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League 1 Spotlight: Accrington Stanley

Tom Hancock kicks off a new series of profiles on the Chairboys' opponents for the 2018/19 campaign.

25 June 2018

As the countdown to the new season gets underway, Tom Hancock takes a look at the sides the Chairboys will be facing in League 1.

Last season’s League Two champions are gearing up for their first ever campaign in the third tier, finally making it after losing out in the play-offs in 2011 and 2016.

Manager John Coleman has worked wonders with a shoestring budget, and he and his well organised team – which looks likely to change very little in terms of personnel – will be more than up for the challenge that awaits.

Among the bookies’ favourites for relegation, Stanley will be well aware that they face a tough test in League One, but they and their fans will doubtless try and enjoy every minute of probably their greatest adventure yet – not that they’re here just to make up the numbers.

Another promotion would be the stuff of footballing fairy tales, but don’t be surprised to see ‘The Club That Wouldn’t Die’ at least survive.

Last season: 1st in League Two

In charge: John Coleman
Heading into the fourth full season of his second spell as Accrington manager, the Liverpudlian was a club legend long before their latest promotion – which was the fourth he’s led them to, each time as champions. He has managed at this level before, albeit with Rochdale as they were relegated in 2012.

Star player: Billy Kee
The 2017/18 League Two Player of the Season and joint top scorer racked up 25 goals as Stanley ultimately eased to the title, as well as providing nine assists. An old-fashioned centre-forward who certainly knows where the back of the net is, he’ll cause plenty of problems for League One defenders.

Key ins: Defender Will Wood is Stanley’s only summer signing so far, with the youngster joining after his release by Southampton.

Key outs: First choice ‘keeper Aaron Chapman is the only real departure of note, having turned down a new deal to move to fellow League One outfit Peterborough on a free transfer. The towering stopper kept a league-high 18 clean sheets last season and is a big loss – in more ways than one.

EFL head-to-head:
Meetings: 20
Wycombe wins: 4
Accrington wins: 7
Draws: 9

First meeting: 30/12/2006 (League Two): Accrington 2-1 Wycombe (Wycombe scorer: Will Antwi)

Last meeting: 21/04/2018 (League Two): Wycombe 0-4 Accrington

Last Wycombe win: 15/12/2012 (League Two): Accrington 0-2 Wycombe (scorers: Bruno Andrade, Matt McClure)

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