Crawley Town

The People's Pension Stadium

Capacity: 6,134 (3,295 Seated)
Address: Winfield Way, Crawley, RH11 9RX
Telephone: 01293 410 000
Fax: 01293 410 002
Ticket Office: 01293 410 005
Pitch Size: 110 x 72 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Red Devils
Year Ground Opened: 1997
Undersoil Heating: No
Shirt Sponsors: the people's pension
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: Red and White
Away Kit: Black and Yellow

Main Stand External View
Main Stand External View
Main Stand
Main Stand
KR-L Away Terrace
KR-L Away Terrace
Bruce Winfield Stand
Bruce Winfield Stand
East Stand
East Stand

This relatively new stadium was opened in 1997, the Club moving there from their old Town Mead ground. The stadium looks to be a quality one in terms of standard of build. It is dominated by the good sized West Stand on one side. This smart looking stand is covered, all seated and runs for about two thirds the length of the pitch. It is raised above pitch level meaning that fans have to climb a small flight of stairs at the front to enter the seated area. The stand also has windshields to either side, plus three unusual looking floodlight pylons on its roof. It has a capacity of 1,150 seats. Opposite is the new East Stand which was opened in April 2012. This semi-permanent all seated stand accommodates 2,145 spectators in 12 rows of seating. The stand does though have a fair few supporting pillars running across the front of it, that could impede your view. A pair of new floodlight pylons have also been erected to either side of the stand. Both ends are virtually identical, being small covered terraces that extend around both corners of the ground towards the West Stand, enclosing the stadium at those points. The stadium perimeter is surrounded on two sides by a number of trees, giving a rural look.

In December 2018 Broadfield was renamed The People's Pension Stadium in a corporate sponsorship deal.

Away fans are primarily housed in the KR-L Stand at one end of the ground. This mostly covered terrace can accommodate up to 1,600 fans. A small number of seats are also available to away supporters in the West Stand. The segregation of the terrace can be adjusted depending on the size of the away following. For example clubs will a small following will be given only the North West corner up to the corner flag, whilst the largest will be allocated that corner plus the whole of that end. The facilities at the stadium are pretty good and it is normally a relaxed and enjoyable day out. 

Food on offer inside includes a range of Pies from the local supplier 'The Real Pie Company'. Priced at £3, they include a Chicken Balti Pie, Steak & Guinness Pie and a 'Monthly special' pie. There are also Meat Pasties (£2.50), plus Cheese and Onion Pasties (£2.50). Also there are Bacon Burgers (£4), Double Burgers (£4), Burgers (£3), Veggie Burgers (£3), Hot Dogs (£2.50), Sausage Rolls (£2.50), Bacon Rolls (£2.50) and Chips (£2.50). 

There is a bar at the stadium at the back of the Bruce Winfield Stand called the 'Redz Bar', which allows in away fans before (but not after) the game. Entrance to this bar is gained from outside the stadium. Peter Bellamy informs me, 'The closest pub to the stadium is the New Moon on Brighton Road (A2219). This is about a five minute walk away going towards the town centre. Another pub close by is The Downsman, which is on Wakehurst Drive, just off Southgate Avenue'.

To find these pubs, come out of the stadium car park entrance and turn right and go back up to the main roundabout. Cross the dual carriageway using the underpass and go straight on into Southgate Avenue (A2004). For the Half Moon take the first left off Southgate Avenue into Brighton Road (A2219) and the pub is further up the road on the right. For the Downsman also go to Brighton Road, then take the first right into Wakehurst Drive. Continue along Wakehurst Drive to find the pub on the left. Please note that alcohol is NOT available inside the ground for away supporters.

From the M25 take the M23 Southbound towards Gatwick Airport and Brighton. At the end of the M23 (before it becomes the A23) leave the motorway at the last exit, Junction 11 (sign posted A264 Horsham, Pease Pottage Services). At the roundabout at the end of the motorway slip road turn right onto the A23 going towards Crawley. The ground is down on the left just before the next roundabout. It is a little obscured by trees, so look for the large red and white football on the roundabout itself and you will see the stadium entrance. Turn left at the roundabout and then left again for the stadium car park.

