Accrington Football Club were English football club from Accrington, Lancashire, who were one of the founder members of The Football League. Accrington F.C. was formed following a meeting at a local public house in 1876. The Owd Reds played at Accrington Cricket Club's ground in Thorneyholme Road, still in use for that sport today.
The club was part of the revolt against the Football Association in 1884 over professionalism, after being expelled from the FA the previous year for paying a player. They joined the Football League on April 17, 1888, one of the original twelve teams. In the first season the club played 22 games, won six, drew eight and lost eight, finishing seventh in the league. The first-ever league games of Blackburn Rovers and of Everton were against Accrington F.C.
Accrington's best season was in 1889-90, when they finished sixth in the table. However, they did not last long in league football: in the 1892-93 season they finished fifteenth, second from bottom and were relegated after losing a test match 0-1 against Sheffield United at Trent Bridge. Accrington then resigned from the league rather than play in the Second Division. Ironically the team that came sixteenth in Accrington's last season were Newton Heath, playing their first season in the league, who were later to become Manchester United.
Shortly afterwards, Accrington F.C. became prey to financial problems, which eventually led to their demise. The club continued outside the league until 1896, when they finally folded following a 12-0 defeat on 14 January from Darwen in the Lancashire Senior Cup.
Following the collapse of the club a new Accrington team did not join the league until in 1921-22 the Lancashire Combination league's Accrington Stanley, which was originally a local rival, joined in.
League and Cup history
During its short life, the club had three players selected for England:
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