THERE has always been a wealth of sporting talent in Accrington - and Ray Clark wants to honour them with a Hall of Fame in Accrington.
From a cyclist who finished 16th in the Tour of France, to England cricket captains, Premiership footballers and Olympic medallists - they have all come from Hyndburn.
The following is not a definitive list but are names which have been suggested for the Hall of Fame, which may be housed at Hyndburn Sports Centre
Any more information on the following or more names are welcome to help Ray. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Hall of Fame, Accrington Observer, 103 Blackburn Road, Accrington.
DAVID LLOYD: Born Accrington 1947. Nicknamed "Bumble" He captained Lancashire for five years; played nine times for England with a top score of 214 not out against India in 1974; scored 20,000 runs (including 43 hundreds) 247 wickets and 360 catches; Finished playing 1983. Coached at Lancashire and England.
GRAHAM LLOYD: Born 1969; Spent 16 seasons with Lancashire from 1988. He was a key member of Lancashire one-day side which dominated cricket in the mid-late 1990s. Scored 11,279 runs (24 centuries). Made his England debut in 1996 Retired in 2002.
BOB RATCLIFFE: Born in Accrington in 1951. Played professional cricket from 1969-80. Made his Accrington debut in 1968.
DAVID HUGHES: Born in 1947. Played for Lancashire and took part in a remarkable Gillette Cup semi-final against Gloucestershire in 1971 when the captain his 24 in one over.
GRAEME FOWLER: Born in Accrington, took to cricket at an early age and was soon playing for Lancashire. Made his England debut in 1982. Fowler played 21 Tests for England and became the first Englishman to record a Test double century in India - 20 - in the 1984 tour. This was one of his most treasured memories.
IAN AUSTIN: Born 1966; Lancashire and England all-rounder. Made one day England debut in 1998. Holds an outstanding record in one-day cricket with six winning appearances in Lord's Cup Finals, three National League triumphs and a belated call-up to the England side. One of only two players in history to win Man of the Match awards at both the Nat West Trophy final and the Benson and Hedges Cup final. In 1990, he scored the fastest first class century, taking just 61 balls.
EDDIE PAYNTER: Played for Enfield, Lancashire and England; born 1901 in Oswaldtwistle. Died in 1979. He made his Test debut in 1931 and he averaged 84.42 for his seven Tests against Australia, a figure which no other Englishman can approach. In all Tests, Paynter's average was 59.23. In 1937, for Lancashire, he scored 2,904 runs with an average of 53.77, including 322 in five hours against Sussex at Hove. Wisden Cricket of the Year in 1938.
NICK WESTWELL: In his last year at Mount Carmel he was chosen to play with England schoolboys. He is still a member of Church CC and has taken over 600 wickets.
JACKIE CHEW: Played for Burnley FC 1945-53 and was in the squad for the FA Cup final in 1947. An all-round sportsperson he also played for East Lancs CC and he helped Rishton win the Worsley Cup in 1964 when he scored 50 runs when faced by the then West Indian pro Charlie Griffiths, who had dominated the bowling statistics all season.
DAVID DUNN: Born Great Harwood 1979. Played 169 games for Blackburn Rovers and enjoyed success in England Under 21 team before getting full England call-up. Joined Birmingham City for record £5.5m in July 2003 but has been plagued by injuries.
MIKE DUXBURY: Born Accrington 1959; Played for Lancashire schools and made his Manchester United debut against Man City in 1980. He made the right back role his own in the 1982-3 season and was capped seven times by England Under 21. Became a full international in November 83 and won 10 caps. He was an FA Cup winner in 1983 and 1985. Moved to Blackburn and Bradford.
BRETT ORMEROD: Former Blackburn Rover's trainee who joined Accrington Stanley and made such an impression in front of goal that he attracted the attention of Blackpool who paid £50,000 for him in 1997. Scored 20 goals in less that half a season in December 2001 and that prompted Premiership Southampton to make £1.5m move for him - Accrington had a sell-on clause which helped them build a stand.
ERIC WHALLEY: Played for Accrington pre-1962, managed them twice 1986-7 and 1993. He took over as chairman in 1995 guiding them into the Nationwide Conference and hoping to take them back into the Football League.
RICHARD CHAPLOW: Former Burnley midfielder; played for England Under 21's and regular Under 20 call-ups. Now at Premier side West Brom.
WALTER GALBRAITH'S Accrington Stanley team from 1950s: Seen as the greatest ever Stanley side and were challenging for promotion into the Second Division: Tom McQueen, Armour Ashe, Jimmy Harrower, Eddie Hunter, John Ryden, Joe Devlin, Archie Wright, Harold Bodle, Charlie Sneddon, Les Cocker, George Stewart, Bert Scott.
MARK BRENNAN: The midfielder was at Man City from 90-92 before moving onto Oldham. Came to Stanley 1999 and helped them bounce straight from UniBond First Division back into the premier Division.
ASHLEY HOSKIN: Diminuitive winger played for Burnley through the 1980s, released in 1989. Became an Accrington Stanley favourite after coming to Crown Ground; played in the 1992 FA Cup second round defeat at Ewood Park against Crewe and the 1993 loss to Scunthorpe at Turf Moor.
