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.

  • “Others to keep an eye on are Aldershot, AFC Wimbledon, and as Chris mentioned, Donegal Celtic. ”

    You missed out on FC United there Mick. The club was formed last summer by disgruntled Utd fans for whom the the Glazer takeover was the last nail in the coffin of Manchester United as an actual football club as opposed to a money-making machine.

    Over 3,000, including life-long season-ticket holders, gave up watching the “Big Utd” to become members in a club that actually belonged to the fans. The club, last Saturday, gained promotion in its first season.

  • Mick Fealty

    As a City man (maybe that’s why I prefer cricket as a sport), that would be a genuine blind spot – though I’m sure I blogged it at the time.

  • Keith M

    In this eare of billionaire using football clubs as the plaything, this is a truely heartening story. I might actually try and get over there in August for their phoenix-like return to the league.