Accrington Stanley fans young and old still believe the Reds can make it to the League Two play-off final, even though they trail 2-0 after the first leg.
Supporters are firmly behind the club, ahead of tomorrow’s home leg against Stevenage, as the Reds bid for a place in the final at Old Trafford.
Plucky Hannah Holland, 10, who gave the contents of her piggy bank to help the Reds when they faced closure in 2009, travelled with her family to Stevenage at the weekend. She said: "We’ll smash ‘em at the Crown. It was a very long drive back but we still believe in Stanley."
Hannah was hospitalised with breathing difficulties when she got home on Monday due to the smoke bombs that had been thrown onto the pitch by fans.
The youngster is recovering at her home in Clitheroe and said nothing will stop her from attending the match.
Accrington-born actor Jonathan Slinger, 39, is playing the title of role of Macbeth in the Royal Shakespeare’s Company’s new production.
He said: "I’m sure it would be fantastic for them if theywere to get promoted.
"I send them all positive vibes and luck and I wish them all the best and hope they can do it. I’m always amazed how people get behind their club and it means so much to them. People can either be in a good mood or a bad mood depending on whether their team wins."
Former Accrington Grammar School pupil and Bullseye host Jim Bowen said: "They need a bit of luck. There is a bit of a cloud hanging over them but they can do it."
Although she will not officially be the Mayor of Hyndburn until June, Councillor Colette McCormack sent her fondest wishes to the team.
She said: "Let’s paint the town Red. I wish them all the best of luck. Accrington Stanley are a major part of the borough and I will be cheering them on this Friday."
Hyndburn MP Graham Jones said: "I wish the team the very best of luck for Friday. We’ve got some really great players, a terrific manager and along with the support of their fans Stanley stand a really good chance of getting a place in the League. This would be a tremendous result for Accrington and everyone connected with the club."
The club’s chief executive Rob Heys said anyone who doesn’t believe in the Reds’ success should not attend the match.
He said: "The team is very positive at the moment. Obviously they don’t want to be two goals down but instead of having a 15-minute half-time break to organise their game plan, they have four days. I think the crowd that is watching on the night will make a difference. "If anyone is coming to the game and doubts the team, I would ask them to give their ticket away."