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‘Port to ‘Port by Bike

On Saturday 17th March 2012, Stockport County supporters are getting on their bikes for the “County Charity Cycle” to raise money for good causes.  The bike ride will follow a route from Stockport County FC’s stadium at Edgeley Park to Southport FC’s ground at Haig Avenue, ahead of the fixture between both teams in the Blue Square Premier League.  Co-ordinated by County fans, Russ Johnson, David Roe and Adrian Stores; and Amanda Brown from St Ann’s Hospice, the event will raise money for St Ann’s Hospice and Stockport County Supporters’ Co-operative.

Catering for leisurely, fun cyclists and more seasoned riders, the ride is open to all who want to join in.  Anyone wishing to take part should be 16 years of age or over.  Cost of entry is £15 and all riders gain free entry into the match, courtesy of Southport Football Club. Southport’s Director and Commercial Manager, Haydn Preece, comments: “Of course we will give free entry for those cycling as fundraisers on the day”. The selected route covers a total of 46.7 miles, and is flat.

The generous sponsors assisting the County Charity Cycle include Bullocks and P Fahey & Sons (who will return the cyclists and their bikes respectively to Stockport), Parfetts, Life Leisure and Decathlon. County’s Commercial Manager, Rob Clare said “I think a cycle ride to Southport sounds like a good idea and St Ann’s Hospice would appreciate some extra support”. He has agreed to cycle himself.  The leading fundraisers from males and females will receive a special, limited edition “26 – Cycling” 3 piece kit from the Olympic Range of clothing kindly donated by Adidas.  More details are available at: www.countysupporterscoop.co.uk 

St Ann’s Hospice provides care and support to people with life-limiting illnesses, their families and carers. All its services are free of charge and it has to raise £16,000 each day to provide these.  St Ann’s Hospice cares and helps around 3,000 patients (over the age of 16) every year affected by cancer and non-cancer life limiting illnesses. The Hospice provides care on three sites and in people’s own homes, working in partnership with acute hospitals, primary care trusts, community services and voluntary organisations. St Ann’s Hospice celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2011. St Ann’s Hospice is the adopted Charity of Stockport County Football Club in 2012-2013.

Stockport County Supporters Co-operative is the democratic and representative voice of the supporters of Stockport County Football Club, with objectives to strengthen the bonds between the Club and the community which it serves.  It is organising a variety of community initiatives and shows that supporters are working to preserve the Club, which it sees as a vital asset of the community of Stockport, for future generations.

There’s only two S’PORT teams!

I said only Stockport County in this blog….”S’PORT”; not to be confused with Southport.  Yet the two S’ports will now meet in the Blue Square Premier (BSP) League next Season.

The other S’port has had its ‘punishment’ of relegation rescinded and will actually feature in the BSP. Despite finishing fourth from the foot of this Division, the expulsion of Rushden and Diamonds has saved them from descending to the Blue Square North. Rushden and Diamonds were thrown out at the League’s AGM because of its continuing uncertainty and financial instability.  In effect, it could not guarantee to be able to fulfill its fixtures for 2011-2012. A court hearing followed after a major creditor issued a winding-up order over unpaid debts. Déjà vu?

It has been a tough year at Rushden after they had earlier faced a five-point deduction for submitting incorrect financial information. The Club’s Chairman has said: “We weren’t allowed to attend the AGM as we were suspended from membership so we were not allowed to voice our opinion”.

The Ground has since been repossessed and without external investment the future looks bleak its’ supporters’ trust, ‘Save RDFC’, has announced.