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A look ahead of Accrington

3 August 2012

Read our pre-match preview ahead of our friendly clash with Stanley

Coventry travel to Lancashire to take on League Two Accrington Stanley in their seventh pre-season game on Saturday.

Andy Thorn will be looking for a response from his side at the Crown Ground after Wrexham beat Coventry 4-1 in midweek.

Accrington Stanley are currently preparing for their eighth consecutive season in League Two and will be hoping to improve on the 14th position they achieved last year.


Stanley will be starting next season without former manager John Coleman for the first time in 13 years after he departed for Rochdale in January.

Former Coventry City midfielder Paul Cook returned to the club to manage the side after leading Sligo Rovers to its most successful season ever winning the FAI Ford Cup, the EA Sports Cup and finishing 3rd in the Airtricity League in 2010. 

He continued this success in 2011 after achieving back-to-back FAI Ford Cup wins before moving to the Crown Ground. Already recovering from losing club captain Andrew Proctor to Preston North End, Cook has endured a difficult start to management in Lancashire.

The side only won three games out of 17 following the departure of Proctor and Coleman but achieved a safe 14th position. Looking to improve on this position next season, Cook has made some good signings thus far with former Bolton defender Tom Eckersley and former Sunderland defender Michael Liddle joining the club.


Paul Cook

The current Accrington Stanley boss had playing spells for the both clubs, ending his 23-year career in Lancashire.

Cook moved to Coventry after an extremely successful spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers having made over 190 appearances for the Black Country side, scoring 19 goals. 

Cook suffered a few injuries whilst at Highfield Road which disrupted his time at the club but still made 37 appearances, scoring three goals in a two-year spell at the club before being sold to Tranmere Rovers.

Whilst playing for Stanley, he made 62 appearances, scoring one goal before retiring having made over 600 league appearances for nine different teams. 

Ian Gibson

‘Gibbo’ was a great favourite with the City fans during his four-year spell at the club from 1966 to 1970, after starting his career at Accrington Stanley.

He made over 90 appearances for the side from midfield and was part of the side which gained promotion to Division One and qualify for Europe.

Even though he clashed with Jimmy Hill after initially failing to adopt to the City style of play, his inclusion in the side late on in the 1967/68 season lead the side to promotion.

He was surprising sold to Cardiff City at the end of the 1969/70 season but left a great impressing at Highfield Road.


Sky Blues fans traveling up to see the side prepare for life in League One can enjoy reduced ticket prices with tickets only £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

Tickets for Children under twelve years of age and accompanied by an adult are priced at just £1.

Tickets will be available on the day when cash turnstiles will be in operation at The Crown Ground. 

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