Car Parking
The car park at the stadium which costs £5. Peter Bellamy adds; 'There is an overflow car park in the offices at Broadfield Park, which is accessible from the A23 as you come down the hill from the motorway'. This car park holds 350 cars and is free. It is also handy after the game to get back out onto the A23. Look out for the Broadfield Park Business Centre sign and left hand turn as you near the stadium on the A23. Otherwise street parking. There is also the option of renting a private driveway near in the local area via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

Please note that after the end of the game it can take quite a while to exit the stadium car park. So if you are looking for a quick getaway after the game, then it may be an idea to street park instead.

Post Code for SAT NAV: RH11 9RX

Crawley Railway Station is just over a mile away from Broadfield Stadium. You can either take a taxi (about £6), or from the bus station across the road, you can take a Fastway number 10 bus to the ground (this runs every ten minutes). Otherwise it is about a twenty minute walk. 

As you come out of the station turn left and walk down to the T-junction. At the junction turn left into Brighton Road. Keep walking straight down Brighton Road for just under a mile and at its end turn right. You should now be able to see the stadium in the distance behind the traffic island. Use the underpass to cross the A23 to the ground.

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Seating

West Stand: Adults £22, Concessions £18, Under 21's £14, Under 18's £10, Under 16's £4, Under 11's £1
East Stand: Adults £20, Concessions £15, Under 21's £13, Under 18's £10, Under 16's £4, Under 11's £1

Terrace

Adults £16, Concessions £12, Under 21's £11, Under 18's £10, Under 16's £4, Under 11's £1

Official Programme: £3

Crawley Town FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Aldershot, Woking & Brighton.

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

Record Attendance

5,880 v Reading
FA Cup 3rd Round, 5th January 2013.

Average Attendance

2017-2018: 2,268 (League Two)
2016-2017: 2,492 (League Two)
2015-2016: 2,421 (League Two)

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Crawley Town v Mansfield Town
League 2
Tuesday 12th March 2019, 7.45pm
Andrew Wood (Mansfield Town)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the People's Pension Stadium?

As a Sussex residing Mansfield fan, if you can get to see them locally you try to, whether you want to or not! Having been to Crawley about eight times in the past, I didn't much want to go again, particularly as it was tipping down with rain prior to the match, but you have to do your bit!

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

I only made our mind up about four hours prior to kick off due to the aforementioned bad weather, but an easy train ride up and a leisurely stroll to the ground from Crawley Railway Station. It had now stopped raining, so the match was bound to go ahead.

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

I had a couple of pints in the town centre Wetherspoons and as always seems to be the case, I didn't see any Crawley fans until we reached the ground.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the People's Pension Stadium?

It's modern but quite pleasant in a bland sort of way. The Stags fans had the covered terrace behind one goal, and a block of seats alongside. There's a covered terrace for home fans behind the other goal, and seated stands along the sides of the pitch. Standing was only £16 which isn't bad for a Football League ground. Nothing particularly quirky or of note anywhere else in the stadium.

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

Stags had lost their last 3 away games after astonishingly only losing once in an away game before February, so the recent run of poor form showed normal service had been resumed. An away support of 219 isn't bad on a wet Tuesday night in Crawley (They only bought 24 up to Field Mill) and we were treated to a dull 0-0 draw. In fairness, either team could have won it, with Stags goalie Conrad Logan pulling off a great double save just before half time, but Tyler Walker hit the post in the last minute for Stags and Jorge Grant blasted a free kick over in stoppage time. A draw was about right. 

There was little atmosphere. The stewards were all nice and friendly (a very easy night for them), but the food was godawful. About 3 seasons back I had one of the nicest pies ever on sale both in Crawley's social club and in the ground itself. For the last three seasons pies have sold out before kick off in the away end, leaving only sausage rolls, hot dogs, and one of the worst burgers I've ever eaten. £4.50 for this rubbish isn't on, Crawley. Get more proper pies in. Incidentally, the pies are advertised as 'Tasty pies', so does this mean if on sale you can also get; 'Tasteless pies' somewhere in the ground? I need to know! The loos are dead clean and modern and have liquid soap and (wait for it) hot running water. Unheard of in stadia in the 1970s and 1980S, and still hard to find in many a league ground even now.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Despite having been here many times before, in our hurry to get to the train station we somehow took a wrong turning due to the many subways outside the ground and had to get a bus back to the town centre or risk getting lost. All was well though as we made our connection back to the coast with but a minute to spare.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Crawley is a gentle away game for anyone and I was reasonably happy with a draw. The programme and food were poor and the ground fairly uninteresting, but it's still somewhere worth visiting, if only for the general friendliness of all concerned with the club.

