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New Season, New Team - Accrington Stanley

16 May 2018

Let's look at our new opponents for the 2018/19 season...

The 2017/18 season is unfortunately over and done with for Blues and now it's time to look ahead to the next season which brings new challenges.

This week we look at the first team to come up and that's Sky Bet League Two Champions, Accrington Stanley.

Accrington were formed in 1968 and were promoted to the Football League in 2006, after winning the 2005/06 Football Conference.

The club came very close to promotion back in the 2010/11 season when the club reached the play-offs but lost out to League Two newcomers Stevenage in the semi-final.

This will be the first time in their history that Accrington Stanley will play in League One.

They have played at the Wham Stadium since 1968, when the ground first opened.

Located just off the M65, the ground holds 5,057 spectators with (2000 seated).

Blues have lost just twice out of seven games against Accrington when playing away.

Accrington finished the season with an impressive 93 points and sealed their promotion with a 2-0 win against Yeovil Town.

They scored 76 and conceded 46 goals in the last campaign and lost just 11 games, with only three at home.

Their top scorer Billy Kee also finished the season as the League's top scorer. (25 goals)

John Coleman is currently in his second spell with Accrington, after previously guiding the club into the football league in his first stint.

Coleman has replicated his managerial skills with the club with their recent promotion to League One.

He has managed 204 games this spell guiding Accrington to 93 wins, 50 draws and 61 losses.

The last time the two clubs met was on 14th February 2015.

Piero Mingoia put the visitors in front when he fired in a neat volley, and Terry Gornell's lob doubled the lead.

Blues replied instantly as Barry Corr headed in David Worrall's cross, but Stanley comfortably held on.

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