Preview: Accrington Stanley v Morecambe

John Coleman.
John Coleman.
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Morecambe travel to Accrington Stanley this Friday night, October 31, hoping to end the one record they want to wipe more than most.


John Coleman

Both a Morecambe and Stanley legend Coleman originally left Accrington for Rochdale in 2012 when at the time he was the third longest serving manager in the country. Disappointing spells at Southport and Sligo Rovers followed before joined by long-serving assistant Jimmy Bell, he returned to his spiritual home after James Beattie’s departure in September.

Key Man

Lee Molyneux

Fan favourite has returned on loan admitting move that saw him leave for Crewe in the summer of 2013 hasn’t worked out. Having originally come back at the end of last season having fallen out of favour at Gresty Road winger has returned for a second time.


Accrington won Coleman’s first three games in charge on his return, including a remarkable 5-4 win at Northampton, but form has been patchy since. Two defeats preceded a win over Hartlepool with Stanley drawing 1-1 at Newport last time out on Saturday.


Stanley’s hold over Morecambe now stretches to 14 Football League games. Last season’s corresponding fixture as the Crown Ground was perhaps the most forgettable of them all, a 5-1 defeat.

Possible line-up

Joronen, Hunt, Aldred, Atkinson, Winnard, O’Sullivan, Joyce, Proctor, Barry, Molyneux, Maguire.