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1st May 2015 17:00

After the 2-1 home defeat against Portsmouth last weekend, the Stags
finish this season with an away trip to the side which have been playing in
League Two the most consecutive seasons, namely Accrington Stanley.

Fact is that the current Accrington side are in their ninth consecutive
League Two campaign following their promotion way back in 2006 as Conference
champions. Their manager then was John Coleman, and he is now current
Accrington boss in his second spell since returning last September following the
resignation of James Beattie after a poor start of the current campaign.

Accrington’s best League Two season so far coincided with the one in
which the Stags reached the FA Trophy final at Wembley. The tale is of the
2010-11 campaign in which the Stags finished in their lowest position during
their spell outside the FL, top-half only due to points deductions awarded
against now-defunct Rushden & Diamonds and in which Accrington finished
fifth in League Two, losing the playoff semifinals against later playoff
winners Stevenage.

Coleman has worked wonders at Accrington. When he arrived for his first
Accrington spell way back in 1999, he managed to steer the club from way below
the Conference into League Two. Proof of
making the best out of very limited financial resources. Their gates have in
several games been very low, in two home games (against Hartlepool and Burton)
even below the four-figure mark.

Last season, Accrington endured their worst-ever start for a long time,
even worse than in the 1961-62 season that ended up in heartbreak , speak
resignation from FL in March 1962. Last term, Accrington did not win any
of their first twelve games, but had six
points after six games in September 1961 following a later expunged goal-less
home draw against the Stags.

And both games against Accrington last term ended in injury-time
heartbreak for the Stags. On December 21, 2013, two Accrington stoppage-time
strikes turned a Stags 2-1 lead into a 2-3 home defeat. And at Accrington on
Good Friday April 18, 2014, a dogdy Accrington penalty five minutes into injury-time
prevented the Stags from gaining their then fifth straight League Two victory
as the converted Accrington penalty "secured" a 1-1 scoreline.

Earlier this season, Accrington won 1-0 at Mansfield thanks to an early
first-half converted penalty, one of fourteen penalties awarded against the
Stags since the Stags last had had a penalty awarded for them, on November 30,
2013, in the home game against Morecambe. Since then, the Stags have played 72
League Two games without being awarded a penalty for them. Think it has never
happened before that the Stags have gone through a league season without having
been awarded a spot-kick for them.

Will the Stags be awarded one spot-kick for them tomorrow?

Most recently, the Stags as well as Accrington have shown poor form. The
Stags have won just two of their latest ten fixtures, but the latest win
against Tranmere a few weeks ago proved to be very crucial inasmuch as the
Stags all but secured their League Two status and sent Tranmere close to a
second successive relegation being confirmed last weekend along with the
demotion of Cheltenham after sixteen FL seasons, among them four in the current
League One, the first one of those together with the Stags.

Do some current Stags fans remember the Stags' last visit that counted
to Accrington's old ground, Peel Park, or even the expunged goal-less draw in
1961-62 (see below)???

Fact is also that the Stags once have played an expunged fixture against
an Accrington side. Early on in the 1961-62
campaign, the sides played out a goal-less draw at Peel Park on September 4,
1961 where 4161 (attendance figure courtesy to an excellent Accrington
statistical site http://www.accringtonstanley.has.it
made surely by one person in Sweden as the e-mail address was
greger.lindberg@bredband.net linked from the official Accrington site
http://www.accringtonstanley.co.uk ) saw the Stags line up as follows (courtesy of the
centenary book): Wyllie, Toon, Bradley, Williams, Phillips, Morris, Wagstaff,
Coates, Straw, Chapman R, Stringfellow. And one player from the then Accrington
side in 1961-62, goalkeeper Alex Smith, ever-present that fateful season, later
kept goal for Halifax and played in both games against the Stags in 1970-71,
for instance. And in the Stags' second championship season, 1976-77, Smith was Preston goalie and played for them in the opening game at
Field Mill on August 21, 1976, when the Stags won 3-1. After that game, Smith
did not keep the Preston goal before April 2, 1977, then playing seven
consecutive games, the last league game for Preston being a 1-0 home win
against Gillingham on April 26, 1977. Smith
played 33 games for Accrington, 19 for Bolton, 341 for Halifax
and eight for Preston.

In the middle fifties, the old Accrington Stanley side had their best moments
under the management of Walter Galbraith. In the seasons of only one club being
promoted from the now defunct Division 3 (S) and Division 3 (N), Accrington
finished runners-up twice, in 1954-55 behind Barnsley, and in 1957-58, behind
Scunthorpe and in 1955-56 and 1956-57, Stanley
finished third. Therefore, Accrington, which were the ONLY side to deny the
Stags a Field Mill league goal in 1957-58, a 2-0 victory in Stagsland on January 25, 1958 in front of 7154, were
along with the Stags founder members of the inaugural Division 3 way back in

On January 3, 1959, Accrington were in fifth
position when they travelled to Field Mill. There, the Stags won 3-2 after two
goals from Barrie Thomas (later Scunthorpe season record scorer) and one from Griffiths in front of
6815. After that game, Stanley plummeted down
the table and finished 18th, just two rangs above the Stags, and in the
following season, the teams were relegated together with Accrington
conceding a third level record 123 goals. That season, the Stags won 4-1 at
home on April 2, 1960 thanks to three goals from Ivan Hollett and one from
Fitzsimons in front of 5283.

