Can Accrington save their Stanley without help?
Accrington have a motto that reads 'The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. Save our Stanley.'
It is entirely appropriate given the predicament the homely Lancashire clubs finds itself in and yet also hints at a determination to look beyond their current crisis and towards happier times.
Stanley, in case you haven't heard, owe the taxman £308,000 and HMRC wants its money. Quite right too, given that their money is in reality our money.
The club's chief executive, Rob Heys, maintains that apart from general day-to-day running costs it is the only real debt the club has. There are no other significant individual creditors.
If that is the case then how did the League Two side get themselves into such a mess in the first place?
"It is a combination of events that has conspired against us," Heys told me.
Heys points to dwindling attendances at the Crown Ground and the collapse of the club's main sponsor, Fraser Eagle, in March.
Stanley averaged 2,260 in 2006-07, their first season back in the Football League after an absence of 44 years. That figure halved over the course of the next two seasons. When Fraser Eagle entered administration it left a huge hole in the budget, but Stanley aren't feeling sorry for themselves.
The effervescent Liverpudlian has been in charge at the club for 10 years and describes the club's fight for survival as very close to his heart.
"The fact is there are a lot of people who would like to be involved in professional football but they are outside the game so I am just pleased to be doing a job that I love," he said.
Heys, who struck me as perhaps the most earnest and contrite chief executive I have ever interviewed, added: "We are in this situation and we have got to get ourselves out of it.
"We accept the debt is ours and has to be paid. We are not seeking to avoid paying part of it by entering administration or seeking any sort of financial arrangement. We want to pay it off in full."
Heys even mounted a valiant defence of HMRC, arguing that the people there are only doing their job and must not be seen as the bad guys in all of this.
I am not sure he felt that way on 2 September as he stood in the High Court in London and heard that Stanley had until 28 October to raise £308,000 or face a winding-up order.
Heys has worked at the club for seven years, joining when they were still making their ascent through the non-league pyramid. He describes his trip to face the music in London as one of the darkest days of his life; he told me that he had never felt so alone as when the realisation dawned on him that the clock had started ticking.
To be fair, Heys had an idea what was coming as the club had been in regular dialogue with HMRC. Accrington initially sought to pay off their debt over three years, a timeframe that eventually whittled down to 12 months, with Stanley paying £18,000 a month plus three larger sums through the course of the year.
Accrington slashed their wage bill and found what Heys describes as five or six really good revenue streams to ensure they could meet the payments. But it gradually became evident the taxman wanted his money sooner - a suspicion that was reinforced at the club's day in court.
The club's Save our Stanley campaign was kicked off shortly afterwards and Accrington have so far raised £80,000. That means they have roughly five weeks left to find more than £200,000.
Heys sounds genuinely humbled when he discusses the generosity shown by people within the town and beyond.
Burnley manager Owen Coyle must surely have enough on his plate trying to keep the Clarets in the Premier League but he organised a friendly against Stanley. More than 5,000 turned up despite atrocious weather conditions and paid £10 a head to see Burnley win 4-0.
Football shirts from all over the country were on display as Accrington defeated Darlington 2-1 on Friday 11 September. A bumper crowd of 3,228 passed through the turnstiles. They weren't exactly treated to a classic but that is to miss the point.
"So many people from other clubs gave up their time and money - I thought it was a great gesture," added Coleman.
"You could feel the atmosphere before the game and you knew it was going to be special. The players responded really well."
Accrington have rescheduled this weekend's home game against Crewe so that it takes place on Friday night. They hope more neutrals will turn up, while the club's bucket collectors will be able to take the opportunity to visit other clubs on Saturday.
Heys almost seems overcome when he describes the different pubs, businesses and individuals who are raising money or making donations.
"It is really humbling and it is a difficult position because we are not a charity and almost feel uncomfortable asking for donations," he said.
I think the fundraising efforts shows just how much a local club matters to the people of its local area - but it also taps into something much bigger than that. The fact that so many fans of others clubs have come along to support Stanley speaks volumes about the wider football community. Friendly banter and rivalry is one thing, wanting another club to go out of business another entirely.
There are plenty of clubs that have endured hard times in recent years and I was not surprised at all to see a television feature on the match showing fans wearing shirts of, for example, Bury at the Crown Ground for the match against the Quakers. Perhaps if you have seen your club close to extinction then you understand how desperate it must be for Accrington right now.
Heys is keen to look on the bright side. If Accrington do survive - and he is optimistic that they will - he says the club will instigate an annual event to raise money for charities in the local area. It will be a way of saying thanks for all the help they have received.
Plus, if Accrington succeed in their current plight it means they will have paid off their debts quicker than initially anticipated. Both Heys and Coleman see a secure and successful future for the club if they can clear the current hurdle.
But there is another side to this story.
Several other parties have expressed an interest in investing in the club. Accrington Stanley Supporters' Fund have offered to pay the debt in return for equity in the club, while local businessman Ilyas Khan has stated he is prepared to put in £250,000.
Khan already owns a 12% stake in Stanley and has concerns that the club's financial problems extend beyond the tax bill. He wants to open dialogue with Accrington's directors and it has been reported that he is adamant a share issue is the only long-term solution to solving Stanley's problems.
Stanley were taken over by local businessman David O'Neill in the summer and a cursory search around the internet suggests that some supporters clearly think he should accept some of the offers of financial assistance. Heys' attitude - and I presume that of the club in general - is very much one of we created this mess, we'll fix it. Khan has called for transparency over the true state of the club's finances. Of course, if Khan does invest or there is a share issue it would dilute O'Neill's control.
Given that Accrington still need to raise a substantial portion of the amount they owe perhaps the club might eventually have to seek the assistance on offer.
Accrington, of course, is famous for an advert involving milk and Ian Rush as well as the fact the town's previous club went bust and out of business in 1962, resigning from the Football League.
The people of Accrington are determined to ensure that history does not repeat itself. The last thing they want is for young football fans to have to ask: "Accrington Stanley - who are they?"