmingham. Plus the Crewe railway station is only a few minutes from the Stadium.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
 
As the train pulled into Crewe I could spot the stadium from the carriage window, so it didn't become a problem to find. I first went a small fish and chip shop called TJS and got my lunch there and then to the pub across the street called the Royal Hotel which had a sports bar. This where most of the visiting away fans were based having a pre match drink with a large projector and TV's showing the Man City vs West Ham match. Then I went to the Crewe club shop walking around to the main home fans area to go have a look around expecting a hostile response but their fans were very welcoming.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Very similarly built to our ground, not new but all seater and the Main Stand over looked all the other stands imposingly. We were allocated both the away stand and the family stand bringing a large following and the seating was good giving a great atmosphere for away fans.

Our Fans In the Ice Cream Van Stand

Ice Cream Van Stand Gresty Road

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was intense, end to end football with both goalkeepers being tested, with Crewe having their entire academy team fielded against us. It was a great match to watch. Crewe took the lead from a dubious penalty. Later they got a second, this time with fortunate offside decision going their way. Normally this would have quietened our mood, but with nothing to play for the Saddlers fans kept on singing. much to the surprise of the Crewe supporters. The Crewe fans were relatively quiet even with their drummer and we out-sung them throughout. The stewards were friendly and nice and didn't ever block the view of the game as some do. And the food was great however only two inbuilt food areas per stand with the large attendance it was a long wait for any food. Although it was good quality they ran out of product quickly.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Coaches were parked along the road for away fans in clear sight and a car park outside the away fans stand so anyone who came in car could also leave quickly. The exit gates were large and open making for an easy exit. The very short walk to the train station was quick and even the police helped us find the correct platform for the train back to Walsall.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Overall even with a 2-0 loss, it was a fantastic day with locals being very friendly and the visiting supporters easily out singing the home fans so we revelled in the atmosphere we created. So overall I'll be definitely returning next season to Gresty road expecting more sound from the Crewe fans.

Crewe Alexandra v Crawley Town
League One
Saturday November 24th 2012, 3pm
James Scott (Neutral fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I know a couple of Alex fans from work who invited me along,  so I tagged along with them. I was looking forward to it as I’d never been to Gresty Road before, so it was good to finally go.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

My mates picked me up and took me. We arrived at around 2.30pm and it was pretty busy outside the ground at this point, but we found a parking space with relative ease.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

I went to the chippy across from the ground, the chips from there are some of the best I have ever tasted.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The first thing you see when you arrive at this ground is the Main Stand. It dwarfs the rest of the ground and is pretty impressive. The rest of the ground is relatively small affair, three similar looking stands that’s clean and tidy and does the job. The stand opposite the Main Stand is the away end and with only around 100 Crawley fans in it, looked pretty empty.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The first half was pretty boring, nothing happened and the atmosphere was flat. Crewe probably edged it after they had a couple of good chances and Crawley hit the crossbar, but in all fairness both sides were poor. I had a pie at half time and it was one of the better pies I’ve had in while, but not the very best.

Second half was completely different and Crewe came out the blocks and dominated. Two goals in quick concession from Crewe’s Lauri Dalla valle (on loan from Fulham), ended Crawleys chances of  getting anything out of the game. Crewe fans then found their voice, with the fans behind the goal making plenty of noise and even the Main Stand joining in at times making a good and lively atmosphere (better than any at my club - Bury this year!)

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

There was no issues when leaving the ground. Five minute wait getting out of the car park but apart from that it was fine.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good day out, and nice little stadium and Crewe have really friendly fans! Good luck to them this season, bar when they play Bury!

Crewe Alexandra v Notts County
League Two
Saturday August 18th 2012, 3pm
James Spring (Notts County fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the ground?

Well it was the opening league game of the season, and despite going out of the league cup the previous weekend, expectations were high among Notts Fans. Eight Dorset based County fans were travelling up in a minibus so it was set to be a good day no matter what.

How easy was your Journey?

We left Weymouth and embarked on the 204 mile trip at 9am. Somewhat surprisingly, traffic on the motorway going north was almost non-existent, which allowed us time for a few comfort breaks along the way.

Once you’re into Crewe itself you tend to see a lot of football fans going in the direction of the ground so you could just follow them. Our driver had printed the route off the AA route planner before so he knew where he was going luckily.

Parking around the ground is very scarce so I would recommend parking somewhere along Weston Road, which is a 5 minute walk from the ground. Head towards the roundabout, go left down Nantwich Road, over a bridge, past the railway station and you see the ground on your left. You then get to Gresty road itself.

What you did before the game pub/chippy/home fans friendly?

We went straight to the ticket office. Despite being told by the Notts website that there was a young adults ticket costing £9.50, but when I asked for this I was told that they didn’t do this and was forced to pay the full adult price of £20. Not the fault of the girl in the ticket booth but it would appear the club needs to be a bit clearer with its ticket information.

Crewe operates a ticket only policy on the turnstiles as well so you’ll have to visit the ticket office which is near the away end if you don’t buy in advance.

The home fans seemed ok mostly although there were a few young lads behind the goal who looked about 12 years old giving it the big ‘un.

