Stanley's most successful captain Peter Cavanagh says John Coleman and Jimmy Bell helped him through one of the most difficult periods of his life.
Cavanagh, now at Fleetwood, was skipper as the Reds made their way back into the Football League and says the Conference winning season of 2005/06 was his favourite under the duo, for personal reasons too.
"My brother Tony died in October of that year and we made the promise then to win the Conference for Tony.
"The fact we fulfilled it meant a lot to me and my family.
"I couldn’t have had better support during what was one of the toughest times of my life but they were with me all the way.
"To actually get promoted at Woking was a special day.
"It was one of the best days of my football career but also one of the most emotional. The party on the bus back will live long in my mind but that was a special team which John and Jimmy created."
Cavanagh is disappointed to see the duo leave Stanley but is not surprised.
"I am disappointed for the fans as they will be feeling the loss of both John and Jimmy but they have had 13 successful years at the club.
"A club from a higher league has come in for them and it’s no surprise judging by what they have done on a tight budget year after year at Accrington.
"I am sure they will do well at Rochdale as they seem to have the Midas touch.
"Their speciality is that they are able to take underperforming players, like they did at Accrington, and turn them into a strong, organised team.
"That was his mantra at Accrington and I am sure it will work at Rochdale.
"And while the Accy fans will be disappointed, I think Leam Richardson can make a good go of it – if he can see over the dug-outs! I have already text him to say he will be the smallest manager in English football!
"But he has the experience, he always had a say in the dressing room when I was there, he has a lot of coaching badges and had been coaching the lads this season so he just has to carry on the good work – which I am sure he will."