Accrington Stanley F.C.

Accrington Stanley ( officially: Accrington Stanley Football Club ) - also known as The Stans, Stanley, The ( Famous ) Minnows and The Owd Reds - is an English football club based in Accrington, who since the 2006/07 season in Football League Two, the fourth English top flight, is active.


The first club was founded in 1891 as Stanley Villa and renamed in 1893 in Accrington Stanley. Although the club is also from Accrington, but ( dissolved approx 1896) with Accrington FC, ​​the founding member of the Football League, do nothing. After the flow of the game came to a halt by the First World War, the club was taken up in the English league system in 1921. The club made ​​it within 40 years, not a single time to leave the Third Division.

1960, the club was relegated as Table of the Third Division from the newly created Fourth Division. However, the financial problems were so great that the club in the spring of 1962, had to withdraw from the game.

New beginning

In October 1968, the re-establishment was in the public library completed and a new venue, the Crown Ground opened in August 1970. In the following years the club was always trying to move closer to the league system. 1995, the association of Eric Whalley, a local businessman, was taken over and renamed the stadium in Fraser Eagle Stadium. Since 2009, it again bears the old name Crown Ground.

2003, the Nationwide Conference, the top flight was achieved outside of the league system. This high-altitude flight was largely thanks to the change of a former star player of Accrington Stanley: The Blackpool FC had agreed in 1997 on the purchase Ormerods board that at the next change of the player Accrington receives a quarter of the transfer fee. As this in December 2001 went to Southampton FC, gave 50,000 pounds.

In the season 2005/ 06 Accrington won the championship in the Nationwide Conference and thus made ​​the ascent and the return to the league system.