Date: 9th August 2007 at 5:07pm
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NEW season, new fortunes for Accrington Stanley.

Last season, as great as it was to be back in the Football League after such a long absence, the tension that arrived towards the end of the campaign as the Reds dropped closer to the relegation zone was something that I don’t want repeated too often.

The tension that was gripping the club in the 2005/06 season was one I don’t mind, that can happen every season if it ends in the same type of outcome. Promotion.

And I am certain that it will come again and it won’t be long until it does.

Stanley have experience in the Football League after a nail biting first season, and we all knew going in to the season that we needed to get the first season over and done with, before building up a potentially promotion worthy side.

And in my opinion that is exactly what has happened during the summer break.

The aquisitions of strikers John Miles and Roscoe Dsane from Macclesfield and AFC Wimbledon respectively, goalkeeper Kenny Arthur from Partick Thistle, defender Mark Roberts from Northwich and midfielder Paul Cardon from Conference outfit Burton Albion just go to show what sort of talents John Coleman is attracting to the club.

The versatility of Graham Branch will also help John Coleman out immensly. Branchy has to be one of the League Two signings of the season surely?

Of course not only the new faces around the club carry talent.

It’s been here for a while and it runs through the vains of Accrington Stanley, but that, as you all know makes us pickings for bigger clubs.

Gary Roberts and Ian Craney two prime examples. You will probably be thinking, ‘Well Roberts and Craney didn’t come from the Stanley Youth scheme’, but what Stanley did with them players is transfer potential in to ability. Roberts has now moved on to play in the Championship with Ipswich and Craney in League One with Swansea.

Players are coming through the Fraser Eagle Youth Programme though, goalkeeper Martin Fearon becoming the first player from the scheme to be offered a Pro deal at the Fraser Eagle Stadium.

Fearon, 18, signed a one-year deal following a highly successful two year spell with the youth programme set up by the club’s main sponsors, Fraser Eagle. I am sure Martin isn’t the last on the production line either.

Accrington enjoyed a great Pre-Season aswel.

The pick of the results has to be the 1-1 draw with local Championship flight neighbours Burnley at the Fraser Eagle Stadium in which Accrington overrun the Claret in my opinion and deserved more than a draw, but at the end of the day it was a vital run out for John Coleman’s men.

A Vital Football poll also showed that Accrington Stanley was thought of as the best away day in League Two by a high number of supporters.

I think you will agree that these are all good signs of current things and of things to come here at Accrington Stanley Football Club.

Roll on Leicester City on Tuesday evening!

This article will feature in the Accrington Vs. Leicester programme on Tuesday.