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Members’ Newsletter – May 2022

Members’ Newsletter – May 2022

And that’s it. The end of Stanley’s fourth season in League One. Apart from the terrible uncertainty caused by Covid over two of the seasons, it’s not been too bad – off the pitch, thanks to our owner, we’ve seen enormous improvements, and on it, our manager and coaches have continued to develop players and build exciting squads.

We may not be pushing for promotion just yet, but there’s always the feeling there that Coley’s belief is right and we really do have one more promotion in us. We could see Championship football in Accrington yet – imagine playing Blackburn (and Burnley?) on a regular basis!

Coley’s Bar and the 1968 Lounge have proved to be major successes and there’s a programme of events (arranged by both the OASST and the club) over the summer; and, at the time of writing, we have been promised four championship friendlies…the first-announced being Rovers in early July. Bring it on!


One forthcoming event in Coley’s, promoted by OASST, is ENG-ER-LAND by Hannah Kumari, the show tells her very personal story as someone from south Asian heritage and her experiences of racism as a football fan and struggles to be accepted into a historically white, male, working class world.

To read more about it, and to book, please clink on the link below:


Annual Awards Dinner, April 23rd 2022

The auction, including a fortnight apartment rental in Turkey, a golf package, and other signed memorabilia, raised over £2100. Thank you to all who bid.

A few images from the night and a massive thanks to all who supported and to all who worked so hard to make it happen, you know who you are!

Your 2021/22 award winners :

Golden Boot for top league goalscorer – Colby Bishop

Colby receives the golden boot from Coley

Goal of the season- Ethan Hamilton v Fleetwood

Jimmy presents the award to Ethan
Ethan’s rocket of a goal

Player of the year – Michael Nottingham

Michael with OASST Chair Peter Leatham

Videos by Deb Phillips of some of the party action…

Club 1968

April 2022 Draw Results

May 2022 Draw Results

To join Club 1968, please click on the link here

Boots for Sierra Leone

Accrington Stanley Sierra Leone received a huge amount of support from the mother club when a big package of kit was sent to Africa to enable the lads to play properly dressed in competitive games (see the story here) but the shocking state of their so-called pitches meant their boots took a real thrashing. So we launched an appeal to sponsor a player – and there are still a few looking for sponsorship, so it’s not too late to sign up; just click on the link below:

Sponsor a Sierra Leone Player

Well, we’re pleased to say that the money was well received and here are the players showing their thanks for the support

Sierra Leone Accrington Stanley say ‘Thank You’ to their sponsors

Away Travel

Adam, Ken and the rest of the OASST board would like to thank all those who travelled to Wimbledon for your amazing support and for putting up with the London traffic! A great result and atmosphere in the away end to round the season off!

On the way to Wimbledon

We would also like to thank everyone who has travelled with us this season (over 300 of you) and we had 9 supporters who made over 20 trips. A special mention to Allan and Frances Fenwick who never missed a trip all season 👍👍

A big thank you also to the team at Red Rose Travel for a great service. We really wanted to get a coach running to every League and Cup away game and we’re delighted it happened!

Lets see what next season’s fixture list brings…

Thanks once again everyone!! ⚽️

Ray on top form, on the way to Wimbledon!

Upgrade your Moby

One of the unique designs on offer

If your mobile phone is showing it’s age and you’re embarrassed to be seen using it in Coley’s, then we have the perfect (and inexpensive) solution for you! Choose one of our exciting exclusive phone covers, tailor-made to fit your phone, and you can, once more, use your phone with pride. For more information, and to order, please click on the link below:

Exclusive Phone Covers

Hyndburn Police, May 11 at 1:10 PM: SENTENCED

A man has been fined and handed a football banning order after admitting to spitting at a player in Accrington.

On December 4, Accrington Stanley FC and Fleetwood Town FC played a League One match at the Wham Stadium.

During the second half, a fan from the away end spat at a Accrington Stanley player as he was taking a throw-in. The offence was seen by stewards and the match referee, with the fan being detained and arrested.

Lennie Lake, 18, of Hamlet Road, Fleetwood, was given summons to appear at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Tuesday, May 10) for assault.

He pleaded guilty and was given a fine of £184, costs of £85 and a surcharge of £34. He was also issued with a three year football banning order.

That’s all for now; the next newsletter will be in July. Enjoy the break and the stress-free Saturday afternoons!

Mike Procter, editor


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