Stockport County Club Profile
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Stockport County : Club Background
Their history dates back to 1883 when a club called Heaton Norris Rovers was formed by members of the Wycliffe Congregational Chapel. In 1890 they changed their name to Stockport County and the following year entered the Football Combination league. A switch was made in 1894 to the Lancashire League. They were Champions in 1899-1900 and on the back of that were elected to the Football League along with Blackpool, replacing Loughborough and Luton Town - one set of Hatters for another. Their nomadic existence that had seen them at six grounds in 19 years ended in 1902 when they settled at Edgeley Park.
Their first season in the Football League saw the Hatters survive by the skin of their teeth, the re-election going to a second vote after they had tied with Doncaster Rovers who were still seeking to enter the League for the first time. (Doncaster then got in anyway after the belated resignation of New Brighton Tower in the summer.) Stockport were up for re-election in 1902 and 1903 as well, and in 1904 at the fourth consecutive time of asking the question their good fortune ran out and they were booted out to be replaced by er..... Doncaster Rovers who themselves had failed to get re-elected the previous year.
The Hardcastle (Main) Stand
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This time they joined the Midland League, but returned to the Football League after a single season. Although they failed in the initial voting, coming second from bottom, the Football League then decided to increase Division Two to twenty clubs, held a further round of voting, and County were back in. (As an incidental, Doncaster Rovers were back out again.) They were now a stronger club, and between then and the suspension of football in 1915 for the First World War only had to apply for re-election once.
In 1920-21 they finished bottom of Division Two and as a result were placed in the Division Three North when it was formed for the 1921-22 season. They immediately won the title, and so went back up to Division Two. They bobbed around between the lower two divisions, first between Division Two and Division Three North and then between Division Three and Division Four for the next seventy years, winning one more title, the Fourth Division Championship in 1966-67.
In the 1990's after two failures in the play-offs they finally got back to the second tier as Runners-up under manager Dave Jones. It was also the season thay reached the semi-finals of the League Cup. Despite Jones immediately moving on to bigger things they survived in Division One until 2002, the appointment of Carlton Palmer proving one of the more stupid decisions any club has ever made. The slide continued after his inevitable departure and by 2005 they were back in the bottom tier and only just avoiding going out of the Football League altogether, finishing 22nd at the end of that season. Jim Gannon had been appointed in January and after just securing their survival took them to the play-offs in 2006-07, where they were unsuccessful, and then to promotion from 4th in 2007-08.
In the F.A. Cup Stockport have reached the Fifth Round on three occasions, 1935, 1950 and 2001. They were also losing Finalists in the League Trophy (going under the Autoglass name at that time) in both 1992 and 1993.
County were recently one of four Football League clubs whose Supporters Trust had a controlling stake, but this did not save them. When we last played at Edgeley Park in April 2009 they were teetering on the brink of administration, an event that became a reality before the month was out. Jim Gannon left, as did most of their players, and although they had enough points from the earlier part of the 2008-09 season to suffer the ten point hit and still remain in League One, since then Stockport's form has pretty much collapsed, and they have spent this campaign well adrift at the foot of the division.
With a year gone by they are still in that administration. It could be fair to conclude that administrators, John Titley and Paul Reeves of Leonard Curtis, have conducted one of the most dilatory, shambolic and ineffectual administrations ever witnessed. The Football League itself may be minded in that direction, as every time a supposed settlement has been presented for their approval they have merely rolled their eyes and told the parties to go do one, and return when they have something credible to present. Football League rules state that no club can start two consecutive seasons in administration, so if Stockport County do not conclude an exit over the summer they face expulsion.
Opposite the Main Stand is this, the Popular Side - misleadingly named perhaps?
