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Accrington Stanley - 5 January

INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS

We travel to Accrington Stanley on Saturday 5 January in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.  The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to the Wham Stadium.  This is based on Accrington’sAway Fans Guide plus additional information specific to this game.

Very few Town fans have been to Accrington – we are aware of around half a dozen who have completed all 92 league grounds, and that includes the authors of this guide!

For any further information, please contact Elizabeth Edwards, Supporter Liaison Officer on slo@itfc.co.uk or (+44) (0) 7968 876504 or on Twitter at @ITFC_SLO.

Accrington Stanley Away Fans Guide

The address for Accrington Stanley Football Club is Livingstone Road, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 5BX.

Robert Houseman, the Supporter Liaison Officer at Accrington has sent us the Away Fans Guide which can be found via the following link:

Away Fans Guide Ipswich to the Wham Stadium.pdf

This contains useful information and is worth reading. 

www.footballgroundguide.com provides some information here:

https://www.footballgroundguide.com/leagues/england/league-one/crown-ground-accrington-stanley.html

We have picked out the key information for Town fans below, and added other material based on a visit to the Wham Stadium when completing the 92 and information that is specific to our fans.

 

Specific information for Town fans:

 

Ticket sales

Both seating and standing tickets are available for this game at a cost of £20 for adults with concessions for 65+, students with ID, U18s and U12s.  Tickets can be purchased on www.itfcdirect.com under tickets/away matches with the usual priorities applying for buying tickets.

As per the Accrington Away Fans Guide, disabled supporters are admitted at the age-appropriate price.  Where assistance is required in the form of a personal assistant (PA), the PA is admitted free of charge, subject to qualification.   To qualify, a supporter must receive the medium or higher level of Disability Living Allowance / PIPS.

A total of 12 wheelchair bays are available for away fans in the studio.co.uk stand. and the HML Recycling stand.  All supporters requiring a wheelchair space must contact ITFC’s Disabled Liaison Officer Lee Smith on 01473 400556 or by email on mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk.

Hospitality

The Accrington Away Fans Guide provides details of hospitality packages for the game from £50 including VAT.  This includes a match ticket, a home-cooked three course meal, complimentary team sheet and official matchday programme with a car parking space on the main car park.  For more information or to book contact Sophie or Daniel on 01254 356950.

Travelling to Accrington

Supporters Coach

For those travelling from Ipswich the official coaches are leaving Portman Road at 06:45 at a cost of £37 for adults (with concession prices for U23s, U19s and 65+ Seniors), and are estimated to arrive back at Portman Road at 23:00.  Coach travel is now on sale, subject to the usual priorities, and can be booked onwww.itfcdirect.com or in Planet Blue.

There is a planned stop at Peterborough Services on the outward trip and at Blyth Services on the return journey.

Pick-ups at Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket can be arranged for this game.  If you want to organise a pick-up please call the Ticket Enquiries Team on 03330 050503 or email mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk.   The cut-off point to request a pickup is midday on Wednesday 2 January.  Your details will then be passed onto the coach company, Galloway Travel Group.

Note that all official coaches are non-smoking and the consumption of alcohol on board is strictly forbidden.   ITFC recommend that all supporters under 16 are accompanied by an adult.

Once at the Wham stadium, the coaches will drop supporters off on Livingstone Road, about a two minute walk from the away turnstiles.

Car

Note:  The long-term roadworks on the A14 (several miles either side of Cambridge) are resulting in evening and weekend road closures.  These are not normally announced until just a day or two in advance.  We recommend that you keep an eye on @A14C2H on Twitter – any closures are announced here.

Accrington is in Lancashire, roughly halfway between Blackburn and Burnley.  It’s around a 5-hour drive.  The Sat Nav postcode for the stadium is BB5 5BX. 

From Ipswich, there are three main road options. 

The first route, estimated to take around 4 hours 45 minutes, takes you along the A14 to Huntingdon where you join the A1.  From the A1 you join the M62 and then the M66.  At the end of the M66 follow the A56 until you come to the Rising Bridge roundabout.  Take the first turning, the A680, towards Accrington for around 3 miles.  Follow the ring road around the town centre.  Opposite the Castle pub, turn right to rejoin the A680 following signs for Clitheroe and Clayton-Le-Moors.  Drive up the hill under the railway bridge, through one set of lights and over a mini-roundabout.  Livingstone Road is the next turning on the right. 

The second, estimated to take around 5 hours, is via the A15 and M1.  From the M1 join the M62 and follow the instructions as above.

The third route, estimated to take around 5 hours 15 minutes is via the A14 / M6, which is reasonably direct, but runs the risk of hold-ups, especially as there are several sets of long-term road works.  You are only likely to go this way if there are known issues with other routes.  From the M6 join the M65.  Leave the M65 at Junction 7, taking the Clitheroe turn off the roundabout.  Turn right at the first set of traffic lights following the A678.  Follow the road to the next set of traffic lights.  Turn right again towards Accrington on the A680.  Carry straight on at the next set of lights with the Greyhound pub on your right.  Take the first left after the Crown pub into Livingstone Road.

As noted above there are also major long-term roadworks on the A14 for several miles either side of Cambridge, with a 40mph limit policed by cameras.

