Accrington Stanley Club Profile
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Accrington Stanley : Club Background

Outside the stadium at Accrington's Crown Ground
Outside the stadium at Accrington's Crown Ground
Photo 2014 Ciderspace

The Accrington Stanley that exists today uses the phase "The Club That Wouldn't Die" against its name. Being pedantic, football in the town of Accrington has actually died twice, with the current Accrington club a Version 3.0 of a football club in that area. None of the previous clubs have connections with each other - the original Accrington FC were founder members of the Football League, being founded in 1878, and playing at the Thorneyholme Road cricket ground. Whilst the cricket ground is still in use, to find the spot where the football club once played, you'll need to head to the adjacent tennis courts. They joined the Football League in 1888, but by 1893 they were relegated out of the league and by 1896 had been dissolved.

Just as Accrington FC's brief life began to go downhill, a rival club started up in 1891, playing at Peel Park and using the name Stanley Villa, given they were strongly associated with the Stanley Arms pub on Stanley Street. When Accrington FC folded, they took the name of Accrington Stanley FC to become the town's main team. After spells in the Lancashire Combination League, they joined the Football League in 1921, and spent the next 40 years playing all bar two of their seasons in the league's lowest division. During the 1961-62 season, amidst much financial distress, they resigned mid-season from the Football League, dropping back into the Lancashire Combination during the following season before folding entirely during 1966. At that point, the town was left without any notable senior football team to their name.

Two years later, a new club was formed - again taking the Accrington Stanley name, and by 1970, the third incarnation of football in Accrington had joined the Lancashire Combination. They made a slow rise up through the North West Counties League, and then the Northern Premier League, but their rise accelerated around the turn of the century when local businessman Eric Whalley bought the club, and in 1999 appointed John Coleman as the club's manager.

Promotions swiftly followed : They were Northern Premier Division One Champions in 1999-2000, followed by Northern Premier League Champions in 2002-03, meaning that we missed their arrival in the Conference National division by a whisker as we headed into the Football League. By 2005-06, Accrington had also managed that same feat - three promotions in seven seasons under Coleman. Since then, they've sort of found their level - their best finish has been a 5th placed spot in the 2010-11 season, but in all of their other campaigns they've finished between 14th and 20th, largely doing their best to keep their League position, rather than threatening to go too much above that. For the 2014-15 season they finished in 17th - ending 15 points off the play-offs and 15 points off relegation - a solid mid-table side.

Accrington Stanley were immortalised on national television during the 1980s - an advert that has proven to be both a blessing and a curse for them. A piece by the National Dairy Council was produced as a milk commercial, featuring two young boys drinking a glass of milk and talking about Liverpool striker Ian Rush, who had apparently told one of them that they needed to drink milk of they wanted to grow up big and strong and play for Liverpool, and if they didn't they'd end up playing for Accrington Stanley instead. The put-down line between the boys has been immortalised: "Accrington Stanley, who are they?" "Exactly!" and even now is used by the likes of Soccer AM each time the team gets a mention. As such, it has both elevated the club's name into national folklore, but with a slight poke in their direction. As far as can be seen, their club prefers to see it in a positive light.

Coleman is currently in his second spell with the club. Having been the 'Gary Johnson' of their club between 1999 and 2012, he had a two-and-a-half year spell where he made his way through Rochdale, Southport and Sligo Rovers as he spread his wings a little, but in September 2014 he made his way back 'home' again. We got an early sight of what that might do for Accrington during our two 2014-15 season FA Cup matches, and in the 2015-16 season they were the division's surprise package - finishing in 4th place and an absolute whisker away from the automatic slots. Unfortunately for them, they lost in the play-off system, and are now having to do it all over again. At present they're a tad below those dizzy heights of last season, but in an ultra-tight division, nothing can be ruled in or out.

