THE club that cannot die. For Accrington Stanley to drop out of the Football League again due to debts is unthinkable.
In 2006, every media organisation seemed gripped by the fairytale story of the unusually-named club which went out of the league in 1962 - with debts of just £10,000 - but which had slowly climbed back up to reclaim its league status.
The national newspapers loved the tale of "the club that wouldn't die" and the famous milk advert of the 1980s was played time and time again - "Accrington Stanley - who are they?" - as everyone knew exactly who they now were.
After that memorable victory at Woking which sent the Reds back up to the promised land, everyone seemed to have a word of congratulations for the club with messages coming in from all over the world and an exhibition, portraying Stanley's rise back up the league, was much-heralded.
So for three years later to be suddenly talking about the Reds facing a £300,000 debt and a winding up order is shocking.
In 1962, there was talk of the town not supporting the club, the Football League not accepting a letter when they tried to withdraw their resignation from the league and the pictures of the doom and gloom of their old ground Peel Park being deserted and going to ruin.
To think that Stanley could be back in this situation is hard to take, especially after all that has happened in between. The Reds were re-formed and made noises about getting back into the big time but it only really happened when chairman Eric Whalley took charge.
He loves the club and was desperate for them to do well sacking manager's in quick succession before he found his ideal one in John Coleman. Whalley's dream was Stanley back in the league and he funded the climb back up the non league ladder - he is said to have pumped £2m into Stanley.
But, once in the league, he soon realised it wasn't going to be as easy staying in the Football League as people thought.
The fans didn't flock through the gates as expected and it was tricky attracting players to the club with what have been called "the worst facilities in the league" by some and the club continued to be run on a tight budget.
The books balanced for a couple of years - sales of players such as Gary Roberts and Ian Craney funded the Reds but the finances always remained a sticky point.
They needed an FA Cup run like the one in 2003 when they went all the way to the third round and it helped them become a full-time club and win the Conference - but it never materialised again.
Neighbours Blackburn Rovers benefited from the television money and could offer cheap season tickets while Burnley are now revelling in their new Premiership status.
Manager Coleman talked of his and the club's ambition and hopes of getting into League One but, with a shoestring budget, instead the three seasons in League Two have resulted in three relegation battles.
And this year was always going to be the worst with the Reds needing to spend money on the ground bringing it up to League standard.
Nobody could really account for Fraser Eagle going bust but, with the credit crunch around, there was no one around to step in and getting sponsorship has been a problem.
Talks of a takeover by businessman Dave O'Neill brought new optimism but "it will happen in two weeks" was the familiar cry since March and nothing has yet happened.
The revelation of debt was not really a surprise - but it is a massive worry for a club who has operated on such a low income.
Chief executive Rob Heys has said the club will pay if off in full but that will affect the playing budget - and then it can be a vicious circle of signing inexperienced players who struggle to win games, no one coming through the turnstiles, no money in and hence more inexperienced players and more doom and gloom.
At the moment there does only seem one answer with chairman Eric Whalley wanting to sell - multi-millionaire Ilyas Khan.
The Accrington-born businessman wants to make sure the club does well, he has said he wants to invest in the club but the merchant banker does not want to be the owner as he is not in England enough.
It has to be possible to sort this out - to stop the club going the way of 1962.