2019/20 Opposition Guide: Accrington Stanley

Ahead of the 2019/20 Sky Bet League One campaign, bwfc.co.uk will profile each of Wanderers' opponents.

First up, we have Accrington Stanley...

Nickname: Stanley

Founded: 1968

Stadium: Wham Stadium (Crown Ground)

Capacity: 5,450 (3,100 seated)

2018/19 Finish: 14th in Sky Bet League One

2018/19 Top Scorer: Billy Kee - 15 in all competitions

Manager: John Coleman

Currently amidst his second spell in charge of Accrington Stanley after a lengthy stint at the helm between 1999 and 2012, John Coleman is a firm fan favourite at the Wham Stadium.

A striker in his playing days, the Liverpudlian spent his career in non-league football, figuring predominantly for the likes of Southport, Runcorn and Macclesfield Town in a career spanning two decades before he hung up his boots in 1999.

One of the most profilic goalscorers in non-league history with over 500 goals to his name, he made the move into management with his final team Ashton United and upon his official retirement, he moved to Stanley and remained there for 13 years.

Leading the club to the Football League in 2006, his tenure made him Accrington's longest serving manager, with him the third longest serving boss in English football, only behind Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.

Upon his departure from the Crown Ground in 2012, he and his assistant Jimmy Bell were appointed by Rochdale, but they only remained there until January 2013.

Agreeing terms with Southport and Sligo Rovers over the course of the next 18 months, he returned to his beloved Accrington in September 2014 and has remained there ever since, leading the club to promotion back to the third tier of English football in 2018.

Distance From The University Of Bolton Stadium: 25.5 miles

Getting To The Wham Stadium

Wham Stadium,
Livingstone Rd,

Leave the M65 at Junction 7, taking the Clitheroe turn off the roundabout. Turn right at the first set of traffic lights opposite Clayton Business Park, following the A678.

Follow the road over the canal bridge to the next set of traffic lights and turn right again, going over the motorway bridge and towards Accrington on the A680.

Carry straight on at the next set of lights with the Greyhound Pub on your right. Follow the road as it bends to the right and then take the first left after the Crown Pub into Livingstone Road.

By Bus (From Accrington town centre)
The nearest stop is opposite the Crown Pub and is reached by the Hyndburn Circular Bus. This runs every 15 minutes from the main bus station in the centre of Accrington.

Nearest Train Station: Accrington Station is the closest to the ground itself at just one mile away and is roughly a 20 minute walk from the ground. 

Official Away Pub: The Accrington Stanley Sports Bar, located in the HML Recycling Jack Barrett Main Stand at the stadium, overlooks the pitch and offers a warm welcome to all home and away supporters before and after the game.

The bar sells draft lager, draft cider and all the standard pub drinks along with a selection of pies, plus it shows live sport on the big screens pre and post match.

Head to Head: Wanderers and Accrington Stanley have only ever met on one previous occasion competitively and never in the league, with that particular fixture coming in January 1926 when the visiting Whites ran out 1-0 winners in the FA Cup.

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