Crawley Toen v Coventry City
League 2
Saturday 14th April 2018, 3pm
Frank Alsop (Coventry City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Broadfield Stadium?
 
Another ground to tick off the list. Also a game we should win helping our progress towards the play-offs.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Easy enough journey although a long way. The ground was very easy to find after parking in the nearby industrial estate - a 15 second walk!
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I went in to the supporters club for a bite to eat. There was a good friendly atmosphere with both sets of supporters mixing nicely.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Broadfield Stadium?
 
Broadfield Stadium is a very old-fashioned and quaint ground. As Coventry City had taken plenty of support we occupied all of the standing area behind one of the goals plus half of the allocated seating area. I have to say the view from the seats was only average at best so I went into the standing area instead.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
It was a quite a poor game with neither side playing very well at all. Luckily Coventry scraped a win. I had a cheeseburger which tasted like it had been made the week before and re-heated. I have to say that a couple of the stewards were very aggressive towards some City followers - very over the top.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Easy. A quick walk to the car park and back on A23 within five minutes.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A very enjoyable day out with the exception of a couple of stewards.

Crawley Town v. Colchester United
League Two
Tuesday 26th December 2017, 3pm
Andrew Weston (Colchester United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Broadfield Stadium?
 
Not only was this a Boxing Day fixture but it's also the nearest League Two ground to my house, so Colchester playing there just after Christmas was perfect.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Approaching Crawley from the north along the M23 and then coming off onto the A2011, the ground is very easy indeed to find; clearly signposted and it's out-of-town, so no trawling along backstreets. Parking was full at the stadium itself so I parked, as on other occasions, at the overflow car park. To be honest this is arguably better than stadium parking; it's free (rather than £5) and is a three-minute walk from the ground. That does mean walking past allotments and taking a few unexpected turns, so do what I did the first time and wait until an obvious Crawley fan passes and then follow them!
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I was attending this game with my daughter so we ended up simply going to a McDonalds, which was perfectly nice but not really worth reviewing!
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Broadfield Stadium?
 
I like the ground itself; it's small, it has terraces, it's easy to get tickets and everyone seems friendly. Entering the away end you can quickly see that it's got everything you need - programmes for sale on the inside, terraces on your right and seating on your left, basic burgers-and-bovril available. I went for seating this time as I had a five-year-old in tow, and it was covered and elevated whilst still being close to the pitch.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The ground has got the potential to generate a good atmosphere, but on this visit Crawley were 1-0 down inside five minutes and 17th in the league, so the atmosphere was a bit flat. Colchester fans obviously were having a great time and when Szmodics got the second goal after an hour, the result wasn't in serious doubt. Stewards were very friendly, programme vendor and ticket seller both nice, toilets clean, bovril nice and warm, Twix overpriced at £2 but not more so than most other grounds.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game It's a doddle to get away.
 
A walk back to car (unless you have stupid amounts of injury time you'll be back for Sports Report), drive out, turn left, go around roundabout, drive home. Back by quarter to six. If only it was always this easy!
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Aided hugely by a Boxing Day win, but it's still the nearest fixture I can get to anyway. And Crawley's not a corporate investment opportunity, it's a real football club. So very enjoyable indeed.

Crawley Town v Plymouth Argyle
Football League Two
Saturday 8th April 2017, 3pm
David King (Plymouth Argyle fan)

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

This was another new ground to visit and hopefully another three points closer to promotion for Argyle.

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

I travelled on South West Trains from Devon via Basingstoke to Clapham Junction and then a Southern trains direct service from there to Crawley. I arrived in Crawley around 11am.

