BEFORE Accrington Stanley have even gained promotion to the Vauxhall Conference, they are looking ahead to the long-term future.
The club have applied for planning permission to extend the Crown Ground's capacity to over 6,000, which would allow them to host Football League games if their promotion bid back into the League is successful after a 40-year absence.
One of the club's major projects is the building of a new stand on the Whinney Hill side of the ground, which will have 1,760 seats, at a cost of £400,000.
The ground redevelopment will also include extending the clubhouse, which would increase by 25 per cent. Another 300 car parking spaces would also be provided if councillors give it the thumbs-up.
It has been 41 years since the Reds were relegated from the Football League but chairman Eric Whalley says the club's ambition says the plans need to go through in order for the club to go forward.
- Read the interview with Eric Whalley in this week's Observer