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Cressing Road

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Location  Braintree, England
Opened  1923
Team  Braintree Town F.C.
Surface  Grass
Capacity  4,151
Record attendance  6,000 (football) 8,000 (non-football)
Address  Clockhouse Way, Braintree CM7 3AL, UK
Similar  Nethermoor Park, Haig Avenue, Kingfield Stadium, Aldershot Recreation Ground, Old Craven Park

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Cressing Road, also known as the Avanti Stadium for sponsorship purposes, is a football stadium in Braintree, Essex and the home ground of Braintree Town. It currently has a capacity of 4,151.

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History

The stadium was built as a general sports ground by the Crittall Windows Company, the parent company of the club, then known as Crittall Athletic. It was opened in 1923 by the fourth annual Crittall Sports and Show, which had previously taken place the club's old ground on Panfield Lane, with an attendance of 6,000. At the time the ground had a cinder track a quarter of a mile long.

The first football match was played on 15 September 1923, with Crittall beating Great Leighs 4–0. A 400-seat grandstand was opened in December 1924 and the ground became the regular venue for the Essex Junior Cup, with a record football crowd of 6,000 attending for the 1926 final between Rayleigh Athletic and Saffron Walden. This was equalled in the 1928 final between Leigh Ramblers and Wimpole Road Wesleyans and an Essex Senior Cup semi-final between Chelmsford and Colchester Town in 1931. A non-football record of 8,000 was set for the Crittall Sport and Show in 1926.

A second grandstand was opened during the 1932–33 season. A record attendance for the home club was set on 8 May 1952 when they played Tottenham Hotspur in a friendly, with 4,000 watching Spurs win 8–1. Floodlights were installed in 1967, the same year in which greyhound racing also began to be held at the ground.

In the mid-1970s the ground had fallen into a state of disrepair and the club was forced to play at other venues for a time due to problems with the pitch. These included Heybridge Swifts' Scraley Road (a single match on 26 April 1975 arranged at such short notice that many fans arrived at Cressing Road for the match and only 50 attended the game), Braintree Rugby Club's Tabor Avenue (at the start of the 1975–76 season) and the Courtaulds Sports Ground in Church Street in Bocking (a single match against Gorleston on 6 September 1975 with a crowd of 73). However, after winning the Eastern Counties League in 1983–84 the club began to upgrade the ground, building a new 292-seat grandstand at the end of the 1980s.

Current format

The ground currently consists of four stands:

  • Main Stand, a 553-seat covered stand with uncovered terrace on either side with a capacity of 735.
  • Clubhouse End, an 803-capacity uncovered terrace.
  • Quag End, with a 761-capacity terrace (of which 357 is covered)
  • Cressing Road side, a 1,296-capacity terrace (of which 862 is covered).
  • Greyhound racing

    Independent (unaffiliated to a governing body) greyhound racing took place around the pitch from 1967 until an unknown date.

    References

    Cressing Road Wikipedia


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