THERE has only been one main topic of conversation this week around the Crown Ground and for once it doesn’t involve Peter, Ilyas nor the Tax Man.

It does involve Mighty Leeds United though and Elland Road. For anyone remotely involved with Stanley, you won’t need me to remind you of the nuts and bolts but for anyone not in the picture, here goes.

Little Accrington Stanley have reached the semi finals of the Paint Pot Trophy and have drawn the fallen giants of Leeds United at their ground.

Think, David versus Goliath all wrapped up in 90 minutes of cup football. The date is Tuesday, 15 December, and I would hope Acccringtonians of all allegiance, race, colour and creed will travel and leave the town deserted.

This is Lancashire v Yorkshire and our town team versus a big city, a footballing superpower.

It will be a proud night for Accrington and a proud night for everyone involved in reforming Stanley from oblivion.

Lucas Radebe, Billy Bremner, Don Revie, Eric Cantona; this will be the icing on the cake as far as our journey goes. History is a wonderful thing and of all the great nights as a Stanley fan, this has the makings of the best. Join me, one and all.... it will be one hell of a night!

On Saturday, following that draw on Sky TV, Coleman remarked afterwards that maybe the players had one eye on that game.

Stanley did enough to get a draw, maybe even enough to sneak a win but Dagenham and Redbridge are a solid side in the same mould as Bournemouth.

Dogged, resilient and hard working with a capable spine to the team. I am sure the management have seen what is needed to get out of this League and it isn’t necessarily ability.

Stuart Thurgood we have seen before in the Conference but this bald little "terrier’ in the heart of the midfield was outstanding - better than Procter and he had a good game too.

But, Daggers stole the points and left me feeling a little bitter. Bitter in a way the big clubs in the Conference probably felt as we stormed it and won promotion.

How can this little club, with only a handful of fans, a small ground and tiny budget be top of the League? I soon changed my mind though when I realised I sounded like the average York, Exeter or Altrincham fan! Good on the Daggers, sock it to the big teams.

But please, next time you come, can you leave the drum at home. A funnier sight you will not see on the terraces as the little Daggers drummer boy. As much as he wanted to create an atmosphere, he still wanted to sit on a comfy white seat in the away end. Cue, the lad sitting with a drum on his knee for 90 minutes. Bizarre!

Their keeper Tony Roberts was his usual self and joined in with the banter. The guy takes it and gives a little back but will still clap you away at the end. He even popped in to the bar after the game.

This is when all the Stanley fans, who’d spent 90 minutes winding him up, suddenly were following him like a lap dog for an autograph. I resisted the urge. I also resisted the urge to run across to him screaming "you fat bar-steward." But then he’s not fat, nor a steward in a bar, so hey-ho. As much as I enjoy ridicule at his expense, if he was our goalie I would love him. Absolutely love him. Obviously a masculine, hetrosexual sort of love ....

Bradford City away is a great day out. There are some unusual hostelries in the town and we usually get a decent result. The LDV win and the 3-0 D’Sane double springs to mind. The ground is huge and I remember looking up as a non-league team and thinking "wow." Atmosphere can be good but then I rarely hear anything but Stanley songs at any away grounds which is good work from the lads and lassies of the Ultras and friends.

We will be in the infamous 12-hour karaoke bar doing "Yellow Submarine" and the Wurzels classic "I’ve got a brand new Combine Harvester." Hopefully we will make kick off this year!

Everything has settled down just nice around the club now the tax issue has been settled. New kit has been sorted, Ilyas has his head in the profit and loss ledger and hasn’t quit (yet?!).

Meanwhile Rob and Dave are quietly righting the wrongs and steadying the ship. Here’s hoping for an improved few months with a lot to look forward too.

That said, there are still a few who like a moan on the forums but they seem to be running out of material. I would like to remind all, that nothing in life is perfect, nothing.

Trawl other club boards and the same issues are affecting every other club. From an Accy point of view, this could be our best season ON the field and, at the end of the day, that is why we are all here. Not to dissect the commercial to-ings and fro-ings; or to generate mission statements and job specifications for the chief executive; or to pontificate on the value of a £3 programme or £40 shirt. Our lot in life is to support - blind support at times. Infuriating and irritating frequently, too. But support, all the same.

When I started regularly watching Accrington Stanley we played games against Trafford and Spennymoor. Sometimes, I believe, we need to take time out to realise this and strive to shout from the roof tops just how good our little club is.

After all, if it weren’t for my fellow Stanley-ites I would probably be in the Trafford Centre on a Saturday afternoon. Fans make the club what it is, not commercial acumen. We have a collective responsibility to make sure the experience is a positive one, for the die hards and floating fans. And I love all who sail with HMS Stanley (in a masculine etc etc....)

Oh, by the way, Leeds United away, 15 December..... this one is for you, Jack Barrett!