Everyone at Accrington Stanley would like to pass our sincere condolences to the family of our former Chairman Eric Whalley, who has sadly passed away.

An A team player and then manager before taking over the running of the club in 1995, Eric was truly unique.

He set about guiding the club through the non-league pyramid and into the Football League as well as developing the ground into the one that we see today.

“Eric was Accrington Stanley,” said Chairman Peter Marsden. “His tireless efforts made the club what it is today and we will forever be grateful to him. Our Football League status is a continuing reminder of everything he did for the club.”

Eric Whalley put Accrington Stanley back on the football map. He will never be forgotten.