Date: 4th September 2009 at 5:24pm
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Accrington Stanley have been given less than eight weeks to find £308,000 by the Inland Revenue and if the cash can not be found the club face being wound up.

They were served with a winding up order in May for unpaid taxes, with the club understanding they had 12 months to raise the cash and pay the taxman. The latest news therefore is a bitter blow to the club’s survival chances.

Stanley have therefore launched a Save our Stanley campaign to help the League Two club’s fight for survival.

Burnley have now offered to help by announcing a friendly at Turf Moor on the night of Tuesday 8th September allowing the strickened club to keep all the gate receipts for their survival fund. It will also be an ideal opportunity for Owen Coyle to play some of his fringe first team players and give them some match practice.

It should be noted though that this fixture is provisonal pending approval by the Premier League and assurance that all satisfactory arrangements for safety aspects are in place on the night.

Accrington chief executive Rob Heys though was delighted with the gesture from the Clarets saying:

‘It’s fantastic that a club that have made it into the Premier League and are a long way away from the football scale that we’re in have shown that they remember their local neighbours and we’re very grateful for that’

Barry Kilby speaking to the Official Site said:

“We will always help our friends down the road. We have always had good relations with Accrington and we know how difficult it can be for smaller clubs in the respective leagues.I have sympathy for them, knowing how crowded it is for clubs in East Lancashire. We will do anything we can to help them secure their future.”

If Clarets fans would like to further help Accrington Stanley, they can find out more about their Save our Stanley campaign by going to this website:

Save our Stanley Campaign


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