Accrington Stanley

Wham Stadium

Capacity: 5,057 (2,000 seated)
Address: Livingstone Road, Accrington, BB5 5BX
Telephone: 01254 356 950
Fax: 01254 356 951
Pitch Size: 111 x 72 yards
Club Nickname: The Reds, Stanley
Year Ground Opened: 1968
Shirt Sponsors: Plastic BoxShop
Kit Manufacturer: Mitre
Home Kit: Red and White Stripes
Away Kit: Yellow and Blue Stripes

Main and Thwaites Stands
Main and Thwaites Stands
Looking Towards The Sophia Khan Stand
Looking Towards The Sophia Khan Stand
Whinney Hill Side
Whinney Hill Side
Sophia Khan Stand
Sophia Khan Stand
Coppice Terrace
Coppice Terrace
Thwaites and Main Stands
Thwaites and Main Stands
Looking Towards The Coppice Terrace
Looking Towards The Coppice Terrace

Although the Wham Stadium (but still known to many fans as the Crown Ground) is on the smallish side, it is set in a picturesque area, with views over fields and hills behind the Coppice Terrace at one end of the ground. On one side of the ground is the Main Stand, which at first glance looks like one stand, but in fact it is comprised of two small stands; the Main and Thwaites Stands. They sit on either side of the half way line, with an open gap between the two. Both are all seated covered stands and have a row of floodlights at the back of them. To compensate for the fair slope of the pitch which runs up along the ground from the Coppice Terrace to the Sophia Khan End, the Thwaites Stand has less rows of seats than the Main Stand. Both these stands also have an unusual array of tubular steelwork, running across the top of them. 

Opposite is a very small covered seated area, called the Whinney Hill side. This former terrace had seating installed before the start of the 2009/10 season, in order that the Club could meet Football League stadium criteria of having a minimum of 2,000 seats (further seating was also installed into the Sophia Khan End). Behind this stand is a relatively new housing development, which overlooks the ground, meaning that some residents can see the game for nothing. Both ends are fairly new looking affairs, of which the home end, the Sophia Khan Stand covered, whilst the Coppice Terrace opposite is open to the elements. The Sophia Khan Stand looks a little odd, with a terracing at the rear, but with seating at the front, especially when you consider that the stand is quite a small structure. Another unusual aspect of the ground is that it has a total of eight floodlight pylons, with three on either side of the ground and another being located at one end. 

New Whinney Hill StandThe Club have announced plans to build a new stand on the Whinney Hill side of the ground. The single tiered covered stand, will have a capacity of 1,500 seats. The Club have yet to announce time scales as to when construction will take place. This artists impression of how the new stand will look and others can be found on the official Accrington Stanley website. 

Away fans are mostly housed in the Coppice Terrace at one end of the ground, where up to 1,800 fans can be accommodated after this area was recently extended. If demand requires it then part of the Whinney Hill side can also be allocated. This small stand has a mixture of seating and terrace and has the benefit of some cover, unlike the Coppice Terrace which is open to the elements. Adam Hodson a visiting Stockport County fan adds; 'As it was raining I decided to head for one of the 200 or so seats in the Whinney Hill stand. I found that there is very little leg room between the rows of seats, of which there are only four. I was though located very close to the playing action as I sat in the front row'.   Whilst Shirley Lawrence a visiting Swindon Town supporter tells me; 'We had a pleasant day at the Crown Ground. Before the game we went to the Crown Pub which was crowded, but as they had six staff serving, we were able to get our drinks relatively quickly. Inside the ground there was not much atmosphere due to the away end being uncovered. Although we had over 800 supporters who were in good voice, the noise just wasn't carried around the ground'.

There is a Club Bar at the ground, however this is for home fans only. The nearest pub is the Crown, which is just behind the ground on the main Whalley Road and welcomes all supporters. A little further down Whalley Road (five minutes walk in the direction of the motorway), is the Greyhound pub, which is a Sam Smith's house. John Schmidt a visiting Darlington fan adds; If you go from the ground to the main road and head towards the town centre, then five a minute walk away, down on the right is the Grey Horse pub, It is only a small pub but served decent real ale. This area also seemed to be good for street parking'.

If you arrive early and have a bit of time on your hands then you may consider visiting the 'Peel Park Hotel' in Turkey Street. This pub serves food and is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. It also overlooks Peel Park, the site of Accrington Stanley's old ground. Go along Whalley Road (A680) towards the town centre. Before reaching the town centre turn left onto the B6237 Queens Road (if you miss this turning proceed into the town centre and turn left onto the A679 Burnley Road). Continue along Queens Road into Penny House Lane. At the end of this road you will reach a T-junction with the A679 Burnley Road. Turn left onto the Burnley Road and then go almost immediately right into Alice Street. Then after passing Peel Park School turn left into Turkey Street. The Peel Park pub is up on the right. The red brick wall opposite the Peel Park pub is the only structure that remains from the Peel Park ground.  