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

After a look around the town I headed to the Brewery Shades pub on the High Street which is no more than 10 minutes walk from Crawley Railway Station. Head straight over the road from the station, through the bus station veering left. Straight over the intersection and then next right into the High Street. The Brewery Shades is listed in the CAMRA good beer guide and serves a good selection of drinks and does a choice of meals. Most Argyle fans were sat outside in the sun enjoying their drinks whilst I, and a few others, opted to sit inside and watch the earlier Premier League game and have some food. The food and drink here were excellent although there were several other pubs nearby if this one is busy or not for you. I stayed here till 2pm then walked the short distance to the bus station. The Metrobus "Fastway" service 10 departs regularly from stand A and goes direct to the ground. A single ticket cost £2.40.

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

Arriving at the ground about thirty minutes before kick off I did not spend long looking around, so bought a programme and went straight into the away end. I had a ticket for the standing area, the first time I had stood on terracing for quite a while! The view was good and it soon filled up with Argyle fans making lots of noise helped by the low roof. Having heard bad reviews about the refreshments and having eaten earlier I decided not to sample any food or drinks at the ground. Prices seemed quite high so perhaps a wise decision.

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

The game was not a classic with neither team playing much football although both teams had a few speculative half chances in the first 25 minutes. Then Crawley took the lead with their first clear cut chance on goal after 28 minutes. Good build up work down the right let them get a cross in which Dean Cox hit into the net from ten yards. Crawley offered little other threat in the remainder of the first half and Argyle trailed 1-0 at half time. The second half had little to get excited about with Argyle pumping the long ball forward to the lone striker to no avail as they did in the first half. A clumsy tackle inside the penalty area on 63 minutes resulted in a penalty to Plymouth Argyle which was successfully converted by Graham Carey. The turning point came after 79 minutes when Crawley's James Collins was sent off for a second bookable offence. Argyle went and tried to take advantage pushing more players forward and making a couple of tactical substitutions. It didn't look that it would pay off until the fourth minute of second half stoppage time when Ryan Taylor got free on the left and shot past the Crawley Keeper Glenn Morris. Cue the ecstatic scenes from the 1,400+ away fans behind the goal and in the seated area who were celebrating long after the final whistle.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the game I headed back to the bus stop and a few minutes later boarded the number 10 bus back to the bus station. Then I caught the first available train back to Clapham Junction and after a 25 minute wait boarded a exceptionally busy South West Trains service to Devon.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The terms "Smash and grab raid" or "daylight robbery" seem to sum up this win for Argyle after as poor an away performance I have seen all season. Crawley deserved a point but Argyle got all three and a record 13th away win in a season.

Crawley Town v Carlisle United
Football League Two
Saturday 23rd April 2016, 3pm
Steve Cook (Neutral fan)

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

It was an opportunity to meet up with two friends who support Carlisle. Plus I have never been to the Crawley ground. So I was looking forward to seeing the ground and hopefully an entertaining game too.

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

I travelled down from Hull, which was a long journey but enjoyable. On arriving at the stadium we were able to park there at a cost of £5.

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

We went to a pub in a village outside Crawley, so did not come across Crawley fans till we got to the ground. The ones we did see seemed friendly enough.

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

The stadium is a small ground but situated in a very nice setting. The main West Stand on one side looked quite good. There is a small covered terrace at each end. Whilst the remaining East Stand is a temporary one, with restricted viewing due to the number of supporting pillars. We thought that the away fans seating was in the West Stand, but disappointingly it was East Stand instead, which was not great.

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

A typical end of season game played at a friendly pace, in a poor atmosphere by both sets of supporters. The stewards seemed friendly enough. The food on offer was very poor. No pies or chips only sausage rolls and very burnt looking burgers. On arrival I had a sausage roll and a bovril. Lucky that I did as by half time they had run out of both; poor planning.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was okay getting away from car park and ground and we were back on the M23 within a reasonable time.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall a good day out. However the village pub beforehand was probably the best part of the day, with a poor game, atmosphere and catering.

Crawley Town v Plymouth Argyle
Football League Two
Saturday 20th February 2016, 3pm
Wayne (Plymouth Argyle fan)

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

First time visit to the Broadfield Stadium. Ii had read on the Football Ground Guide website, that there that there was a bar at the stadium,  so I decided to get there early to check it out.

