James Beattie has urged Stanley fans to come on down for the Everton game and enjoy a night to remember.
Stanley have secured the glamour friendly to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Football League.
The very first league fixtures took place on September 8, 1888, and included a 2-1 home win for Everton against Accrington FC.
Next Wednesday’s match will be Beattie’s first home game as manager after being appointed in May and it comes against his former club.
What’s more, Everton are set to field most of their Premier League stars and Stanley anticipate their biggest crowd in recent years.
“It’s going to be a tremendous night,” said Reds boss Beattie. “The history behind the game is quite phenomenal really and I can’t thank Everton enough for coming over.
“It’s down as a first-team fixture, I spoke to (new Everton boss) Roberto Martinez at length the other day and he said it will be the first team. It’s just going to be a great occasion.
“It should be a sell-out. Everton’s ticket sales have gone very well – they always travel well, as I know. We’re asking our fans now to get involved and to make it a real spectacle.”
Everton are currently having a pre-season training camp in Austria, where they’ll play Austria Vienna on Sunday. And with their training ground going spare, the Blues have agreed to let Beattie’s squad train at Finch Farm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
“I’ve got to express massive thanks to (Everton chairman) Bill Kenwright first of all, then Roberto Martinez,” said Beattie.
“When I played for them it was an amazing club and they’ve still got quality people behind the scenes, who I spoke to this week, that’ll try to make it a great experience for these lads.
“It’ll show them what is on offer if you apply yourself properly and progress in the game the way everybody hopes this club can do.
“It gives them a little carrot, as did the trip to Portugal, and if they keep treating me the way they are doing and keep training in the right manner – be respectful off the pitch as well as on it – then I’ll do everything I can to supply them with special treats like this, through my contacts in the game.”
The five-day jaunt in the Algarve was the first time Stanley had been abroad for a pre-season training camp.
“It was a statement of intent in itself – not just from me but from the chairman and from everybody at the club,” Beattie added.
“It sends out a message to everyone that we’re serious this season.
“I don’t mean any disrespect to Accrington Stanley because I love the club, but I want to change the whole DNA of the place, the thinking within the club and the way people perceive Accrington Stanley as a club.
“We’ll do that by improving in every aspect on and off the pitch, bringing better players in and getting more fans through the gate. It’ll be a great place to support a team and a great place to work.”
Last summer few would have expected players of Danny Webber’s pedigree to come to Accy but he was among 11 trialists who featured in the Reds’ first two friendlies.
Beattie intends to make a decision on several of those players before the Everton game, perhaps even before Saturday’s friendly at Altrincham.