Pete Sixsmith, having begun his annual Santa duties, has a special gift to offer: that unwon copy of Managers, the third column of Sunderland books from Tales From the Red and Whites. Read on …
Our headline reflects the proud declaration that sits atop the home page of Accrington Stanley FC’s official website.
And many readers will be familiar with the “who are they?” mantra, as exemplified by this exchange from an old milk advertisement quoted at Wikipedia:
Boy 1 (wearing Liverpool top): “Milk! Urghh!”
Boy 2:(also wearing Liverpool top) “It’s what Ian Rush drinks.”
Boy 1: “Ian Rush?”
Boy 2: “Yeah. And he said if I didn’t drink lots of milk, when I grow up, I’ll only be good enough to play for Accrington Stanley.”
Boy 1: “Accrington Stanley, who are they?”
Boy 2: “Exactly.”
The gag may linger in some minds, but the worst – a four-year gap after the club collapsed in the 1960s – is behind Stanley now as last season’s promotion to League One demonstrated.
The tiny Crown Ground, capacity all of 5,057, is the setting for Saturday’s match, one SAFC must really be keen to win to consolidate our position in the top two.
Have a go at guessing the score. No one was right with 1-1 in the FA Cup tie at Walsall so a copy of the book, the second to be offered in this competition thanks to the publishers’ generosity, will go the reader who is first with the correct scoreline. Stanley fans may enter, too, but the prize remains the same.
Ha’way the Lads.