Members’ Newsletter – May 2021
Welcome to the final Newsletter of the 2020-2021 season.
It’s a safe bet that back in April/May last year we thought we would never have a stranger season than the one which was abandoned due to COVID-19. Fast forward twelve months and we’ve just completed one of the best seasons we’ve ever had and none of us has been to watch the team play. A brief flirtation with home supporters at Shrewsbury has been the only time there’s been a crowd to watch what Coley reckons has been his best squad ever play. Just imagine what they might have achieved with the Clayton End behind them and the fantastic support we manage to take on the road.
We know the next season isn’t going to be 100% ‘normal’ either, but let’s hope the whole thing isn’t played out behind closed doors!
I’ve tried to put together a taste of what you will find on the website on a daily basis – the ubiquity of the web means that we can pass on information much more frequently and immediately that by relying on a newsletter alone. If there is anything you want to contact me about, please use my email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Mike Procter.
New Board Member
We are delighted to confirm that Darren Woodhead has joined the Trust Board which brings us up to a full complement.
Darren is well known to Stanley fans near and far for his work as an author, on both Stanley and Accrington itself, and also his recent presenting work on the Across the Pitch podcast.
We welcome Darren on board and look forward to working alongside him on some more exciting projects.
The Draw for April:
The Draw for May:
We’re keeping everything crossed that we will be able to broadcast the June draw live!!
Player of the Month
The player of the month for March was Paul Smyth, and for April it was Colby Bishop, and, for May, we awarded a special one to the captain for an outstanding achievement this season. Nothing spectacular but the heartbeat of the team…Seamus Conneely
The Official Accrington Stanley Supporters Trust (OASST) and the Accrington Stanley Community Trust (ASCT) launched a joint appeal for donations of non-perishable food for local charity Maundy Relief.
Maundy Relief’s foodbank service provides a lifeline for many people in the Accrington area. Their need for this service has never been greater. There are people who have been affected by COVID, losing income or having to self-isolate.
HML Recycling donate generous £5000 to OASST
HML Recycling, the Hyndburn-based metal recycling company, pride themselves on supporting and giving back to their local community, giving a percentage of their profits to local worthy causes throughout the year.
Shirts to Sierra Leone
Stanley have been involved in a heartwarming story of international cooperation when it came to light that a football club in Freetown, Sierra Leone which calls itself Accrington Stanley, were being forced to borrow football kit to play matches in. The Supporters’ Trust initially planned to fundraise to help the team out, but our club rallied to the cause and now a shipment of spare kit is on its way to West Africa.
We are delighted to introduce our new, exciting and totally unique Accrington Stanley Trading card pack for the 2020/1 season.
Each pack contains 20 professionally produced full colour laminated cards, 16 of the 2020/21 squad, one management card and three legends cards.
All cards contain player details and an Accy trivia question.
Jason Graham and Stanley Ultras have produced a great range of tees for the discerning supporter and they are all available to buy through the website.
Photos, shared on Twitter by Andy Holt of building development of the Jack Barrett stand to create the new hospitality suite, and of work to replace the pitch after two seasons.
Finally, an important reminder that the 2021-2022 season starts on 1st July. The membership fees will remain the same as they have been for several seasons. Please consider joining again, as you have read, we try to do a lot of valuable work both for the supporters and for the wider local and international community. We know that Stanley is the greatest little club in the world, by subscribing to membership of the Supporters’ Trust, you become a vital part of the club, of the family, of the community that is Accrington Stanley.
Membership details and enrolment form can be found here (note if you join now, your membership will be for 20-21)