Accrington Stanley

John Coleman


John Coleman

Founded 1968

Chairman Peter Marsden

Stadium Crown Ground

Time at Club:





Accrington Stanley are managed by John Coleman who returned to the club in September 2014, following the surprise departure of James Beattie. Coleman, who previously spent 12-and-a-half-years in the Reds dugout between 1999 and 2012, is now back in the hot seat of his beloved club, who missed out in the play-offs last term.

Synonymous with the lower echelons of English football, Stanley have gradually worked their way up from the non league arena and have now become a firm fixture in the professional scene and are looking to gain promotion to League One.

At the heart of their meteoric rise up the leagues was John Coleman, who took over the team in 1999, when they were plying their trade in the Northern Premier League Division One. Coleman managed to gain promotion early on in his tenure and in the 2002-2003 season got them promoted to the Conference.

It took three years, but Coleman managed to get them promoted again as champions from the Conference and the 2006-2007 season saw them play their first season in league football.

Coleman continued to shine at the Lancashire club and he just failed to gain another promotion in the 2010-2011 season, as they made the play-offs after finishing a creditable fifth, but came unstuck against Stevenage Borough in the semi-finals, losing 3-0 on aggregate.

It was an end of an era in 2012 as Coleman decided to vacate his post as Stanley manager and head for pastures new, by becoming the boss of Rochdale, but returned to the club two years later.

Recent Form


Accrington Stanley have reaped 5 wins in the last 10 games, beating Blackpool, Chesterfield, Colchester United, Portsmouth and Notts County. 3 draws against Crawley Town, Cheltenham Town and Mansfield Town and defeats to Cambridge United and West Ham United has seen them score 14 at an average of 1.4 goals per game while shipping 8.


Recent Results

Manager History

ManagerStart Date - End DateRecord
John Coleman18 Sep 2014 - PresentWon: 46, Drawn: 33, Lost: 34
Paul Stephenson *12 Sep 2014 - 18 Sep 2014Won: 1, Drawn: 0, Lost: 1
James Beattie13 May 2013 - 12 Sep 2014Won: 16, Drawn: 16, Lost: 26
Leam Richardson25 Oct 2012 - 30 Apr 2013Won: 10, Drawn: 11, Lost: 15
Paul Cook13 Feb 2012 - 25 Oct 2012Won: 8, Drawn: 7, Lost: 18
Leam Richardson *23 Jan 2012 - 13 Feb 2012Won: 1, Drawn: 0, Lost: 0
John Coleman01 May 1999 - 23 Jan 2012Won: 236, Drawn: 148, Lost: 203

* Caretaker/Interim Manager

League Performance
5. Portsmouth14635621
6. Notts County13634221
7. Accrington Stanley14554120
8. Grimsby Town14626020
9. Crawley Town14554-120
League Results



Cambridge United

Carlisle United

Cheltenham Town

Colchester United

Crawley Town

Crewe Alexandra

Doncaster Rovers

Exeter City

Grimsby Town

Hartlepool United

Leyton Orient

Luton Town

Mansfield Town


Newport County

Notts County

Plymouth Argyle



Wycombe Wanderers

Yeovil Town