Walls - Accrington Stanley - Half Life (CD, Album)
The town's original club, named simply Accringtonwere founder members of the Football League inthough folded just six years later. The current incarnation of the club entered the Lancashire Combination and moved on to the Cheshire County League after winning the Combination title in — They were promoted to the Premier Division in —91, though were relegated in The early 21st century saw the club win three promotions over the course of seven seasons under the stewardship of John Coleman to gain a place in the Football League.
They then spent 12 seasons mostly in the bottom half of the table in League Twothough did also lose two play-off semi-finals, before Coleman led them to promotion into League One as League Two champions in — Accrington had been without a football team following the collapse of the original Accrington Stanley in The original team had been formed in and played in the Football League from to Marchbut had spent its final four seasons in the Lancashire Combination. At a meeting at Bold Street Working Men's Club in the revival was initiated, and in August the new club played at a new ground, the Crown Ground.
After the club was relegated inWhalley appointed John Coleman as manager. The club's rise to the Football League is attributed in part to the windfall of hundreds of thousands of pounds reaped by the sell-on clause in the December transfer of former Stanley star Brett Ormerod to Southamptonwhich paid Blackpool over a million pounds for his contract.
The —03 championship of the Northern Premier League followed quickly on Accrington getting the cash. In Maythe club was promoted for the first time in history to the Football Conferencefollowing its win of the Northern Premier League. The club's first-ever game in the league was away to another reformed club, Aldershot Townon Sunday 10 August The game was shown live on Sky Sports and resulted in a 2—1 loss.
The season was a success, with a final league position of 10th being achieved. The highlight of that first season in the 5th tier was a run to the FA Cup 3rd round, losing in a replay at League One side Colchester United.
InAccrington Stanley turned professional. The following season, Stanley yet again achieved a final position of 10th placed, with Stanley legend Paul Mullin amongst the top goal scorers yet again, adding another 20 to his tally. Stanley's stay in the Conference didn't last long, with the club returning to the Football League at the end of the season.
Finishing on 91 points, the club went on a game unbeaten run stretching from October to March, leaving the club an easy passage to League Two. The club's first Football League game took place on 5 August away to now-defunct club Chester City ; it resulted in a 2—0 loss. The club was involved in a relegation battle Walls - Accrington Stanley - Half Life (CD its first season in the 4th tier. A run of 5 wins in the last 9 games of the season led to a 20th-place finish and was enough to save the club from relegation in its first season back in the Football League.
The game resulted in a 1—0 win, leaving the club a 2nd-round away tie against then Premier League team Watfordeventually losing 6—5 on penalties after a 0—0 draw and extra-time. The club also took part in the Football League Trophy for the first time as a league club after playing in the two previous seasons as one of 12 Conference sides, beating Bradford City away in September and, after defeating Carlisle United and Blackpool in the early rounds, were knocked out by Doncaster Rovers in the Area Quarter-finals.
The —08 season produced more of the same, with the club involved in another relegation battle with strugglers Chester CityWrexham and Mansfield Town. Performance during the —09 season improved, with the club achieving a modest 16th-place finish in League Two.
A run of 6 League wins in the last 12 games was a nice way to finish the season. This season saw the emergence of young prospect Bobby Grantwho finally fulfilled the early promise seen in previous seasons. The club again failed to make it past the early round of any of the domestic cups, losing in the first round to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the League Cup and Tranmere Rovers in both the FA Cup albeit after a replay and Football League Trophy.
The —10 season was far better, with the club pushing for a playoff place at the turn of the year. The emergence of the Michael Symes and Bobby Grant partnership was a key aspect and, following their achievements throughout the season, both moved on to bigger clubs. The club reached the Football League Two play-offs during the —11 season, one of the most successful in its history. A run of 1 loss in 19 games, from February till May, saw the club finish in a best-ever 5th position, eventually losing to League Two newcomers Stevenage in the Playoff Semi-finals.
The season saw the emergence of Jimmy Ryan as a star in the making, along with a number of others, including goalkeeper Alex Cisak and midfielder Sean McConville. The club actually won the 1st-round game of the Football League Trophy away to Tranmere Roversbut was then forced to resign from the competition after fielding the ineligible Ray Putterill in the game.
The loss of no less than six of the playoff-chasing side of the previous season was a tough act to follow. Following a shaky start to the season the arrival of Bryan Hughes in October transformed the club's fortunes. A run of 6 wins in 7 games over the Christmas period saw the club briefly enter the play-offs. However, following the sale of club captain Andrew Procter to Preston North End in the January transfer window, the third-longest serving management team of John Coleman and Jimmy Bell departed for Rochdale.
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John Peel Wiki Explore. John Peel Show. Other Shows. Other Peel. But we reserve it for the ironic twist of fate that links community singing, the British Army, the demise of Accrington Stanley and another provincial town with strong military ties that lost its league football club, Aldershot.
Remembrance weekend is strictly and proudly observed, usually with a military representative on the pitch. Accrington has traditionally played its part in being one element of a wider recruiting area for the British Army, too; it serves a number of Lancashire-based regiments and the Coldstream Guards. Interestingly, both Stanley and the Pals were the beneficiaries of revivalism in the creation of a local memorial culture in the late s.
