Accrington v Portsmouth: the away-day guide

Pompey fans at Accrington's Crown Ground in 2015
Pompey fans at Accrington's Crown Ground in 2015
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Pompey supporters make the long trip north to Accrington Stanley’s Wham Stadium (AKA The Crown Ground) on Saturday, October 27.

The Reds’ ground (Livingstone Road, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 5BX) holds just over 5,000 and most Blues supporters will be on the uncovered Coppice End Terrace, with some seats allocated in the covered Whinney Hill stand.

How to get to the Crown Ground

Getting there – by road

From the M6 just south of Preston, take junction 29 on to the M65.

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

Then 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, going over the motorway bridge, 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 right and then take the first left after the Crown pub into Livingstone Road.

Car parking

There is no parking at the ground but there is on-street parking in the surrounding area, or for a small donation there is parking on land adjacent to the ground belonging to a local amateur side.

From the station

It is possible to get from Portsmouth to Accrington and back on the Saturday – the journey takes around six hours.

Trains run from London Euston to Accrington with a change at Preston.

It is about 20 minutes walk from Accrington station to the ground.

There is scheduled industrial action on the Portsmouth to London Waterloo route during the week and on the day of the match.

Check details on nationalrail.co.uk.

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, 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.

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

Inside the ground the usual burgers and pies are available.

The Crown Inn (Whalley Road, BB5 5DQ), which virtually overlooks the ground, 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 has live sport.

Opposite the Grey Horse is the Oaklea fish and chip shop (Whalley Road, BB5 5AA).

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 up-to-date match-day information go to @PompeyfcCop on Twitter.