Accrington Preview & Travel

Accrington have no new injury concerns, although they are anxiously awaiting news of an injury suffered by Fulham goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

Marcus Bettinelli is on loan at Stanley from Craven Cottage and youngster Andrew Dawber will start if Bettinelli is recalled by the Premier League club.

Scunthorpe boss Russ Wilcox has no new injury or suspension concerns. Deon Burton is still out, and whilst Connor Jennings, Matt Godden and Andy Welsh all trained this week they will not feature in tonight’s squad.

The promotion hopefuls are unbeaten in 14 but have drawn their last five matches.

The Store First Stadium (The Crown Ground)

The Store First Stadium is a small ground with a total capacity of 5,057, including 2,000 seats. The ground was first opened in 1968 when Accrington Stanley reformed after financial difficulties. For this game, Iron fans will be predominantly located in the Coppice Terrace at one end of the ground.

Up to 1,800 away fans can be accommodated in this area, however, should demand require it, an extra 200 fans can be placed in the Whinney Hill Stand. This gives a total allocation of around 2,000 away supporters. The Whinney Hill Stand not only provides seating but also cover, which is something that Iron fans choosing to stand will not receive. Inside the ground there could well be a lack of atmosphere due to the away end being uncovered.

Getting there by car

From Scunthorpe you should head onto M181 towards the Humber Bridge/Doncaster/M180. Keep right upon reaching a fork before following signs for M180 which you should then merge onto. At the next roundabout, take the third exit onto the M18 ramp to M62/Goole/Hull/Leeds. Now merge onto the M18 before moving onto the M62. At junction 18, take the M66 exit to Bury, before moving onto the M66 ramp to Bury/Burnley and then A56.

Upon reaching the roundabout, take the first exit onto Blackburn Road/A680 and continue to follow A680. Once you have arrived in Accrington, turn right onto Whalley Roadd/A680 and go straight through one roundabout. Finally, turn right onto Livingstone Road. The Crown Ground will be on the left.

Ticket details

Adult United season ticket holders can be admitted to Friday’s match at Accrington Stanley for just £10.

Adults £10
All Concessions £5
Accompanied U12s £1
Adults £15
Over 65s £10
Students & U16s £6
Accompanied U12s £1
*To take advantage of the discount, you have to book in advance by calling Accrington Stanley on 01254 356950. Then, all you have to do is take your season ticket book with you the game, with these tickets available only on the day from their ticket office.
Getting there by train

Due to the game taking place on a Friday night, Iron fans won’t be able to travel back to Scunthorpe by train until the day after the match.

Pubs & grub

The nearest pub to the ground is ‘the Crown’, which welcomes both home and away fans and can be found on Whalley Road. The pub contains some Accrington Stanley memorabilia, and displays scarves and pennants given by visiting fans.

Another option on Whalley Road is the Greyhound pub, however, if you arrive early the Peel Park Hotel could be worth a visit. The pub serves food, is listed on the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and is located on Turkey Street. Finally, the Grey Horse pub is also an option and, despite being small, serves real ale.

Players to watch

Peter Murphy, defender/midfielder – Murphy is Stanley’s top-scorer for the season so far with eight goals in 28 league appearances. The right-back has been with the club since the age of 16 and has firmly established himself as a member of the first team squad. Definitely one of the best players we’ve seen at GP this season.

Danny Webber, striker – A former team mate of James Beattie, signed a one year contract with the Reds at the start of the 13/14 season. Webber was a product of the famous Manchester United academy and went on to make appearances in the Champions League for the Red Devils.

Kal Naismith, midfielder – the Scottish winger put pen-to-paper on a two-year-deal at the Crown Ground in January after a short spell on loan from Rangers. The midfielder has scored seven goals in 25 league appearances. ????????? ???? ????????

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Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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