13 August 05
Accrington Stanley 1 Canvey Island 0
Brown 68 - A powerful volley home after an Andy Mangan header.
“A draw would have been a fair result but we nicked it in the end.” John Coleman.
16 August 05
Altrincham 0 Accrington Stanley 1
Welch 85 - Flicked looping header that somehow ended up in the back of the net from a Mike Flynn long throw.
“We know we won't always get away with these kind of performances.” Coleman.
20 August 05
Cambridge United 3 Accrington Stanley 1
Stanley began their keeper crisis after Stuart Jones retired and Bertrand Bossu, on loan from Darlington, let Angel’s weak shot into the net. Stanley 3-0 down at half-time.
Mangan 83: Scored with an angled drive
“We haven't been right from the start of the season and there is no disguising that.” Coleman
Position: Fourth - three points behind leaders Exeter
27 August 05
Accrington Stanley 1 Exeter City 2
Mullin 58: Roberts inch perfect cross whalloped in at the near post before Watkins and Todd hit back for Exeter.
Paul Mullin’s penalty on 35 minutes was pushed away by keeper Paul Jones.
“We shouldn't have lost that game. We scored a great goal, got a penalty and should have had another one but two lapses of concentration cost us.” Coleman
29 August 05
Scarborough 2 Accrington Stanley 2
Jagielka 1: With just 15 seconds on the clock Jagielka finished perfectly into the bottom corner of the net.
Cavanagh 15: Craney scythed down in area by Coulson with the skipper, Cavanagh, sending the keeper the wrong way from the spot
But Quayle and Speight battled back.
Andy Mangan missed an open goal with practically the last kick of the game.
"If I was you, I wouldn't let me walk your dog because I can't keep hold of a lead." Coleman
3 September 05
Accrington Stanley 2 Woking 1
Brown 32: Leam Richardson raced down the wing and found Brown who blasted the ball home
Mullin 62: Craney’s curling free kick from a tight angle came off the head of both MacAllister and Mullin with Mullin awarded it although Craney claimed it was his - and still does.
Rawle got one back on 89 and Lloyd Blackman was sent off on the hour.
"We should kill off games like that. We had them on the rack and we should pass better and be more clinical around the box." Coleman
Position: Eighth - four points behind leaders Grays
10 September 05
Burton Albion 0 Accrington Stanley 2
Brown 9: Brown got the ball out to Steve Jagielka on the right who played it back into the striker who finished it with a left foot shot.
Mangan 73: Sub Andy Mangan placed a superb effort beyond Crane after a Richardson ball was flicked on to the teenager by Mike Flynn.
"We knew we could go on and win and there was one spell where we kept the ball for 28 passes - akin to the Leeds side of the 1970s." Coleman
Position: Sixth - four points behind leaders Exeter
17 September 05
Accrington Stanley 4 Crawley Town 2
Craney 3: Gary Roberts cross not cleared properly and Craney fired home from 20 yards out. Burton 23 minutes - 1-1.
Jagielka 57: Roberts beat the offside trap to unselfishly cross for Jagielka to slot the ball past Smith. Clare 67 - 2-2
Roberts 77: Mangan fouled on the edge of the box with Roberts converting the free kick.
Mangan 90: Played through by Benin International Rommy Boco and finished to get his third of the season.
"In patches we have been breathtaking and other times we have been absolutely atrocious." Coleman
20 September 05
Accrington Stanley 3 Aldershot Town 2
Jagielka 35: Took the ball from Mullin to whallop it into the back of the net.
Brown 41: After a Jagielka cross it fell to Craney who played it to Brown to slot home.
Roberts 45: Anthony Barry played a ball forward which was dummied by Mullin and fell to Roberts on the wing who ran into the area and slotted the ball home.
Somner was sent off for Aldershot after lashing out at Peter Cavanagh after a tackle.
