The Club That Wouldn't Die
The Club That Wouldn't Die


Crown Ground BB5 5BX


Formerly the sports ground for Ewbank Works, the Crown Ground on Livingstone Road became the home of the new Accrington Stanley Football Club.

Aerial image from 1960's showing the ground on the left with both football and cricket pitches plus tennis courts! 

The Crown Ground before the club arrived.


First game at the Ground v Formby, August 15th 1970.


Dressing Rooms (left) and first 'Stand' (right) under construction.

Crowds filling the Stand and Clubhouse side of the ground.

The Clubhouse with the first 'Stand' on the left.


Peter McMillan in 1979 and a digger in 1980 trying to solve the ongoing drainage issues.


Rebuilding of seating area (left) and clubhouse extension (right).

Seating in front of the clubhouse v Gateshead FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round October 1st 1983.

New covered stand next to clubhouse (left) and construction of the cowsheds (right) on

the Whinney Hill side of the ground in 1988.

Clubhouse extended and new Main Stand 1990's. Floodlights installed in 1986.

Coppice End (left) & Clayton End Goals (right) 1990's.

The Crown Ground ready for Northern Premier League football in the early 1990's.

New roof added over stand and clubhouse (left) and construction of the new

Main Stand (right) early 2000's.

The Ground during the Conference years.

The Crown Ground now a Football League venue in 2007. The roof being added over the Clayton End.

Seats removed as the front of the Clayton End reverts back to terracing 2016.

New permanent facilities behind the Clayton End including the Fanzone.

The Crown Ground in 2016.

Cowsheds demolition 2018.

The new Eric Whalley Stand takes shape in 2018, and the finished article in 2019.

Also in 2018, new floodlights where installed in each corner of the ground. Replacing the old pylons that had been at the ground since floodlights were first used in the 1980's.

At the end of the 2018/19 Season the pitch was levelled and relaid with a new drainage system to finally cure the problems that had dogged the Crown Ground for so many years.

Work also continued on the re-alignment of Blocks G,H & I of the Jack Barrett Main Stand, replacing the remanents of the old Main Stand.

Included in these works was a new ticket office added at the end of the re-worked stand.

The final piece to the current jigsaw was a new PA System covering the whole of the Stadium, which can be heard from miles around.

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Accrington Stanley "The Club That Wouldn't Die".