ACCRINGTON STANLEY SQUAD 2003-2004
John Coleman (Manager): Appointed in May 1999, within days of leaving Ashton United, and after Stanley were relegated from the Unibond Premier Division. Has had successful spells at Kirby, Burscough, Marine, Southport, Runcorn, Macclesfield, Rhyl, Morecambe and Lancaster. Also been capped by England at semi-pro level. He was a prolific non league scorer and still hasn't said he has hung up his boots yet! His goals for Stanley in the 1999/2000 season took his non-league total to over 500.
Jimmy Bell (Assistant Manager): Followed John Coleman from Ashton in May 1999, were he held a similar post and had twice been the club's leading goalscorer. Unfortunately his first season at Stanley was marred by a serious knee injury, though happily he is now fully recovered. An experienced striker who has played for Burscough, South Liverpool, Knowsley United where he was again top scorer, Winsford, Rhyl, Caenarfon Town and Lancaster City.
Gordon Armstrong : The midfielder/defender has been signed on a non contract basis in July 2003 after Burnley released him at the end of the previous season. Played for Sunderland in the FA Cup final.
Dean Calcutt: Tricky winger signed from Bradford Park Avenue for £5,000 just two days before the start of the 2002/03 UniBond League season. Has previously played for Emley. Playing in the Conference will be the highest level he has played at
Peter Cavanagh (Captain): Signed August 2001. 21 year old right back released by Liverpool at the end of the 2000/01 season, after ten years on the club's books. Unfortunately a foot injury at the end of the 1999/2000 season interrupted his career, just as he had broken into the reserve side. He spent most of the next season playing with the Under 19's squad. Has made a big impact since he came to Stanley and is a lively character. Enjoyed lifting the three cups last year and the league championship this year. Says he is captain because he'has a big mouth'.
Darren Connell: The striker was released by Scarborough at the end of last season. Darren was a trainee at Blackpool before moving to Macclesfield and then Scarborough. He played 10 games on loan at Barrow last season, scoring 5 goals. Signed by Accrington Stanley on 03/06/2003 and is ready for his season in the Conference.
Paul Cook: Experienced midfielder whose previous clubs include Burnley, Stockport County, Tranmere Rovers, Coventry City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Norwich City and Wigan Athletic. Lively character who knows boss John Coleman well. Many Burnley fans were sorry to see Cook go at the end of last season and is thought of as one of the most impressive signings this summer by any Conference club.
Steven Flitcroft: The defender signed for Stanley at the age of 20 in the summer of 2001, after he was released by Blackburn Rovers. Brother of Rover's captain Garry Flitcroft. Made his full debut in the first game of the 2001/02 season, scoring a penalty in Stanley's 5-2 defeat at Gainsborough. Was in and out of the squad last season and went on loan to Hyde but Coleman has said he hopes Flitty has a big future at Stanley.
Andy Gouck: Experienced midfielder who has played over 200 Football League games. Andy started as a trainee at Blackpool and became captain at Bloomfield Road when he was just 18, making over 100 appearances for the club. He then spent two seasons at Rochdale before moving on to Southport and then Morecambe. Signed for Accrington Stanley after being at the club on a months loan in January 2003
Steven Halford: Bury-born defender signed in January 2002. Made five appearances for Bury in Nationwide Division Two the previous season before a move to Chester in the summer. He was picked for the England Semi Pro XI and collected a number of Man of the Match awards at the Conference club before a fall out with manager Mark Wright allowed Coleman to orchestrate a move to Stanley. Made his debut in the 1-0 victory over Emley in the UniBond League Challenge Cup Quarter Finals. A strong defender who would love to get back into the Football League - and give up his job at a timber yard!
Steve Hollis: Signed from Ashton United at the start of the 1999/2000 season. Started out as a trainee with Liverpool before joining Wigan, playing one first team game. Also played with Fleetwood Town.. Hampered by injuries last season but looking to make a return to the first team for their Conference debut.
Paul Howarth: Re-signed for Stanley in October 2002 after a short spell with local neighbours Rossendale United. A Burnley-born defender who played at Shrewbury Town.
Lutel James: Experienced striker signed after being released from Bury just before the start of the 2001/02 season. Had an impressive Bury debut against Manchester United in the 1998 League Cup before a knee injury hampered his career. Has played International football with St Kitts & Nevis. Quickly became a crowd favourite after scoring 9 goals in his first 9 league games for the club! Was signed by the Shakers from Hyde. Recently signed a new two year deal at Stanley.
Michael Knowles: The 27 year old midfielder played at Morecambe for over ten years, and has played first team Conference football with the Shrimps before moving to Stanley on a free transfer in October 2002.
Paul Mullin (Vice Captain): Forward signed at the start of the 2000-2001 season from Radcliffe Borough where he had been the club's top scorer and player of the year in the previous season. Has been a big hit at Stanley, finishing the club's top scorer for the past two seasons. Is the elder brother of former Burnley player John Mullin.
Rory Prendergast: 23-year-old left-winger signed from Bradford Park Avenue in December, 2002 for £7,500. Signed for Bradford from Frickley in July 2002, scoring 14 goals for Park Avenue. Made 24 Football League appearances with York City and Barnsley, and has also played with Emley, Nuneaton Borough and Gainsborough Trinity.
Andy Proctor: Young player signed from Great Harwood in February 2002. Able to play in either defence or midfield. Came on in leaps and bounds last season under the direction of the experienced Mike Marsh
Jonathan Smith: Strong, tall defender, joined Stanley in summer 1999 from neighbours Great Harwood. Also played for Darwen. Signed a new two and a half year contract in February 2001. Is a tower in the heart of defence but also chips in with some vital goals - especially from set-piece routines. Was being tracked by Oldham Athletic.
Jamie Speare: Started out as a trainee at Everton before a two year spell as a professional. He then joined Darlington. In 1997-98 he moved to Sligo Rovers, joining Stanley on his return. Player's Player of the Year 1999/2000. Is a good penalty stopper and a good shot-stopper. Has played most of Stanley's games in the last two seasons.
Andrew Waine: Manchester-born midfielder Andrew Waine has signed for Stanley after impressing in the pre-season friendlies. 20-year-old Waine was a trainee at Burnley before being released at the end of the 2002/2003 season after making two substitute appearances in the Nationwide First Division.
Robbie Williams: Signed for Stanley, his first full non-league side, in July 1999 from St Dominics who the previous season had won the Liverpool Combination Championship and the Lancashire Amateur Cup. Unfortunately he was injured in the second league game and he was unable to play until the following January, though happily he is now fully recovered. Early in his career he had played in Southport's Youth Team, representing the Liverpool FA during his time there. The defender is a likeable character and has re-established himself in the Stanley first team.