"We nearly pressed the self-destruct button again but if games like that don't get the crowds back, then I don't know what will." Coleman
Position: Third - Stanley one point behind leaders Exeter. Grays 2nd
24 September 05
Dagenham 1 Accrington Stanley 2
Brown 49: Roberts shot ricocheted off the legs of keeper Tony Roberts to fall for David Brown who, at first, walked the ball towards the net, yet realising the defenders were getting back, quickly fired it home.
Craney 59: Barry brought down from behind by Glen Southam in the box and Craney sent the keeper the wrong way for the penalty.
"We need to believe in ourselves a little more but we are starting to play more like I want us to. We are always dangerous going forward and, if we are attacking, it keeps other teams at arms length." Coleman
27 September 05
Morecambe 3 Accrington Stanley 2
Butler sent off after two minutes when he brought down “last man” Gary Thompson
Twiss 33, 51
Craney 45: His free kick from 20 yards took a slight deflection and landed in the bottom corner of the net.
Cavanagh 84: Jim Bentley fouled Mullin in the area and the penalty was slotted down the middle with the keeper diving to his left.
"That is testament to how good a side we are that they were against 10 men for long periods and it was them who were howling for the final whistle with five minutes to go." Coleman.
Position: Third - three points behind Grays. Morecambe second.
1 October 05
Accrington Stanley 1 Gravesend 1
Craney 16: Midfielder raced forward from the centre circle and unleashed an unstoppable 20 yard shot. Sodje 66 1-1
“We just don’t seem able to beat Gravesend. I think the fans would have been better going round to the officials back garden to watch them!” Coleman
Position: Third - three points behind Grays. York second.
7 October 05
Accrington Stanley 2 Hereford 1
Craney 9: Slotted home between two defenders with Hereford appealing for hand ball by Mullin
Brown 55: Turned and belted Craney’s corner into the net
“I am a big fan of Friday night football,” Coleman with a crowd of 1603. “The position we are in in the league and some of the football we’ve served up should warrant attendances in this region or higher.”
Position: Second, one point behind Grays
15 October 05
Stevenage Borough 3 Stanley 1
Jagielka 27: Got on the end of a Roberts free kick and scuffed the ball home
Michael Warner sent off 26 minutes but Nurse 53, Maamria pen 61 and Robbie Williams spectacular own goal
“My team did not defend well and that has got to improve if we are to be serious title challengers.” Coleman.
Position: Fourth, four points behind leaders Grays
29 October 05
Accrington Stanley 2 York City 1
Roberts 44: Winger finished off a flowing move started by Brown. Bishop 63 1-1
Mullin 68: Roberts squared the ball and Mullin slotted home
“It was a scruffy goal but it was just what I needed:” Mullin.
Position:Third, four points behind Grays
12 November 05
Grays 1 Accrington Stanley 2
Live on Sky at noon, Stanley ended Grays 15-game unbeaten record.
Mullin 37: Striker fired home after Roberts trickery on the wing. Kightly 52 1-1
Jagielka 63: Midfielder volleyed home superbly from Mangan’s ball in.
Mangan sent off
“Gary was magnificent from start to finish. It was probably as good a wing performance as you will see this season, certainly at our level." Coleman.
18 November 05
Accrington Stanley 2 Forest Green Rovers 0
Roberts 33: Brown’s defence splitting ball was fired home by the winger
Jagielka 47: A wonder volley for two in two games.
“It was a good game in icy conditions on Friday night and it could have been 7-4.” Coleman
Position: Second (after going top on Friday night), one point behind Grays
26 November 05
Accrington Stanley 4 Southport 0
Craney 32: Roberts switched to the right wing and set the midfielder up
Boco 36: Mullin set him up on his first Conference start
Mullin 87: Beat the off-side trap from Jagielka’s through ball
Mangan 90: Pounced on long ball forward and finished well.
“The lads tried to pull me down in front of the fans but I didn’t mind and the supporters have been great with me,” Keeper Darren Randolph on his last game.
Position: Second, one point behind Grays
3 December 05
Accrington Stanley 1 Altrincham 0
Roberts 63: A wonder free kick from 20 yards.
