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Burnley help 'Save our Stanley'

Burnley help 'Save our Stanley'

Accrington Stanley have been given less than eight weeks to find £308,000 by the Inland Revenue and if the cash can not be found the club face being wound up.

They were served with a winding up order in May for unpaid taxes, with the club understanding they had 12 months to raise the cash and pay the taxman. The latest news therefore is a bitter blow to the club's survival chances.

Stanley have therefore launched a Save our Stanley campaign to help the League Two club's fight for survival.

Burnley have now offered to help by announcing a friendly at Turf Moor on the night of Tuesday 8th September allowing the strickened club to keep all the gate receipts for their survival fund. It will also be an ideal opportunity for Owen Coyle to play some of his fringe first team players and give them some match practice.

It should be noted though that this fixture is provisonal pending approval by the Premier League and assurance that all satisfactory arrangements for safety aspects are in place on the night.

Accrington chief executive Rob Heys though was delighted with the gesture from the Clarets saying:

'It's fantastic that a club that have made it into the Premier League and are a long way away from the football scale that we're in have shown that they remember their local neighbours and we're very grateful for that'

Barry Kilby speaking to the Official Site said:

"We will always help our friends down the road. We have always had good relations with Accrington and we know how difficult it can be for smaller clubs in the respective leagues.I have sympathy for them, knowing how crowded it is for clubs in East Lancashire. We will do anything we can to help them secure their future."

If Clarets fans would like to further help Accrington Stanley, they can find out more about their Save our Stanley campaign by going to this website:

Save our Stanley Campaign

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Date:Friday September 4 2009
Time: 5:23PM


Good luck Accy, hope you keep those taxmen sharks at bay!!
04/09/2009 17:26:00
A great gesture by the club! i cannot see our other neighbours down the M65 doing anything to help.
04/09/2009 17:52:00
We played them recently and their fans were superb, hope this helps them!
04/09/2009 18:07:00
That should of happened in the pre season game we played against them. Hope they get through it in one piece.
04/09/2009 18:34:00
Hope it helps secure their future - they need to sort this out, or they could be gone....again.
04/09/2009 19:32:00
Stanley are too near Burnley and Blackburn so the will always struggle shame but that is how it is. But hope they survive. Whats Blackburn doing to help???
Grimsby Claret
04/09/2009 21:09:00
That is a very,very good question! Bury already helping and now Burnley, so what is the high & mighty Rovers (not!) going to do?
04/09/2009 21:24:00
It was not long ago since Bury were in a similar predicament so well done to them! Accrington has always been split between Clarets and Rovers fans! us getting to the Premier League won't have helped their situation but i think this has been addressed with our club trying to give something back! i read that we played Blackburn behind closed doors recently, one wonders why they could not have done a similar thing to us and played Accrington at their place? maybe (con-traversal here) they secretly hope they go under and get a few fans back to their place?
04/09/2009 21:56:00
My lips are sealed!! ;-)
04/09/2009 22:17:00
Good on Burnley!!! It's a shame other premiership clubs haven't followed suit (especially the regional ones.)
06/09/2009 16:19:00
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