At time of writing, a huge banner showing officers and men of the battalion is still draped over the s extension to the Victorian town hall. In a remarkable squaring of this hypothetical circle, the club printed a poem from my tQ Pals article and attributed it to me in a recent Remembrance weekend matchday programme.
And he wrote a poem about it, wrongly attributed to me. Mick, lad, whoever you are, contact the club! To understand the root of this curse we need to go back, briefly, to community singing. Massed crowd singing at major events became popular afteroften at the behest of national newspapers such as the Daily Express and News Chronicle. Folk songs, shanties and old war songs were encouraged as efforts to imbue a sense of wellbeing Album) the subjects of the empire.
This increasingly popular activity spread to the Aldershot Military Tattoo intaking root in a stand that, over 30 years later, would lead to the ruination of Accrington Stanley. Huge and sprawling, it could seat thousands. The old Peel Park ground had grown to a capacity of 24, but only had seating for around Crowds could hit 10, for certain games, so it was decided the stand was essential. What could go wrong? Tragically, the whole operation was massively underestimated, according to Leatham.
As I intimated earlier when writing about the infant me playing with a giant white rabbit that lived under the rickety old wooden stand that served the reborn club, I only have myself as proof for some of the stories I relate. And I will devote the rest of my life to finding out the truth. These are the fragments of my memory, then, laid out for public inspection. It is an overcast Saturday afternoon, around Christmas, sometime in the mids when all-action midfielder Andy Procter is the dynamo of the team.
I am back in Acc, visiting my folks from my current base in the Netherlands. Stanley run on to the pitch, not to the heaving thuds and groans of pop music, but to a mini-symphony played, unmistakably, on a grand organ. The players look at each other, confused by this alien noise, whilst the Tannoy fellow announces that the music was part of a longer piece written to celebrate the new club rising from the ashes of the original Accrington Stanley.
This was all too much for me to take in after a few pre-match pints. I remember Stanley losing, the players doubtless affected by what they heard. This memory is Walls - Accrington Stanley - Half Life (CD a dream; it happened, but stupidly, I ended up back in the pub happily wasting time instead of running round to the club offices and demanding that I have the CD. And sadly, no one seems to be able to officially verify that this actually happened.
There are other Accrington memories that seem to be only to be mine. There is no real proof either just a collation of circumstantial evidencethat the concept of Total Football has its heart in East Lancashire, maybe even Accrington.
Dennis Murphy - vocals. Billy Colquhoun aka Billy Calhoun - lead guitar, keyboards, arranger. Frank Connor ex-The Falcons - 2nd lead guitar. Bobby Johnston - bass. Brian Album) - rhythm guitar. Jack Taylor - tenor sax. John "Ching" Lee - drums. Andy Doolan - trombone, songwriter. Billy Ritchie - keyboards.
Bertie McRoberts - bass. Singles UK :. They soon joined Garnet Mimms as his backing band and recorded a live session at the University of Sussex, which was released on LP in Garnet and the group then embarked on a European tour. The group also played gigs backing singer Ben E. Members January :.
Dave Agnew aka Mark David - vocals, guitar. Bill Irving - bass. Bob Mather - sax. Anthony Rutherford aka Tony Mimms - trumpet. Alex Ligertwood aka Alex Jackson - lead guitar, vocals.
Tam Frew - drums. Brian Johnston - organ. KingColumbia, 13 Jan At this point the band changed their name to House Of Orange. They continued to tour extensively with The Fantastics and in early March Brian, along with drummer Keith Franklin, left the band. Members Aug - early March :. Roy St. John aka Roy Thwaites - vocals. Pip Williams - guitar. Keith Franklin - drums.
Mick Tomich - bass until Sept Brian Johnston - keyboards. The original lineup consisted of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Tony surname unknownRick Thomas on lead guitar, bassist Warwick Rose future Tangerine Peelorganist Bill Pitt, and drummer Michael Armes.
Not much is known about the early history of the band. Brian left the group Walls - Accrington Stanley - Half Life (CD early Autumn of and organist Bill Pitt returned to take his place. The band continued to tour the UK into the new year. By mid, The Meantimers had disbanded. Members Spring - Autumn :. Simon K Kennie Simon - lead vocals early Roger McKew - lead guitar late - Mick Glyde - bass June - May Brent Scott Carter - tenor sax mid - Spring Tony Hall - sax early Oct - Spring Brian Johnston - organ Spring - Autumn Tex Marsh - drums Summer - Spring For a more detailed history of The Meantimers, see garagehangover.
Brian's keyboard playing talents are featured on the single's B-side, "Sophisticated Soul" an instrumental. It's not known if he also contributed to the single's A-side. Brian would once again team up with fellow session men, Tex Marsh and Martin Sack, as part of Tommy Hunt's backing in the Autumn of Martin Sack - Album).
Tex Marsh - drums. Roger McKew - guitar. Alan Jones - bass. She appeared frequently in clubs and released her first single "It's All Right" on Airborne Records in It, however, did reach number one in the West Indies.
Brian cut an album with the group early in the new year at a 4-track studio in Willesden in NW London. At some point before the recording, bassist Phil Chen was replaced by Pete Cole, who had also toured with The Fantastics along with Brian.
Joyce Bond - vocals. Arthur Pereira aka Raffi Pereira - guitar.
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