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As with every club playing in League One, Accrington Stanley odds have increased in popularity in betting circles over recent seasons. League One is well renowned for being a tough league to bet on, with the league’s unpredictable nature. Many sides have been fighting for promotion one season then trying to avoid the drop the next. As such, Accrington Stanley relegation odds are just as commonly bet on as odds on Accrington Stanley to be promoted.

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History

Accrington Stanley are a professional football club located in the town of Accrington in the county of Lancashire. This current Accrington side was formed in 1968, following the previous side becoming defunct. Accrington Stanley currently play in the English Football League, members of League One.

The history of Accrington Stanley begins in 1891. The original Accrington side were formed and joined the Football League in 1888, one of the twelve founding members. After five years playing in the Football League, this club resigned from the league and soon after became defunct.

Another side from Accrington, Stanley Villa, were already in existence, and after Accrington folded Stanley Villa took the name Accrington Stanley.

In 1900, the club joined the Lancashire Combination League, moving into the Lancashire Combination First Division in 1903. Accrington Stanley won the First Division title in the 1905/1906 season, and continued to finish in the top half of the table in all but one of their Lancashire Combination campaigns.

In 1921, the Third Division had been reorganised into a Third Division North and a Third Division South. Accrington Stanley joined the Third Division North and remained in this division until 1960. The club had finished bottom of the league previously to this, but had been re-elected to the Football League. After finishing bottom once again in the 1959/1960 campaign, the club were demoted to the newly created Football League Fourth Division.

After the club’s first season in the fourth tier of English football, Accrington Stanley resigned from the Football League. The club then rejoined the Lancashire Combination, starting in the Second Division but were soon promoted after winning the title.

Accrington Stanley suffered an instant return to the Lancashire Combination Second Division, after finishing in 21st position. The club failed to complete their Second Division campaign and folded in 1966.

The club were reformed in 1968, and this new Accrington Stanley joined the Lancashire Combination League once more. The club enjoyed top half finishes in each of their eight seasons, finishing top of the table twice before moving to the Cheshire County League Second Division.

After just three seasons in the Second Division, Accrington Stanley won the title and with it promotion to the Cheshire County League First Division. After one season, the Cheshire County League and the Lancashire Combination League merged, creating the North West Counties League. 

Placed in the First Division, Accrington Stanley spent five years in this division before once again moving to a new division. Starting the 1987/1988 campaign in the Northern Premier League First Division, the club earned promotion four years later, rewarded with a place in the Northern Premier League Premier Division.

In 1997, Accrington Stanley sold Brett Ormerod to Blackpool for £50,000. This led to the club earning a windfall a few years later, with the club receiving a quarter of the £1 million fee Blackpool then sold Ormerod to Southampton for, helping Accrington Stanley immensely in their push through the leagues.

Accrington Stanley were relegated in the 1998/1999 season, but made an instant return by winning the Northern Premier League First Division title at the first time of asking. Three years later, Accrington Stanley won the Northern Premier League Premier Division title, and with it earned a place in the Football Conference for the first time in Accrington Stanley history.

The Football Conference was renamed the Conference National in time for the 2004/2005 season, and a year later Accrington Stanley won the title. Promoted to the Football League League Two for the first time in Accrington Stanley history, the club have remained in this division ever since.

Since the 2006/2007 season, Accrington Stanley have qualified for the League Two playoffs on two occasions - firstly in the 2010/2011 campaign and then in the 2015/2016 season. Unfortunately for Accrington Stanley, the club were beaten at the semi final stage both times, and so the 2016/2017 saw Accrington Stanley take part in their 11th consecutive season in League Two.

However, that all changed in the 17/18 campaign when Stanley stormed to the League Two title. The 2018/2019 season sees Accrington Stanley play in the third tier of English football for the first time in their history.

Crest

The Accrington Stanley crest features the town of Accrington coat of arms. This crest features images of a shuttle, representing the town’s cotton industry; cylinders, representing the town’s printing industry; a stage, that is used in the Hargreaves of Broad Oak family crest; and a lion, belonging to the De Lacy family.

In 2010, the Accrington Stanley football badge consisted of this image of the coat of arms contained inside the circle shape. Placed on a white background, the outside of the circle was coloured red, with the club name printed around the circle with an image of a football featuring either side.

Colours

Throughout Accrington Stanley history, the club’s players have worn red and white kits. These Accrington Stanley kit colours were used by the 1878 Accrington side and the Accrington Stanley side that existed from 1893 to 1966. Both of these sides wore red shirts, with a combination of white shorts and red socks or dark blue shorts and socks.

When the reformed in 1968, the Accrington Stanley colours remained red and white. Until 1972, the Accrington Stanley players wore red shirts with white shorts and white socks, with the sock colour changing to red for the 1972/1973 campaign.

In 1974, the Accrington Stanley kit colours were changed to all red. This became the staple Accrington Stanley strip until 1992, though the kit also featured a white trim on occasion.