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|Stockport County : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Stockport County
|13/12/2008||Home||CCL1||L||2-4||3687||Smith 26, Warne 43|
|12/09/2009||Home||CCL1||D||2-2||3519||Tomlin 33, S Williams 68|
|10/04/2010||Away||CCL1||W||3-1||3587||Bowditch 21, G Williams 32, 74|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Stockport County
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Stockport County : Club Statistics
Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
|Games Without A Win: ||0
||Games Without A Home Win: ||0
|Games Without An Away Win: ||0
||Games Without Defeat: ||0
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||0
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||0
|Games Without A Draw: ||0
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||0
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||0
||Games Without Scoring: ||0
|Games Without Conceding: ||0
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Stockport County : Club Information
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Capacity : 10,832
Seated : All-seater
Terrace : N/A
Telephone Number : 0161 2868888
Fax : 0161 4297392
Chairman : Martin Reid
Fixtures Secretary : Rachael Moss (acting)
Safety Officer : Gordon Taylor
Media Manager : Des Hinks
Manager : Gary Ablett
Record Attendance : 27,883 v Liverpool, FAC R5, February 11th 1950
Nickname : The Hatters
Colours : shirt, blue with single white band; shorts, blue; socks, white
Ticket Prices :
The four sides of Edgeley Park are the Cheadle End (5,043), the Main Stand (2,013), the Popular Side (2,411) and the Railway End (1,365). Away fans are sometimes put into two of the five sections of the Popular Stand, totalling 900 seats, particularly if relatively small numbers of visiting supporters are expected and the weather looks likely to be bad, as this area is covered. However on previous visits we've been given the uncovered bolted on seating in the Railway End. Hmm, lovely.
There are no advance sales, so it is all pay-on-the-day:
adult £17.00 (up £1.00 on last season); over 65 and 16-21 years £12.00 (up £1.00)*; juniors (under 16) £6.00 (up £1.00).
(* The Stockport County Official Site indicates that students qualify for this concessionary rate, so take your ID along to the game if eligible.)
Disabled Facilities :
Basically - not a lot. There are no disabled adapted toilets in the away areas, nor any specific counters adapted for disabled supporters anywhere in the ground. There are no dedicated facilities for away wheelchair users to sit with their own fans in the Railway End. Wheelchair users will be housed in the Hardcastle Main Stand according to the club. The ground has four parking spaces on site for home wheelchair supporters. The club advise away fans can contact for availability, but they will only be allocated if remaining unused by home fans.
The admission price for disabled supporters in each stand at Edgeley Park appears to be £12.00 (up £2.00 on last season) - proof of disability living allowance may be required. A helper was admitted free of charge when accompanying a disabled supporter last term. However, the disabled supporter had to be in receipt of medium to high disability allowance and, again, proof of the allowance was required. We'd assume this remains the case, but have not found direct confirmation.
Any further queries should be directed to the Stockport County Ticket Office on 0845 6885799.
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Stockport County : Directions To The Ground
Doubtless the residents of Stockport would object, but most people looking from a distance will simply see it as a Manchester suburb, on the South-East side of the city. For those who didn't get up for our previous encounters, clubs in the vicinity we have visited in relatively recent years following the Glovers are Macclesfield (to the South), Stalybridge Celtic (to the North) and Altrincham (to the West). Those who have made the trip to Oldham Athletic will have quite likely passed close by Stockport on the way. Distance from Huish Park to Edgeley Park is 208 miles.
One of these is the sort of playing surface you can expect to see at Edgeley Park.
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If travelling from the West Country you'll most likely be coming up the M5/M6. Exit the M6 at Junction 19 (sign-posted 'Manchester Airport, Stockport A55, M56 East') and at the roundabout turn right onto the A556. At the Bowden roundabout after 4.2 miles, turn right (sign-posted 'Manchester M56') on to the M56 motorway. Exit the M56 motorway after 6.9 miles (sign-posted 'Stockport M60, Sheffield M67') onto the M60. Exit the M60 at Junction 1 (sign-posted 'Stockport Town Centre'). At the roundabout, follow signs to 'Cheadle A560' also 'Stockport County FC' into Hollywood Way. Go straight on at the first set of traffic lights and turn right at the next (sign-posted 'Cheadle A560, Stockport County FC') onto the A560 towards the Olde Woolpack pub. After 1.1 miles, turn left (no signpost, but by the Farmers Arms) onto the B5465 Edgeley Road. After approximately 1 mile turn right into Dale Street at the traffic lights and take the second left into Hardcastle Road for the stadium.
The official car park at the rear of the Cheadle End is not available to visitors on matchdays. The nearest available car park is off Castle Street precinct or you can hunt around for on-street spaces.
Depending on the direction you are coming from and the route taken you will quite likely need to change at either Manchester Piccadilly or Doncaster. From Manchester Piccadilly journey times range from 8 to 14 minutes and trains departing for a whole range of destinations that stop at Stockport on the way leave every few minutes. The quicker trains from Doncaster take 1 hour 11 minutes, the slower around the hour and a half mark.
