Saturday 14 th December will find Pompey supporters making the long trip north to Accrington Stanley’s Wham Stadium [AKA The Crown Ground], Livingstone Road, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 5BX. Stanley’s ground holds just over 5,000 and most Blues fans will be on the uncovered Coppice End Terrace which is open to the elements. Some seats have been allocated in the covered Whinney Hill Stand.
Getting to the Crown Ground
Leave the M6 just south of Preston at junction 29 and take the M65. Continue on the M65 past Blackburn and then leave the M65 at Junction 7. Take the left hand exit at the roundabout onto the A6185 towards Clitheroe (this is the opposite direction to Accrington). Turn right at the first set of traffic lights 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, take the next left into Livingstone Road for the ground.
There is only a very small car park at the ground but there is on street parking in the surrounding area.
It should be possible to get from Portsmouth to Accrington and back by train on a Saturday, the journey would normally take around six hours via London Euston with a change at Preston. However there is ongoing industrial action on South Western Railways until early January, which could mean cancellations to the trains between Portsmouth and London Waterloo on the 14th, so if you are planning to travel by train please check train details on www.nationalrail.co.uk
It is about a twenty minutes walk from Accrington station to the ground.
Leave the station and proceed down the hill 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 into Livingstone Road and the ground is on your left.
Alternately the Hyndburn Circular bus runs every 15 minutes from the main bus station in the centre of Accrington and stops opposite the Crown Inn pub near the ground.
Eating and Drinking
If you arrive early and have some time to spare, the Peel Park Hotel, Turkey Street, Accrington BB5 6EW, serves real ale and food and overlooks Peel Park the sight of Accrington Stanley’s old ground, although the red brick wall opposite the pub is the only part of the old ground still remaining. For those of you who like a good ale, then Grants Bar, Manchester Road, Accrington, BB5 2BQ has a brewery on site serving its own Big Clock Brewery selection of ales as well as other guest beers. It also has a Pizzeria. It is about twenty five minutes walk from the ground.
The nearest pub to the ground is The Crown on Whalley Road. BB5 5DQ, which virtually overlooks the ground and offers a warm welcome to all supporters. The Crown serves food, has a spacious beer garden, pool table and shows live sport. This is Accrington Stanley’s pub and money spent there goes to help the club.
The Grey Horse, Whalley Road, BB5 5AD, is a Thwaites pub just five minutes walk from the ground heading towards the town centre, it serves Cask Marque ales and shows live sport. Opposite the Grey Horse is the Oaklea fish and chip shop, Whalley Road, BB5 5AA.
Behind the Main Stand is Redz, the Club Sports Bar, which usually admits visiting supporters and overlooks the ground. Redz Bar offers draft lager and draft cider along with a selection of pies and shows live sport on big screens. Inside the ground you will find the usual hot and cold drinks, a range of Pukka pies, sausage rolls, burgers and hot dogs. In the town centre there are various takeaways, including a McDonalds.
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