The Vaughan Effect & Stockport County

It’s starting to become known as The Vaughan Effect, and it’s a very modern phenomenon. Whenever any mention is made of the slightest possibility the involvement of either of the Stephen Vaughans getting involved in a football club, there is a reflex reaction from the supporters of the club concerned and from various social media outlets, and this time the club with which this most dread of names has been associated with is Stockport County. The last few weeks have been an odd time for supporters of a club that tumbled out of the Football League at the end of last season. We reported last week on the club’s recent tribulations, but the involvement with the club of twenty-seven year-old Tony Evans, who describes himself as a “friend” of Vaughan, there may well have raised eyebrows amongst the supporters – or former supporters – of Barrow, Chester City and Widnes Rugby Football League Club, all three of which club suffered insolvency events under Vaughan’s ownership. Regular readers of this site will be fully aware of the history of Stephen Vaughan Senior’s involvement in football since the mid-1990s. For those that aren’t, there is an exhaustive history here. Vaughan is currently serving at Her Majesty’s Pleasure over an assault on a police officer, and is also disqualified from acting as a company director over his involvement in carousel fraud during...

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