Our guide to Saturday's game at the friendly Wham Stadium
This is what it’s all about. Depths of winter, Accrington away, two days before Christmas – what’s not to like?
This will be our fourth trip to the Wham Stadium and memories of that day in May 2012 when Scott Neilson’s goal sealed promotion to League One should sustain you for part of the long trek to East Lancashire.
Reds fans have as choice of standing on the exposed Coppice Terrace or sitting in the Whinney Hill Stand which runs down the side of the pitch. In the past, most have opted for the terrace so let’s hope it’s at least dry that day.
A friendly welcome is guaranteed at Accy. Away fans can drink at the Crown pub which is a couple of minutes from the stadium. There are the usual refreshments inside the ground and the views of the moors from the terrace, if it’s a nice day, might act as a diversion from the game!
Getting there by train is a trek but includes a nice run through the Lancashire mill towns. We recommend the 0902 Three Bridges service to Victoria, a Tube hop to Euston and the 1030 train to Preston which arrives at 1238. There, get on the 1304 to Accrington which arrives at 1342.
Coming back via the same route, the 1723 from Accrington gets you to Preston for the 1758 Euston service which arrives into Euston at 2015 for a 2102 connection from Victoria back to Three Bridges.
GH Coaches run official coach travel to all Reds away games Accrington departure is 7am from the Checkatrade Stadium. Fare for each including buffet stop is £20. Go to www.ghcoaches.co.uk to book