TWO defeats in the first two games back in the Football League for the first time in 44 years, left some Acrington Stanley fans fearing the worst.
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Saturday 5th August 2006. A date that will be remembered by many forgotten by little. The day Accrington Stanley made their return to the Football League after such a long absence from the league that they truely deserved to be in.
The scoreline can be forgotten though, a 2-0 defeat to Chester City wasn’t the best way to celebrate. Drewe Broughton and Gregg Blundell putting a dampener on the occasion.
Three days later and it was back to the Fraser Eagle Stadium to entertain Darlington. A crowd of just 2667 turned out to see Stanley crash to a second league defeat, as a minority of fans had alreay condemmed the Reds to an instant relegation.
Another date for you to remember now, Saturday 12th August 2006, the day of Stanley’s first win since returning to the League. Barnet were the team, 2-1 was the scoreline and Romuald Boco was the player to score Stanley’s first goals since their return.
The win was followed by a 1-1 stalemate with Stockport County.
I would like to say sorry in advance, but now there is another date for you to jot down and that is Monday 21st August. As Accrington Stanley, the team who had been rideculed by TV adverts, you all know it, ‘Accrington Stanley, who are they? Exactly!’ knocked Nottingham Forest, the team that has won European trophies, out of the Carling Cup in the first round. Paul Mullin getting the goal.
A second 1-1 draw of the season came soon after, this time Rochdale being the team to hold Stanley. I don’t want to spend much time on the next two games, as both combined see Stanley concede six goals, three to Lincoln City and three to Notts County. The two games saw Stanley score three themselves, but it was a rocky start to the season to say the least.
Seven goals. Five of them coming against Wrexham in a fantastic 5-0 drumming, and the last two coming in a narrow 2-1 victory over Boston United.
Another thrilling cup game, this time though Stanley lost out, but they almost toppled a Premiership side, Watford. After 90 minutes and 30 minutes extra-time, the sides could’t be seperated so on to penalties it was. Both teams scored all of their first five penalties, but it was Stanley who sadly lost out as the tie went in to sudden death.
So the Carling cup is out of the way now so it’s back to the league, and back to two consecutive 2-2 draws, which were both away, to Mansfield Town and Bury.
Ten points from the next four games saw Stanley gain a bit of vital form. A 2-1 victory over Wycombe Wanderers at The Fraser Eagle Stadium was swiftly followed by a 1-1 draw at home to promotion contenders Swindon Town.
A 2-0 win over Torquay United and a 2-1 home victory over League One side Carlisle United in the Johnston’s Paint Trophy first roun followed.
I would have ended Part One on a possitive note, but the next game brings us to the one – third of the season completed mark.
Oh well time to say goodbye until Part Two, when we take a look at the next 18 games of last season. Oh yeah I almost forgot, the last game was a 2-1 defeat to Walsall.