STANLEY fans have been given a whopping £48,000 to run a unique project tracing the history of the club.

The Reds' supporters' club has netted the cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund and is raring to get started on the project, entitled The club that wouldn't die.

It will take a year to complete and will involve the whole town.

The project will include workshops, talks and the making of CDs, and will culminate in an exhibition and celebratory event.

Its aim is to support Stanley, to promote the club and the supporters' club, and to generally create a feeling of excitement and positivity around the town.

Volunteers are needed to record people's reminiscences, collect and collate photos and memorabilia, steward the exhibition and take people on trips. They will all get full training in whichever role they choose to undertake.

A spokesman said: "We also need supporters to come forward to tell us their stories and share their photographs with us.

"We want to hear about fans' favourite matches and about special events in their lives that coincided with matches.

"We want to hear from fathers who were absent from their children's births because they HAD to be at a match, couples who changed the time of their wedding because of a kick-off or fans whose fathers took them to see their first match when they were very young.

"All of these stories, and many more, are important to the project."

Chairman of the supporters' club, Rob Russell, said: "This is a very exciting project for us and is something that should really get the community involved.

"We hope to talk to supporters of all ages and get their perspective of Stanley history down on record for future generations to read or listen to."

Club chairman Eric Whalley said: "This is fantastic news for Accrington Stanley and will get the whole town talking about the football club.

"We have a great and famous history and the project should help to spread the word about Stanley and hopefully reignite local interest in the club, which in turn helps us to build a great future.''

To get in touch with the project co-ordinators to offer your volunteer support or your stories please email or ring 387851.