AN EXHIBITION which looks at Accrington Stanley through the eyes of the fans will be unveiled on Friday.

The Club That Wouldn’t Die is dedicated to supporters who have shown such dedication and unwavering support over the last 120 years.

Without the fans, the club would have folded many times, never to return, but each time it has hit difficulties they have rallied around.

The exhibition tells the history of the club through memorabilia and artefacts, supporters’ stories and some of the cups and medals the club has won.

It is the culmination of a year’s work by Stanley’s Supporters’ Club, financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

There will be someone on hand throughout the exhibition to provide information, and on most days there will be activities ranging from storywriting to puppet-making, from songwriting to creating a board game.

Following the exhibition a schools pack will be produced and there will be more opportunities to take part. Any schools interested in parts of the exhibition visiting them in the autumn term should ring 387851 or visit

Supporters’ club chairman Lesley Smith said: “I am hoping that we will get more fans to join us and help us with raising the profile of the club.”

Stanley chairman Eric Whalley said: “On behalf of the football club I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to bring the idea of an Accrington Stanley exhibition to fruition.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for us to promote Accrington Stanley in and around the community, to tell people about where we have come from and to remind people that we are still here.”

THE free exhibition is being held in the lecture room at Accrington Library from Friday and will be open throughout the rest of July and all of August, from 10am to 4pm, excluding Wednesdays and Sundays.