It’s a second home game on the spin for the Reds who’ll look to make amends for a missed opportunity in the last one.

Blackpool are the visitors as John Coleman’s side look to return to winning ways.

Though Stanley against Blackpool pits two teams from the same county against each other it’d be hard to describe it as a local derby.

In fact, they Reds and the Seasiders have only played one previous competitive game and never met in a league fixture.

Both teams arrive at the Wham Stadium in mid table in League Two and having had mixed starts to the season but both know that three points could send them well into the top half.

The Reds are unbeaten in two in all competitions and also unbeaten in three home games but there have been too many draws for John Coleman’s liking.

Last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Cheltenham brought a sense of frustration and the aim will now be to put it right.

The Checkatrade Trophy win at Chesterfield is the only victory in the last four games for Stanley, who sit 12th in League Two and three points from the play-off places.

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Coleman could have the luxury of calling upon a fully fit squad having welcomed back Seamus Conneely and John O’Sullivan from injury last weekend.

Sean McConville and Janoi Donacien, who both missed the Cheltenham game through suspension, return after serving their one match bans.

Both Gary Taylor-Fletcher, who is still with the Reds on non-contract terms, and keeper Elliot Parish could feature against their former club.

Blackpool are back in the fourth tier of English football for the first time in 15 years following relegation from League One last season.

It’s been a swift return for the Seasiders, who had started a climb from the basement division with promotion in 2001 that culminated in a season in the Premier League in 2010/11.

Now the aim must be to start another ascent up the divisions, with former Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer taking over at Bloomfield Road from Neil McDonald in the summer.

Gary Bowyer became manager of Blackpool in June this year.

The 44-year-old, a former player with Hereford United, Nottingham Forest and Rotherham, stepped up to take charge of Blackburn Rovers in May 2013 and guided the club to eighth and ninth placed Championship finishes in his first two seasons in charge.

Bowyer had previously impressed during two caretaker spells at Ewood Park, starting out at Rovers in 2004 to oversee the Under 18s and nurture the club’s Academy talents before a move up to reserve team boss and then manager.

Bowyer replaced Neil McDonald at Bloomfield Road after the club’s relegation from League One.

Match Info


Adults £20
Concessions (Over 65s/Students/Under 16s*) £15
Accompanied Under 12s** £10

*all students/under 16s must show valid student ID at the turnstile or ticket office
** all under 12s must be accompanied by an adult

Loyalty Card holders

For those with an Accrington Stanley Loyalty Card, match-day prices for League Two games are:

Adults £15
Over 65s/students/Under 16s £10
Accompanied under 12s* FREE

*one free under 12 with a loyalty card per paying adult. Additional under 12s £10 each

All supporters must purchase a ticket before entering the turnstiles
Season ticket holders need to bring their season ticket booklets – not just the ticket for the fixture.