What it Means: Aecern-tun, Old English for the place where acorns are stored.

Why It's There: long after farms full of acorns, coal mines, cotton mills, and the strongest engineering bricks in the world

Why They're There: formed at a meeting in a working mens club in 1968. The earlier Stanley, formed in 1891, were a pub team from the Stanley Arms. The current one actually own and run a pub next to the ground. It runs in the blood - the original Accrington, founder members of the Football League, were also formed in a pub in 1876, as all fine clubs are. Stanley is the family name of the Earls of Derby, huge landowners in Lancashire.    

When It All Began: August 6th 2013. There wasn't even a meeting between Ironopolis and the original Accrington.

Local Heroes: George Haworth, Joe Lofthouse, Jimmy Whitehead - all played for England in the 1890's; John Howarth, George's nephew, manager who made them the top non-league club in the North West, later won both the title and the FA Cup with Burnley; John Coleman, manager who took them back into the League in 2006, 13 years in charge in his first spell, each time finishing higher than before; Romuald Boco, scorer of first two football league goals in 2006.  

Unlikely (and distinctly un-local) Hero: Liverpool actor and writer Carl Rice, now 36 but when aged eight was the star of the legendary milk advert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pieK7b4KLL4

Local Villains: Tottenham Hotspur, the team in the original script but who complained; Dimitri Payet, scorer of injury-time winner for West Ham in the EFL Cup in August.

High Point: getting into the League in 2006, winning the Conference by nine points; coming within 22 minutes of the Play Off final last season before going out to AFC Wimbledon 3-2 on aggregate.

Low Point: Finishing 18th in 2013 after being bottom with eight games to play, and surviving relegation by just three points; having two players sent off in their home leg of the 2011 Play Off with Stevenage, which they then lost.

The Wrong Trousers? the original Accrington played at the cricket club, which among many others produced David "Bumble" Lloyd, Jack Simmons and Graham Fowler.

Boro Highs: the first half hour in 2013.

Boro Lows: the last 50 minutes.

Boro Hero: Lukas Jutkiewicz, scorer of the 2013 goal.

Boro Villain: Jutkiewicz and the other 13 who failed to add to it despite 31 shots. And as for the defending....

Typical Boro: In 2013 Accrington took just four points from their first 12 league games, four draws and eight defeats. Their win at the Riverside was the only one in their first 15 games.

Omen Corner: after beating Boro in the 2013 League Cup, Stanley went out in the next round 2-0 to Cardiff, with Rudi Gestede scoring the second.

Maccrington Stanley: most of the players in the final years of the 1960's Stanley were Scots; notoriously they once fielded an all-Scottish XI in 1955 - and under a Scottish manager. The keeper was Tom McQueen, father of Gordon and grandfather of Hayley. Ian Gibson, who later joined Boro, made his Stanley debut aged 15 in 1958.  On-loan Boro defender Brad Halliday was a regular member of last season's Play Off-reaching side.

Nearly Cloughie: Like the Great Man at Hartlepool, James Beattie cleaned the toilets before his first friendly with Everton when he took over as manager. Unlike him (or Gazza, thankfully for their insurers) he didn't drive the club coach. John Coleman was almost as prolific a scorer as Clough, with more than 500 goals for 11 non-league clubs in Lancashire, Cheshire and North Wales over 20 years.

Cultural Exchange: Accrington bricks were used for the foundations of the Empire State Building and Blackpool Tower; its museum has the world's largest collection of Tiffany glass thanks to an Accringtonian who worked for them in New York.

Fair Exchange: when Stanley folded in 1962 they were replaced by Oxford United; when they came back in 2006 they replaced - Oxford United.

The Darkest Day: July 1st 1916, when the 700 men of the Accrington Pals Battalion suffered 585 casualties in half an hour on the first day of the Somme, now commemorated on stage and in song.

Your Boys Took One Hell of a Beating: Jeanette Winterson, Jon Anderson, Mystic Meg, Sir Harrison Birtwistle; Corrie legends Janice Battersby (Vicky Entwistle), and Hayley Cropper (Julie Hesmondhalgh); and John Rex Whinfield, the man who invented Polyester, and therefore responsible for much of the prosperity of Billingham, as ICI made it there and called it Terylene. Polyethylene Terephthalate just doesn't have that ring to it.