“We have got to guard against nervousness kicking in and be positive, pro-active and relentless. It is good to be top - I would love to fast forward to May though.” Coleman.
Position: Top - one point in front of Grays
10 December 05
Accrington Stanley 2 Kidderminster 0
Roberts 13: Free kick squirmed out of keepers arms and into the net
Mullin 78: Anthony Barry’s pass stroked home by the striker
“I am devastated by the crowds. I just can’t get my head round it as I just don’t know what to do.” Coleman
Position: Top - four points ahead of Exeter
26 December 05
Halifax 2 Accrington Stanley 2
Boco 27: Spun around and slotted home a Craney pass
Killeen 45, Grant 68
Roberts 89: Free kick from 20 yards fired past a static keeper
“Gary is in that zone at the moment when even if he is not playing very well, he is always capable of making something happen.” Coleman.
Position: Top - two points ahead of Exeter
2 January 06
Accrington Stanley 1 Halifax 1
Cavanagh 80 penalty: Roberts fouled and the skipper held his nerve to fire home
“Cav missed a a penalty in training midweek but there was never any doubt he would take it.” Coleman
Position: Top, three points clear
Coleman Manager of the Month for December
7 January 06
Canvey Island 0 Accrington Stanley 2
Cavanagh 39: Roberts set up the right winger and he finished at the far post
Mullin 66: Side footed home another Roberts ball in
“We have got a little bit of a belief in ourselves at the moment and are passing the ball around well.” Coleman.
14 January 06
Tamworth 1 Accrington Stanley 2
Mullin 3: Roberts ball in and Mullin header angled well into the net. Edwards pen 36 1-1
Craney 56: Boco found midfielder on edge of the area and he rifled the ball into the net
“Paul knows he should be further up those goalscoring charts but people around him are scoring.” Jimmy Bell
Position: Top - six points clear of Exeter
21 January 06
Accrington Stanley 1 Cambridge 0
Craney 78: Craney slotted the ball past the outcoming keeper
Peter Cavanagh missed a penalty
“No one will be leaving between now and the end of the season and that can be only stabilising for the club.” Coleman
Position: Top - seven points clear of Exeter
Exeter 1 Accrington Stanley 3
Roberts 12: Another of his stunning free kicks which curled into the top of the net
Boco 53:Fired low and hard through bodies and legs to make it 2-0
Roberts 68: Craney found the winger in acres of space and he tucked the ball home
“We don’t believe in making things easy for ourselves do we?” Coleman
Position: Top - 11 points clear of Exeter
Anthony Barry’s last game before he joined Yeovil
Coleman is Manager of the Month for the second time
11 Feburary 06
Accrington Stanley 1 Dagenham 0
Boco 53: Craney was the maker and Boco finished it off
Rob Elliot pulled off some stunning saves to keep Stanley in it
“It is good from a personal point of view to keep a clean sheet. I don’t get a bonus for them - perhaps I should have a word!” Rob Elliot.
“It is not won and there is a long way to go.” Coleman.
Position: Top - 11 points clear of Hereford
Gravesend 1 Accrington Stanley 3
Todd 35: Todd on the line to flick the ball over after a backward header by Fleet defender
Mullin 68: Ball ping ponged around area and striker finished off
Mullin 80: Short corner finished off by the frontman
R Smith 90
“That was a professional performance.” Coleman.
20 February 06
Accrington Stanley 2 Morecambe 0
Todd 24: Winger struck the ball sweetly from the edge of the area
Mullin 27: Mullin pounced on defensive error and stroked the ball home
“I normally do strike a ball quite well with either foot and it was nice to score on tv.” Todd
“We have just got to keep our heads down and not worry about anyone else.” Coleman
Position: Top - 13 points clear of Hereford
25 February 06
Accrington Stanley 2 Burton 1
Mullin 9: Phil Edwards ball in was fired home by Mullin. Shaw 45 1-1
Mullin 90: Roberts corner and a bullet header
“We used our get out of jail free card. I feel like I should be wearing a mask. Burton were the best team by a long shot.” Coleman
Position: Top - 13 points clear
4 March 06
Crawley Town 1 Accrington Stanley 0
Roberts 42: Wonder strike from the right wing - something out of nothing
“When the final whistle went it was like taking your shoes off that are too tight. It was an unbelievable relief.” Coleman.
