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Accrington launch survival fight

Accrington Stanley

Accrington have launched a "Save our Stanley" campaign to help the League Two club's fight for survival.

Stanley have been given less than eight weeks to find £308,000 by Inland Revenue or face being wound up.

"We really need to pull on heartstrings," chairman David O'Neill told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"It's amazing how the supporters fund and clubs are joining in, but we just need to have a co-ordinated approach to collecting money."

A number of initiatives have already been launched which include Burnley's offer to hand over gate receipts from a friendly at Turf Moor on Tuesday.

Accrington chief executive Rob Heys said the gesture will provide impetus to the campaign.

"It's fantastic that a club that have made it into the Premier League and are a long way away from the football scale that we're in have shown that they remember their local neighbours and we're very grateful for that," he said.

"Bury fans have also talked of having a bucket collection at Saturday's game.

"They're also talking about coming to our game against Darlington to pay through the turnstiles and show some support and solidarity.

"A couple of weeks ago there was a lot of talk about fans fighting but things like this sum up what football is all about."

Accrington were served with a winding up order in May for unpaid taxes, with the club understanding they had 12 months to find the money.

But following a change in the deadline, O'Neill said they had to rethink their strategy.

"It's like a jolt for everybody but it can work as a catalyst," he said.


"I don't want to discredit anything that's gone on in the past. We're now in the Football League and need to work hard to stay in it and the only way we can do it is with hard cash.

"I think the best thing for this club is that we retain ownership. The option to sell is obviously there and if we can't meet this [the Inland Revenue bill] then the option would still be on the table from a number of sources."

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