‘Believe in me’

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.

Click the image to order your copy in case you don’t win Guess the Score or have a Christmas gift in mind

Ha’way the Lads.

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15 Responses to “Accrington Stanley vs SAFC Guess the Score: the club that wouldn’t die” Subscribe

  1. CSB December 4, 2018 at 8:56 am #

    Accrington Stanley 1 – 4 Sunderland, good to see them back but that’s as far as the charity and Christmas spirit goes!!!!! Ho, Ho, Ho, humbug!!!

  2. Eric012 December 4, 2018 at 8:58 am #

    Is Bumble (SKY’s cricket commentator David Lloyd) back from Sri Lanka? Could the Accy Stanley nut be leading a chorus of Sweet Caroline as the mighty Sunderland are put to the sword? NO! Fower nowt.

  3. Terry December 4, 2018 at 10:35 am #

    1-3 away win.

  4. Phil D December 4, 2018 at 10:59 am #

    2-1 to the lads.

    A win but no clean sheet.

  5. Paul December 4, 2018 at 11:09 am #

    2-0 away win.

    Thanks for the birthday greetings, Colin. My luck has dried up as far as guessing the score is concerned, still getting used to the Lads’ winning ways.

  6. John Mac December 4, 2018 at 11:40 am #


  7. David December 4, 2018 at 12:05 pm #

    Three goals to nil. Another win for the Black Cats.

  8. David Miller December 4, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

    5-2 to the lads.

  9. wrinkly pete December 4, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

    Phew! Just in time. We are not as secure at the back as we were so will concede three – but score four. 4-3 to The Lads

  10. malcolm December 4, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

    5-1 tonight. Ozturk, Diamond, Sinclair, Mumba, Oviedo. Watmore hits the post.

    6-0 on Saturday. Maguire, Maja, Power 2, Matthews, Baldwin.

    Now for some more of those funny tasting brownies.

  11. Mike December 4, 2018 at 11:45 pm #

    The Lads to win 4-2 and close in on top spot.!

  12. Malcolm Ray December 7, 2018 at 8:55 am #

    Not a goal fest that many will hope for – 2 away goals, a clean sheet but more importantly 3pts but any win will do

    • Malcolm Ray December 7, 2018 at 8:58 am #

      Sorry – meant to say 1 goal – one nil away win

  13. Mel Bond December 7, 2018 at 9:56 am #

    The eternal optimist saysh ho ho ho tis the season to be jolly
    They have had some reasonable results of late but midweek rest for lots of our lads and a spring in their step I will go nap again with a 5 nowt to the lads a couple of more wins on top and then down to my neck of the woods to take the Pompey apart and top for Xmas the eternal optimist exile mackem

  14. Bill December 7, 2018 at 9:36 pm #

    2-2 to the lads

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