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Around The Grounds: The Crown Ground, Home Of Accrington Stanley

By Chris Wright

With a capacity of just 5,070, Accrington Stanley’s Crown Ground is the smallest ground in the Football League as things currently stand, what with it being able to hold a full 22 fewer supporters than the next smallest on the list: Fleetwood Town’s Highbury Stadium.

Officially known as “The Fraser Eagle Stadium” for corporate reasons, the Crown was built in 1968 when Stanley regenerated as an entity – this being two years after the the original club, one of the Football League’s 12 founder members in 1888, was liquidated over issues with the Inland Revenue in 1966, having already been forced to resign from the Football League mid-season in 1962.

44 years later Stanley finally regained their league status by winning promotion to League Two in 2006. They now, quite rightly, pride themselves on being “the football club that wouldn’t die”…

Soccer - FA Cup - Fourth Round - Accrington Stanley v Fulham - Crown Ground

Soccer - FA Cup - Fourth Round - Accrington Stanley v Fulham - Crown Ground

Soccer - FA Cup - Fourth Round - Accrington Stanley v Fulham - Crown Ground

Soccer - FA Cup - Fourth Round - Accrington Stanley v Fulham - Crown Ground

Soccer - FA Cup - Fourth Round - Accrington Stanley v Fulham - Crown Ground

Soccer - FA Cup - Fourth Round - Accrington Stanley v Fulham - Crown Ground

Soccer - FA Cup - Fourth Round - Accrington Stanley v Fulham - Crown Ground

Soccer - FA Cup - Fourth Round - Accrington Stanley v Fulham - Crown Ground

Soccer - FA Cup - Fourth Round - Accrington Stanley v Fulham - Crown Ground

Soccer - FA Cup - Fourth Round - Accrington Stanley v Fulham - Crown Ground

Soccer - FA Cup - Fourth Round - Accrington Stanley v Fulham - Crown Ground

Soccer - FA Cup - Fourth Round - Accrington Stanley v Fulham - Crown Ground

Soccer - FA Cup - Fourth Round - Accrington Stanley v Fulham - Crown Ground

Soccer - FA Cup - Fourth Round - Accrington Stanley v Fulham - Crown Ground

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Accrington Stanley v Macclesfield Town - The Crown Ground

Soccer - FA Cup - Fourth Round - Accrington Stanley v Fulham - Crown Ground

Soccer - FA Cup - Fourth Round - Accrington Stanley v Fulham - Crown Ground

Soccer - FA Cup - Fourth Round - Accrington Stanley v Fulham - Crown Ground

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Accrington Stanley v Macclesfield Town - The Crown Ground

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Accrington Stanley v Macclesfield Town - The Crown Ground

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Accrington Stanley v Macclesfield Town - The Crown Ground

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Accrington Stanley v Macclesfield Town - The Crown Ground

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Accrington Stanley v Macclesfield Town - The Crown Ground

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Accrington Stanley v Macclesfield Town - The Crown Ground

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Accrington Stanley v Macclesfield Town - The Crown Ground

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Accrington Stanley v Macclesfield Town - The Crown Ground

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Accrington Stanley v Macclesfield Town - The Crown Ground

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Accrington Stanley v Macclesfield Town - The Crown Ground

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Accrington Stanley v Macclesfield Town - The Crown Ground

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Accrington Stanley v Macclesfield Town - The Crown Ground

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Accrington Stanley v Macclesfield Town - The Crown Ground

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Accrington Stanley v Macclesfield Town - The Crown Ground

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Accrington Stanley v Macclesfield Town - The Crown Ground

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Accrington Stanley v Macclesfield Town - The Crown Ground

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Accrington Stanley v Swindon Town - The Crown Ground

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Accrington Stanley v Swindon Town - The Crown Ground

Soccer - npower Football League Two - Accrington Stanley v Swindon Town - The Crown Ground

Wonderful stuff.

Seeing as we metioned Acrrington Stanley, we’re also now legally obliged to embed this…

More in Pies’ Around The Grounds series…

City Ground, Nottingham Forest
Princes Park, Dartford FC’s Wooden Eco Stadium

Molineux, Wolves

The New Maracana, Rio De Janeiro

Griffin Park, Brentford

De Kuip, Feyenoord

Upton Park, West Ham

San Mames, Athletic Bilbao

FC Gsponā€™s Ottmar Hitzfeld Stadium, The Highest Pitch In Europe

Valley Parade, Bradford City
Prenton Park, Tranmere
Wankdorf, Young Boys

Estadio Municipal, SC Braga

Home Park, Plymouth Argyle

Victoria Park, Hartlepool United
Bloomfield Road, Blackpool
Ninian Park, Cardiff City
Wankdorf Stadium, Young Boys
Portman Road, Ipswich Town
Recreation Ground, Aldershot
Saltergate, Former Home Of Chesterfield

(Photos: PA)

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