Accrington's Main Stand
Accrington's Main Stand
Photo 2014 Ciderspace

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Accrington Stanley : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Accrington Stanley

06/12/2014AwayFAC2D1-11440Clarke 30
16/12/2014HomeFAC2RW2-06373Gillett 84, Moore 88
29/09/2015AwayFL2L1-21309Sheehan 35
01/03/2016HomeFL2W1-03207Dickson 64
26/11/2016AwayEFL2D1-11263Khan 51
18/03/2017HomeEFL2D1-12991Zoko 74


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Accrington Stanley

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
210410213423175


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Accrington Stanley : Club Statistics

RECENT RESULTS

04/03/2017BarnetHomeEFL2W1-01236McCartan 54
11/03/2017Exeter CityAwayEFL2W2-03897McCartan 11, Pearson 71
14/03/2017Leyton OrientHomeEFL2W5-01306Kee 44, Pearson 51, 90, McConville 84, 85
18/03/2017Yeovil TownAwayEFL2D1-12991Beckles 51
21/03/2017MorecambeAwayEFL2W2-11506McCartan 45, 66
25/03/2017Grimsby TownHomeEFL2D1-12312McCartan 89


FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total
Billy Kee11000011
Shay McCartan800008
Matty Pearson700108
Sean McConville410005
Romauld Boco410005
Terry Gornell200204
Omar Beckles210003
Romuald Boco200002
Jordan Clarke010102
Sean Clare100001
Gary Taylor-Fletcher000101
John O'Sullivan100001
Janoi Donacien100001
Patrick Lacey100001
Arron Davies100001
Harvey Rodgers100001
Noor Husin100001
Jonathan Edwards100001

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 2754, vs Blackpool, 15/10/2016
Lowest League Attendance: 1045, vs Wycombe Wanderers, 28/02/2017
Average League Attendance: 1696

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 1 Games Without A Home Win: 1
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 10
Games Without A Home Defeat: 8 Games Without An Away Defeat: 5
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 24 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence: WWDWWD
Away Results Sequence: LDDWDW Overall Results Sequence: WWWDWD


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Accrington Stanley : Club Information
The Crown Ground
Livingstone Road
Accrington
Lancashire
BB5 5BX

(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 0871 434 1968
Fax : 01254 356951
Email: info@accringtonstanley.co.uk
Chairman : Peter Marsden
Secretary : Mark Turner
Safety Officer : Cliff Edens
Supporters Liaison Officer : Robert Houseman (Supporters@accringtonstanley.co.uk)
Web Site / Programme Editor : Dan Jewell
Manager : John Coleman

Capacity : 5,057
Seated : 2,000 (approx)
Covered Terrace :

Record Attendance : 4,368 v Colchester United : FA Cup 3rd Round, January 3rd 2004
Colours : Red shirts with white trim, white shorts
Nickname : Stanley

Ticket Prices :

Accrington's usual policy is to allocate the Coppice Terrace to away supporters, which is situated at one end of the ground, and houses up to 1,800 spectators. It is open to the elements, like the Copse Road End at Huish Park, so take suitable coats if you're planning on being on the terrace. They also usually allow for part of the Whinney Hill side of the ground to be given to away supporters, which provides some covered seating - usually around 200 are provided for away supporters.

For this 2016-17 match advance tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office as follows:

Adults: 20.00; Over-64s, Under-18s and students with ID: 15.00; Under-12s: 10.00. .

Seated tickets are also available at the above prices, however these are very limited in numbers. Hence the Ticket Office have asked for supporters to only request seats if they have people in their group who are unable to stand for the duration of the match, to prioritise towards those who need seating.

Disabled Info:

Accrington's ticketing policy is to admit both wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters at the above adult price. However provided the supporter is on the medium or higher level of Disability Living Allowance they will also admit an assistant free of charge. ID is required at the turnstiles.

If you need to reserve a wheelchair space, call Accrington in advance on 01254-356950. There are 20 wheelchair bays situated in the Main Stand, and these are split between home and away fans according to demand. Away supporters wishing to reserve a space must contact Accrington separately to book a place.

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Accrington Stanley : Directions To The Ground

Accrington's Whinney Hill Stand - with a section for away supporters wanting to sit down
Accrington's Whinney Hill Stand - with a section for away supporters wanting to sit down
Photo 2014 Ciderspace

General

Accrington is situated just off the M65, midway between Blackburn and Burnley, so if you did either of those trips during our Championship season, you'll know where you're going. The ground is on the north side of the town, but close enough to the town centre to not be a problem for those taking public transport, whilst for those coming in via motorway, you'll be able to reach the ground from the motorway without going into the town centre.

