Accrington Stanley? Who Are They?..................Exactly.

February 14, 2015 by Alec Hitchman

Accrington Stanley? Who Are They?..................Exact

Southend United v Accrington Stanley

Let’s face it, there was only one title I could use for this preview!

Accrington Stanley visit Roots Hall on Saturday, knowing that a win would push them a bit further from the dreaded relegation zone, if results go their way.

Southend go into this one on the back of a great 2-0 win at home to Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night. Joe Pigott scored both goals for Blues. Tomorrow’s visitors, Accrington, go into the game on the back of a late, late victory against Oxford. Terry Gornell got the goal in the 91st minute.

These two sides have previously met a mere 13 times. The first meeting was way back in 1958, when Accrington beat Blues 3-0. In the reverse fixture, Blues got their own back by beating “Accy” 4-2. The two sides have never met in any cup competitions.

Since the first meeting, the total scoreline is: Southend United 24-16 Accrington Stanley In our most recent meeting, Blues won 1-0 at The Crown Ground on the first day of the season. Lee Barnard scored the only goal from the penalty spot, after Barry Corr had missed an earlier penalty.

Southend Wins: 6
Accrington Wins: 3
Draws: 4

So, as the famous advert goes...Who are Accrington Stanley?

Full Name: Accrington Stanley Football Club
Founded: 1968
Nickname: Stanley, Accy, The Reds
Ground: The Crown Ground – 5,057 Capacity – 2,000 Seated
Manager: John Coleman
2013-14 Season: 15th – SkyBet League Two

Most Recent Line-Ups

Southend United: Bentley, White, Thompson, Binnom-Williams, Coker (Barrett – 67’), Atkinson, Leonard, Timlin, Payne (Weston – 68’), Cassidy (Hurst – 77’), Pigott Accrington Stanley: Davies, Hunt, Atkinson, Winnard, Buxton (Liddle - 69’), Proctor, Joyce, Bruna (Naismith – 73’), Windass (McCartan – 95’), Mingoia, Gornell

Last Time We Met

Accrington Stanley 0-1 Southend United – 09/08/2014

Accrington Stanley: Simpson, Buxton, Liddle, Winnard, Aldred, Hunt, Naismith (Alabi – 78’), Mingoia, Joyce (McCartan -87’), WIndass, Gray

Southend United: Bentley, Bolger, White, Prosser, Coker, Clifford, Hurst (Atkinson – 88’), Leonard, Weston, Coulthirst (Worrall – 65’), Corr (Barnard – 72’)

Accrington’s Last 5 Results
Oxford United (H) – W 1-0
Plymouth Argyle (A) – L 1-0
Northampton Town (H) – L 1-5
Bury FC (H) – L 0-1
AFC Wimbledon (A) – L 2-1

What Could Happen?

A win for Southend could take them up into 3rd and into the automatic promotion places, if Wycombe Wanderers lose. A win for Cheltenham could take them up only one place to 14th, if Cambridge United lose or draw.

For the Accrington Fans – A Quick Guide

Distance to Travel (Based on the distance between both team’s grounds) 264 Miles (4 Hours, 49 Minutes)

Where Can I Drink?

There is a bar in the ground known as the Shrimpers Bar. Although this is for home fans, away supporters do have access. Other than this, there is the Blue Boar pub on Victoria Road, which, on match days, only admits away supporters. It is about a two minute walk from the ground (heading towards the town centre). You will have to walk past The Spread Eagle in order to get to the Blue Boar. In my opinion, go to The Spread Eagle. This pub welcomes away fans as well as home supporters. This is the best pre-match pub near the ground. It is also the closest pub to the ground as well.

Where Can I Park?

There is plenty of street parking within walking distance of the ground, based in the many back streets behind and to the right of the away stand, otherwise, there is a car park at Southend High School For Boys, which charges £5 for match day parking.

Staying Overnight?

There are plenty of hotels and B&B’s in Southend. One of which is the airport hotel, approximately a 5 minute drive, or a 30 minute walk from Roots Hall. On the other hand, there are a number of B&B’s along the seafront.The seafront is roughly 25 minutes by foot from Roots Hall.

Where can I Eat?

There is a chip shop opposite the Blue Boar pub, called The Fish House. Other than this, there are the usual fast food restaurants in Southend high street. There is also the Chinese buffet, known as "East", which is located near the Royals Shopping Centre, in the high street. Locals will be happy to guide you should you need help.


If you have planned to make a weekend of your visit, there are many attractions in Southend. One of which is Adventure Island, an amusement park on the seafront at the end of the town centre. Just along from that, there is a Sea-Life Centre, along with ten-pin bowling at the Kursaal.

Programme Price £3.00

Postcode (for SatNav users): SS2 6NQ

Did You Know? Accrington striker Josh Windass is the son of former Hull City striker Dean Windass, who worked will Southend manager Phil Brown at Hull.


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