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Kirkham & Wesham FC as they were known played their first season in the West Lancashire League in 1988-89, taking the place previously held by Kirkham Town FC in Division 1.The following season they finished bottom of this division and were relegated to Division 2.) The Crown Ground Livingstone Road Accrington Lancashire BB5 5BX Telephone - 01254 356 950 Capacity - 5,057 (2,000 Seated) Formed - 1891 Nickname(s) - Stanley Club Colours - All Red - White Trim Current League - League 2 Conference National Winners - 2005-06 The name of Accrington Stanley was made famous by a milk advert involving Ian Rush in the 1980's, which played on the obscurity of the club.In fact Accrington Stanley is a name that goes back a long way in connection with Association Football.They withdrew from the league and another team in the town Stanley FC.took on the Accrington name to become Accrington Stanley.
The club made their initial steps to professionalism in 1910, signing their first paid player from Southampton for B#10.
For the start of the 2008-09 season, the club changed their name to AFC Fylde, and became North West Counties League - Premier Division champions in the same season, for promotion to the Northern Premier League - Division 1 North.
Promotion to the Premier League came in 2011-12, and promotion to the Conference North in 2013-14 after a play-off final win against Ashton United FC on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
This version of Accrington Stanley played in the Football League from 1921 to 1962, with the club folding due to financial problems in 1966.
Whilst not connected with these two clubs, the new Accrington Stanley team feels it is built on the legacy of the former clubs.
Wimbledon stayed in the First Division and then the FA Premier League from 1986 until 2000.