We take a closer look at tomorrow’s opponents Notts County – kick off is 3pm at the Wham Stadium.
Kevin Nolan is a friend of John Coleman’s but that’s put aside for 90 minutes twice a season.
Liverpudlian midfielder Nolan played for Bolton, Newcastle and West Ham in the Premier League before a spell as player-manager at Leyton Orient. He took on the same role at Notts County in January 2017, replacing John Sheridan, and they avoided relegation. This season they have been challenging for the promotion spots, currently in fourth place in League Two, 10 points behind Stanley.
County had a strong start to the season, leading the way at the end of October with Nolan winning Manager of the Month in September.
In December, after 24 games, County had a ten-point gap on ninth-placed Stanley as they sat in second place in the table, behind Luton.
Since the turn of the year, they have won six of their 16 league encounters but will still believe they can achieve a top three spot.
One to watch
Striker Jon Stead first played against Accrington in 2003 when he was a rising star for Huddersfield. It was the FA Cup first round and the Reds won 1-0 thanks to that Andy Gouck goal.
In his most prolific season, in 2003/4 while playing for Huddersfield and Blackburn, he scored 24 goals and, since arriving at Meadow Lane in 2015, he has scored 14 goals in his last two seasons.
Stead scored a penalty against the Reds earlier on this season in a 2-2 at Notts County and currently has 13 goals this season.
In the game at Meadow Lane in August, County striker Stead scored from the penalty spot while Jorge Grant put the Magpies 2-0 up.
Stanley got one back through Mark Hughes before Mehki McLeod was dismissed in the 66th minute and then County were reduced to ten men when Matt Tootle saw red in the 91st minute.
There was still time for Leeds loan striker Mallik Wilks to grab a 95th minute equaliser for the Reds.
There are home and away Fanzone’s open tomorrow – home opening 12pm, away 12-30pm – with Happy Hour prices on draft lager and ales from 12-1pm – all £2. Access to both is with valid match day ticket only.
Local singer/songwriter Maelor Hughes will perform between 12:30pm – 2:15pm in the home Fanzone while Indigo Sunset will perform after with the Fanzone open until 8pm.
Tickets are available from the Ticket Booths at the Wham Stadium.