Stockport Railway Station is situated half a mile from Edgeley Park. To get to the stadium, walk down steps from platforms and turn left (opposite direction to the booking office and the Main Entrance which take you out on the wrong side of the tracks). Exit the station and head up Station Road, cross the main road at 'The Blue Bell' and continue up the hill towards the roundabout. Take the A5464 (Mercian Way) and turn left into Caroline Street for the stadium.
Manchester Airport is around five miles away.
Everything - town centre, railway station, stadium - is located closely enough that it's unlikely you'll need bus services, but if you do the Nos. 11, 368, 369 and 371 pass closest to Edgeley Park.
A selection of Stockport taxi companies can be found here.
The Cheadle (home) End
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|Stockport County : Web Resources|
Independent fan site with an alternative and original take on life as a Stockport supporter. Begun in 2004, it had a long break but has recently sprung to life again.
Peels On Wheels
What used to be an online presence of the SCFC travel club based from the Robert Peel pub with excellent reports/photos has become a blog site with very little activity to see. Shame.
Offering from the Mad franchise.
Stockport County Official Site
PTV site, register to view.
Stockport County Supporters' Co-operative
Renamed from the Supporters Trust to the Supporters' Co-operative, presumably to reflect the fact they don't have an ownership stake in Stockport County anymore. Not much happening on it recently.
The Stockport County Archive
Supposed to be a history site. Either they haven't had much or its not a very good site. The latter seems more likely.
Vital Stockport County
The Vital offering for the Hatters. And what must be a first ever, a Vital site we'd recommend. That said, it's not great. The Vital format virtually precludes that. However it is the best effort Stockport have at following the twists and turns of the administration soap opera, and at least tries to get to the bottom of events, unlike the sanitised waste of reading time put out by their OS.
|Web Message Boards|
Vital message board. Has picked up a bit since we first reviewed it - possibly because the host site makes an effort - but still quiet.
Simple hierarchical forum that does steady business.
E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters
Manchester Evening News
Dedicated section for Stockport County as part of the Manchester Evening News website. As the name would suggest, this is updated on a daily basis, in line with their print run.
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Stockport County : Food & Drink
Club Bar :
There's no alcohol available in the away areas inside the stadium. A small Labour Club, right by the entrance to the Railway End, does usually allow visitors in pre-match for a small entrance fee.
Local Pubs :
Robinson's dominates in Stockport, 79 of their more than 400 pubs being in the town and immediate surrounding area. The brewery is in the Hillgate area of Stockport, was started up in 1838, and is still owned by the founding family. They remain focused mainly on real ales, but have added a couple of kegs - Smooth and Dark Smooth - to their range. If tempted by Old Tom, treat cautiously: at 8.5% it can have an er, interesting impact.
|Arden Arms: Greater Manchester's Regional Pub of the Year 2009. Opening is 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. seven days a week. Carries a full range of Robinson's beers: Hatters, Unicorn, Double Hop, Old Tom and their seasonals as and when. Food is available 12.00 noon - 2.30 p.m. weekdays, 12.00 noon - 4.00 p.m. at weekends (cash or cheque only, no cards). Children welcome. Smoking allowed in the pub's courtyard so no need of the street. Towards the northern end of the town centre close to the market, about 20 minutes walk from the stadium.|
Arden Arms, 23, Millgate, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 2LX. Tel: 0161 4802185. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Armoury: Less than five minutes walk from Edgeley Park. Very much a traditional blokes boozer. This outlet is really big on darts, hosting several leagues. There's an enclosed rear beer garden so smokers needn't resort to the street. The single bar servery dispenses traditional cask ales and the usual range of keg to all three areas of the pub. Robinson's Hatters, Unicorn and Old Tom are the real ales. Opening is 10.30 a.m. - 12.00 midnight Monday to Thursday, 10.30 a.m. - 2.00 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 11.00 a.m - 12.00 midnight Sunday. Food is not normally served but often some basic bar fare is made available when County or Sale Sharks are at home. Much frequented by home fans but no problems for visiting supporters.|
Armoury, 31, Shaw Heath, Stockport, Cheshire, SK3 8BD. Tel: 0161 4773711. Map: Click Here.
