Accrington Stanley – Fraser Eagle Stadium

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fraser eagle stadium accrington stanleyThe Fraser Eagle Stadium, home to Accrington Stanley has a capacity of 5,050, with seating for 1,200.

Built in 1968, it is the smallest stadium in the Football League. On one side, the Main Stand actually comprises 2 separate stands with a gap between them. To compensate for the slope of the pitch, one of these, the Thwaites Stand, has fewer rows of seats than the other half of the Main Stand.

Opposite is the very small, covered Whinney Hill Terrace, comprising just three rows with supporting pillars across the middle. Both ends are terraces, of which the home Clayton End is covered, whilst the Coppice Terrace opposite is open to the elements.

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How to get to the Fraser Eagle Stadium

By Road:
fraser eagle stadium directionsThe Fraser Eagle Stadium is located in Livingstone Road, Accrington, Lancashire BB5 5BX.

From the North, drivers should follow the M6 as far as junction 30, exiting onto the M61 towards Manchester / Blackburn / Leeds / M65 / Bolton / M62. Exit the M61 at junction 9, onto the M65 towards Blackburn / Burnley. At junction 7, take the A6185 exit. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A6185 / Dunkenhalgh Way heading to Clitheroe / A59. Turn right into Blackburn Road, right again into Whalley Road and left into Livingstone Road.

From the South, leave the M6 at junction 29, taking the M65 towards Blackburn. Continue past Blackburn and exit at junction 7. At the roundabout, take the A6185 exit towards Clitheroe. Turn right at the 1st set of lights onto the A678, towards Padiham. Turn right at the next traffic lights onto the A680 towards Accrington. The Crown Pub (see below) is on the left after about ½ mile. Livingston Road is the next left, with the official car park immediately on the left.

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By Rail:
accrington train stationAccrington station is about a mile away from the ground. On exiting the station, walk down the hill towards the large roundabout in the centre of town. Take the Milnshaw Lane exit at the opposite side of the roundabout. After approximately 100 yards, this road joins Whalley Road.

Bear left up the hill and follow Whalley Road for about a mile, passing the hospital, traffic lights and a mini roundabout. Take the next right into Livingstone Road. The football club is approximately 100 yards on the left. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
The nearest airport is Blackpool International at a distance of 27 miles. Click here to check the current flight times

There are several taxi companies in Accrington that can take you to and from the Fraser Eagle Stadium. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
Calling all Accrington Taxi Companies – Why not advertise your company here?.

Where to Park?

fraser eagle stadium parkingThe club has a reasonable sized, free car park on Livingstone Road, but this fills up quickly. However, plenty of street parking is available, particularly near the Grey Horse pub (see below).

Away Friendly Pubs near the Fraser Eagle Stadium

pubs near fraser eagle stadiumThe nearest pub is the Crown, behind the ground on Whalley Road. It is usually very busy on match days, but has plenty of staff serving, so drinks arrive relatively quickly. A further 5-minute walk down Whalley Road in the direction of the motorway, the Greyhound pub, a Sam Smith’s house, has also been the subject of good reports.

The Grey Horse is just a stone’s throw away from the Fraser Eagle Stadium but early arrival is advised as the pub does tend to get busy on match days. It is a Thwaites pub, recommended by CAMRA. Go from the ground to the main road and head towards the town centre. The pub is a short distance away, on the right.

Hotels near the Fraser Eagle Stadium

best western higher trapp country house hotelThe Best Western Higher Trapp Country House Hotel, Trapp Lane, Simonstone, Burnley BB12 7QW is a charming, country house is beautifully set on the enchanting Pendle Hillside, boasting panoramic views over the Lancashire countryside. Originally built in the early 1900s as a private house, Higher Trapp has been magnificently converted into a country hotel with 29 tastefully decorated bedrooms, just 5 minutes from junction 8 of the M65. holiday inn express burnley

The Holiday Inn Express Burnley, 55 Pendle Way, Burnley BB12 0TJ is situated in the stunning Pennine Hills, along the M65 corridor. All rooms are en suite, equipped with a Samsung 26-inch LDS TV and Wi-Fi Internet connection. Excellent guest reviews highlight clean, modern facilities, excellent staff and good food.

