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FA Cup draw shows how far we have come: Coley

Manager looks ahead to First Round tie

24 October 2019

John Coleman knows that the Emirates FA Cup First Round draw against Crewe Alexandra will bring back memories for longer-serving Stanley fans.

After overcoming Conference side Gateshead in 1992, thanks to a Paul Beck hat-trick, HFS Loans League Premier League side Stanley drew then league side Crewe in Round Two.

The tie was switched to Ewood Park to accommodate the fans and 10, 801 watched but unfortunately the Reds lost 6-1.

Crewe, who have ex-Red Nicky Hunt among their squad, currently lead the way in League Two while the Reds are looking at climbing the League One table.

“I guess we just have to be glad it’s a home draw, it has parallels to last season when we got Colchester in the First Round and they were high flying in League Two,” said Coleman.

“Crewe are in a rich vein of form and we will respect that and it’s always a good atmosphere for the FA Cup.

“For our older supporters it will bring back memories of when we had to switch the tie to Ewood Park. I guess that’s testament to how far we have come, it was such a massive game for Accrington then that we had to switch the game.”

The tie will be played between November 8th-11th.


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