|Bakers Vaults: As the address suggests, a hostelry by the market. Music is this pub's speciality, with live sessions from many different styles every evening Tuesday to Saturday, and a Northern Soul DJ on Sunday night. Real ale is Robinson's Hatters and Unicorn plus seasonals as available. Food weekday lunchtimes. Opening is: 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 midnight Monday to Thursday; 11.00 a.m. - 1.30 a.m. Friday and Saturday; 5.00 p.m. - 12.00 midnight on Sunday. Twenty minutes walk from the ground.|
Bakers Vaults, Market Place, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 1EU. Tel: 0161 4777312. Map: Click Here.
|Blossoms: Another Robinson's pub, 15 minutes walk south-east of the stadium on the A6. Traditional male orientated boozer. Real ales are Hatters, Unicorn and Old Tom (the last served by gravity). A central bar services four rooms, one of which shows sports. Food available weekday lunchtimes (noon - 2.30 p.m.) Has its own small car park across the road. Beer garden at the back so smokers can avoid the street. Opening is a slightly complex: 12.00 noon - 3.00 p.m. amd 5.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 12.00 noon - 3.00 p.m. amd 5.00 p.m. - 11.30 p.m. Friday; 12.00 - 11.30 p.m. Saturday; 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. Sunday.|
Blossoms, 2, Buxton Road, Heaviley, Stockport, Cheshire, SK2 6NU. Tel: 0161 4772397. Map: Click Here.
Calverts Court: Wetherspoon in the centre of town. A little under twenty minutes walk to the ground. Food served all day. Opening is 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 midnight Sunday to Thursday, 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Not a big frontage, but goes way way back to make for a very large outlet
© Hugh Gleave
Calverts Court, 13, St Petersgate, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 1EB. Tel: 0161 4746750. Map: Click Here.
Crown Inn: Fifteen minutes walk due north of Edgeley Park up by the M6 and right under the railway viaduct. Local CAMRA Pub of the Year 2008, and National Pub of the Year runner-up in 2009. At last, something that isn't Robinson's. The regular house ales are Copper Dragon's Golden Pippin and one from the Pictish Brewery stable. These are supplemented by a dozen or more ever changing guests, mostly from small or micro breweries from all across the country. Usually has two genuine ciders on. For keg drinkers there's Krombacher, Carling, Guinness and Stowford Press Cider. The continental Liefmans Kriek, a cherry based beer, is also stocked. Food is served Monday to Wednesday between 12.00 noon and 2.45 p.m., Thursday and Friday between 12.00 noon and 3.45 p.m., and is of the '.....and chips' pub fare style. Folk music every Tuesday, and a couple of other nights of the week other genres feature. Opening is 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 12.00 noon to 10.30 p.m. Sunday. A beer garden means smokers don't have to resort to the street.
Best range of beers in Stockport - recommended.
© Hugh Gleave
Crown Inn, 154, Heaton Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK4 1AR. Tel: 0161 4805850. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Olde Woolpack: You're likely to see this pub if coming in towards the stadium off the motorway. A little under twenty minutes walk from the ground. Has its own parking and is disabled friendly. Food served lunchtimes, with a carvery at weekends. Recently refurbished, has two lounges, one with TV showing sports, and a dedicated dining area surrounding the single bar. Smoking area available for those who dislike being herded out onto the street itself. Real ales are a changing selection of guests mostly sourced from local breweries, with Thwaites Wainright as the house beer. Opening is 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. weekdays; 12.00 noon - 3.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. at the weekends.|
Olde Woolpack, 70, Brinksway, Stockport, Cheshire, SK3 0BY. Tel: 0161 4760688. Map: Click Here.
|Pack Horse: Another outlet up by the market, twenty minutes from the ground. Child friendly, food at lunchtimes, smoking area on site. Copper Dragon Bitter and Tetley are the real ales. Open 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. Sunday.|
Pack Horse, 2, Market Place, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 1EW. Tel: 0161 4805686. Map: Click Here.
Pineapple: Just along from the Crown Inn (above), and so also around 15 minutes walk from Edgeley Park. A single bar serving the lounge and public sides, and there is an enclosed beer garden to the rear so no smoking on the street required. Games room with a pool table and darts. Food served lunchtimes (12.00 noon - 2.00 p.m.) - unpretentious but good fare at incredibly low prices. Beer is Robinson's again, with Hatters, Unicorn and Cumbria Way (contract brewed for Hartley's by Robinson's but available here) the real ales, plus the option of a seasonal if the brewery has one on the go. Opening times are 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. Sunday. We found it to be particularly friendly and welcoming.