Brought the club match day programme named ‘The Alex’ for £3 which was a very good read.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end and other sides of the ground?

The first part of the ground you tend to see is the largest stand at the ground – the Air products stand. This stand really stands out from the rest of the ground and houses most of the home support. The away end (now named The Whitby Morrison Stand) is smaller but adequate. It housed the 1,236 travelling fans that day with a few spare seats. I wasn’t expecting much of a view but was pleasantly surprised to have no problem seeing the action. But there are two supporting pillars in the middle of the stand so if you sit near the back your view may be slightly hindered.

I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of legroom. Even if your quite tall you can stretch your legs out, rather than becoming cramped and uncomfortable as is the case at some grounds.
To the right of the away end is the Mark Price stand, where the noisier home fans seemed to congregate. They seemed like mostly young lads, one of which had a drum. They made plenty of noise all through the game.

Comment on the game itself, stewards, atmosphere, pies, facilities etc..

Being the first game of the season the atmosphere from both sides was electric. I was surprised at a slightly high Police presence, although they didn’t really enforce their presence which was good.

There is a food outlet inside the away end, although there was a big queue so I didn’t bother sampling it for myself. However from what people brought, it seemed to have the usual selection of pies, burgers, chips, snacks and drinks.

The game itself was an eventful one. Notts took a 1-0 lead towards the end of the half when Francois Zoko finished off an excellent flowing move sending the away fans wild. Yoann Arquin then put the visitors 2-0 up just before the hour mark after a cross deflected into his path. He went from hero to villain soon after when he rather stupidly kicked out at Ashley Westwood, who went down and rolled around as if he’d been shot to get Arquin sent off.

Shortly after Crewe pulled one back from the corner, and the last quarter of an hour was tense with Crewe throwing the kitchen sink at us. Just when we thought we’d survived, the fourth official signalled 6 minutes of added time! Lee Hughes of all people cleared a late effort off the line and that was Crewe’s last effort.

The full time whistle was greeted with relief and joy from the Notts fans. Overall, we deserved the win, and looked very comfortable until the sending off. Both sets of fans were in full voice throughout which was great.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Most fans seemed to head back towards the railway station and to Weston Road where we parked. There were some home fans that didn’t seem to take kindly to their first league defeat since February, shouting some abuse at Notts fans as we headed past the railway station. We stayed in the car having a bite to eat before setting off, by which point there was little traffic. We were back on the motorway home by about 6pm.

We arrived back in Weymouth at around half ten, in time for the Football League Show!

Summary of overall thoughts of day out:

One of the best days out I’ve had for a long time. A fairly straight forward journey, a good laugh on the way there and back, a nice little ground, a great atmosphere and all made even sweeter by 3 points to start the season. Good luck to Crewe for the rest of the season.

Onwards and upwards for the Magpies!

Crewe Alexandra v AFC Bournemouth
League Two
Saturday January 31st 2010, 3pm
Alex Jones (Bournemouth fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was looking forward to the trip to Crewe as it presented a new ground for me. From what I had heard, it was one of the better away trips for a League Two fan, so I thought I might as well go seeing as we were in relatively good form. From what I heard the facilities were good and one stand wouldn’t look out of place in the Premiership.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The journey from Bournemouth took a fair while, around four hours, however it was relatively straightforward. I basically took the M27 up to Reading and then joined the M40 and turned off at Junction 16 of the M6 near stoke. From then on I just followed the well signposted routes to the ground. I was obviously aided with the programme notes I had with me. Finding the ground was rather easy as the main stand at the ground pretty much dominated the skyline, which is rather impressive for a league two club to say the least! Parking was easy, just outside the ground, which came in handy.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Before the game we decided to get a drink in at the nearest service station as I had been informed that there weren’t many pubs in the vicinity of the ground for away fans. With this in mind we also had a burger at the ground, which was well priced at what I reckon is the standard £2.50. The home fans were relatively friendly and didn’t make us feel intimidated at all.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

My first impressions of the ground were WOW! The stand opposite to the away section is truly magnificent for a club of Crewe’s nature, and would look alright in the premiership in all honesty. The other ends of the grounds compromised of one tier affairs, which were rather small. However I found the away stand to be rather good, with a nice view of the pitch. The only downside was the few sporting pillars, but with small away followings likely in this league, these were avoidable.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The game itself was great from our point of view. We established an early lead, before grabbing a second with half an hour to go, but Crewe pulled one back. Despite a tense finish it stayed two one and we could all go home safe in the knowledge that we had 3 more points and promotion was looking a certainty. The atmosphere was okay we had about 300 away fans, but it was rather drowned out by the relative emptiness of the stadium. The stewards were fine not over zealous, while the pies made victory taste all the more sweeter, with a good range available. Toilets were pretty much standard.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was no problem, with the M6 well signposted, and not too much congestion at all.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A great day out which I would recommend to any fellow League Two fan, fantastic stadium and if you get the result to go with it along with the beautiful sunshine (which did cause a few viewing problems), it’s a great place to watch your football. Especially considering the places us poor fans have to go to in this sometimes nasty and harsh league!

Updated 29th July 2015

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