IAN CRANEY went from a big low to an almighty high in a mixed weekend of emotions for the talented midfielder.
The 24-year-old, who made a shock loan move to League One promotion chasers Swansea City last week, sat in a hotel glued to the television screen as he watched for Stanley's score at Grimsby on Saturday.
"It was the strangest feeling as I watched Soccer Saturday waiting for Accrington's score and it was just so weird not to be playing for them. I actually felt quite gutted - I couldn't believe it," said Craney, who will sign for Swansea permanently in January if he impresses.
However, then came the high when the Liverpool-born player came on as a substitute for the Swans against Bristol City in their goalless draw on Sunday after his surprise move from Accrington just four days before.
"I ran out and the announcer said 'Welcome to our new signing Ian Craney' and I looked around and everyone was stood clapping.
"There was about 15,000 doing it and it was great! It was just amazing. You dream of playing in front of crowds like that.
"And I almost scored. I hit a shot and I swear it was going in but it hit the defender on his backside. If that had gone in I would still be running now!
"I can't believe how quickly things have happened.
"Ten days ago I was an Accrington player and I knew all our fixtures off by heart - I had memorised them and knew where we were on which day.
"Then I heard Swansea were interested, I went for talks and was really well looked after. I walked out onto the stadium and there was no looking back. Anyone who had been treated the way I was and had seen the stadium would have gone there. It was just fantastic.
"I signed on the Wednesday, went home and was packing up all my things to move to a hotel. The worst thing is I only moved into my house three weeks ago!
"But it was great to actually make my debut. Once I got on the pitch and the game got going it didn't feel any different and I know we have a good team here and hopefully can push up the league. I haven't seen anything to fear from my first game and I am just so excited about it all."
The most famous Swansea name is Lee Trundle - now dating ex-Atomic Kitten Liz McLaren.
"He has helped me settle in being a scouser - there are a few of them here, Andy Robinson as well, so I feel at home!" said Craney.
"But Lee is really down to earth and works hard and deserves all his success.
"All the lads have been great though. I haven't had any tricks played on me yet but I am a bit too sharp for that - I am usually the one playing the tricks!"
It is a new era for the former Altrincham player who always wanted to be a footballer even when working in various part-time jobs while trying to make the grade.
He signed from Altrincham in June 2004 for the Reds after being chased by boss John Coleman for a while. Stanley paid £15,000 just as he was crowned the UniBond Player of the Year.
From then on, he has gone from strength to strength - with some England National XI appearances and some wonder goals, especially the one at Morecambe from which the Stanley fans gave him his own song.
But he enjoyed his best season in the Conference winning campaign where his hard working displays, along with the ability to change a game with his skill, helped the Reds return to the Football League.
"It is what you dream of as a kid, being a professional footballer, and I am always grateful to John (Coleman), Jimmy (Bell), Eric Whalley and Paul Cook for giving me the chance to play full-time football.
"I can't speak highly enough about them.
"I was sad leaving Accrington but I think it was the right time in my career.
"I could have perhaps waited for January to see if a Championship club had come in for me but it just felt right and when I went to Swansea, I knew it was the right move.
"I had achieved quite a lot at Stanley. The highlight has to be winning the league and I was pleased to win the two trophies last year for Conference Player of the Year and Non-League Player of the Year.
"But I can't single anything out as there are just loads of memories and I treasure them all.
"I remember the laughs with the lads, the jokes, the goals and they will always mean such a lot. But now is a new time in my career and I have got to look forward with Swansea."
Craney admitted the departure of Gary Roberts' to Ipswich on loan a few weeks before left added to his fervour to play at a higher level.
"I would be lying if I didn't wish, when Gary had left, that it was me," said Craney. "And I have watched him go there and do really well. That's why, when Swansea came in, I just relished the chance. Now me and Gary have got a bit of a bet to see who can score the most goals for their new teams."
Stanley fans may get to say a proper goodbye to Craney this weekend as he may return to watch tomorrow (Sat) as he is cup-tied for Swansea's FA Cup game with Brighton.
"I hope I don't have to wear a disguise!" he said. "But I am not involved with Swansea so, if I get the chance to, I will come back and watch tomorrow.
"Of course they will always be the first results I look for and I still feel a major part of Accrington and always will."