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The Other Accrington Stanley to get Stanley kits

Four weeks ago, we brought you the great story of the Sierra Leone team called Accrington Stanley who were in need of football kit as they were having to play in borrowed strips.

We are now delighted to report that the real Accrington Stanley football club have been able to supply some Stanley kits, balls and boots to help support the Accrington Stanley side in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

MD, David Burgess and star kit man, Naz Ali, have scoured the kit lockers and managed to find 2 complete kit sets, one in red and the other in blue as well as plenty of white shirts and socks as spares, as well as a whole box full of boots.

Kit man Naz (left) with Stanley MD David Burgess with the surplus kit

The Trust considered various fundraising options, but as soon as the club heard about the team’s plight, David Burgess has been proactive, “We’re always keen to offer our hand in international friendship”, he said.

OASST Chairman Peter Leatham said, “It’s a tremendous gesture by our football club and one that just underlines the values of our worldwide Stanley family.”

OASST Chairman Peter Leatham with the packaged kit

“The boys in West Africa are obviously playing and living in much different surroundings to us in the UK and we are delighted that we have been able to help them.

“The whole operation has very much been a team effort with the trust liaising with the club and then delivering to Whatmore, who are kindly helping with the logistics.”

The manager of the thriving Sierra Leone side, Bakarr Ransome Stanley Senior said, “I am now so happy and thank everyone for their support.

“We are hoping to enter our team into the Regional second division and play some tournaments also”

The trust has been in regular contact with Bakarr in Freetown and will update with further pictures and game news in due course.

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