“If I say so myself, for a fledgling agency, the calibre of players exceeds our expectations. We have an abundance of goalkeepers, young and with international caps. I blame this on both Russ and myself who both have sons that have played in nets.
Today at a National League North fixture. The UK is our natural heartland through the levels of the football pyramid. Our overseas expertise and talent comes from Turkey, Romania and this year Bulgaria. We have access to seasoned professionals and young players from South America. A striker from Poland. And Russ has unearthed two New Zealand internationals which are available now.
All I would say is that I encourage any Clubs to make enquiries. It costs nothing but time to make an initial enquiry to Ballon.”
Read this post by County faithful, Jamie Summers, and thought it to be a nice synopsis of current days. Long may they exist! Reproduced with kind permission.
“My shot of Stockport County’s following at Altrincham today – well over 1,500 away fans at a sixth tier fixture. It’s been a difficult decade for County – a football club emasculated by administration, financial mismanagement and off-field ineptitude and/or amateurism; but, after a fallow period in regional football, there’s a growing feeling that this is a club heading once again in the right direction. Today’s 1-0 victory was County’s sixth win in seven games, during which time they’ve conceded only twice. It was also their fourth victory over Altrincham this season without conceding against them – and Altrincham are a good side at this level. The Hatters start 2019 sat 3rd in the National League North, and with a squad and management team which has a bond and understanding with the supporter base like no other in the last ten years. Perhaps this really is their season. Either way, it’s a football club which has started to get its mojo back.”
Stockport slide away from promotion as Wembley beckons……..
Article courtesy of a fellow “County” Supporter, from its impressive in-house newspaper, The Sedulo Times.
“After a heart-breaking end to the National North league season last year that saw the club miss out on the play offs by a late equaliser in the final game, expectations were high of a promotion push in the current campaign for Stockport County.
After star man Danny Lloyd earnt his big move into league football with Peterborough, early season optimisim quickly faded as the club found it difficult to replace his goal return. A poor start to the season saw the club off the play off pace, but as the clocks went back, the team only looked forward.
A run of 1 defeat in 13 in all competitions saw the club rise to the edge of the play off places, and barring a couple of late equalisers conceded over Christmas would have seen them sat in sixth. Jason Oswell is the new fans favourite with the 20 goal barrier broken before Christmas. Away form has been poor though in an increasingly tough league and back to back away defeats in January is making securing a play-off berth a tough ask, meaning a sixth season of regional football beckons – a far cry from the eighth place finish in the Championship just two decades ago. A league that has seen big spending clubs such as Harrogate and the Class of 92’s Salford go full-time suggests the Hatters must follow suit next season to boost their chances of delivering the promotion their large fan base crave. The dream of a return to Wembley – a second home in the 90’ – is still on for County, however, following a thrilling win against Conference National side Maidenhead.
A battling draw away from home set up a replay back at Edgeley Park. And with Stockport two down with just 10 minutes left on the clock, a late comeback forced extra time with the momentum propelling County into scoring early to go 3-2 up and into the lead for the first time in the tie. A red card made for a nervous last 20 minutes, but the Hatters hung on to set up a home quarter final with fellow National North side Brackley at the end of February.”
Shaw Lane Association gives the usual excitement, as a so called minnow enters the first round of the FA Cup proper. A former pub team, part financed by a local plumbing business, are currently third in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, and defeated Conference side Barrow in the last Round. The result, a home tie is granted, against Mansfield Town – a fixture relatively local that they will be delighted by.
Read more at: http://www.thestar.co.uk/sport/football/fa-cup-shaw-lane-to-learn-fa-cup-fate-along-with-rotherham-doncaster-and-chesterfield-1-8807474
Just caught my attention with the usual quip from our former striker, about Stoke City FC being likened to a pub team.