Ukrainian families enjoy heart-pounding penalty shoot-out while visiting Accy Stanley game

Ukrainian families witnessed a heart-pounding penalty shoot-out after being invited to attend an Accrington Stanley game.

The visit was organized by the club, Hyndburn Borough Council and the Official Accrington Stanley Supporters’ Trust (OASST).

Accrington Stanley and Hyndburn Borough Council donated match tickets, while the OASST purchased Stanley merchandise as gifts.

Guests were welcomed in the evening by OASST Board Members Darren Woodhead and Debra Phillips; with their host families, the Mayor of Hyndburn and the Leader of Hyndburn Council joining.

Darren has also started a fundraising campaign to buy Stanley shirts for children who have been uprooted and relocated in East Lancashire.

The Carabao Cup first round tie against Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday August 9 ended 2-2 and ended in a hard-fought penalty shootout which was eventually won by the visitors 12 -11.

Hyndburn Mayor Councilor Abdul Khan said: “It was a pleasure to be part of the evening and, although a disappointing result for Stanley, it was a huge success for the guests.

“They thought the pies and the atmosphere were great – a great way to introduce them to our city and our community. Thank you to everyone involved.”

Hyndburn Council Leader, Councilor Miles Parkinson OBE, added: “Thank you to Accrington Stanley and the Supporters’ Trust for being such fantastic hosts for the evening.

“Everyone had a wonderful time and it was great to introduce the Ukrainian people to the stadium and the facilities available, I’m sure they will be back soon.”

OASST President Peter Leatham said: “After all the hardship and upheaval families have had to go through of late, we thought it would be good to show some genuine hospitality and friendship in the east of Lancashire and our football club was the ideal vehicle to do so.

“It’s typical to see such a great response from our fans who, although we are few in number, certainly have big hearts and recognize a worthy cause when they see it.”