Travel Guide: Braintree Town

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Worthing travel to Essex on Saturday 15th October to face Braintree Town at the The Ironmongery Direct Stadium (or Cressing Road Ground as it is better known).

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National League South Saturday 15th October, 2022

The club have played there since 1923 when it was built by their parent company Crittall Windows (Braintree Town were originally the works team of Crittall Windows and known as Crittall Athletic until 1968, and Braintree & Crittall Athletic until 1981). The blue and orange main gates at the club were originally at the Crittall Factory in Coggeshall Road.

Just inside these gates is an old ornate turnstile bolted to the ground which was originally from Ipswich Town’s Portman Road ground in the 1930’s or possibly even earlier.

Tickets

You can buy tickets at the turnstiles using card or card.

Travel

Address: The Cressing Road Stadium, off Clockhouse Way, Braintree, Essex CM7 3DE.

Coach Tickets to Braintree Town

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By Road

Leave the M11 at junction 8 and take the A120 towards Colchester. Follow the A120 for 16 miles until you reach the ‘Galleys Corner’ roundabout. It is the first roundabout after the M11, take the first exit into Cressing Road.

After three quarters of a mile turn left into Clockhouse Way (signposted Braintree Town FC, and Braintree Tennis Club) and then first left again for the ground. There is a small car park at the ground which costs £2, but closes on police advice 30 minutes before the match. No ‘car park full’ signs are placed out on the road, and it can be difficult to turn around as kick off time approaches if you are turned away.

Considerable street parking is a good option, and there is plenty of it available particularly along Stubbs Lane (the last turning on the left along Cressing Road before the ground is reached).

By Train

Braintree Railway Station is situated just under a mile away from the Cressing Road Ground. It is served by trains from London Liverpool Street.

Exit the station and turn right along the Station Approach. Cross Rose Hill at the pedestrian crossing into Railway Street. Turn right at the traffic lights into Trinovantian Way.

This becomes Manor Street and then Lakes Road. After the ‘Sportsmans’ Snooker Club turn left into Chapel Hill. At the triangular junction turn right into Clockhouse Way. Turn left at the bend at the end of the road and then the entrance to the ground is on the right.

There is a distinct lack of signage in the area. It takes around 20 minutes to walk from most parts of the town centre.

Please note that Braintree has two train stations. Braintree Freeport may technically be a little bit closer and is ideal for the huge shopping centre and cinema complex but is not ideal for the football club unless you know where you are going. The shortest route to the ground is via a hidden footpath. The walk from Braintree station in the town centre is a little longer but has more food and drink options, people to ask if you are unsure where to go, and also taxis!

Ground Facilities

Turnstiles will be open from around 1pm. This match is not segregated and food and drink will be available to both sets of supporters.

Inside the ground is a decent sized clubhouse that welcomes away fans. You can gain entrance to the clubhouse once you have gone through the turnstiles and entered the ground.

Away Pubs

The nearest pub is the Orange Tree which is located just a five minute walk away on Cressing Road (from the Club main entrance, turn right and then turn right again onto Cressing Road and the pub is along on the left). This pub also serves food.

If arriving by train then you may care to visit a Wetherspoons outlet called the Picture Palace on Fairfield Road, which is only a five minute walk away from the station.

There are various other hostelries in the town, including the Nags Head and the Bull in the MarketPlace, the Boars Head at the far end of the High Street, and The Swan in Bank Street. The White Hart is barely a minute’s walk from the Swan, and a further minute along Rayne Road is the Horse & Groom.

More Information

For more information and reviews read the football ground guide or check out http://braintreetownfc.org.uk, Enjoy your visit!