7 March 06
Aldershot 1 Accrington Stanley 4
Craney 48: Craney solo effort after getting the ball out of defence from Leam Richardson
Roberts 61: Todd ball dummied by Mullin and unmarked Roberts finished at the far post
Mangan 67: Young front man alert to jump on a defensive error and finished well after being on the pitch a minute
Roberts 79: Scrambled ball over line at far post from Jagielka’s ball. Richardson sent off
“It is the first game in a long time that I have actually got through to injury time without chewing my nails to my elbow.” Coleman.
Position: Top 16 points clear
11 March 06
Hereford 2 Accrington Stanley 2
Stanley denied a record-equalling 11th win
Brown 37 - Former Bull hooked Todd’s ball in over his shoulder and into the net
Mkandawire 59 og: Ian Craney’s corner was turned in at the near post
Fleetwood 73, Nicolau 90
Ventre sent off
"We have had our winning run taken off us not by Hereford and you can draw your own conclusions from that.” Coleman.
Position: Top - 13 points clear
18 March 06
Accrington Stanley 1 Stevenage 1
Stamp 2: First time Reds conceded goal in 15 minutes of a league game
Todd 79: Almost broke back of net after Mullin brought the ball down and set him up
Richardson sent off
“I just hope this will calm all the euphoria of people saying we have won the league - because we haven’t.” Coleman.
21 March 06
Southport 2 Accrington Stanley 0
Stanley fail to score for the first time this season in clash with bottom club and end their 20-game unbeaten run
Daly 14, 61
Ian Craney missed 89th minute penalty
Robbie Williams sent off 43
“I am devastated that Ian didn’t score. That really hurt to lose that record and it sickens me. It was the end of a 20 game unbeaten run and now we have to start again.” Coleman.
Postition: 11 points head of Hereford at top
25 March 06
York 2 Accrington Stanley 4
Donaldson 21 1-0
Mullin 34: Roberts ball in and striker finished at far post
Bishop 40 2-1
Brown 48 penalty: Given for hand ball and he tucked it away well
Mullin 67: Striker headed home a Roberts corner
Craney 70: Midfielder got ball down and fired low into the net beyond diving keeper
“We didn’t look like a team fighting to win the league and we needed to change that at half-time. We need eight points now to win it.” Coleman.
Position: Top - 14 points ahead of Hereford who lost to Kidderminster
1 APRIL 06
Accrington Stanley 2 Grays 3
Roberts 18: Pounced after Bayes turned a Todd cross into his path
Poole 57, 62
Craney 64: Superb solo effort from edge of area; walloped it into top of net
“Some of the defending was shambolic. I would give us nought out of ten for our defending. If we are not careful we are going to end up limping over the line or not making it at all.” Coleman
Position: Top 13 points clear and needing four points for the title
7 APRIL 06
Forest Green 1 Accrington Stanley 1
Brown 79: A goalmouth scramble ended with Brown forcing the ball over the line to salvage a point for the Reds
“It is down to match point now. We need to win one more and we have four league games to have a go at it. It is a good position to be in.” Coleman
Position: Top - two points needed
15 APRIL 06
Woking 0 Accrington Stanley 1
Mullin 38: Back flicked home a Mark Boyd shot from the edge of the area
“The title is for Peter Cavanagh’s brother Anthony, who was tragically killed seven months ago. He said he would deliver the title for him and he has. Peter has been a man mountain, the most successful captain in Accrington’s history.” Coleman
17 April 06
Accrington Stanley 1 Scarborough 0
Todd 94: A Boco shot was spilled and Todd pounced to fire home a winner
“It was after the Lord Mayor’s Show. There were a couple of sore heads which is understandable after what we achieved on Saturday.” Paul Mullin.