Accrington Stanley: how the ‘starving peasants’ rocked the natural order | Niall McVeigh

18 April 2018 08:31
Promotion to League One is an incredible achievement for a club with a tiny budget who dare to do things differentlyAccrington, the small Lancashire town with a Football League tradition dating back 130 years, is celebrating as never before. Its team, for so long synonymous with underdog ignominy, have secured a first league promotion, more than 50 years after going bust and tumbling into oblivion. Their ascent to League One is the latest ste?p? in the extraordinary revival of Accrington Stanley, the self-styled “club that wouldn’t die”.Stanley first joined the league in 1921, following in the footsteps of Accrington FC, an inaugural Football League member who lasted for only six years. Their successor survived for longer but found things no easier. Trapped between Burnley and Blackburn, and circled by even bigger fish in Merseyside and Manchester, Stanley faced a constant battle to stay afloat. Related: Accrington Stanley defying all logic to sit top of League Two? Exactly | Ben Fisher Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian