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Club Preview: Accrington Stanley

A look at Stanley last season and the odds for next year

2 June 2017

We begin our look at all 23 sides in the division next year with John Coleman's side.

How did they do last season?

Stanley finished the 2016/17 campaign in 13th position, but at one time a top seven finish looked a realistic possibility.

That opportunity to push into the top seven came about due to an eye-catching run in the latter half of the season when Stanley went 15 games unbeaten in the league from the middle of February until Easter Monday.

The Lancashire side finished the season with 21 wins in all competitions.

Who stood out?

Shay McCartan scored 11 league goals last season in an impressive campaign that saw him called up to the Northern Ireland senior squad this summer.

Ten of those came in his last 18 league outings as the striker finished the side’s second highest scorer.

The Manager

John Coleman managed Stanley for 12 and a half years from 1999, winning the club three promotions and taking them into the Football League, overseeing nearly 600 matches before moving onto Rochdale – where he stayed at Spotland for only a year.

Spells with Southport and Sligo Rovers followed before he returned to the Wham Stadium in 2014 to take charge of the side once more.

Our meetings last season….

The game at the Checktrade Stadium last season ended goalless but did produce a memorable moment – a first half goal line scramble that subsequently went viral around the world.

The reverse fixture ended in a 1-0 defeat for the Reds on Easter Monday at the Wham Stadium, with McCartan’s second half goal the difference between the two sides.

The odds…

SkyBet have the Lancashire side priced at 20/1 to win the title next season, and 5/1 to be promoted.

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