Accrington Stanley F.C. (1891)
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|Full name||Accrington Stanley Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||The 'Owd Reds|
|Ground||Peel Park, Accrington|
Accrington Stanley was an English football club based in Accrington, Lancashire. Established in 1891, the club played in the Football League between 1921 and 1962, when the club became only the second ever to resign from the League mid-season. The club went into liquidation in 1966. They played at Peel Park.
In 1960, amid persistent financial difficulties mainly relating to the speculative purchase of the new Burnley Road stand, Stanley were relegated to the recently formed Division Four. However, they only managed to complete one full season in this division as bankruptcy followed shortly afterwards. On 12 February 1962 Edwin Slinger, the chairman, resigned and revealed that Stanley owed up to £4,000 in unpaid transfer fees and a similar sum to the Inland Revenue. Pilkington, as life vice president, brought in Bob Lord, who persuaded the rest of the board to resign by promising to buy shares, despite his chairmanship of nearby Burnley. Stanley lost their last League match 4–0 away at Crewe on 2 March 1962 and, at a creditors' meeting shortly afterwards, further unsecured creditors were revealed. The club sent a letter of resignation to the Football League and the resignation was accepted by Alan Hardaker, the League Secretary on 11 March, midway through the 1961–62 season.
Stanley were accepted into the Lancashire Combination Division Two for the next season, and with some local investors stepping forward to reduce debts to a more manageable level, it seemed like a new beginning for the club. They performed respectably well in their first season in the Combination, and earned their first (and only) promotion the following year. Unfortunately this proved to be a false dawn, as Stanley were immediately relegated after finishing bottom of Division One. Roger Hopkin (2009). "Lancashire Combination 1951-1965". Non League Football Matters. nonleaguematters. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
- Lancashire Combination
- Champions 1902–03, 1905–06
- Division Two champions 1963–64
Players who played 100 matches for Accrington Stanley, or who gained international caps whilst with the club.
- Harry Anders (1957–60)
- Jimmy Anders (1956–60)
- Jimmy Armstrong (1927–33)
- Armour Ashe (1953–58)
- Cyril Briggs (1946–50)
- Tommy Butler (1947–53)
- Les Cocker (1953–58)
- Doug Daniels (1949–53)
- Wattie Dick (1955–58)
- "Accrington Stanley: How The Reds got kicked out of the Football League - only to return over 40 years later!". Heroes and Villains. BBC Lancashire. 31 March 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
- Louise Taylor (27 October 2009). "Accrington Stanley desperate not to let history repeat itself". The Sport Blog. Guardian. Retrieved 24 November 2010.