Accrington v Pompey: Away-Day Guide

Ryan Taylor equalises at Accrington last season. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ryan Taylor equalises at Accrington last season. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Welcome to our Pompey away travel guide for Blues fans on the road to Accrington.

STADIUM: The Crown Ground, Livingstone Road, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 5BX.

The stadium holds a little more than 5,000 fans and most Pompey supporters will be in the Coppice Terrace behind one goal.

It is worth noting, the terrace has no cover.

The small number of allocated seats in the Whinney Hill side does have some cover.

Directions: From the M6 at junction 29, just south of Preston, take the M65.

Leave the M65 at junction seven, taking the Clitheroe turn off the roundabout.

Turn right at the first set of traffic lights opposite Clayton Business Park, following the A678.

Follow the road over the canal bridge to the next set of traffic lights.

Turn right again, cross the motorway bridge and head towards Accrington on the A680.

Carry straight on at the next set of lights with the Greyhound pub on your right.

Follow the road as it bends to the right and then take the first left after the Crown pub into Livingstone Road.

PARKING: Car parking is available on the streets surrounding the club and for a small donation, on land adjacent to the ground belonging to a local amateur side. There is no parking at the stadium itself.

nearest train station: The journey from Portsmouth to Accrington takes around six hours and involves changes in London, crossing to Euston, and at Preston.

If you are planning on travelling by train it is worth checking with National Rail enquiries website because lines on the west coast heading north have been disrupted recently due to flooding.

Accrington railway station is about 20 minutes walk from the ground.

Leave the station and proceed down the hill, passing over the main Blackburn road.

Follow the road down the hill, passing the King Street pub on your left, and at the main roundabout cross over and head up the hill passing the Aldi supermarket still on your left.

At the top of the hill, turn left into Whalley Road and follow this road straight on through the traffic lights.

The Grey Horse and the Oaklea pubs are just past the lights.

Continue on along Whalley Road, over the mini roundabout, for approx 200m.

Livingstone Road is on the right and the ground is on the left-hand side as you walk down the road.

Buses are also available from the centre of Accrington.

The closest stop is opposite the Crown pub and is reached by the Hyndburn Circular Bus.

This runs every 15 minutes from the main bus station in the centre of Accrington.

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK: The Crown Inn, Whalley Road, BB5 5DQ, virtually overlooks the ground.

It has a spacious beer garden, pool table and screens live sport.

This is Accrington Stanley’s pub but all supporters are given a warm welcome and every penny spent there helps the club.

The Grey Horse, also in Whalley Road, BB5 5AD, is just five minutes walk from the ground heading towards the town centre. It is a Thwaites pub, serving real ale.

In town, the Commercial Hotel, 1 Church Street, Accrington BB5 2EN, is a Wetherspoons pub, serving the usual food and beer.

For a bit of history, the Peel Park Hotel, Turkey Street, BB5 6EW, is a free house serving real ale and is situated opposite Peel Park, Stanley’s old ground.

Food is served within the ground where the usual burgers and Clayton Park Pies should be available.

The Oaklea Chippy is across the road from the Grey Horse, in Whalley Road, and in the town centre there is a McDonalds.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS: Pompey have never won a league game at Accrington, with their sole away success coming 91 years ago in a 5-2 FA Cup triumph.

The other three visits have ended in draws, including a goalless Cup tie in 1959.

Pompey’s first ever league visit to Stanley was the first away game of the 2013-14 season, with two David Connolly goals contributing to a 2-2 draw.

Last season Ryan Taylor cancelled out Josh Windass’ 16th-minute opener in a 1-1 draw in which the home side played 37 minutes with 10 men after the dismissal of Anthony Barry.