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

I did some research beforehand, so I knew about the free parking in the industrial estate just before the ground. couldn't have been easier, turn left just down the hill before the ground, well sign posted. Park at the back and follow the path past the allotments, a two minute walk to the stadium.

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

The Redz Bar at the Broadfield Stadium is excellent. It welcomes away fans and charges reasonable prices ie. £3.40 for a pint of real ale. As you would expect it did fill up closer to kick off, but there were plenty of bar staff,  so it was relatively easy to get served. Pies were also available for £3, but I thought I would wait until half time. This turned out to be a big mistake, as the food inside the ground was the worst I have encountered on my footballing travels, definitely not worth the 25 minute queue. The home fans I saw in the bar were friendly enough.

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

The ground was smaller than I had imagined. I sat in the East Stand, which is basically a temporary stand with a canvas roof. Very cramped and not comfortable at all. Iain hindsight I should have chose to stand in the terrace behind the goal.

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

There was a good atmosphere helped by the 1500 Argyle fans, just a shame we couldn't take all 3 points having dominated the game, conceding an equaliser late on.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Easy exit from the ground back to the car and back on the M23 within 10 minutes.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A typical League Two day out. I enjoyed the Redz Bar, but if I went again to the stadium I would rather stand than sit and buy food outside the ground. The free parking and quick getaway was a bonus.

Crawley Town v Stevenage
Football League Two
Saturday 26th December 2015, 3pm
James Walker (Stevenage fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Broadfield Stadium?    

Who doesn't love a Boxing Day away day when you haven't got to travel across the whole country? This is why I was extremely looking forward to this game. Prior to this one, I've seen us win, lose and draw away to Crawley so had no idea what to expect today. There was also a bit of added spice today as Crawley have 6 ex Stevenage players in their ranks, including a former favourite Jon Ashton.

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

I took the supporters coach as usual, which meant parking at the ground was simple. The journey was longer than usual due to heavy traffic on the M25. We left the Lamex Stadium at 11.15am, arriving at the Checkatrade.com Stadium for just before 1pm.

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

I went straight to the club shop to purchase some programmes (£3.00 each) and a badge (also £3.00) before being searched and entering. I went straight to the tea bar for the standard pie and chips (Chicken Balti, Steak & Guinness and Beef available at £3.00). I didn't speak to many home supporters beforehand as I didn't have time to go to the bar.

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

I like the Checkatrade.com Stadium and always have done, as the ground hasn't changed that much since my last visit. The Main Stand to our right is a big seated stand, whislt the stand to our left is a temporary seated stand shared by home and away fans. Behind each goal is a covered terrace.

View From The Away Terrace

View From The Away Terrace

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

The game itself was poor from our point of view with Roarie Deacon scoring in the 91st minute to cancel out Michael Tonges 87th minute equaliser. A loss that we couldn't really complain about in fairness. The pies were poor as it was pretty much large pieces of chicken and no sauce in with it. Certainly not the worst I've had at football but far from one of the best. The stewards were very helpful and pleasant to talk to, and actually seem like they care abut their job. This is a very nice surprise for me as a lot of stewards are the complete opposite.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away was easy as the coach was waiting right outside the exit for us. We were all on and away within ten minutes of the final whistle, getting back to Stevenage by 7.30pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

This had been a day with high hopes, but ended up being a day to forget, and the end of our mini unbeaten run. On to our next away day, being Mansfield!

Half Time Score: Crawley Town 0-0 Stevenage
Full Time Result: Crawley Town 2-1 Stevenage
Attendance: 2,289 (283 away fans)

Crawley Town v Portsmouth
League Two
Tuesday 18th August 2015, 7.45pm
Martin Rawlings (Portsmouth fan)

Why were you looking forward to going to the Broadfield Stadium?

Not just a new ground to visit, but also the first time I had ever seen Crawley Town play a match.

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

Broadfield Stadium was really easy to find. We approached from the south up the A23 and the ground was clearly sign posted about half a mile before we reached it. We parked at the stadium itself which cost £5. There was also free parking advertised at the junction just before the ground. Also I noticed afterwards that just off the roundabout by the stadium (turn right if approaching from the south up the A23) that there seemed to be plenty of street parking.