The food is an absolute bargain. Friendly and welcoming pub - recommended.
© Hugh Gleave
Pineapple, 159, Heaton Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK4 1AQ. Tel: 0161 4803221. Map: Click Here.
|Queen's Head: Small town centre drinking establishment (no food), with some of the cheapest (as little as £1.40 a pint in January 2010!) beer in the area, from the Sam Smith stable. Opening is 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 12.00 noon - 7.00 p.m. Sunday.|
Queen's Head, 12, Little Underbank, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 1JT. Tel: 0161 4800725. Map: Click Here.
|The Railway: Possibly a little far away at about 25 minutes walk from the stadium, but is included for those who like to hunt down new beers as one of the three pubs owned by Pennine Ales (The Rossendale Brewery), and the only place in the town you can guarantee to find their ales. The full range of Floral Dance, Hameldon Bitter, Railway Sleeper, Rossendale Ale, Pitch Porter and Sunshine, plus any seasonals as available, is stocked. Three guests are added at weekends and there's also a real cider on permanently. Home made food is served Monday to Saturday lunchtimes. On-site smoking area. Opening times are 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. Sunday. The area is scheduled for redevelopment and the pub is under threat, so enjoy it while you can.|
The Railway, 1, Avenue Street, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 2BZ. Tel: 0161 4296062. Map: Click Here.
|Three Shires: By the main shopping centre and 20 minutes walk from Edgeley Park. Officially still calls itself a wine bar but increasingly has turned to beer, with four ever changing real ales from small and micro breweries stocked. Few beer outlets in the town do evening food. This is one, with a wide selection of freshly prepared dishes available throughout the day. Opening times are: 11.00 a.m. - 9.00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday; 12.00 noon - 9.00 p.m. Sunday.|
Three Shires, 30-32, Great Underbank, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 1NB. Tel: 0161 4774579. Map: Click Here.
Ye Olde Vic: We're usually automatically sniffy about the "Ye Olde..." approach as it generally signifies plastic beams and fake horse brasses and is as old as the latest revamp. However this one is eccentrically genuine, if overly dedicated to the egg-chasers. Stocked are Carling, Coors Fine Light, Grolsh, Guinness, Worthington Creamflow, Stowford Press and Westons Vintage Cider (hand pump) along with five rotating guest real ales. Just 8 minutes walk from the stadium it only opens in the evenings and almost acts as an unofficial clubhouse for Sale Sharks, with the landlord putting up an outside bar in the marquee/beer garden to ease the congestion inside the small single room hostelry when the rugby side is at home. No food. Hours are: closed all day Monday; from 5.00 p.m. Tuesday - Friday; from 7.00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Believe it or not, but we think this is how this pub is MEANT to look.
© Hugh Gleave
Two things to note: you'll have spotted there's no closing times given. This is because the pub has a flexible licence and the landlord keeps serving pretty much as long (or as short) as he decides he wants to. However last entry is 10.15 p.m. He also has a strict no swearing policy - and enforces it. If you transgress again after an initial warning out you go.
Ye Olde Vic, 1, Chatham Street, Edgeley, Stockport, Cheshire, SK3 9ED. Tel: 0161 4802410. Email: email@example.com. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :
Is Mr Bratherton (DNB) comprehensible? No? You have your answer.
Tis grim oop North, but Stockport is less grim than most. In fact we found it a good day out: affable locals with no 'Big Club' pretensions - well, it is Stockport County, so what pretensions could there be? - and plenty of excellent ales. Worth the trip - and we might even get a first victory over them. Well, it's possible.
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Stockport County : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels
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to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.
Other Points Of Interest
The council pretend Jodrell Bank Science Park is a feature of Stockport, but it's actually nearer Macclesfield. The Unicorn Brewery (Robinson's) does tours. You have to pre-book. There is a hat museum called Hat Works. It claims to be 'the UK's only museum dedicated solely to the hatting industry, hats and headwear!' We're quite prepared to believe them. Presumably the other Hatters, Luton Town, don't even have that, so to be fair it puts Stockport one up. The other benefit it has is simply not being Luton.
[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]
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