Accrington Stanley, who are they?

blyth01Once, when they found themselves fundraising to pay the sort of crippling tax bill a less scrupulous chairman would save for a rainy day, Blyth Spartans proudly dubbed themselves ‘The World’s Most Famous Non-League Football Club’.

A blinding mid-seventies FA Cup run brought to an end by a thrice-taken corner kick alloted themselves this brazen claim, one which may shortly be under challenge from overseas.

Of course, we know all about the threat posed by the best-kept secret in world football, and will join the dissident die-hards of Austria Salzburg on June 9th in celebration of perhaps their greatest achievement yet.

svas044Back-to-back batterings of Seeham and SG SSK/BW Salzburg (or Spielgemeinschaft Salzburger Sport Klub von 1919/Blau Weiss Salzburg, as they’re known to their mothers) left the Violet & Whites requiring a single point from four remaining games to secure the title in Austrian football’s seventh tier.

Up in the Bundesliga, the season ended with fascist Governor Jörg Haider’s FC Kärnten buying a berth in the top division, and Red Bull Salzburg’s fans claiming to have won their fourth league title despite only being in existence for two years.

Remember ‘There’s no tradition. There’s no history?’ Well, there’s apparently no shame there, either.

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