In praise of Accrington Stanley…

I once visited the old ground of Accrington Stanley back in the mid 80s. It was small, quaint, and strangely deralict stadium, literally choked in weeds and waiting for a decent offer from a property developer. The club, which left the English Football league under the cloud of bankrupcy in 1962, as the Guardian leader notes, has now returned. It is a testimony to the abiding mutuality of soccer, particularly in the lower leagues. Others to keep an eye on are Aldershot, AFC Wimbledon, and as Chris mentioned, Donegal Celtic.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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