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Promoted Stanley get town parade
Accrington Stanley celebrate promotion to the football League
The club's promotion was secured with a 1-0 win at Woking
Players from Accrington Stanley will parade through the town in an open-top bus to celebrate their promotion to the football league.

The team ended a 44-year battle to play league football with a win over Woking.

Players, manager John Coleman and club chairman Eric Whalley will be guests of honour at a civic reception, before a lap of honour through Accrington.

Mr Whalley and the club will also be awarded freedom of the borough later in the year, Hyndburn Council says.

The club's most famous hour was in a 1988 milk advert which became well-known for its phrase: "Accrington Stanley, who are they?"

No longer will people be able to say 'Accrington Stanley, who are they?'
Councillor Peter Britcliffe
Hyndburn Council leader

At the time Stanley were a non league club having dropped out in 1962. The club folded in 1963 before being resurrected five years later.

Councillor Peter Britcliffe, Hyndburn Council leader, said: "Stanley's journey to promotion has been truly magical and this event will be in celebration of their outstanding achievement.

"It's set to be a fantastic occasion. Stanley are a big part of the community and everyone feels proud of them.

"No longer will people be able to say, 'Accrington Stanley, who are they?'"

The open-top bus will leave the Crown ground at 1100 BST on Sunday for the town hall.

There will be speeches before a private reception. The bus will then do its lap of honour for fans.

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