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A Summers Day

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.”

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Only gone and won it!

After entering the raffle, a mere £100 ticket has resulted in my giant-banner being placed in the Railway End for the remainder of this Season.

Great publicity, free entry on an online directory of companies which support Stockport County and hospitality for me and Son, Kaya, versus FC United of Manchester at EP.

Great initiative County with the “Back of the Net” draw. Chuffed to have won. #priceless #ComeOnCounty

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NYC

Neil Young’s County: it was reassuring to hear the Manager at Stockport County emphasise that the Club, for once, had not been over-spending. He mentioned that his recruiting had a two year shelf life and the final budget would be comparable to last season’s. Some positive news from NYC – and that’s where it ended. We then lost 3-0 to our neighbours at Stalybridge Celtic losing two players including the goalkeeper to an over exuberant referee’s decisions in the process.

Monies and football finance will not lose prominence in editorial columns. Apparently ludicrous salaries and fee have ensnared City’s latest signing from Wolfsburg. Stories of precarious financial positions abound lower down the football pyramid. Latest focus has been on the league one down from EPL.

Apparently, Championship clubs have amassed more than £1.1Bn of debt with Bolton Wanderers heading that posse. Research, found the total debt was almost double the Division’s total cumulative turnover!

Bolton Wanderers has £182.1M, Queens Park Rangers £179.6M, Ipswich Town £82.4M, Cardiff City £81.1M and Hull City £64.8M. Only Preston North End appears to balance the books – though some write off of creditors appears to have happened in latest accounts.

Parachute payments, total £60M over a four-year period. However, from 2016-17, payments will be made over three years instead of four, while clubs who are relegated after just a single year in the Premier League will only quality for two years’ of payments.

Sustainable, I think not. Who will be the next ‘bubble’ to burst as the dream of the EPL is a mirage in the eyes of Owners.

Away Days

We had first refusal on being away kit sponsor for this Season at County.  However, hard I tried I couldn’t justify the investment.  Regretfully, I turned down the chance by communicating:

“To avoid any wasting of each other’s time, and rather than just attending a meeting, here is my cold, light of day reflection on the proposition.  Any decision for my company(ies) to invest would be based on ‘heart’ (out of County loyalty!) and not ‘head’ rationale.  If you already have an offer at £10K or £9K just take it!  Playing in the League County finds itself in, and with this offer an away shirt, I cannot justify the £10K price tag.  Media coverage and exposure to the football World is less than in higher leagues.  Given any return on investment from shirt sponsorship would be from the catchment of County, an away shirt is not viable or commercially sensible.  We would only ask to be considered as a ‘last option’ for the Club and if we were to offer anything would only consider (red = not needed; green = expectations; yellow = alternatives – from the list of features the proposed deal would offer).”  We then made an offer more commensurate with our expectations.

With a higher bid the Club reaffirmed to no surprise: “As you probably know, the shirt sponsorship is like the Crown Jewels to any football club, and as such the second shirt is a tiara.  It would be impossible for me to accept your offer, although appreciate that it is good to have a back up if needed.”