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Eric Whalley: Accrington Stanley 'saviour' dies aged 74

Eric Whalley
Image caption Eric Whalley was also a former player

The man who guided Accrington Stanley back to the Football League has died aged 74.

Former player, manager and chairman Eric Whalley took over running the club in 1995, leading them up through the ranks.

Current chairman Peter Marsden said the club would be forever grateful to him.

Accrington Stanley dropped out of the Football League in 1962, folded a year later, reformed in 1968 and returned to the Football League in 2006.

Mr Marden said: "His tireless efforts made the club what it is today and we will forever be grateful to him.

"Our Football League status is a continuing reminder of everything he did for the club."

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