Tag: Stockport County

Stockport County: Walking A Tightrope

There comes a point in football at which even the most precipitous falls start to slow and reverse themselves, and there has been no other club in England in recent years that has spiralled in a downward direction as dramatically as Stockport County Football Club. Twleve years ago, the club was playing its football in the Championship, but one financial diasaster after another saw it relegated from the Football League altogether eventually. Stockport’s fall from grace, however, didn’t end there, and at the end of last season the club suffered the further ignominy of relegation from the Conference National, and this season hadn’t seen much of an improvement until recently, with the club going into its Christmas and New Year fixtures dangerously close to the relegation places in that division too. What a difference the congested holiday period can make, though. On the Saturday before Christmas, Stockport ended a winless run that stretched back to the start of November by beating Oxford City at home, and they followed this up with a win against Bradford Park Avenue on Boxing Day. There followed a brief stutter in the form of a home draw against bottom of the table Workington, but last Saturday the team returned to winning ways with a five-one win at Gainsborough Trinity, and the club now sits in fifteenth place in the Conference North table. These may...

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Non-League Week: No End In Sight For Stockport County… Just Yet

On Saturday afternoon at the foot of the Conference North, something has to give. Gainsborough Trinity have lost their opening five matches of the new season but may well be forgiven for believing that their best chance of getting themselves up and running comes with a trip to play the team one place above them in the table, a team with just one point from their opening five matches of the season. Yet their opposition on Saturday afternoon not one of the traditional also-rans of this level of the game, rather it is a club that has been the...

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How Sunday Has Become A Day Of Reckoning For Stockport County

It was a close run thing, but at least by the end of last night’s fixtures Stockport County remained a Blue Square Bet Premier club, for the time being, at least. County have slipped into the relegation places in the fifth division in recent weeks, and for a short period of time yesterday evening it seemed as if the club was about to be relegated for the second time in three years. The team sitting one place above them in the table, Tamworth, were leading at already relegated Ebbsfleet United while County were a goal behind away to Gateshead. In the space of a few short minutes however, a defibrillator was applied to their disastrous season. With ten minutes left to play, Ebbsfleet levelled the score against Tamworth, and then, in stoppage time at the end of the match at Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park, Adnan Cirak scored to salvage County a point and keep the faintest glimmer of hope alive for the away side. The continuing decline of Stockport County, however, may only have been put on hold for a few days. On Sunday afternoon – because the Blue Square Bet Premier has indeed shifted its final matches to Saturday tea-time – Stockport will travel Aggborough to play a Kidderminster Harriers team that is still chasing the league title and will be desperate for that win it needs to...

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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. The 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 some 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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Stockport County Take-Over Stalls Over A Lack Of Detail

Stockport County entertain Grimsby Town at Edgeley Park in the Blue Square Premier on Saturday in a match which hints at the extent to which the fortunes of clubs can wax and wane over a period of time. Ten years ago, both clubs were in what we now know as the Championship. They start this evening as non-league clubs, and not exceptionally successful ones on the basis of their starts to the season. Grimsby Town found last season that this division was tougher than they might have anticipated it being and this season has been little better, while Stockport, who had started the season optimistic that a quick return to the Football League might be on the cards after several seasons in the doldrums, are learning a similarly tough lesson. The two clubs will kick off  in fifteenth and sixteenth place in the table, and may even have cause to look at the top ten of the league table and wonder how it come to pass that they would ever get to be below the likes of Gateshead, Braintree Town and Tamworth. For the home side, though, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that whatever happens on the pitch tonight will be upstaged by what is going on in the club’s boardroom at the moment. We covered the ongoing sense of unease at Edgeley Park a couple of...

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