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

We went to the New Moon pub, which is on the diagonally opposite corner of the roundabout, slightly up the hill. It was okay and packed full of mostly Pompey fans. Food also looked okay but I didn't try any, instead opting for the cling film wrapped buns behind the bar. A dry burger bun with a couple of slices of salami in for the bargain price of £2. The bar behind the home end was open to away fans, and many were choosing to drink outside in the car park. Police and stewards seemed pretty chilled.

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

Broadfield Stadium seemed new and tidy, but on the small side. The away end is terraced, with good height between rows, meaning that was no problem seeing the playing action. There was also an area of seating made available to visiting supporters in the temporary stand to the left of the away terrace. 

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

In the ground they did a "meal deal" Pie, burger or chilli with chips and a 500ml bottle of pop for £6 which wasn't bad. They also allow you to keep the lid for your pop! Food was advertised as locally produced. Game was a frustrating 0-0. Stewards kept themselves to themselves on the pitch side and seemed to let us get on with it. Atmosphere was okay, nothing special.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Really easy getting away. We have been stuck before in club car parks before, and maybe this time we were just lucky, but we were back on the A23 within 10 minutes of the final whistle.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Crawley is an okay ground to visit. Seemed friendly enough, I would go again.

Crawley Town v Leyton Orient
League One
Saturday, 21st March 2015, 3pm
Sam Needham (Leyton Orient fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to the Broadfield Stadium?

This was to be my first trip to Crawley, and as one of Orient's more local away trips this season it was time to tick the ground off the list. As one of seemingly many six pointers that Orient have had in recent weeks, two struggling teams both in apparent good form coming into the game meant there was potential for a high scoring game. Admittedly though with most Orient games this season, I was pretty skeptical to them gaining the three points.

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

The journey is a pretty easy one and in fact took us a lot less time than first thought. We managed to park in what looked like an abandoned school car park (signposted free match day parking and stewarded). This also gave a nice little scenic route from the car park to the ground via a pathway that led over a stream and straight the ground itself in about two minutes.

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

As we were quite early, we ended up hanging around outside the ground for the turnstiles to open. There had been some debate as to where the away fans would be located, as an initial allocation had been given in the seated West Stand with potential for the terrace to be open as well. Eventually we were allowed on to the terrace, with just over 800 O's fans making the trip.

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

Unfortunately this is one of the few grounds in the league this year that makes Orient's stadium look good. It has a very non league feel about it, which is obviously understandable, given Crawley's recent rise up the football league. The home and away terrace are virtually identical, curving round the corner flag to the right of each stand. Their Main Stand looks like the newest addition and gives the ground a bit more appeal, but to the left of the away fans is what can only be described as a gazebo covering temporary seating. What also seemed strange was that the away support was divided between this gazebo and the terrace behind the goal. Personally I would much rather stand at a football ground, but this divide meant that the away support was divided virtually in half. One home supporters flag read 'Tin pot and proud', which was a pretty nice touch but also very true.

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

The game itself had, on paper, promised to be a goal fest, with both teams scoring and conceding goals in past weeks. As it happened, both teams lived up to their league positions and struggled from the first whistle. Crawley took the lead midway through the first half after converting what looked like a pretty silly penalty to concede. Apart from this, Orient offered a greater attacking threat, although they were unable to convert three pretty good chances and the game finished 1-0. The atmosphere was pretty flat throughout. I think the division of away fans into two stands made it difficult to generate much noise and the home fans generated little noise until the final whistle. It is also worth noting the burger I had pre-game was one of the worst I have had at a ground, with the burnt taste probably making it a little better (although the woman did inform me they had nine staff off ill, so it probably wasn't the best time to judge). The stewards seemed friendly enough and kept to themselves.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was as simple as getting to the ground. I would definitely recommending parking in this car park as it was close to the ground and easy to escape, unlike most match day parking. I've also heard it can take a long time to get away from the official car park next to the ground.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A pretty drab affair and probably my least favorite away ground this season. This was probably influenced heavily by the result, but I think it does offer a nice change to the larger championship-esque style grounds that are more common place in League One in recent times.