DAVE HARGREAVES: Stanley's leading goalscorer. He scored 56 goals in 44 games in the Lancashire Combination in 1975 and by the time he was sold to Blackburn in 1976/7 he had scored 318 goals for the Reds in 328 appearances.
SIMON WESTWELL: The defender had more than 80 appearances for Preston North End and played for Colne Dynamoes, Accrington Stanley and Clitheroe. Was captain of both Colne Dynamoes and Clitheroe in their FA Vase final victory at Wembley.
RACHEL BROWN: England goalkeeper who went to St Christopher's: 23 England caps; made England debut at 16. Plays for Everton.
CHRIS GRIMSHAW: ex-Burnley and Stanley - made a record 362 club appearances for Stanley in his three spells there in the 80s; first joined in July 1986 after spells at Burnley, Crewe and Bury. Scored 52 goals from defence and midfield. Hugely popular player on terraces.
JACK BRAY: from Oswaldtwistle. Pre-war for Manchester City and England, later manager of Watford.
GEORGE BRAY: from Oswaldtwistle. A Burnley stalwart for more than 50 years - played for them in the 1947 FA Cup final; went on to coach for them through the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
DICK WEBSTER: from Oswaldtwistle; pre war and post war for Accrington Stanley and Sheffield United.
STAN LYNN: Played for Stanley, Aston Villa and Birmingham; FA Cup winners medal; League cup winners medal; 446 league appearances and 64 goals. Recognised as finest uncapped right full back in country.
IVAN SMITH: Football League referee; refereed all around the world; won gold medal from FA in 1995 for his service to Football.
ALAN RAMSBOTTOM: From Clayton, was a British International and rode for French professional teams. The sewing machine mechanic finished 16th in 1963 Tour De France - although at one point he was up to third. Has had a road named after him in Great Harwood.
HARRY HILL: The Accrington Grammar School pupil was a British Cycling International and won a bronze medal in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games in the 4000 metre team pursuit.
SHOKAT ALI: Born 1970 in Accrington. Ranked 65th in world but best world ranking is 34th and hoping to get back to that. Became a pro in 1991. He made snooker history by becoming the first cue sports gold medalist at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok. Made quarter-finals 2001 Thailand Masters; higest break in tourmanent is 139 Thailand Masters 2001.
TOMMY WALKER: Was a swimmer in the 1950s.
LES DEAN: Swum Morecambe Bay pre-war in record time.
EDDIE KEANE: 11 times Lancashire backstroke champion 1950s.
BRIAN CROMPTON: He was captain of all-England water polo team in 1968 and was head coach of Olympic Games swimming team.
CHRIS GODDARD: Won gold in world firefighters championships last year and is a world masters swimmer.
STEPHEN POULTER - represented GB at two Olympics - 1980 Moscow and 1984 Los Angeles; made final in butterfly on both occasions.
RON HILL: Marathon supremo. Took part in 1964 Olympics at Tokyo, 1968 at Mexico and Munich 1972; two victories in English cross-country championships; gold medal in European Marathon in Athens in 1969 - his greatest achievement; gold medal in Commonwealth marathon in Edinburgh in 1970 with a time of 2.09.28. Victory in Boston marathon 1970 - first Britain ever to win.
DAVID LEWIS: Multi-international athlete. Raced for Great Britain on track in 5000m, 10,000m and steeple-chase, was national cross country champions three times; AAA's indoor 3000m champ; narrowly missed out on GB Olympic team three times.
KERRY GILLIBRAND: Accrington-born; reached 1500m final of 2002 Manchester Games.
PAMELA BRINDLE (now Whittaker): Javelin thrower; represented GB.
HARRY HARTLEY - English middleweight champion in 1950s.
VALERIE ROBINSON: ex England and Great Britain international; highlight was World Cup medal in 1975 in Edinburgh. Played more than 145 international games and represented her country for more than 20 years from mid-1960s. won BBC's Superstars competition twice.
TREVOR FOSTER: famously led the 1988 Open at Lytham by replacing Seve Ballesteros at the top of the leaderboard.The Accrington greenkeeper birdied at the ninth for a brief lead in golf's greatest major championship. He led until the 12th hole but then slid down the leaderboard. Made more than 100 appearances for Lancashire.
SAMI SMITHSON: Born 1976. judo titles at junior and senior level, including a silver medal at European team championships in 2001/2. Competed for GB at various events.
PHIL SMITHSON: 10 times national judo medalist; British champion in 1992 at Gateshead; next day he and Sami won bronze in birtish Kata pairs champion.
GEOFF BILLINGTON: Accrington-born show jumper who helped the GB team finish sixth in the Atlanta Olympics on It's Otto. Also competed in Sydney Olympics but didn't do as well.
IAN PEEL: lived in Great Harwood and won silver in Trap at Sydney Olympics in 2000. Won silver medal in Trap Pairs with Chris Dean in 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester to go with six other Commonwealth medals.
BARBARA FIELDING: The Clayton-le-Moors acher has had two world titles - her first in 1971; British title holder nine times and broke countless records at British, European and World level.
MARION LOFTHOUSE: former England captain and Northern Ireland coach.
ANNA NEWELL: From Rishton. Worked her way through England ranks and got first England call-up in 2001 to tour Australia and New Zealand.