David Stanley admitted there was more than just fences broken when the Cowshed was built – but he isn’t sorry to see it go.
Life-long fan David was on the board with Accrington Stanley in the 1980s and played his part as the club grew from its reformation in 1968 to become League Two champions this year – 50 years.
The Cowshed has now been knocked down, with a new £1m stand to be built over the next few months, but David remembers it going up.
“At the Crown Ground we had wooden fences up but the Cheshire League wouldn’t accept them, they said we needed better fencing.
“I had a snooker company D End Snooker, and I was doing some work for a millionaire who owns Peel Holdings. I was telling him the story and he said he had just bought a cricket ground in Rochdale and they were getting rid of all the old concrete panels and did we want them?
“There were around eight of us who went over to get them and I remember John Prescott breaking his arm moving them!”
David was involved on the board with the likes of Terry Slinger, Arthur McGilveray and Stan Spencer.
“I got Gerry King’s shares and was on the board for a few years. It was a bit hand to mouth. We had two top earners in Dave Hargreaves and Micky Finn who were on around £40 a week and we had to all put in money at some time to pay the wages.”
David, from Baxenden, watched Stanley at Peel Park and admitted, when they went bust in 1962, he divided his time between Blackburn Rovers and Burnley.
But he got the Stanley-bug again and has been a season-ticket holder since the 1980s.
“When I was on the board, I used to run the bar along with Sam Adams and Arthur McGilveray, we organised snooker, pool and domino competitions in the club house to make money for the club.
“It was a working board and we did everything on the pitch and in the stands and all chipped in with money when we could. I travelled a lot with the team and I do feel proud to have been involved.
“I am 71 and I still watch them home and away, I think I went to around ten away games last season. I don’t mind seeing the Cowshed knocked down – you have to move with the times.”