Despite the ground officially being known as the Alexandra Stadium, it is more known as Gresty Road within football. The ground has been the home of Crewe Alexandra since 1898.
The Alexandra Stadium is made up of four stands. The most notable is the Main Stand which was rebuilt in 1999 for an estimated £6million. The stand holds 7,000 and is massive compared to the other stands. In comparison, the other three houses just 3,153 combined.
WHAT’S IT LIKE FOR AWAY FANS
Aston Villa fans will be housed in the Whitby Morrison Ice Cream Van Stand and the Wulvern Homes Stand. There are pillars in the ground so you could be unlucky and be restricted by one of these.
The home fans were friendly and relaxed on my one and only previous experience. There is also a chip shop just outside the stadium which is usually popular with both home and away supporters.
As with all football stadiums, your usual food is on offer. This ranges from pies, sausage rolls, burgers and hot dogs randing from £2.30 to £3.80. Bottles of Carlsberg are available inside the stadium dependant on fan behaviour.
The Royal Hotel on Nantwich Road is usually popular amongst both sets of fans. It is said to look unwelcoming due to the amount of security on the door but is apparently very friendly once inside. There are separate bars for both sets of fans with away fans using the Corner Bar.
A little further up the Nantwich Road is the Cheshire Inn and the Brunswick. Both allow away fans and are said to be friendly.
If you arrive early enough, the supporters club at the ground will allow a small number of away fans in.
HOW TO GE THERE
By Car: You are best leaving the M6 at Junction 16 and follow signs for Crewe on the A500 and then the A5020. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit and continue to the next roundabout, take the first exit continuing to follow signs for Crewe Town Centre and Crewe Railway Station.
Pass Crewe Hall on your right, and at the next roundabout continue forward down Weston Road. Away supporters parking is street parking and can be found on the industrial estate on Weston Road on the right-hand side, this is approximately a ten-minute walk to the ground.
If you continue down to the roundabout this will take you towards the ground, take the first left at the roundabout and continue past the train station. Take the second left down Gresty Road and continue down to the junction and the ground is on your left.
By Train: Crewe Station is just a five-minute walk from the stadium. A train should take around 1 hour from Birmingham.
Keep an eye on our Twitter page where we will try to post any updates on the trip to Crewe as we get them.
Alternatively, give AVFC_WMP a follow on Twitter. This is the official Aston Villa Police, Twitter page. PC Stu Bladen will also be at the game and update you on the latest going’s on in and around the ground.