In our continued series of guides to away games this season, Ann Noble gets the low down on a ground new to City fans from Rob Russell of Accrington Stanley Supporters Club.
By Car – The M65 motorway links to the M6 which is about 10 minutes west of Accrington situated at either junction 7 or 8 of the M65. If you are going direct to the ground then use junction 7, 1st exit at the roundabout, right at the lights, right at the next lights and the ground is around 800 yards on the left hand side. If you are going to the away fans pub then please use junction 8, follow the signs for Accrington along the A56 and come off at the first opportunity. Follow the signs for Accrington which will take you onto the A679 where the Whittaker’s Arms is 400 yards on your left. From the M1, M62, and M66 follow the signs for Accrington using the A56 easterly by-pass. This will bring you to the A679 (Burnley Road) where the Whittaker’s Arms pub is situated 400 yards along on the left.
By Train – Most trains into Accrington will have involved changing at Preston. Accrington train station is fairly central to the town centre. As you come down the ramp from the train station you can either turn right where you will find the town centre a two minute walk away, or you can cross the road, follow the street around the corner and you will find the McDonalds restaurant on the left. From here you would cross the road and follow that exit from the roundabout to the main road, turn left and the ground is about a fifteen minute walk away with a couple of pubs en route.
By Bus – Having travelled in by bus you will already be in the town centre, the buses on the market side will be pointing in the direction you need for the ground, or you could catch either the Hyndburn Circular or the Clitheroe buses. On either bus ask for the Crown, you will go through three sets of lights and the Crown is then two stops or 200 yards away. Cost is around a pound.
If you are walking then travel in the direction the buses are pointing, turn left at the top and then follow that road for a mile and a quarter, passing five pubs, three chippies (one a 100m detour but sign posted), an Indian restaurant and several kebab shops that will probably be shut…..