Accrington Stanley

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2019/2020

Accrington Stanley

In


Joe Pritchard (mid) (Bolton), Zaine Francis-Angol (def) (Fylde), Colby Bishop (att) (Leamington)

Out


Scott Brown (sp) (mid) (Harrogate), Piero Mingoia (sp) (mid) (Borenham Wood), Ben Richards-Everton (sp) (def) (Bradford), Will Wood (def) (Dag&Red), Liam Nolan (sp) (mid) (released), Danny Williams (mid) (released), Janoi Donacien (r) (def) (Ipswich - loan ended), Paul Smyth (sp) (att) (QPR - loan ended), Dan Barlaser (r) (mid) (Newcastle - loan ended), Luke Armstrong (sp) (att) (Newcastle - loan ended), Liam Gibson (sp) (def) (Newcastle - loan ended)

Accrington Stanley won over many neutrals with their performances last season, having looked to play attacking football at every opportunity. Unfortunately for John Coleman and his men, it was an approach that only really worked well for them early in the season. They displayed play-off form in the opening two months of the season, but dropped off after that and were dragged into the battle against the drop. The points they accumulated early in the season were enough for them to stay up, but they now face a new campaign, with no point tally to use as a fallback. Stanley could probably do with some fresh blood due to their lack of momentum, but have signed only three players so far in Joe Pritchard, Zaine Francis-Angol and Colby Bishop, none of who are established League One players. On the other side, they have seen several players leave. Most of these men were rotation players, although Dan Barlaser, who returned to parent club Newcastle, played a rather large role last season. Stanley's starting eleven will not be particularly different than last time around, but they definitely have a far smaller squad and will probably need additional loans in order to deal with the hectic League One schedule. Given that they have not really strengthened and that they have been poor in the last six-plus months, they will certainly be seen as one of the main candidates to go down.

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Stanley did well to stay up last season and will be pleased if they manage to beat the drop again.

Season Review
2018/2019

№14: Accrington Stanley

Accrington Stanley's promotion was the biggest surprise of the 2017/18 League Two campaign and John Coleman's men entered their first-ever season in the third tier with hopes of staying up. Their best football came early in the campaign - they were playing slick counter-attacking football that made them particularly dangerous on their travels and they spent the majority of the early stages of the season inside the play-off places. Unsurprisingly, they were unable to maintain their early season form and started sliding down the table, with a poor run they had around the turn of the year making it look like they could be dragged into the battle against the drop. Coleman eventually managed to steady the ship. Stanley's form improved a bit and they eventually managed to secure their survival with two games left to play. What awaits for the minnows is a difficult summer during which they will try to once again keep hold of their key man, while Coleman will more than likely be aware that his side are in need of strengthening. Stanley would have gone down if not for their superb early season form. They are second-from-bottom in the table on points collected over the last thirty games and will obviously need their momentum to change the next time around.


Player of the Season: Sean McConville

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