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Turf Moor turns out for Stanley

Turf Moor fans
Accrington Stanley fans say a big Turf Moor thank you to Burnley

Accrington Stanley could bank a figure close to £50,000 following an excellent turn-out for Tuesday night's Turf Moor friendly with neighbours Burnley.

A crowd of 5,301 turned up to see the Clarets beat Stanley 4-0 in a game set up by Burnley to help raise money for financially-threatened Stanley.

The League Two Lancashire club need to raise £308,000 to avoid a winding-up order from HM Revenue and Customs.

And the gate was three times Stanley's average home attendance last season.

"It was absolutely magnificent," Stanley chief executive Rob Heys told BBC Radio Lancashire.

You feel like it's gone from us against the world to the whole of Lancashire being behind us

Accrington chief executive Rob Heys

"The weather was against us. It was a horrible night and the fact that 5,000 people braved the elements, came out and showed their support for Accrington Stanley was absolutely magnificent.

"And it wasn't just the two clubs that were there.

"There were a lot of people from other clubs around Lancashire.

"You feel like it's gone from us against the world to the whole of Lancashire being behind us and perhaps even people from further afield which gives us a lot of encouragement going forward."

Clarets boss Owen Coyle was the original brains behind the game. "Burnley have had hard times in the past," he said before the game, "so we want to do what we can to keep Accrington going."

But, having had his name sung by both sets of fans, he was quick to share the credit.

"It's always nice people singing your name," he said. "But I think that was just a thank you for the game.

To get over 5,000 at the game, given how poor the weather conditions were, speaks volumes for everybody involved

Burnley manager Owen Coyle

"As a manager you are a figurehead. And I have to say an awful lot of work went in from an awful lot of people.

"Accrington also played their part and we are just delighted we could play a part in such a worthy cause.

"To get over 5,000 at the game, given how poor the weather conditions were, speaks volumes for everybody involved," said Coyle.

"On a better night who's to say we might have had six or seven thousand but I'm delighted for everybody who did come along and thank-you that."

Fans paid £10 a head to see Jay Rodriguez score twice in Burnley's 4-0 win.

Chris Eagles and Fernando Guerrero were also on target and Burnley's latest signing David Nugent enjoyed a 75-minute run-out.



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