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2 August 2014

Focus on Accrington as part of season countdown

  We’re counting down to 2014/15 by previewing all of Wimbledon’s opponents next season and we today focus on a club who continue to make the most of their limited resources.

.thJames Beattie’s first full season in charge of Accrington Stanley certainly got off to a difficult start as they were rock-bottom for a large part of 2013/14, but they put together a strong run and eventually finished a respectable 15

  campaign.Wall of ColourStanley are just one of 72 clubs celebrating the new season with the Football League’s 


Danny Webber, Laurence Wilson, George Miller, Luke Clark, Peter Murphy, Ian DunbavinPlayers out: 

Adam BuxtonPlayers in: 

244 milesDistance between two clubs:

W DLast two results versus the Dons: 

Saturday, 13 September (a), Saturday, 24 January (h)When we meet: 

th 15Finishing position last season: 

The men from Lancashire have undoubtedly been Wimbledon’s bogey team since the Dons returned to the Football League. Accrington have won five and drew one against Wimbledon in the last three seasons, most recently with a 3-2 win on the final day of 2013/14. Manager James Beattie (pictured) has managed to retain the core of his squad by keeping hold of key players contracted for next season and seven players signing new deals, including long-serving defender Dean Winnard.

Beattie could add more experience to his squad with 37-year-old Brett Ormerod having featured in pre-season. However, even if the manager fails to add more depth, a similar squad to last season is likely to be competitive again and surprise a few along the way.

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