Hot shot Andy Mangan is hoping to win a second promotion to the Football League with Fleetwood – but he admits he owes a lot of his current success to Accrington.
The striker was a teenager when he was with the Reds in their Conference winning season and their first League campaign, leaving in 2007.
He scored 10 goals in his time but also got sent off twice and he admits his attitude has changed since then.
Mangan, now 24, is being linked with other clubs after firing home nine goals for Fleetwood this season as they challenge at the top of the Blue Square Premier Division.
"I have grown up a lot since Accrington but I owe a lot to my time there," said Mangan.
"Looking back, I was young and hot-headed and I did petty things which I wouldn’t do now.
"Don’t get me wrong, I am still fiery on the pitch but I don’t shout at referees.
"Accrington helped me loads in my early career. I was only 18 when I was there.
"I still speak to John (Coleman) and I learnt a lot off him and Jimmy (Bell) but there are things I did then that I wouldn’t do now.
"It was a real learning experience for me and they improved me as a player and I have carried that on.
"I have though had to do a lot of growing up since I left them.
"I joined Bury and I did okay but had a lot of injuries, came back to Accrington briefly, then I joined Forest Green with Jim Harvey saying he would build a team around me."
It was there Mangan came to the fore, being the Conference’s top scorer with 26 goals but then his career came to an abrupt halt due to the betting incident.
He was found guilty of betting on a Bury win – the team he then played for – against Accrington in 2009.
"I got a five-month ban but all in all I had eight-and-a-half months off football.
"That gave me time with my young son but also gave me a lot of time to think about life and my career and the opportunities I couldn’t just throw away, especially as I had my son Louis to think about.
"It was a really hard time but hopefully¿I have learnt from that and come back."
He starred at Wrexham following a £50,000 move there from Forest Green after his ban and then switched to Fleetwood this summer.
"Since I left Accrington, I think I have played around 160 games and scored 70-ish goals and it works out about one in two games so it’s going well.
"All I want to do is work hard and score goals and get my head down and do that – perhaps something I didn’t do enough of at Accrington."
Mangan says being at Fleetwood reminds him of Accrington – especially as ex-Reds Peter Cavanagh and Anthony Barry are there.
"It’s like Accrington as there is a really good team spirit and it is full of Scousers," said Mangan, who is also good friends with former Red David Brown. "It’s similar to Accrington with the media attention too. When I was at Stanley, it was all about could they get back in the league and that was the big story.
"There is a lot of attention around Fleetwood as we are a reasonably new club, we have an unbelievable ground and we have been on television a lot lately.
"Everyone is wondering if we can get into the league for the first time and following us doing that.
"We are also doing well in the FA Cup and, if we beat Yeovil in our replay next week, we play Blackpool – my old club. That’s massive. There was never rivalry there really but, if we get into the Football League, there will only be one division separating the two clubs. It’s mind-blowing.
"I still treasure my time at Accrington and my Conference-winning medal and I am certain I will have another one with Fleetwood."