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Leave the M6 at Junction 29 and take the M65 towards Blackburn. Continue past Blackburn towards Accrington and leave the M65 at Junction 7. Then take the left hand exit at the roundabout onto the A6185 towards Clitheroe (this is in the opposite direction to Accrington). At the first set of traffic lights turn right onto the A678, towards Padiham, and then at the next traffic lights, turn right onto the A680 towards Accrington. After about half a mile along the A680 you will pass the Crown pub on your left. Take the next left into Livingstone Road and then an immediate left for the Club car park. The car park is of a reasonable size and is free, however as you would expect it fills up pretty quickly. Otherwise street parking.

Post Code for Sat-Nav: BB5 5BX

Accrington railway station is about a mile away from the ground. It is served by trains from Manchester Victoria and Leeds. Leave the station and travel down the slope towards the large viaduct roundabout in the centre of town. Take the Milnshaw Lane exit at the opposite side of the roundabout alongside the Perry's Peugeot dealership. After approximately 100 metres this road then joins Whalley Road.  Bear left up the hill and follow Whalley Road for about a mile, passing the hospital, a set of traffic lights and then a mini roundabout.  Take the next right after the mini roundabout junction into Livingstone Road. The football club is approximately 100 metres on the left on Livingstone Road. Thanks to Rob Heys for providing the directions.

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All parts of the ground*
Adults £20
Concessions £15
Under 12's £10**

Concessions apply to Over 65's, Under 16's and Students (with valid ID).

* Home fans who become loyalty members can gain further discounts on these ticket prices.

** When accompanied by a paying adult.

Official Programme: £3

Accrington Stanley FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Blackburn, Burnley and from a little further a field, Morecambe, Southport and Barrow.

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.

Record Attendance
At The Crown Ground: 4,386 v Stevenage, League Two, May 7th 2016.

Average Attendance
2015-2016: 1,834 (League Two)
2014-2015: 1,611 (League Two)
2013-2014: 1,606 (League Two)

Many visiting fans wonder why the Club ended up being called Accrington Stanley. Was it after a former player? Well no. The Club were originally formed as Stanley Villa FC, so named as a number of their team lived in Stanley Street in the town. The Club was renamed Accrington Stanley in 1894.

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Accrington Stanley v Leyton Orient
Football League Two
Friday 25th March 2016, 3pm
Steve Jestico (Leyton Orient fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Wham Stadium?

Remembering the old Milk Ad this was one which on my bucket list from when the 2015-16 fixtures came out.

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

No problems . Accrington Railway Station is easy to get to. London up to Preston and change there for Accrington. Took a a taxi from station up to the Crown Ground at a cost of £3. We got this cab from Adams Taxis, whose office was located at the bottom of the station ramp.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Went into the Crown Pub adjacent to the ground. The Bar Staff were excellent. The food was nice and the local Accrington Supporters very friendly indeed.

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

I thought it was a bit spartan. Still has a non-league feel to the ground. There were also Portacabin loos and a temporary looking stand at the away end . The seats provided were very cramped with little legroom  But the parts of the ground for home fans looked pretty good. Maybe an upgrade on the away parts is in order.

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

The game itself was a bit scrappy with little quality, but the one real bit shown resulted in the winner for Accrington who won 1-0. The Accrington Ultras make a fair old noise and keep it up all game. There was a big van serving all sorts of refreshments behind the away end, but the loos are small and cramped Stewards are okay but I had a problem getting in. The turnstile was on the small side for a large chap like myself and the Head Steward thought I was trying to "Bunk in" after being told by the turnstile operator to use the nearby gate!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away wasn't too bad as it we had booked a taxi back to the railway station. But on a separate hote, the staircase leading from the ground to the crown pub is very narrow and could do with widening. 

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I enjoyed the day out. Accrington Stanley is a nice place to visit and the Crown pub can't be more highly recommended. The only thing I didn't enjoy was the result!


Accrington Stanley v Hull City
Capital One Cup, 1st Round
Tuesday 11th August 2015, 7.45pm
Marcos Brown-Garcia (Hull City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the Crown Ground?

I was looking forward to visiting the Crown ground because I hadn't been before therefore I could tick it off the list. I was also looking forward to the visit as it would take me back to the early days of supporting Hull City as a lad in the doldrums. I prefer these days out to the glamour and glitz of the Premier League.
 
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The journey was very easy, straight down the M62 then M66. Smooth passage to the ground. We got there about 45 minutes before kick off and there was little traffic. The ground has loads of street parking around the ground with no restrictions. Parking was available right outside the away end. When we arrived there were endless spaces. 

