Capacity: 3,000 (Seats 466)
Address: Love Road, Lowestoft, NR32 2PA
Telephone: 01502 573818
Club Nickname: The Trawlerboys
Year Ground Opened: 1894*
Home Kit: Royal Blue and White
The ground is largely an open one, with three sides being open standing areas. On the one developed side is the Main Stand. This covered all seated stand, has its seating area raised above pitch level, meaning that spectators have to climb a set of stairs to access it. Although, it is a simple looking structure, that looks dated, it is free of supporting pillars. However in front of that stand that could effect your view, is the base of one of the four floodlight pylons that run down the side of the pitch. The Main Stand doesn't run for the full length of the pitch, being around half the length in size. The stand straddles the half way line, with a separate structure located on one side, that houses the teams changing rooms and a small covered terrace on the other. The Main Stand which also has windshields on either side, has a capacity of 466 seats.
Surprisingly the team dug outs are not located in front of the Main Stand, but on the opposite side. This leads to a procession of players and staff at half and full time, returning to the dressing rooms. At the North End of the ground there is a small covered wooden structure, that sits directly behind the goal. This is so small that the height of it is lower than the crossbar of the goal in front and probably could only house about a dozen people. As the ground is mostly open, a number of houses and flats are visible behind the stadium perimeter.
Lowestoft is a welcoming club and you should have no problems there. Hardly ever are fans segregated at Crown Meadow and that tells a lot about the Club. The ground itself is very near to the town centre, which means that there are plenty of pubs and fish & chip shops to keep you happy. Its central location does mean that the ground seems quite 'squashed' in-between residential houses, but I am sure when the ground was first opened that there would have been few houses around then. As a trip to Lowestoft is normally quite a lengthy one, due to its geographical location, why not make a weekend of it?
At the South End of the ground is a Social Club, which welcomes away fans, whilst nearby in Love Street, just down from the Club Entrance is the Havelock pub. As the ground is located only a few minutes walk from the town centre, then there are a number of other pubs to choose from. Two that stand out (and both about a five minute walk from the ground) are the Triangle Tavern on St Peter's Street and the Stanford Arms on Stanford Street. Both these pubs are listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and sell beers from the local Green Jack Brewery. Also on Station Square is a Wetherspoons Pub called the Joseph Conrad.
From the North and Midlands
Take the A14 to Bury St Edmunds, then just on the other side of Bury St Edmunds leave the A14 and take the A143 towards Diss. At the end of the A143 you will reach a roundabout, were you join the A146 towards Lowestoft. After passing Oulton Broad South railway station on your left you will reach a roundabout, where you take the first exit onto the A1117 (signposted Oulton Broad). Go straight across the next two roundabouts and at the third roundabout, take the third exit towards the Town Centre (A1144). At the next roundabout continue straight on towards the town centre, but after passing the roudabout turn immediately right into Minden Road. At the mini roundabout take the first exit onto Love Street. The entrance to the ground is down on the left. There is little parking available at the ground itself, but there is plenty of street parking on the surrounding roads.
Lowestoft Railway Station is located around a half a mile away from the Crown Meadow Ground and is around a ten minute walk. The station is served by trains from Ipswich and Norwich which is a 45 minute train ride away.
As you come out of the main railway station entrance turn left and then take the next right into Katwiljk Way (sign posted Great Yarmouth). On reaching a roundabout take the first exit and then immediately turn right onto Raglan Street. After passing on the left the offices of the Hoseasons Group, take the next left at the crossroads into Love Road. After passing the Havelock Pub on your left, the entrance to the ground is a little further up on the right hand side.
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Lowestoft Town v Barrow
Saturday 25th April 2015, 3pm
John Woods (Barrow fan)
Why you were looking forward to going to Crown Meadow?
It was the last game of the season and Barrow needed to win to secure the Conference North Championship. Also, Lowestoft was a football ground that few of us had visited before.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
Train from London Liverpool Street via Ipswich to Lowestoft Railway Station. Barrow have a sizeable support in the London area, and there were around 30-40 of us on the train.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly? A walk via a couple of hostelries; the Joseph Conrad, opposite the station, then the Triangle; a superbly unspoilt pub five minutes from the ground. We were made very welcome by the home fans before, during, and after the game.
What you thought on seeing the Lowestoft Town ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?
Pretty much as expected There was no segregation and both sets of supporters were free to mingle together to watch the match. Thankfully, it was a dry day as covered accommodation is limited.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
With Barrow supporters forming about half of the 1,402 crowd, mixing in with the home fans, it was a passionate but friendly atmosphere - just as it should be. Stewards and Police were unobtrusive. The home made pies from the outlet on the main side of the ground (at 50p small or £1.20 large) were well worth trying.
Comment on getting away from Crown Meadow after the game:
With Barrow celebrating winning the Conference North and Lowestoft marking the retirement of long-serving manager Micky Chapman, there was no rush to leave the ground at full time! Both sets of supporters were allowed onto the pitch for the post-match celebration of these events, with mutual applause from both Lowestoft and Barrow fans.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
An excellent day out. You won't find a friendlier club than Lowestoft Town.
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* The Club had previously played at the Crown Meadow Athletics Ground since its foundation in 1887, before departing to another ground in 1889. Part of the athletics ground shared the same site as the current football ground, which was opened in 1894.