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McConville celebrates Stanley milestone if he starts against Crewe

7 November 2019

Sean McConville will celebrate 300 appearances in his two spells at Stanley if he starts in the Emirates FA Cup clash at home to Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.

The winger was at the Reds from 2009-11, signing from Skelmersdale United, after he had come through the ranks at Liverpool, up to age 16.

He returned to the club in 2015 and has celebrated a promotion to League One under John Coleman.

“To reach 300 appearances for a club I love is something I am proud of. It's a great achievement and I won’t be stopping there, I want to make as many as possible.

“I remember I had been released by Liverpool at 16 and told I was too small and didn’t have enough concentration. I went into non-league with a manager who really rated me, while working full-time. Then Eric Whalley took a punt on me and I have never looked back.

“I remember my debut, coming on at Bournemouth in 2009, replacing John Mullin and we lost 1-0. It was the baggiest yellow kit ever! I was a bit star struck if I am honest, coming on for a player like John who had made Premier League and EFL appearances.

“You always remember your EFL debut and it was a great experience.

“I have seen players with a lot more ability than me tail away from football for one reason or another. I have always been willing to work hard, I want to give my all, I have mental toughness and I have been able to deal with the setbacks.

"You are always going to have one manager who likes you and one who doesn’t and I have learnt to respect the opinions of those who matter and ignore the opinions of those who I don't feel deserve my respect.

“I am 30 now and I hope to have another five or ten years playing and then I would love to stay involved in football in some capacity, I am doing my coaching badges.”

Sean has been a part of some good FA Cup runs, the Reds got to the fourth round last year before losing to Derby County, but he has also been knocked out in the first round, losing to Guiseley the year Stanley won the League Two title.

“I actually think losing to Guiseley did us a favour as, although it was devastating at the time, we concentrated on the league and won it.

“We know though the financial side is massive for a club like ours, it could mean the difference as to whether we go out and buy a player in January. We also have a good bonus system in the cup so it could pay for our Christmas.

“We certainly won’t be taking Crewe lightly, they are doing well, they will bring a few fans, they will be strong but we want to be in the draw on Monday.”

Sean admitted though, that the Reds need to start taking their chances. The wideman is still without a league goal so far this season, after 15 goals in the last campaign.

“I read a stat that I was the player with the most shots in the league without scoring. I have had 27 shots and not scored once and that’s ludicrous. I am sure once one goes in they will be like buses but, as a team, we can’t hide, we need to do something about it, hopefully starting in the FA Cup.”


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