Is this newly published book…….and I got it!
“Last season a Stockport team, which in turns is inspired, petrified and tickled pink by the little man with the funny accent, at last made soccer sit up and take notice by climbing out of the Fourth Division where they had wallowed for over 20 years. That in itself was testament to Bergara’s passion and commitment to a game that he cheerfully admits dominates his life 24 hours a day. But if lifting County out of the bargain basement was a monumental feat, what he has created since has been well-nigh unbelievable.” [Manchester Evening News, 1992]
The diminutive Uruguayan remains in our hearts – and now has a Stand named after him at EP. He still remains responsible for one of my favourite quotes: Danny Bergara (R.I.P) when asked about Jim Gannon by another Manager……”I hear he’s a bit volatile”. Danny’s reply: “Oh yes, very volatile, he can play anywhere”.
Buy your copy of The Man From Uruguay.
The debate is topical – with focus on Asian owners. I reported earlier in S’PORT about the lack of empathy in the Malaysian one changing the historic identity of Cardiff as ‘Bluebirds’. More recently, the Owner at Hull City has requested a name change to ‘Hull Tigers’ apparently to maximize marketing and merchandising value. I’m the first to appreciate heritage and thought a compromise could have been Hull City Tigers. In fact a solution first aired on TALKsport. I was taken to task by a young vociferous upstart, saying how would I like it if we became Stockport County Hatters. Well that option wouldn’t have bothered me. I retorted better than a former proposed ‘County Cobras’. Allegedly the Club’s worst sponsorship deal with a success fee only remuneration dependant on amount of Cobra Lager consumed in North West. I was informed it was single figures of crates in a season – this before Cobra established itself in the UK. The County Cobras quip was no doubt over his head – long before he supported our Club.
Fan ownership is gaining momentum. Surprisingly as though its never materialised before at Stockport! I’ll always remain positive about supporters engagement but when I see the new Board at the Stockport County Co-operative I suspect hidden agendas by some. Indeed, one source supposedly ‘in the know’ expects a rival bid from ‘same old faces’ (and manager) may derail the white knights from China. I would genuinely be interested if a part-share arrangement can’t result would the true County fans want the supporters to try and run the Club again – or let the Chinese Consortium have a go?