Fixture: Accrington Stanley v Barnet
Date: Saturday 26th November
Competition: FA Cup
Venue: Wham Stadium
The Bee’s set out to the Wham Stadium to take on League One side Accrington Stanley in the 2nd round of the FA Cup.
Barnet are undefeated in their previous five games and will look to make that six, however, the ‘Owd Reds won’t make it easy for the Bees, being considered match favourites given their football pyramid status.
Accrington Stanley haven’t had the best first half of a season with only five wins out of their 19 games played, a factor that leaves them sitting in 19th place.
About our opposition:
Nickname: The ‘Owd Reds
Stadium: Wham Stadium
Manager: John Coleman
Top Scorer: Sean McConville & Shaun Whalley (4)
League Position: 19th
Recent Result: Grimsby Town 0-1 Accrington Stanley
One To Watch: Sean McConville
The Mersey Side born midfielder currently has provided 7 Goals/Assists this season being the ‘Owd Reds silver lining in a rather unpleasing season.
McConville has played for Accrington twice now in his career, originally joining in 2009 for two seasons before returning in 2015 and becoming a mainstay in midfield.
In over 270 appearances for Accrington, McConville has scored 51 goals from midfield making him one of the most treasured players at the club.
In The Dugout: John Coleman
Coleman just like McConville has been involved with Accrington Stanley on more than one occasion, taking charge of the ‘Owd Reds in 1999 for 13 years before leaving and re-joining the club in 2014, where he has been ever since.
Accrington boss, Coleman has only ever managed three other clubs, spending 21 of his 25-year managerial career in Lancashire.
The manager did also have a 20-year playing career where he featured as a forward for clubs including Southport where he racked up 49 goals in 89 games.
Coleman has helped Accrington be promoted through the Northern Premier League Division One (1999-2000), Northern Premier (2002-03), Conference Premier (2005-06) and League Two (2017-18).