Crawley v MK Dons League One Saturday 10th January 2015, 3pm Martin (MK Dons fan)

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

Having supported MK for many years, I felt it about the time to do my first away match. I had been on holiday when we had played our local derbies, so Crawley became the target game to get to. Having been used to watching football at the modern Stadium:MK I was really looking forward to visiting an old fashioned ground that still had terracing. Crawley were also one of the few clubs we seemed to get along with, so I wasn't worried about trouble etc.

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

We travelled by train and arrived at Crawley station at 1:30pm. We got outside to find a a taxi rank on the right hand side of the station entrance and we decided to take a cab to the ground. It was a steep £5 for the 4 of us to travel 5 minutes down the road, but it saved any hassle of trying to find the stadium.

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

The taxi driver we had was a Crawley fan, and the bloke seemed nice enough. The town itself looked quite sparse at first and this reminded me of the Grand Theft Auto 'V' map. We ended up deciding to get our food in the ground itself, as we hadn't received any advice on where to avoid etc. We met a couple of Crawley fans outside the ground who were happy enough to talk about their thoughts on then match, although they didn't seem too confident about getting a good result.

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

The ground itself was very well organised. The ticket office was conveniently right outside our end; ending the need for us to awkwardly ask for away tickets at the home end. The away end is split into standing and seating areas, but the queuing outside struggled to move quickly with the 450 MK Dons in attendance.

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

We got into the ground at 2pm and immediately got food from the only outlet in the terracing area. The cooking staff managed to get my order completely wrong, but  were very apologetic. The overall game itself was dull. We were on a bad spell, and conceded a 12th minute penalty to one of our ex-players and Crawley doubled their lead just before half time. The atmosphere was very poor from the Crawley fans, and we easily outsang them throughout the majority of the match. The terracing end had a low roof, so we could easily make a lot of noise right behind our goal. The steward in charge of the away end was very good and we had some good banter.  However we had a bit of good fortune when the Crawley goalkeeper went off injured and had to be replaced by an out-field player as they had no substitute keeper on the bench. We managed to pull a goal back and then unfortunately, it appeared during the match that one of the home fans had thrown a cup of tea over one of our players, and for some reason wasn't thrown out. This as you would expect heightened tension between the fans.  Towards the end of the match, the stewards were okay with us gathering outside the exit which was conveniently meters away from the home end. Needless to say, we scored a 90+6th minute equaliser and we told the home fans what we thought of them!

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

Because of the late drama, we got away as soon as the final whistle blew. Unfortunately, though we had a bit of hassle from some of the Crawley fans on the way back to the railway station. That was probably the only low part of the day, (aside from not taking 3 points).

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A fantastic day out, and if our promotion campaign was to fail, I will definitely be returning to Crawley.

Crawley Town v MK Dons
League One
Saturday, January 10th 2015, 3pm
Syed Ahmad (MK Dons Fan)

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

I had been looking forward to my visit to the checkatrade.com stadium ever since my friend invited me to go along with him. I had already been to one away game this season at Leyton Orient, so I was looking forward to travelling again down south to see dons. Although Dons had just come back off two losses, (One against Walsall and one in a not wanted FA Cup replay to Chesterfield after they fielded an ineligible player first game) I was still quite confident we would come away with 3 points with some ease.

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

We decided that we would go by train for this game. We  parked up at Bletchley station and caught a train at 11am to Clapham junction. Our cheaper tickets allowed us to get there as long as we went through Kensington Olympia and we didn’t go through Central London so after a 1 hour and a bit trip we arrived at Clapham Junction. In the 20 minutes that we had spare before catching the next train, we got some lunch and then went straight on to our relevant platform. 20 minutes later we were in Crawley. We somehow ended up exiting the station through its back entrance, so we had a little difficulty at first getting our bearings and finding the Brighton Road. But as soon as we did we started to see other fans and then in the distance we could see the stadium in sight.

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

Whilst walking on Brighton Road we all needed a drink so we went in to the Half Moon pub that we saw on the way and we were felt welcomed very quickly. They didn’t mind away fans (or them wearing their colours) and they were actually encouraging away fans to come in. We sat in a corner where other Dons fans seemed to be. For the 45 minutes that we stayed, we watched the Premier League early kick off game and had a drink for a reasonable price. The only negative, were that rumours started floating around the Dons fans that our top loanee striker was not in the squad. We were all expecting him to be on the bench for his usual rotation with other loanee striker Will Grigg, but the only thing that his absence probably meant, was that Arsenal had recalled him. We were left to wonder would our season again to pot like last season with Patrick Bamford.

