Accrington Stanley

John Coleman


John Coleman

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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, went on to lead the club up into League One.

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 the third-tier.

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


A single draw against Burton Albion in an otherwise black and white set of results has seen Accrington Stanley struggle for consistent results. Wins against Lincoln City, Shrewsbury Town & AFC Wimbledon and defeats to Tranmere Rovers, Oxford United, Rotherham United, Peterborough United, Salford City & Southend United demonstate slightly erratic form.

Upcoming Fixtures

10 AprAccrington Stanley15:00Fleetwood Town
13 AprMilton Keynes Dons15:00Accrington Stanley
18 AprAccrington Stanley15:00Bristol Rovers
25 AprSunderland15:00Accrington Stanley
03 MayAccrington Stanley12:00Wycombe Wanderers

Recent Results

07 MarAccrington Stanley1 - 2Tranmere Rovers
25 FebOxford United3 - 0Accrington Stanley
22 FebAccrington Stanley1 - 2Rotherham United
15 FebAccrington Stanley4 - 3Lincoln City
11 FebShrewsbury Town0 - 2Accrington Stanley
01 FebAccrington Stanley2 - 1AFC Wimbledon

Manager History

ManagerStart Date - End DateRecord
John Coleman18 Sep 2014 - PresentWon: 129, Drawn: 74, Lost: 103
Paul Stephenson12 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 Richardson23 Jan 2012 - 13 Feb 2012Won: 1, Drawn: 0, Lost: 0
John Coleman01 May 1999 - 23 Jan 2012Won: 236, Drawn: 148, Lost: 203

1 Trophies Won

League Performance
15. Lincoln City3512617-242
16. Shrewsbury Town34101113-1141
17. Accrington Stanley35101015-640
18. Milton Keynes Dons3510718-1137
19. Rochdale3410618-1836
League Results

AFC Wimbledon


Bolton Wanderers

Bristol Rovers

Burton Albion


Coventry City

Doncaster Rovers

Fleetwood Town


Ipswich Town

Lincoln City

Milton Keynes Dons

Oxford United

Peterborough United



Rotherham United

Shrewsbury Town

Southend United


Tranmere Rovers

Wycombe Wanderers

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