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

We parked up and headed straight to the ground. There didn't seem to be anywhere to eat around the ground. There was a pub (not sure of name) about 5 mins from the ground which was packed with City fans. No problems with home fans as didn't see any.

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

My first impression was the ground was in a nice area, the ground itself I thought "perfect, just like a non league side" right up my street. Upon walking into the away end you could either stand behind the goal in a biggish terrace or sit down the side of the pitch. We had the full stand behind the goal and one side. I decided to sit. The stand only has 4 rows of seats and you are very close to the action. I loved it, you could hear all the player banter, give the players/officials banter and for the younger fans you could get player photos/autographs easily. The terrace behind the goal was full, but strangely even though the fans were singing it didn't omit sound well at all. Opposite us there was a seating stand for home fans which was slightly bigger than the 4 rows we sat on and behind the other goal was another smallish seated stand were the loud Accrington fans sit.

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

The game was played like a friendly on Hull Citys behalf but Accrington were lively and seemed really up for it. During 90 mins although very watchable, not much happened. The game went to extra time and that's when the entertainment began. In 30 mins 4 goals were scored and the game finished 2-2. It went to penalty's and Hull city won 4-3 on pens. 
The atmosphere was really good, we were sat closer to the Accrington fans behind the goal and they sang non stop for 90 mins. They also had a drum which added to the effect. Hull City fans sang also but the acoustics from the terrace is poor.
The stewards were really relaxed and chatted about all sorts. Accrington has a real non league feel and you get the feeling the stewards also run the club shop and pull pints in the bar after. We sat and stood at the back of the stand and none of the stewards said anything. In fact you can move around as much as you like. 

However the facilities leave a lot to be desired. The bar/programme booth behind the away terrace is in a wood hut and had no change. The toilets are portakabins.
 
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the game we got out easily and once in the car was back on the motorway within minutes. No problems at all.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Loved the day out, one of my best away days in ages! A real small club feel to everything. Clearly not for everybody and some will hate the tight leg room, the ancient facilities, but I love that thing. 

Attendance: 2,100 (including 1,100 City fans)
Final score: Accrington 2-2 Hull (Hull win 4-3 on pens)


Accrington Stanley v Hull City
Capital One Cup, 1st Round
Tuesday 11th August 2015, 7.45pm
Martin Brooks (Hull City fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to the Crown Ground?

I enjoy visiting the older grounds. So going to the legendary Accrington Stanley Crown Ground to support my local team in a competitive match was an opportunity not to be missed.

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

We travelled by car. The journey time was roughly two hours with no delays despite traversing the M62 corridor in the time leading up to rush hour. THe Crown Ground was easy to find off Whalley Road with plenty of on-street parking in the side roads by the Grey Horse pub.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

We arrived just over two hours before kick off and, after parking in Radnor Road, we walked down to Whalley Fish and Chip Shop opposite the Grey Horse Pub. The chip shop has a back room where we sat down for fish and chips with a cup of tea and the added benefit of a television. The staff were very courteous and helpful. We then visited the Grey Horse pub where The Tigers' travelling fans had amassed for a pre-match drink. Plenty of staff behind the bar to cope with the extra custom and were pleasant too. A pint of Thwaites was enjoyed by the non-driving members of our group. All the locals/fans we met were friendly.

What you thought on seeing the Crown Ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?    

The Cown Ground simply bursts with character. We walked around the outside, as much as we were able to, had a chat with a friendly steward, and then visited the Club shop, where there was something for everyone. Most of the Hull City supporters stood on the uncovered terracing behind the goal. In addition a limited number of seats were available for those that wanted them in the covered Whinney Hill Stand, down one side.

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

With Hull City being relegated from the Premier League the previous season, this match was not the formality that one might have expected. Accrington Stanley produced a very spirited and well organised performance which, on another day, could have resulted in a victory for the home side. After a very even first half the Tigers brought on some of their lively young players at the hour mark, which resulted in a few more chances being created. However, with a 2-2 score at the end of extra time, the match went to sudden death penalties which saw City scrape through after 6 penalties were taken by both sides. Both sets of fans were evenly matched in number with a total attendance of 2,118. This created a very good atmosphere despite the away end being uncovered and the away fans had quite a bit if banter with the home goalkeeper, which was very entertaining. Stewards were all helpful and pleasant, there was food available in the ground but having eaten before we got to the ground we didn't try it. The gents toilets at the away end were Portaloos, whilst the ladies was housed in a Portacabin. The number available was more than adequate for the amount of fans, with a minimal wait.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

With only around 2,000 fans leaving the ground and surrounding area was not a problem, however, due to roadworks, we were prevented from accessing the M62 at the nearest point and were diverted through Rochdale. This did not affect the journey time, though, which again was roughly two hours.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A very enjoyable away trip made all the more enjoyable by the friendly attitude of the people of Accrington, both inside and outside the stadium. One of the joys of visiting this Stadium is the proximity of the players to the fans, so close as to be able to see the beads of sweat on the players' faces. This is an experience which is highly unlikely in any of the modern grounds. All in all a pleasure to visit and one which I hope I can repeat at some point in the future.

