John Coleman believes his current Accrington Stanley side can replicate his greatest moment as Stanley boss – their victory over Farsley Celtic.
In 1999/2000, Stanley needed to win their final game of the season against Farsley Celtic at home to clinch the UniBond First Division title.
They did just that, with Coleman on the scoresheet, and while many are comparing this campaign to the 2010/11 play-off season, the Reds boss is looking much further back.
“I think it’s more like the Farsley Celtic game. In my whole managerial career nothing will ever eclipse that as we went on an unbelievable run.
“We had to win in front of a packed house in the sun on the final day of the season and let’s hope history repeats itself tomorrow – although I won’t be playing!”
The Reds have to beat Stevenage tomorrow to clinch a place in League One – they have played in the third tier of English football before in the1950s and 60s when Stanley played in the Third Division North before the club resigned from the Football League in 1962.
“It will be an unbelievable achievement but I will be nervous,” said Coleman. “It’s a straightforward situation – we know what we have to do, we have to win.
“There are no grey areas. We have got to win as I fully expect Oxford and Bristol Rovers to win.
“It will be tunnel vision and just focused on this match. We have to treat it as another game but it will be difficult as it’s a home sell-out, the atmosphere will be different but, on the pitch, we know what we have to do.
“The 600 fans were great at Wycombe last week and they can make a big difference when they make a lot of noise as they can push us over the line.
“For the players, there is no better feeling when your hard work pays off and you get what you have worked for and hopefully we can do it in style.
“But whatever happens against Stevenage, the players need to be applauded for a magnificent season.”