From 1992 to 2000, the Accrington Stanley kit consisted of red shirts, worn with white shorts and red socks. An all red strip was reintroduced  in 2000, before the club reverted back to its red white and red colours in 2003.

The current Accrington Stanley kit featues a red shirt, worn with red shorts and red socks.

Accrington Stanley Stadium

The Accrington Stanley stadium is called the Crown Ground, also known as the Wham Stadium for sponsorship reasons. The Crown Ground has been home to Accrington Stanley Football Club since the club reformed in 1968. The Accrington Stanley stadium capacity, a ground that was also known as the Fraser Eagle Stadium and the Interlink Express Stadium, currently stands at 5,057, with 2,000 seats available

The Accrington Stanley stadium layout features five main stands. These are The Jack Barret Memorial Stand, the John Smiths Stand, the Clayton End, otherwise known at the Sophia Khan Stand, the Whinney Hill Terrace, also known as the Cowshed, and the Coppice End, mostly used to house away supporters.

Supporters

The majority of Accrington Stanley supporters are based in the town of Accrington and other parts of Lancashire. There are a number of Accrington Stanley supporters clubs, including the Accrington Stanley Community Trust.

In 2004, a group of Accrington Stanley supporters founded the Stanley Ultras. This group was designed to create better atmospheres both home and away, and are known as Accrington Stanley’s twelfth man.

Ownership

The current Accrington Stanley owner is Andy Holt. Holt, a lifelong supporter of the club, took control of Accrington Stanley in 2015 after the company he owns - What More UK -  became the Crown Ground’s sponsors.

Stats

The list of Accrington Stanley stats begin with the clubs all time leading appearance maker. That honour goes to Andy Proctor, who made 375 appearances for the club.

 The club’s all time leading goalscorer is David Hargreaves. Hargreaves scored 318 goals during his Accrington Stanley career. Hargreaves also holds the record for the most goals scored in a single season, netting 56 goals in only 44 matches in the 1974/1975 season.

Accrington Stanley’s all time record win is 8-0. The club beat New Brighton by this scoreline in the Third Division North in 1934.

The club’s all time heaviest defeat came at the hands of Lincoln City. Lincoln City beat Accrington Stanley 9-1 in the Third Division North in 1951.

Accrington Stanley’s all time record transfer signing is Ian Craney. Craney cost the club £114,400 from Swansea City in 2008. The highest transfer fee the club have ever received for a player is £308,000, a fee paid by Scunthorpe United for Bobby Grant in 2010.

The record attendance figure at the Crown Ground is 4,753. This number of spectators was achieved when the club played Lincoln City in a game that saw Stanley clinch the League Two title in 2018.

Accrington Stanley’s first ever Football League game occurred in 1921. The club played Rochdale away in the Third Division North. Rochdale won that occasion 6-3.

The club’s best ever finishing league position is 1st place in the fourth tier of English football, a feat achieved in the 2017/2018 season when Accrington Stanley won the League Two title.

That season also saw the club achieve their record points tally in a single season. The club earned 93 points as they won the league. This season also brought another record, the least amount of goals conceded in a single season. Accrington Stanley broke the previous record by only conceding 46 goals in 46 matches.

Accrington Stanley Players

The current Accrington Stanley players list consists of 28 members of the first team squad. 

Notable ex Accrington Stanley players include George Stewart, Jimmy Harrower, Mike Ferguson, David Hargreaves, Chris Grimshaw, Paul Beck, Brett Ormerod, Jamie Speare, Robbie Williams and Paul Mullin. This list includes some of the most admired players by Accrington Stanley supporters, as well as those who have had an influential impact on the club.

Other Accrington Stanley supporters favourites include Gary Roberts, Jonathan Smith, Russell Payne and Rory Prendergast.

Accrington Stanley Manager

The current Accrington Stanley manager is John Coleman. Coleman began his second spell as Accrington Stanley manager in 2014, after previously managed the club from 1999 to 2012.

After his first spell at the club, John Coleman is considered to be one of the most successful men in Accrington Stanley manager history, leading the club back to the Football League and into the third tier.

John Coleman, in his first spell as Accrington Stanley manager, had took charge of 587 Accrington Stanley matches, winning 236 of them, giving him a win percentage of 40.20%.

John Coleman had replaced James Beattie, the former Accrington Stanley player, as manager to take charge of the club for the second time.

Honours

The Accrington Stanley honours list consists of one League Two title (2017/2018); Conference National title (2005/2006); one Northern Premier League title (2002/2003); one Northern Premier League First Division title (1999/2000); one Northern Premier League Challenge Cup win (2001/2002); one Northern Premier League Challenge Shield (2002/2003); one Cheshire County League Second Division title (1980/1981); two Lancashire Combination League titles (1973/1974 and 1977/1978); four Lancashire Combination Cup wins (1971/1972, 1972/1973, 1973/1974 and 1976/1977); and one Lancashire Combination League Cup win (1971/1972).

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