ACCRINGTON STANLEY


The 5,450-part seated Wham Stadium, Livingstone Road (Sat Nav – BB5 5BX) and is a journey of 188 miles from Stadium MK.


I’m not really sure how the tickets are going to be allocated for this and it might depend on numbers but it looks like there will be two alternatives, the Coppice Terrace at one end of the ground which is uncovered, or the Eric Whalley stand which accommodates about 500 people, strangely it looks like they are both the same price.


It is the usual football ground fayre on sale and averagely priced, or should I say comparably priced with other well-known outlets.


A pre-match pint can be sampled in the Club Sports Bar called “Redz”, which is located behind the Main Stand. Alternatively, you could try The Crown which is right by the ground on Whalley Road and it welcomes away supporters. On occasions Stanley put together a Fan Zone for games, but this is usually for more local derbies, and we are not the biggest draw in the world which is a pity as the beer goes down nicely at just £2 a pint.


There is a small carpark at Stanley, and it fills up quickly, so get there early or street parking is the order of the day, just watch out for residential parking restrictions.


For those taking the train, you will be pleased to know that Accrington has a station and it is served by trains from Manchester Victoria and Leeds. It is about a mile to walk so should take about 20 minutes, or a £4 taxi ride, head out of the station, down the slope (signposted M65 Blackburn) towards the large viaduct roundabout.