Accrington Stanley Football Club is a professional association football club based in Accrington, Lancashire. The team play in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system. The club was formed in 1968, with the town regaining a club with league status after 44 years when they were promoted as champions of the Football Conference on 15 April 2006. Ilyas Khan saved the club from possible oblivion in late 2009 and stepped down as chairman in 2012 after keeping the club financially secure. Former club president Peter Marsden was appointed chairman soon after.