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Crown Ground

The Crown Ground is a multi-use stadium in Accrington, Lancashire, England. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of Accrington Stanley. 

The ground is currently known as the Wham Stadium as part of a three-year £200,000 sponsorship deal with What More UK Ltd. It was previously also named the Fraser Eagle Stadium and the Interlink Express Stadium.

Club Factfile

  • NAME: Accrington Stanley
  • NICKNAME: Stanley, Accy Stanley, Accy, The 'Owd Reds
  • FOUNDED: October 1968
  • LOCAL RIVALRY: Rochdale, Morecambe and Bury

Ground Factfile

  • CAPACITY: 5,450
  • RECORD ATTENDANCE: 5,397 (Accrington v Derby (Jan 2019))
  • ADDRESS: Livingstone Rd, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 5BX
  • YEAR OPENED: 1968
  • PITCH SIZE: 101 x 66 yards


Ground Information

The stadium itself is relatively small but generates a real football atmosphere. The main stand is fully seated but with the exception of a small row of seats at the front of the Clayton Terrace, all 3 others are terracing. The 'Stanley Ultras' stand behind the goal opposite the away fans and generate a lot of noise.

The Jack Barret Memorial Stand is the newest and runs along half the length of the pitch with The John Smiths Stand making up the other half. The Clayton End is where the more vocal supporters go, The Eric Whalley Stand is where the away fans go as well as in The Coppice End.

Away fans

Visiting supporters are situated in the Coppice Terrace behind one of the goals and are open to the elements as the stand has no roof. The Whinney Hill Stand is also allocated to away fans if demand for tickets is high. Both are standing only.

Away pubs

The main away fan's pub which is a few minutes from the ground and is called The Whittakers Arms. It is situated just 200 yards away from the old Peel Park ground from the 1960's era of Stanley, so you football historians out there may want to take a peek at that. They do a selection of home-cooked meals in the pub or restaurant and have great facilities including pool table, beer garden, sky sports, darts and lots more besides. Walking distance from the ground us about 20 minutes, in a car around 5 minutes.

The Crown Inn on Whalley Road which virtually overlooks the ground offers a warm welcome to all supporters. The Crown's lease has recently been taken over by Accrington Stanley and has undergone redecoration and will at some point in the near future become a Stanley themed pub, featuring memorabilia and photographs from the past to present day.

Car Parks & Public transport

There are 300 spaces available at the stadium, though the entrance is tight and is very slow getting in and out. There is off street parking all around the ground, but right next door is a large field which is available for match day parking.

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