At Across The Pitch, one of our main focuses of this show is to introduce American fans to the totality of English Football. Each month we will bring you one featured team from the ranks of the EFL Championship, League One, and League Two. Our very first team for this feature, which we call "Who Are They" is Accrington Stanley, the team for which this is affectionately named after. This team from the small Lancashire industrial town has a unique history that dates back to the 1890's, but is perhaps most famous for of all things, a milk commercial.
However, in the past few seasons, Accrington Stanley, "The Team That Wouldn't Die" has become "The Little Engine That Could" of the EFL. The team which played in the "non-league" Football Conference (now known as National League), and whose very existence a franchise was threatened as recently as 2006, has enjoyed an unprecedented period of success that currently has them sitting 10th in the League One table. After winning the League 2 championship in the 2017-2018 season, the team earned promotion to its highest level of competition since the team's reformation in 1966. (More on promotion to come in Arran's article this week)
This Months Featured Player Interview: Scott Brown - Accrington Stanley
We took the time this week to sit down with veteran Accrington Stanley midfielder Scott Brown. During the interview we discussed a bit about his career, and how his rise back to League One after missing over 2 seasons with a serious leg injury has in some ways run parallel to Accrington Stanley's rise. We also talk with him about manager John Coleman, whom he followed to Stanley after captaining for him at Southport, and how Coleman has been instrumental in both his success and the club's rise through the tables.
On the lighter side, we talk with him about his old teammate Wayne Rooney, and if he would ever consider bringing his career to the states. We also talk about the quirks of playing at the historic WHAM Stadium. Of course, we couldn't resist to ask about that famous milk commercial, and a recent remake featuring legendary Liverpool striker Ian Rush, which celebrated Accrington Stanley's League 2 championship.
We would like to thank Scott for taking the time to come onto the show with us, and you can follow him on Twitter at @scottbrown85. If you are interested in having us feature your favorite team for an upcoming month's who are they, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org