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Accrington Stanley
The Interlink Express Stadium
Livingstone Road
Accrington
BB5 5BX | map
Lancashire
Tel: 01254 356 950

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The name of Accrington Stanley was made famous by a milk advert involving Ian Rush in the 1980's, which played on the obscurity of the club. In fact Accrington Stanley is a name that goes back a long way in connection with Association Football. The current Accrington Stanley team is, however, not connected with previous Football League clubs with the same or similar names. When the league founded in 1888, one of the founding members was Accrington F.C. They withdrew from the league and another team in the town Stanley F.C. took on the Accrington name to become Accrington Stanley. This version of Accrington Stanley played in the Football League from 1921 to 1962, with the club folding due to financial problems in 1966. Whilst not connected with these two clubs, the new Accrington Stanley team feels it is built on the legacy of the former clubs. They were formed at a meeting at the town library in 1968 and having played in non-league football for 44 years, finally gave Accrington a Football League club again after winning the Conference championship in 2006. Ironically they replaced Oxford United, the team that replaced the older Accrington Stanley team in 1962.


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