Pig flying. Hell freezing over. The Red Sox winning the World Series. Gregg Henson or Dave Tepper telling a joke that’s actually funny. You can add to the list, Accrington Stanley winning the Nationwide Conference and returning to the Football League, courtesy of today’s 1-0 win over Woking.
Once consigned to the depths of despair, Accrington Stanley are back in the Football League. Forty-four years on from being forced to quit because of crippling financial problems, the Lancashire club made sure of finishing top of the Nationwide Conference here yesterday after an afternoon of extraordinary drama.
Needing just one more victory to be certain of going up, they led Woking at half-time before their goalkeeper, Rob Elliot (above), on loan from Charlton, pulled off a double penalty save.
Even with an additional five minutes of stoppage time, Accrington held their nerve to embrace the pitch invasion that arrived at the final whistle with fans popping champagne bottles and carrying their heroes, nobody greater than Elliot, on their shoulders across the pitch.