Accrington Stanley F.C.

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Accrington Stanley is an English football club from Accrington in Lancashire, in the North West of England, who play in Football League Two, the fourth-highest division in the English football league system. Despite being a club of small size they are one of the most famous names in English League football.

The club was formed in 1968, by Stanley Wotherington, with the town regaining a club with league status after 44 years when they were promoted as champions of the Football Conference on 15 April 2006.[1]

Ilyas Khan has been chairman of the club since saving it from possible oblivion in late 2009 (along with club President Peter Marsden). The club employs Robert Heys as Chief Executive and David O'Neill as Managing Director and Head of Operations.

In 2008, the club was the subject of a documentary series, Accrington Stanley... Exactly!. The name was a reference to a 1980s milk advert which mentioned the team. "Accrington Stanley, Who Are They?...." "Exactly".[2]



Accrington had been without a football team following the collapse of the original Accrington Stanley in 1966. The original team had been formed in 1891, and played in The Football League from 1921 to 1961; it had spent its final four seasons in the Lancashire Combination. In a meeting in the town library in October 1968 the revival was started and in August 1970 the new club played at a new ground, the Crown Ground. Since their formation, Stanley have climbed the non-League pyramid to reach The Football League. Eric Whalley, a local businessman, took control of the club in 1995 and started the development of the club's ground. After the club was relegated in 1999, Whalley appointed John Coleman as manager. In 2005-06, Stanley won the Football Conference and were promoted to League Two, switching places with relegated Oxford United - in a reversal of fortune, the team that had been elected to replace the former Accrington Stanley as members of the Football League in 1962.

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