Why Accrington Stanley’s promotion is a win for football

This season within English football has been spectacular across all four divisions. One trend that was clear to see was that in both the Premier League and the Championship the leagues were won by the biggest spenders in Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively.

Manchester City has played some superb football under Pep Guardiola this season and has been a breath of fresh air. The same can be said for Wolves who under Nuno Espírito Santo have walked the Championship and unearthed the gem that is Ruben Neves. Both teams have outspent their counterparts this season and it was clear to see as they both won their respective leagues comfortably.

However, the biggest story this season has come from League Two where Accrington Stanley have secured promotion and look in good standing to win the league. The club, which was famously mocked through a milk commercial where a child has no idea who they were, have defied the odds and will be playing away at Sunderland next season.

What makes this story even better is the fact that Accrington had one of the lowest budgets in League Two this season. Manager John Coleman has produced a masterclass this season by taking the club up and he also got them playing some scintillating football along the way as well.

With Accrington having the second-smallest average attendance in the EFL, renting a 3G pitch to train on as they do not own their own training ground the story is remarkable and it could show that football doesn’t fully revolve around football just yet. With their promotion and a much-needed cash boost, Accrington may be able to buy their own training facilities.

Can Accrington challenge and compete in League One? Only time will tell but for now, John Coleman and Accrington Stanley can enjoy what they have achieved.


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