The one and only time I have been to their ground was the day it was free to get in. I think it was an important relegation dogfight that prompted the home club chairman not to charge spectators. Even this did not stop a few lads from refusing to come in the ground. They still watched the match from outside, on a grass bank beside the away end. The highlight of the day for me was the chant from united fans; I'ts free and your still outside, It's free and your still ouside ................
Having seen the ground but not a match on it, perhaps the view from there is better ~ it's where I stood to take a look at it.
To be fair, Accrington has only half as many more people living in it than Newton Abbot (35,000: 23,000) and a good number of those are of the Asian fraternity who have hardly taken football to their hearts; so in effect they are achieving the equivalent of Newton Spurs playing in the Football League.
Just 10 miles away you have Burnley, Blackburn is about 6, Greater Manchester a mere 8 miles (with the centre about 20) too; so you see the up hill struggle they have just to attract the few they do. It has always been that way, and is what lead to their forerunners' demise in 1962.
With a population of just under 25,000, Workington Reds achieved a similar miracle until their ejection from the Football League and look how they have tumbled since.
We visited Histon who are achieving a similar near impossibility in The Conference and the achievements of Forest Green Rovers aren't far short of that either, and I think it's out of order to belittle these communities or their clubs; but at the same time there should be a bottom line of facility that is accepted in the Football League or Conference and FGR certainly set the bench mark there.
The problem Stanley have is that the actual footprint of the ground is so small, particularly down the sides; and the only way top overcome that is by building two tier.......................somehow I can't ever see that happening in Accrington and at the moment such basic problems of their awful pitch need to take priority.
Certainly the Football League equivalent of a South Devon League trip to Teign Village!
This commo is the pits.................waffle, waffle, waffle ~ constant referal to other matches and scores................."absolutely", absolutely far too often They should listen to a re-run of last week's guy and learn how to do it professionally.
I don't give a shit about your Fantasy League Mr Pillnick!
A subdued performance where we failed to make much headway in midfield with Zebs at times dropping back to the right wing leaving Gritts to lumber along on his own up front. We probably missed Benyon particularly as the one clear chance that Gritts had in the first half he could have made something more of with the cross on the ground following a good counter attack.
Chances were at a premium but both sides could have scored in injury time. A couple of good saves from Bevan kept us in it and he deservedly won the MoM. Warmly applauded when this was announced straight after his injury time save. Can't be too critical as once again we are top of the league. ;D
Back down to earth with a big bump today. I almost started to sing "top of the League were having a laugh" at one point, if you study the BBC match stats of 30% - 70% possesion in Accys favour you would think it hard to believe but I honestly thought it was MORE one sided than that! First to everything and passing the ball very well right from the start, winning all the second balls we were never allowed to settle and dictate our normal and competent passing game. The players looked jaded, Benyon was absent and was badly missed for his high energy endeavour if nothing else so Gritton and Zebroski were paired up front for the first time. It didn't work with our only outlet being the long high ball to Gritton which got us nowhere he did what he could but looked off the pace and nothing stuck up front all afternoon. Midfield totally out played and over run at times it looked to be only a matter of time before they would get their noses in front. We lacked any width and Wroe was impotent in engine room and was completely snuffed out as a creative force. Fortunately the whole back line did have pretty good games Branston Ellis were excellent though Bevan had to produce some pretty good saves in both halves to keep us in the game and deservedly won the sponsors MOM award. The introduction of Macklyn, Okane and Kee did perk up the front line somewhat but the Accy defence were so on there game and we were so off ours it made little real difference. Kee continues to disappoint after so many rave revues he was puffing a bit today I noticed and definitely lacks pace. Not much more to add really we didn't have one serious attempt on goal that tested the keeper and if we had nicked at the death it would have been a complete injustice and if Accy had had a decent striker who could receive and finish we could well have lost this by very big margin indeed. I do hope that this is our poor spell and we can snap out of it soon we didn't get beat and that is very important no matter how you play and Accy Stanley are a very very good passing side and were really up for it today so well done to them.
My education started when I left Highweek School for boys..
chelstongull i have just got off the phone to all my tufc chums after telling them of benyons scrap with zebs,which now aparently didnt happen at all,a chinese whisper started by you,that in itself was of more interest than the stuff the team served up today.The only positives,clean sheet,played poorly but back top of the league,aint bad after that performance.Bevan got mom,well deserved,the rest of it generally poor.Saw charlie fairhurst in the family stand end didnt know he supported torquay
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