Accrington Stanley v Exeter City
League Two
Friday, November 28th, 2014, 7pm
Steve Ellis (Exeter City fan)

1. Why were you looking forward to going to this ground and easy was your journey and finding the ground?

Another new ground for me which over the years I've always missed out on getting to, due to work or other commitments. The journey as expected was going to be a long one travelling from Exeter on the supporters coach, leaving at 11:30am and arriving at Accrington at 6:20pm. Which was slightly later than planned due to traffic and road works.

2. What did you do before the game, pub, chippy....home fans friendly?

Before the game I more or less went straight into the ground and bought a £3 bottle of beer inside, from a small cabin behind the away end. Food is also sold behind the terrace with prices starting at £3. The home fans seemed friendly enough. Please note that or anyone who is well built, getting through the turnstiles might be a problem as they are quite narrow, but stewards will open the side gate.

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

Parts of the ground seemed to be very basic, and still very non league like. But on the plus side with the way it's run like most small clubs it's run on a budget with its staff and volunteers. Away supporters are housed in the open Coppice Terrace at one end of the ground, which for our visit the weather was cold, but thankfully not wet. At the other end of the pitch is the Sophia Khan stand and to the left, the Main Stand. Both of these looked quite modern. Down the other side is the Whinney Hill Stand, an old grandstand with an extra portion of terrace for away fans plus limited seating for visiting supporters.

4. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, refreshments and thoughts on getting away from the ground after the game.

The game was played at a good tempo with both teams looking for the points but Exeter came out on top with a 3-2 win. Atmosphere was good despite the away end not having any cover. Stewards were low key and helpful. Most of the time I didn't even notice that they were there.

After the match we got straight back on the coach, which was parked on the main Livingstone Road, which was a short walk away. The journey home was good and uneventful, reaching Exeter at 1:30am. Overall I felt that this ground is not one I'd particularly like to return to but if it was a match that meant something I probably would make the long trip.

Attendance: 1443 (away 158)

Accrington Stanley v Southend United
League Two
Saturday, August 9th, 2014, 3pm
John and Stephen Spooner (Southend United fans)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground?

Everyone looks forward to the opening game of the season and Southend have seemingly strengthened the side for a real promotion push. Manager Phil Brown pitting his experience against James Beattie.
 
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We drove from North Wales (exiled Southend fans) via M56, M6, M65 about 74 miles each way, clear roads taking 1 hour 30 minutes. There is no car parking at the ground but we got there early and found ample street parking outside the ground.

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

We took a packed meal with us and sat in car listening to football on radio and read the 46 page match programme. Not many fans to talk to round outside of ground, but appeared pleasant.

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

The ground was easy to find by following the guide on this site. The ground is neat and compact, the away end is standing with barriers to lean on, and the area has been extended with 7 extra aluminum steps at the rear.
 
The home end is not very big and the stand opposite the main stands the Whinney Hill seated area is small and cramped, overlooked by a modern housing estate. There is no clock or scoreboard visible home and the toilet as you enter the away end is a temporary portakabin type hut that  is cramped and insufficient.

The pitch was like a bowling green, being the opening game of this new season 2014/15. On a warm sunny day, the sprinklers were on before the game and during the interval, ensuring a perfect pitch good for teams hoping to pass the ball rather than kick and rush.

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

The game was a tight tense affair with Accrington seeming intent on keeping a clean sheet after a poor opening run last season. It was lacking atmosphere with not much to shout about and the open away end does nothing to enhance the sounds of fans chanting or cheering. Southend fans were probably tired after a long hot journey from Essex and delays on the M6 in Cheshire after an accident.

Southend had a chance early in the 2nd half to take the lead but Corr missed the penalty. The game looked like ending scoreless until 84 minutes when Southend gained a 2nd penalty which Lee Barnard coolly slotted to give us a winning start in a long campaign.

The stewards were good and did not have much to do, which is always pleasing. The chips, hot dogs and burgers looked reasonable but seemingly no pies available.
 
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was easy to get away from the ground and main roads were clearly sign posted.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good day out and we won our first away game of the season. The weather was warm and sunny with a slight breeze across the pitch to ensure pleasant conditions. It appeared a tough opening fixture but the result meant for a happy weekend.

Attendance 1,505 (330 Southend fans)
Final score: Accrington 0-1 Southend

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Updated 10th September 2016

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