What have other Away Fans said about their trip?

away fans accringtonThe majority of away fans have been bitterly disappointed by the Fraser Eagle Stadium, commenting that it is in need of substantial modernisation. Many have complained that the open Coppice Terrace is always very cold and the facilities therein are very poor. Even the most vocal supporters have struggled to create any atmosphere in the away section. The toilets are reportedly old, dirty and flood regularly.

The burgers sold have been described as “excellent,” but this lead to long refreshment queues. The consensus seems to be that the Fraser Eagle Stadium could be a good day out, with friendly home fans and helpful stewards, but improvements are definitely needed.

Your comments about Accrington Stanley – Fraser Eagle Stadium

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  1. Stuart

    I have been to the Crown Ground twice and it is really awful day/night out. The parking is on street and is OK but then it goes downhill. The stewards are unfriendly and far to excessive in numbers, although Morecambe Accrington is a bit of a derby so this has to be expected. The food I cannot comment on as the burger bar has almost nothing left half an hour before kick off apart from tea/coffee and chocolate bars etc – no hot food. Inside the ground, standing room is squashed and really bad when it’s cold and rainy due to lack of roof. The Accrington fans do not make any atmosphere really, only shouting is done when they score. Pub wise, I would avoid them as they don’t look very friendly from the view from the road; although i’ve never been in one!!! For a match day experience it is average, and don’t rush to go to Accy unless it is for a derby and you don’t live hours away!

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  3. Dom

    Drove to the ground so can’t comment on pubs etc, only 20 miles from home so I’d drink here anyway.
    Won 3-2 in an eventful game.

    Bit surprised that a team having been inthe league so long can’t update it’s facilities, no roof…could not cope with more than 1000 away fans. Shocking toilets. etc.
    Parked on street 2 min walk from ground, plenty of space.

    The view was good from where I was stood but no atmosphere but no roof so what do you expect?.. just glad it didnt rain.
    We’ve got a good record here so if I have to go back I will. Other than that it is a DUMP.

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  5. Chopper

    I’ve visited the Crown Ground three times and hope not to have to go again anytime soon, although our past results have soured my view slightly.

    The away end is terraced and uncovered which would be a result on a nice sunny day, but unfortunately this corner of Lancashire doesn’t seem to have too many of those. The other three sides of the ground can best be described as basic, although with Accy’s level of home support they don’t need to be much more than that.

    On the plus side, the nearby pub, situated just behind the ground, is decent and welcoming of away fans. Parking was fine on a piece of open land behind the away end. If memory serves it only cost a couple of quid and if the game is awful you can at least keep an eye on your car!

    Give them their due, the Stanley Ultras have a good stab at making themselves heard throughout the matches.

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  7. Chris Bramley

    I’ve been to the crown ground many times over the years. my dad and grandad were born and grew up in accrington before moving to essex in the late 70s. I am a bit biased, and have a soft spot for stanley because of the family ties and that, but even when i was really young i was pretty aware that the ground was a bit of a dump!

    saying that though, my dad has a it of a tradition, when its daggers vs stanley in essex, he sponsors the game, and when its played in lancashire he sponsors the ball and has done since stanley got league status.

    the sponsors and corporate lounge and pretty basic, but the food was pretty good, and i found all the staff to be so down to earth and friendly, and always up for some good banter.

    As for the pubs, ive drunk in many of the pubs around the ground and most of them are lovely. real old fashioned boozers that you just dont seem to get down south anymore unfortunately.

    overall, the ground is pretty small, and basic, but to be fair they are a small club sandwiched between blackburn and burnley, which are sandwiched between manchester and liverpool, so unless they hit the big time they wont need to improve the ground i guess.

    love accrington and i love the people there as well

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