Stockport County’s Critical Run-In

Saturday afternoon’s match against Cambridge United could be classified as a missed opportunity for Blue Square Premier club Stockport County. A crowd of 5,957 turned out at Edgeley Park to see the team beaten by a single goal, with the crowd swollen well above its usual levels by a reduced ticket price offer of just five pounds for adults and one pound for children.┬áThe result left County in sixteenth place in the league table, five points above the relegation places with eight matches to play but, while the likelihood of a second successive relegation for the club remains slight, there┬ásome cause for the club’s supporters to be wondering whether all the next few weeks will be amongst the most important in the club’s history. Relegation from the Football League can be a significant culture shock for a club to have to absorb, particularly when we consider that the playing standard at the top level of the non-league game can be considerably higher than many anticipate it will be. Stockport aren’t the only former Football League club struggling in the division this season. Indeed, if anything, the club relegated alongside them last season, Lincoln City, are having an even traumatic time of things this time around. But while Lincoln were financially stabilised – at least in the short term – by a cash injection of half a million pounds into...

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