By Road

Take the M5 and M6 up towards Manchester and ultimately Preston. Leave the M6 at Junction 29 to get onto the M65 towards Blackburn and Burnley. Get off the M65 at Junction 7, then take the A6185 towards Clitheroe (do not follow signposts for Accrington just yet) and then almost immediately fork right onto the A678 so that you are running parallel with the motorway, and just north of it. Head over a canal bridge, and then at the next set of traffic lights turn right onto the A680, towards Accrington, which takes you back over the motorway. Follow this road, passing the Greyhound pub on the right. When you see the Crown pub on your left, take the next left turn into Livingstone Road and you'll find the ground situated almost straight after your turn.

Parking

There is no public parking facilities available at the ground. The nearest offering is on land close to the ground which is owned by a local amateur side, who charge for parking - this appears to be a 'donation' to their club rather than a fixed fee. Otherwise you'll find a reasonable amount of street parking available - as you're about a mile north of the town centre it should be relatively unrestricted, particularly if you look for spaces between the motorway and the ground.

Accrington's away terrace - good old-fashioned open away standing accommodation
Accrington's away terrace - good old-fashioned open away standing accommodation
Photo 2014 Ciderspace

By Rail

The railway station is situated on the south side of the town centre, and so you're looking at around a 20 minute walk between there and the ground. In simple terms from the station, you need to head past the Vue Cinema, and then find the A680 Whalley Road which dissects the two main hospital buildings and takes you out as far as the ground.

For more detailed directions, leave the station and proceed down the hill passing over Blackburn Road. Follow the road down the hill to the main roundabout (Vue Cinema). Cross over the roundabout, heading straight on, and head up the hill passing the Aldi supermarket on your left. At the top of the hill turn left (into Whalley Road) and follow this road straight on through the traffic lights as you go past the hospital. You will pass the Grey Horse pub. Head over the mini roundabout and then Livingstone Road and the ground will be seen on your right hand side, just before you reach the Crown Inn. Check the National Rail Enquiries site for details of services.

By Bus

The two Hyndburn Circular Bus routes will take you between the town centre and the ground. You'll need a No.7 bus between the town centre and the ground (anti-clockwise route), whilst a No.6 bus will take you back after the game. For those who may be coming in via other routes, it's worth noting that this service also visits Blackburn on a loop route (hence the name).

By Taxi

A selection of Accrington taxi companies can be found here.

Accrington's home terrace at the opposite end of the ground to the away terrace
Accrington's home terrace at the opposite end of the ground to the away terrace
Photo 2014 Ciderspace

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Accrington Stanley : Web Resources
Web Sites

Accrington Stanley FC
Accrington Stanley's main club website. Rather unusually, it's not part of the PTV stable (hurrah!) and that means it's a fair easier to navigate website than most of the other 71 Football League clubs.


Vital Stanley
Unofficial Accrington Stanley site that is part of the Vital franchise.


Web Message Boards

Accrington Web
Accrington Stanley's main fans message board. It's actually a subset of a wider set of forums that are aimed at the town itself, so you'll find the other sub-forums are non-football local community topics.



E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters



Local Press

Accrington Observer
Online pages from the Accrington Observer, providing a dedicated section for news on Accrington Stanley. Updated regularly.


Lancashire Telegraph
Online pages from the Lancashire Telegraph, with a dedicated section for Accrington Stanley provided for you. Updated regularly.



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Accrington Stanley : Food & Drink
General :

As Accrington's ground is situated around 15 minutes walk from the town centre, it's easily possible to visit most of the pubs in the area without too much wear on the shoe leather. There's a couple situated on the main road that the ground is (roughly) situated in - one being the Crown Inn, situated just outside the ground, whilst the Grey Horse is between the ground and the town centre. There's also a town centre Wetherspoon, and also a chance to have a wander across to the site of the original Accrington Stanley ground, thanks to the Peel Park Hotel which is the best real ale pub in the area and is also opposite a school. Look out for the red brick building, which acts as the one tangible part of the ground that remains - part of the club changing rooms. It's now a local park pitch, so you can at least do a little bit of football tourism whilst you're there, even though the red bricks are the only bits truly left of it.