The Stags faced Accrington in all seasons they
played together in the old Division 3 (N), the first encounters taking place in
1932-33. On the other hand, the old Accrington
club won at Field Mill three times only, the first a 3-1 on April 17, 1933 when
Prior netted the consolation goal witnessed by 3869. Twice, the Stags have won
5-0. Firstly on February 10, 1934, when 4441 saw Harry Johnson net twice,
Munnings, Kilcar and Bytheway once. Secondly, a few seasons after the end of
World War II. In the 1950-51 season, when the Stags had their then best FA Cup
run, reaching the fifth round, the Stags routed Accrington
5-0 again. On March 23, 1951, 4504 saw Coole strike twice, Fox, Reeve and Barks
once apiece. That was the fourth out of five consecutive Field Mill wins over Accrington without even conceding a goal. That season,
Accrington successfully applied for re-election and an oddity in that case was
that the later successful manager Galbraith then managed New Brighton, who were voted out at
Workington's expense that season.

The old Accrington Stanley side were founder members of the old Division 3 (N)
in 1921. Before that, another Accrington club
had figured in the league. Accrington FC, nicknamed The Owd Reds, founded in
1878, were in fact founder members of the Football League in 1888, playing at the
highest level for five seasons, then being relegated after test matches and
then even failed to get election to the then new second level.

The current Accrington club was formed in 1968, then called Accrington Stanley
1968, and entered the Lancashire Combination in 1970-71, finishing fifth on 35
points after 30 games, the record courtesy of the 1971-72 Rothman's Football
Yearbook being Played 30, Won 15, Drawn 5, Lost 10, GF 65, GA 52, Points 35.
And after three seasons in the Conf, Accrington
were crowned Champions in the 2005-06 season. Oddly enough, Oxford United, who
were elected upon Accrington's resignation in 1962, were relegated to the Conf
aka Blue Square Premier upon the Accrington
league return, but returned in 2010.

But the Stags have yet to win an FL fixture against the current Accrington club, but have done so in the FA Cup.

Will they do it now and finish this season on a high? Come on Mansfield!

Played for both sides (until 1961-62): Harry Broome, Jimmy Heathcote,
Wally Hunt, John Jepson, Tom Lockie, George Mee, Stanley Mercer, Jacob Parsons,
Jazz Rattray, William White. Current Accrington club: James Alabi, Rory
Boulding, Billy Kee, Louis Moult, Andy Owens, Andy Todd, Laurence Wilson.

Home games: P 23, W 12, D 5, L
6, GF 45, GA 27
Away games: P 22, W 4, D 7, L 11, GF 28, GA 43

(games until 1961-62 as the old Accrington

Season Home Date Away Date

1932-33 1-3 1933-04-17 0-6 1933-01-02 Div 3 (N)
1933-34 5-0 1934-02-10 1-1 1933-09-30 Div 3 (N)
1934-35 2-1 1934-12-15 0-2 1934-09-19 Div 3 (N)
1935-36 3-1 1936-04-10 1-1 1936-04-13 Div 3 (N)
1936-37 2-1 1937-03-13 3-0 1936-11-07 Div 3 (N)
1947-48 1-0 1947-11-15 0-1 1948-04-03 Div 3 (N)
1948-49 2-0 1949-01-22 1-1 1948-09-11 Div 3 (N)
1949-50 2-0 1949-08-29 2-2 1949-08-24 Div 3 (N)
1950-51 5-0 1951-03-23 2-0 1951-03-26 Div 3 (N)
1951-52 3-0 1951-08-27 0-1 1951-08-22 Div 3 (N)
1952-53 0-0 1953-04-13 2-2 1953-01-31 Div 3 (N)
1953-54 1-1 1953-09-12 1-5 1954-01-23 Div 3 (N)
1954-55 2-2 1954-09-11 2-3 1955-01-22 Div 3 (N)
1955-56 3-2 1956-03-30 1-3 1956-04-02 Div 3 (N)
1956-57 1-3 1956-12-29 3-3 1956-09-01 Div 3 (N)
1957-58 0-2 1958-01-25 1-4 1958-03-29 Div 3 (N)
1958-59 3-2 1959-01-03 0-2 1958-08-30 Div 3 (old)
1959-60 4-1 1960-04-02 1-0 1960-03-21 Div 3 (old)
1960-61 0-0 1961-03-22 4-1 1961-03-25 Div 4 (old)

As the current Accrington club:
2006-07 2-2 2006-09-23 2-3 2007-01-16 League Two

2007-08 1-2 2007-12-29 0-1 2007-09-22 League Two

2013-14 2-3 2013-12-21 1-1 2014-04-17 League Two

2014-15 0-1 2014-10-04 (at Mansfield) League Two

FA Cup:

1934-35 6-1 1934-11-24 (1st round at Field Mill)
1952-53 2-0 1952-12-06 (2nd round at Peel Park)
1959-60 2-1 1959-11-14 (1st round at Peel Park)
1960-61 0-3 1960-11-30 (2nd round at Peel Park)

As the current Accrington club:

2006-07 1-0 2006-11-11 (1st round at Field Mill)


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