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Stat Attack: Accrington Stanley vs. Notts County, Saturday 4 February 2017

Joe Jones

Notts County have played the current incarnation of Accrington Stanley 14 times in their history.

The first fixtures against the "new Stanley" were in August and December 1958, when both sides played in Division Three.

The Magpies drew 1-1 in the first match, before losing 3-0 in the second.

A hiatus of 48 years followed before the teams met again in the fourth tier, now League Two, on 9 September 2006. The result was a 3-2 win to Notts.

The last fixture was earlier this season on September 10, and Stanley won 2-0 at Meadow Lane.

The original town's team, Accrington, were amongst the twelve founder members of the Football League in 1888, before resigning from the league after just five years.

A team called Stanley Villa already existed at the time, named as such because they were based at the Stanley Arms on Stanley Street in Accrington.

With the demise of Accrington, Stanley Villa took the town name to become Accrington Stanley.

The club re-formed after World War I and entered the League in 1921 with the formation of the old Third Division North, along with the other top northern non-League clubs.

This original incarnation was dissolved in 1966, before re-emerging two years later. In 2005–06, Stanley won the Football Conference and were promoted to League Two.

Ironically, Oxford United, the team they switched places with, was the team that had been elected to replace the former Accrington Stanley as members of the Football League in 1962 when they were struggling with debt.

Accrington Stanley is perhaps most well known for being mentioned pejoratively by two Liverpudlian kids in a late 1980s advert by the Milk Marketing Board.

Famous people from Accrington include Vicky Entwhistle and Julie Hesmondhalgh from Coronation Street, Yes singer Jon Anderson, cricketer Mike Atherton, Diana Vickers from The X Factor, and Mystic Meg.

Team news

Accrington are still missing Matty Pearson and Scott Brown through suspension ahead of the visit of Notts on Saturday.

Defender Pearson is in the middle of a three-match ban following his sending-off in the 1-1 draw against Carlisle United.

Midfielder Brown must sit out the League Two match and one more fixture as he completes his four-match ban.

Stanley boss John Coleman can field the squad which lost narrowly in the FA Cup at Middlesbrough last week, however.

Notts could name a much-changed team from that which last week defeated Crawley Town 2-1 after being busy in the transfer market.

Kevin Nolan has registered to play for them, therefore becoming player-manager and coming into contention.

On Tuesday they also recruited Tahvon Campbell, Marc Bola, Jorge Grant and Josh Clackstone, while Mark Yeates signed earlier on in the window.

Curtis Thompson, however, is suspended after being sent off last Saturday.

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