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Match Preview: Accrington Stanley vs Swindon Town

Town make the journey up north for the latest league test

28 November 2023

Club News

Match Preview: Accrington Stanley vs Swindon Town

Town make the journey up north for the latest league test

28 November 2023

Town will be looking to build on the performance that ended Mansfield's unbeaten league run, with a trip to Accrington up next for Michael Flynn's side.

Accrington have had a steady start to league action, with a particularly impressive month of October that has seen them push for a play-off spot.

More recently, it's been a mixed run of form going into today's game with three wins and three losses in their last six games, with Swindon hoping to use tonight's game as an opportunity to leapfrog Accrington in the table.

Stanley finds themselves seventh in the League Two table, with Swindon looking to use their improved result and confidence from the last-minute 2-1 home victory against Mansfield last Saturday to push themselves up the table this evening.


A lowdown on the visitors:

Accrington Stanley Football Club, based in Accrington, Lancashire, has a rich history that spans over a century. The club was founded in 1891 and has experienced a journey filled with triumphs, challenges, and moments of glory.

In its early years, Accrington Stanley was a prominent figure in English football, especially during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The club gained recognition for its participation in the Football League, where it competed against other emerging football clubs. However, financial difficulties led to Accrington Stanley resigning from the league in 1896, leaving a void in its football legacy.

After a period of dormancy, the club was resurrected in 1921 and became a part of the Lancashire Combination. Accrington Stanley found success in regional competitions, showcasing its resilience and determination to continue contributing to the football community. Over the years, the club underwent various ups and downs, moving between different leagues and divisions.

Accrington Stanley's modern-era resurgence gained momentum in the 21st century. Under the management of figures like John Coleman and Jimmy Bell, the club climbed the ranks, achieving promotions and solidifying its position in the Football League. The team's remarkable journey included memorable victories, intense rivalries, and the creation of cherished football memories for its devoted fan base.

The Crown Ground, later renamed the Wham Stadium, became the fortress where Accrington Stanley fans passionately supported their team. The club's ascent through the ranks symbolized its commitment to overcoming adversity and reclaiming its place in the football landscape.

Accrington Stanley's story reflects the essence of football itself— a tale of resilience, passion, and the enduring spirit of a community. As the club continues to evolve, it stands as a testament to the enduring nature of football and the deep connections it forges between a team and its supporters.



2011/12: Swindon Town 2-0 Accrington Stanley

2017/18: Accrington Stanley 2-1 Swindon Town

2017/18: Swindon Town 3-0 Accrington Stanley

2020/21: Swindon Town 0-3 Accrington Stanley

2020/21: Accrington Stanley 2-1 Swindon Town

Manager: John Coleman

John Coleman, born on September 19, 1962, in Liverpool, has played a pivotal role in Accrington Stanley's resurgence. Taking charge in the late 1990s with assistant Jimmy Bell, Coleman navigated financial constraints to lead the club to the Football League in 2006, marking a significant milestone. Coleman guided Accrington Stanley to multiple promotions, solidifying their status in the Football League.

The Wham Stadium thrived under Coleman's leadership, witnessing memorable victories and fostering a strong community spirit. Beyond the pitch, Coleman's dedication to the club and the community made him a revered figure. As Accrington Stanley's enduring manager, John Coleman's tenure remains a cherished chapter in the club's history, celebrated for its triumphs, resilience, and the enduring spirit of football.


One to watch: Tommy Leigh

After making a name for himself in non-league down south, midfielder Tommy Leigh has been a constant threat in this Accrington side, since signing from non-league side Bognor Regis Town in July 2021.

Leigh made an instant impact after making the big move up the leagues, with the Portsmouth-born midfielder scoring eight goals in 28 games in his first season in League One. An unfortunate second season in the third tier saw Leigh and Accy relegated, but the now-23-year-old still had a successful personal season, scoring 12 goals in 50 games in 2022/23.

Looking to this campaign, Leigh has continued his good form with five goals and two assists in 17 league appearances, with Swindon looking to keep him quiet this evening.

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