Stanley’s first long away trip of the season sees them travel to Fratton Park to take on Portsmouth.

The Reds are out for a return to winning ways against a club with more than a couple of familiar faces in their ranks

The Opposition

portsmouth-fc-crest522-3094Portsmouth are the side tipped by many pundits for success in League Two this season, with many making them favourites for promotion.

Pompey have spent the last couple of seasons in the fourth tier following their rapid descent down the leagues but there is now a real sense of optimism that they can start the climb back up the divisions.

They’ve made a good start too, sitting fourth in the early season table.


Former Stanley boss Cook has brought a buzz to Fratton Park sine taking over in the close season.

After leaving East Lancashire for Chesterfield he led the Spireites to promotion from League Two before getting them to the League One play-offs last season.

He is assisted by another ex-Reds boss in Leam Richardson, with the pair knowing all about their visitors and manager John Coleman.

One to Watch

Another man with Stanley connections, the visiting support will need no introduction to visiting supporters.

A Conference winner with the club in 2006, he subsequently moved in a big money deal to Ipswich Town.

He subsequently moved to Huddersfield Town before linking up with former team mate Cook at Chesterfield.

He was one of the manager’s marquee signings at Fratton Park and has made quite an impact since joining.

Form Guide

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Stanley lost for the first time in four against Bury in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in midweek and were a missed penalty away from a draw.

They’ll look to repeat the feat from their last trip to Fratton Park and win, picking up a second three point haul of the season in the process.

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Pompey were also beaten in the JPT in midweek, 2-0 at Exeter City.

In the league it has been a different story, with Cook’s side unbeaten in League Two so far. They won 2-1 at Luton last time out.

Stanley Team News

Shay McCartan and Joe Wright remain away on international duty but other than that Coleman has a full strength squad to choose from.

After making five changes in midweek he must decide who may keep their place and who could come back into the side for the game at Fratton Park.


Portsmouth have always played at Fratton Park since their formation in 1898. The current capacity of Fratton Park is 20,688, and the clubs record attendance is 51,385, which was set against Derby County in the FA Cup sixth round in 1949.

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Match Coverage

The official website will have live text commentary on the game.

There will be updates on the club Twitter and Facebook accounts.

At full time a full match report will be posted online and on social media, followed by post match reaction.