Fans and club bosses say unity will save Accrington Stanley – as the fight to retain precious Football League status gathers momentum.
The Reds have enjoyed a morale boosting week on and off the pitch but, despite two cracking home victories in three days, the club is hovering one place above the relegation places.
Club bosses say they have also received official notification that a £10,000 tax bill has been paid off and have assured players that this month’s wages delay will not be repeated. The club and its proud supporters, as well as the Accrington Observer, are urging the town to pull together and back the team.
Reds chief executive Rob Heys is delighted with recent wins against Barnet and AFC Wimbledon, but admitted every day is a battle for Stanley because of the club’s finances.
Rob said: “It’s really important people don’t underestimate the effect good support can have. The win against Barnet last Saturday was as much down to the vocal support as it was to the lads on the pitch.
“We have worked hard to get back in the league seven or so years ago. It would be difficult to get back in if we dropped out as there are clubs below us who pay players far more than us.”
The club, which has seven games to fight for survival between now and May. The club avoided being wound up in 2009 when former chairman Ilyas Khan stepped in.
Steven Lowe, 39, a lifetime season ticket holder, said: “It’s never easy being an Accrington Stanley fan but it is rewarding. It would be terrible if we went down, when you look at how many dramas we have been through.
“But we need a lift now. The town needs something to cling on to in these dark economic times.” Fan Ashley Seed, 23, said: “We have punched above our weight for a long time. If the players play well like they have been doing we will have something to shout about.”