Accrington Stanley Celebrity Fans and Famous Fans

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Accrington Stanley Flag.

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Accrington Stanley Crest
Accrington Stanley Crest
Accrington Stanley Crest
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David "Bumble" Lloyd Proper Fan

The former cricket player, umpire, coach and commentator may be one of the best known personalities in that particular sport, but his real sporting passion is actually for football, and his love for Accrington Stanley. Born in the town, his dad would take him to watch Accrington Stanley as a youngster and he's followed them ever since.

Julie Hesmondhalgh Born-there Fan

Best known for her role as Hayley Cropper in the ITV soap-opera Coronation Street, Julie Hesmondhalgh was born in Accrington in 1970. She's been in the media sending her best wishes to the club on a few occasions before big matches. The actor playing her on-screen husband, Roy Cropper, is also a big football, and is one of Leicester City's celebrity fans.

Jesse McClure Went-to-a-game Fan

The American TV presenter (he hosted Storage Hunters) was at an Accrington Stanley game back in 2014, dressed in the club shirt and doing a crossbar challenge at half-time. He's subsequently been adopted as one of the club's celebrity fans ever since.

Categories of Famous/Celebrity Football Fans

  • Proper Fan - a fan who goes to a lot of matches.
  • Fan - a fan who comments a lot on the club and goes to the occasional match, often because of their busy work schedule.
  • Alleged Fan - we can't find any supporting evidence, but sections of the fanbase are adamant they support the team.
  • Born-there Fan - there seems to be no actual evidence of the person supporting the club, but because they were born there some fans have claimed them as one of their own.
  • Brainwashed-by-a-relation Fan - convinced by a family member or friend to follow their team.
  • Doesn't-actually-exist Fan - definitely a fan of the club, but not actually a real person.
  • Dual-club Fan - that strange breed of person who claims to support more than one club.
  • Ex-fan - used to support the club but for certain reasons (possibly glory-hunting) they now support another.
  • Looks-for-result Fan - doesn't appear to go to any matches but sounds likely to check the Vidiprinter on a Saturday afternoon.
  • Links-to-the-area Fan - similar to the Born-there Fan, but this can open up the celebrity fan possibilities to anyone with vague connections to the town or county,
  • Part-time Fan - a fan, but only seems to appear at the most important games.
  • Tenuous Link Fan - usually some obscure reason like they once had a meal with the club's owner, so obviously the're now a fan of the club.
  • Went-to-a-game Fan - often film stars who are in town and take in a match, appear on the pitch with a scarf, and are then suddenly declared a fan by the other supporters.
  • Went-to-games-as-a-kid Fan - used to go to a few matches as a youngster, so this is taken as an everlasting love for the club by fellow fans, even though the person may not have shown any interest whatsoever in football since being dragged to a match as a five year-old.