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

We had been told at the pub the ground was only a short distance away, so in what seemed no time, we soon spotted the supporting pillars of the West Stand. We had been expecting a fairly small ground and we did get what we expected but it did seem nice enough. We had been debating all the way down to Crawley whether we would stand or sit, but when we saw most of the die-hard Dons fans were standing and the terrace was covered, we decided to stand. The tickets prices were reasonable and the matchday programme was very well written. When we got into our position things began to become interesting and Dons’ chants soon rang out. I had never stood at a game before so I was interested to see how my legs would hold out. One thing I would point out was that it was quite hard to tell who the home die-hard fans were as there was no obvious stand for it.

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

The game itself was very eventful in many different ways. We started the better and quite soon looked like we were going to take the lead sooner or later. However after about 15 minutes, totally against the run of play Crawley got a penalty after former red Kyle Mcfadzean fouled former Don Izale Mcleod. Although I thought it was soft I think it was just about a penalty. This was a sign of refereeing decisions to come. Anyway, the penalty was scored and I think the Dons fans were a little disappointed to see Izale celebrate it. Even after the goal the Dons continued to dominate. The next interesting moment was when their goalkeeper went down after a collision and didn’t get up for 10 minutes. This was important because they didn’t have a keeper on the bench so their veteran striker Matt Harold went in goal. This was met by many cheers all-round the ground. After that every time he caught the ball there would be a massive cheer.

Soon another horrific refereeing decision happened, and I think every single Dons fan feels we should have had a stonewall penalty given in front of us after our wonder kid Dele Alli was hacked down by the last defender after going round the goalkeeper. To rub salt into the wounds, Crawley doubled their lead, with Izale scoring again, although he clearly looked to be offside. This enraged the Dons fans and our manager Karl Robinson even more and it looked like nothing was going to go our way.

We eventually got back into the game after will Grigg headed a loose ball into the net. This lead to a very tense ending. We left it very late to equalise and after numerous goal line scramble Dele Alli coolly slotted the ball into the net in the 6th minute of added time to send the Dons fans in to rafters. We all just hugged each other and rejoiced. Of course there were many chants from Dons’ fans of ‘you’ve only gone and messed it up’. We then left after the final whistle.

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

Getting away was very easy as there were only two and a half thousand there. We stayed on for a meal in Crawley and then soon got on the train about 2 hours after the game. Any Crawley fans we did see looked quite annoyed that they throw away their lead.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Although I still haven’t been to an away game this season and seen the dons win and the referring was once again atrocious I did have a good day out. It was value for money and I would not mind making the southern journey again. Of course I don’t want to play them again in the league I hope the Dons would be in the Championship next year.

Crawley Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers
League One
Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 7.45pm
Kevin Singleton (Wolves Fan)

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

This was my first visit to Crawley (#53/92)  Prior to our draw with Shrewsbury we had our best run in history with a 9 game win streak so was looking forward to this game.

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

Left Gloucester at 2.30pm and got to Crawley, parked (in a free car park) by 5.15. A417, A419, M4, A329(M), A322, M3, M25, M23 and finally A23.

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

Went to the half moon on the Brighton Road (10 minutes walk from the ground) which had no issues with away fans wearing colours. 2 pints £7.40 and 2 burgers from the BBQ £6.

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

Still has a "Conference" feel to it, very much like Kidderminster Harriers ground. Wolves fans were given the full terracing which is behind the goal and around part of the side. We also had 600 seats in one of the stands along the side.

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

The game itself was not what we had hoped for going down to our first defeat in 11 games. 2 . 1. Took the lead but were soon pegged back, and then behind. The performance was poor from our team but the small pitch did not help. Crawley did play well and deserved the three points as they pressed us and did not allow us to play the football that Wolves fans have been accustomed to this season. With a capacity away following the facilities were struggling to cope with the 1,960 Wolves fans that were there. Although the stewards were generally okay.

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

No trouble getting away and was back on the M23 in 10 minutes.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Only two good things came from this.... another one ticked off the 92...... and the final whistle!

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Updated 18th March 2019

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