Club Bar :

Accrington's club bar is open to away supporters after the game only. However, if you're wanting a beer close to the ground that's not a problem as Accrington Stanley actually own their own pub. The Crown Inn, which is barely 100 yards from the ground, on the main road, is part of the club and admits home and away supporters. Further details on the pub are below.

Local Pubs :

Commercial Hotel: Accrington's Wetherspoon has a decent reputation, compared to the rest of pub chains offering, and is situated in the town centre, a short distance south-east of the station and south of the main shopping centre. Most people will know what to expect in a Wetherspoon - large pubs, that tend to be moderately busy, with cheap beer and cheap food, albeit via a slightly predictable pub-food menu. Opening hours are listed as 8.00a.m. until 11.00a.m. although usually this means that the first couple of hours are reserved for breakfasts and coffee only.
Commercial Hotel, 1 Church Street, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 2EN. Tel: 01254-300140. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Crown Inn: Nearest pub to the ground, and as it's actually owned by Accrington Stanley FC, it's pretty much their clubhouse (although there is another clubhouse building situated by the Main Stand). You'll find it on the main road just as you turn into the ground. Admits home and away fans. There is a big screen where you can watch the lunchtime Sky game, whilst there's a beer garden out the back. They've got a couple of handpumps for real ale - reports of Bombardier and one other. They also serve hot pies if you want a quick snack before you go into the ground.
Crown Inn, 318 Whalley Road, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 5DQ. Tel: 01254-383272. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Grey Horse: If you want a pub that's relatively close to the ground but maybe a little less congested than the Crown will be, then the Grey Horse is in the same road, but ten minutes walk into the town centre. This is a Thwaites pub with pool, darts and they'll also show Sky Sports matches. There are three beers (Thwaites Original, Thwaites Wainwright and Lancaster Bomber) and one cider (Kingstone Press). They indicate that they will "soon" be offering food, but presume that's not yet. Opening hours are noon until 11.30p.m. with an extra 30 minutes added on to closing time for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Grey Horse, 263 Whalley Road, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 5AD. Tel: 01254-232133. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Peel Park Hotel: This pub is the furthest away in our recommended selection, and is probably one of the hardest to find, but is highly relevant given that it's the town's main real ale pub, and also allows you to do a bit of football tourism. The previous incarnation of Accrington Stanley used to play at Peel Park and the pub is situated opposite the old plot of land. There are two bar areas, plus a beer garden, along with six to eight real ales on, with Tetley as a fixed, and the rest rotating as guests - the landlords indicate that they get through 30 ales a week. Some reports that they serve food, but no idea exactly what. If you combine it with a visit to Peel Park itself, you'll find a park pitch roughly outlining where the old ground used to be, and a red-brick building that used to be part of the changing rooms, but otherwise the rest has been pulled down. However, if you look inside the pub you'll find old pictures to allow you to see how it all looked before that version of Accrington Stanley folded.
Peel Park Hotel, Turkey Street, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 6EW. Tel: 01254-235830. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Rather slim. This is the more rural end of Lancashire. You may need Coatesieboy to translate for you into the local tongue.

Top-Tip :

Don't bother walking up to any Accy fans and start doing the impersonation of a 1980s milk marketing advert. Rather like telling jokes to Somerset folk about travelling to games on tractors, you may find that they've heard this one before.

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Accrington Stanley : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Interest

Whilst Accrington is a fairly small town (35,000 people - smaller than Yeovil) it is historically well known for producing 'iron' bricks (not actually made of iron, but named as such due to their strength) that were used in the construction of the Blackpool Tower and the Empire State Building. The town also used to be part of the cotton and textile industries, although is now largely an average market town. Famous people from the town include Jon Anderson (of rock band Yes), cricketers David Lloyd and Graeme Fowler whilst they are also the home of errrr ... Mystic Meg.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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