We would recommend that, whichever route you choose, you allow at least another hour for traffic. 

Parking

There is limited parking at the stadium at a cost of £5.  This includes disabled parking.  To reserve a space, the Away Fans Guide asks fans to ring Jess on 01254 365950.

Parking is available in the streets around the ground.  There is no residents-only parking but do take into account residents accessibility when choosing a parking space.

Train

Note 1: Northern Rail weekend rail strikes continue.  This has meant that away fans have only managed to get a train to either Manchester, Preston, Blackburn or Hebden Bridge via Leeds with the journey to Accrington then completed by bus.  This adds a lot of time to journeys, so you are likely to miss any onwards connections on the return journey.  Also, note that there is unlikely to be any provision for increased matchday demand for buses.  Please check the Northern Rail website, www.northernrailway.co.uk for information for the 5 January.

Note 2: There are no planned engineering works on the Ipswich to London line

From Ipswich there are two main options.  There is a cross-country option leaving Ipswich at 08:00.  Changes are required at Peterborough and York.  This route will require a bus journey from Hebden Bridge.  Please check with Northern Rail to ensure buses are running. 

On the return journey, you will need to consider whether bus schedules will enable you to connect back to Ipswich, and also realise you are running a risk over bus capacity.

The second option is to travel via London Euston and change at Preston.  To get to London Euston from London Liverpool Street take the Circle or Metropolitan line to Euston Square and walk to Euston.  Alternatively, change at Kings Cross and take the Victoria Line to Euston.  Currently, Northern Rail are planning a very limited service to Blackburn, then an hourly bus to Accrington – you will save almost an hour by getting a taxi from Blackburn, though of course this is at your own cost.  Again, you need to check your connections on the return journey, and note that bus capacity is very limited. 

A further option worth considering is to take a train via London to Manchester Piccadilly, and take the half-hourly X41 bus from Chorlton Street (stand EZ), which is only a five-minute walk from Piccadilly station.  The bus from Manchester to Accrington takes around one hour 20 minutes, and buses leave at xx10 and xx40 for most of the day.  After the match, buses are less frequent, and the first bus back after the game is at 1750 from Accrington bus station (stand 8), getting into Manchester at 1912. 

Whatever your travel plans, it’s worth checking www.greateranglia.co.uk and www.northernrailway.co.uk for updated times and any late changes to engineering works or strike action. 

Getting to the ground from the station

Accrington railway station is about a 20-25 minute walk from the Wham Stadium. 

When you come out of the station go down the slope (signposted M65 Blackburn) and along King Street towards the viaduct roundabout in the centre of Accrington.   Take the Milnshaw Lane exit from the roundabout – this is the exit alongside Perry’s Peugeot dealership.   After 100 metres this road 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 right hand turn after the mini roundabout into Livingstone Road.  The Wham Stadium will be on the left.  (information taken from www.footballgroundguide.com)

By bus from Accrington Town Centre

The nearest bus stop to the stadium is opposite the Crown pub and is reached by the Number 7 bus from Accrington Town Centre, running every 15 mins.

Pubs

The Accrington Away Fans Guide includes a map of the area including the railway station, town centre and stadium.  This shows a number of pubs in the area. 

www.footballgroundguide.com mentions the facilities at the ground which welcome away fans (see below for more information) and the Crown pub, which is just behind the stadium, on Whalley Street and the nearest of the pubs to the stadium.

We are not aware of any pubs that are strictly for home fans, nor any which are dedicated to away fans.  As ever, use common sense, and if the first pub you try isn’t all that friendly, then move on and you’ll surely find somewhere welcoming pretty soon!

Any food outlets near the ground?

When we visited the Wham Stadium last season we came across the wonderful Oaklea Fish & Chip shop, 230 Whalley Road, opposite the Grey Horse pub, where the locals were buying fish and gravy for their tea.

McDonalds and various other food outlets can be found in the Town Centre.

At the ground

Redz Bar Fanzone

Town fans are invited to the Redz Bar Fanzone which can be found behind the HML Recycling stand.  The Fanzone opens from 12:00 to 14:30 and from 17:30 to 19:30.  Entrance is free with a match ticket.  There is a Happy Hour from 12:00 until 14:00 with pints costing £2.

Tickets on the day?

It is not yet known whether tickets will be available on the day of the match.  This information will be published on the club website (www.itfc.co.uk), twitter (@Official_ITFC) and facebook (www.facebook.com/officialitfc) as soon as the information is available. 

Away end

Supporters with seats will be in the Eric Whalley Stand sponsored by studio.co.uk.  Those standing will be in the Coppice Terrace behind the goal.  Note that the Coppice Terrace does not have a roof so is open to the elements.   

Disabled Supporters

A total of 12 wheelchair bays are available for away fans in the Eric Whalley Stand sponsored by studio.co.uk and the HML Recycling stand.

Security

As at all grounds expect to be searched prior to entering the stadium.  

Programmes

Programmes will be available to purchase outside the stadium at a cost of £3. 

Food and Drink facilities

There is an away bar/refreshment concession behind the Eric Whalley Stand and also behind the Coppice Terrace.  The usual burgers and pies are always available.

Smoking

Smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes (and/or similar products) is not allowed at the Wham Stadium.