Date: 1st July 2018 at 12:00pm
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Our League One lowdown starts as we take a look at Peterborough United’s 2018-19 opposition.

First up, we put League Two Champions Accrington Stanley under the microscope…

2017-18: THE STORY

Accrington Stanley made history last season as they were promoted to Sky Bet League One for the first time in their history.

The Wham Stadium was rocking throughout the campaign and a record attendance against Lincoln City witnessed them become champions, as John Coleman’s side put the cherry atop an outstanding year.

Stanley also recorded the most number of clean sheets throughout the campaign but they have since lost their goalkeeper, Aaron Chapman, to Posh on a free transfer.

STADIUM: THE WHAM STADIUM

The Wham Stadium is the second-smallest stadium in League One!

With a capacity of 5,057, the stadium can house up to 1,800 away fans in the Coppice Terrace at one end of the ground. Make sure you take a rain jacket if you go as it’s not fully covered and can get a bit wet during the winter months!

MANAGER: JOHN COLEMAN

After a 20-year playing career, mainly in non-league football, John Coleman first took charge of Stanley between 1999 and 2012 after starting his managerial career with Ashton United.

During his first spell with Stanley, he became the longest-serving manager in the club’s history as he guided them to three promotions as champions. In 1999-2000 they won the Northern Premier League Division One, in 2002-03 they topped the Northern Premier and in 2005-06 he guided Stanley into the Football League.

He returned to the Wham Stadium in 2014 and his crowning achievement came last season, as the club were promoted to League One.

TOP SCORER: BILLY KEE

One of the key men behind Stanley’s promotion-winning campaign was Billy Kee.

The striker wasn’t just their top scorer, he blew away all others in the division. Scoring 26 goals and assisting on nine others, Kee contributed more than most and will be vital to their hopes during the 2018-19 season.

His reputation as a goalscorer is no secret as he scored consistently for Burton Albion before moving to the Wham Stadium. Coleman will be hoping he can step up and continue to do the business in League One.

LAST MEETING: Peterborough United 8 – 2 Accrington Stanley

It’s 11 seasons since Posh and Stanley played each other. That came in a League Two clash in January 2008 when Stanley were the visitors to London Road. It wasn’t a pleasant experience for the visitors either after conceding four goals in each half!

Craig Mackail-Smith started and finished the scoring while George Boyd and Aaron MacLean both scored hat-tricks. Paul Mullin and Shaun Whalley scored what were merely consolation goals in the second half for Accrington.

2018/2019 MATCH DATES

Sat, 20th October, 2018 – 3pm – Posh v Stanley

Sat, 29th December, 2018 – 3pm – Stanley v Posh

COMINGS AND GOINGS:

IN

Will Wood (Southampton) – Free
Piero Mingoia (Cambridge United) – Free

OUT

Mekhi McLeod
Akeel Francis
Aaron Chapman (Peterborough United) – Free

HEAD TO HEAD:

Competition 
Posh Wins
Draws 
Accrington Wins
League
4
0
2
TOTAL
4
0
2

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