Stockport County v Darlington

Saturday 28th April 2018, 3pm

Vanarama Conference North

 
Stockport County FC
Edgley Park, Hardcastle Rd, Stockport, Cheshire, SK3 9DD, Tel: 0161 286 8888 Twitter: @StockportCounty

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History: Formed in 1883 from a local church, calling themselves Heaton Norris Rovers. Obviously changed their name and elected to the league in 1902, with first win against Man Utd in Division Two. Have spent most of their history in the bottom two divisions, long-serving manager Danny Begara gave them a taste of play-offs and Wembley in the early 90s and for six seasons from the late 1990s, they enjoyed a period in Division One. They have been hampered with serious financial problems in recent seasons and were relegated from the Football League for the first time in their history - 110 years - in April 2011 and were then relegated to Conference North in 2013.
Capacity: 10,841
Record attendance 27,833 v Liverpool, FA Cup, 11 Feb 1950
Last season: 8th
Record victory: 13-0 v Halifax T, Div3N, 6 Jan 1938
Defeat: 1-8 v Chesterfield, Div 2, 19 April 1902
Honours: Div 4 champions 1966/67. Div 3N champions 1921/1922, 1936/1937.
Nicknames: The Hatters
Colours: Blue and white
Manager: Jim Gannon
Chairman: Richard Park
Famous fans/players/connections: Alun Armstrong, Arthur Wharton, Brett Angell, Kevin Francis, Luke Beckett ((players), Danny Begara, Dave Jones, Sammy McIlory, Carlton Palmer (managers). Mike Yarwood (he doesn't do much of an impression of a fan).

The stadium is good, old fashioned ground, set in a typical Coronation Street-style network of terraces.

The prices for 2017/18: Adults £15; students £10; age 65+ £10; disabled fans £10; ages 6-17 year olds £5; ages 5 and under free. All pegged to last season's prices. Away fans were squeezed into part of the Popular Side on our visit - it made for a good atmosphere, although they could have given us more seats given the size of the stadium. There is a catering kiosk at the back of the stand, with pies (a combo with mash and peas and gravy for about £5.20) on our last visit.

From the North (116 miles from Darlington): Follow the M62 onto the M60 and continue south to junction 1 (sign-posted Stockport town centre). At the roundabout turn left following signs to Cheadle A560 into Hollywood Way. Go straight on at the first set of traffic lights and turn right at the next (sign-posted Cheadle A560 / Stockport County FC) onto the A560 towards "Ye Olde Woolpack" pub. After a mile turn left (at the "Farmers Arms" pub) onto the B5465 Edgeley Road. After another mile turn right onto Dale Street at the traffic lights and take the second left into Hardcastle Road for Edgley Park.

Parking: Secure parking is available at the Booth Street car park (off Mercian Way) priced at £5 for cars and £20 for coaches. You can also find some parking in the local streets or precinct parking in Castle Street.

Darlington FC Supporters' Club
Coach £tbc Contact: Darlington FC Supporters Club, 01325 243911 Payment for each coach trip must be either paid for in full before travel, or a 50% non-refundable deposit paid in advance. Anyone wishing to travel on the coaches must join before the day of travel. Membership £5 per season.

Taxis:

1919 Minibus and Taxis Tel: 0161 494 1919
Metro Taxis Tel: 0161 480 2901
Blueline Private Hire Tel: 0161 483 1100

There is a good chippie The Friary in Castle Street near the ground (from the station) or the other side of the station are burger and American food chains at the Grand Central complex.

The railway station is a straightforward half mile walk from Edgeley Park. Go down the steps from any platform and turn left. Walk up Station Road, cross the main road at The Bluebell pub and continue up the hill towards the roundabout. Take the A5464 (Mercian Way) and turn left into Caroline Street for the stadium. A 15 minute walk.

Train times (to be updated)

Darlington:

Birmingham New Street:

Sheffield:

For more options, go to National Rail Planner

There's the Official Stockport County site. Best is probably the independent County4Life site.

Stockport Council

Stockport's a neat Cheshire industrial town with decent suburbs, famous for its hat-making, hence County's nickname, The Hatters. As well as the hat museum, you can also visit the Stockport air raid shelters - not a facility set up to avoid Carlton Palmer's through balls, but a recreation of life in the 1940s, set in the network of tunnels running under the town. The museum is at 61 Chestergate.

Visit Stockport

Tourist Information, Staircase House, 30/31 Market Place, Stockport. SK1 1ES E: tourist.information @stockport.gov.uk Tel: 0161 474 4444

The Crown Inn 154 Heaton Lane Real ale pub with micro-brews under the viaduct (M60) and 15 minutes walk from the ground - turn right as you head out of Station Road and it's off King Street, next to Kwik Fit. A friendly welcome, roaring fires, good pork pies and as always, an excellent range of ales again on our visit, all costing no more than £3 a pint. Open from 12 noon. DAFTS recommended Click for map

Ye Old Vic, 1 Chatham Street, SK3 9ED
Close to the station, this real ale gem has six beers on and was welcoming well behaved Darlo fans. It opened from 12.30pm, normally it opens at 5pm. It was a lovely pub on our visit, cosy with a real fire and the place dotted with junk and bric-a-brac. It re-opened as a community local, was local CAMRA pub of the year for 2016 and long may it prosper. It's less than 10 minute walk up the hill to the ground - for those with oxygen who have already climbed from the town centre, it's a welcome respite. Roughly opposite the Edgeley entrance to the station.DAFTS recommended.

The Pineapple, 159 Heaton Lane.
Just under the arches, a short step from The Crown, this small two-room pub promises Robinson's ales and a friendly welcome.

Ye Olde Woolpack, 70 Brinksway.
Not a bad starting point. Plenty of guest beers and good food. Open from 12pm.

The Navigation, 1 Manchester Rd, Heaton Norris SK4 1TY
Owned by the fairly newly-created Congleton-based Beartown Brewery - a little out of the way, to the north of the town, but worth a taxi ride. DAFTS recommended.

Alternatively, The Railway, 1 Avenue Street, SK1 2BZ serves Porter's darks and porters, plus a good range of local and continental real ales. Fine lunches. It's close to The Crown. Open from 12pm.

Arden Arms, 23 Millgate is a Grade II-listed and CAMRA award-winning Robinson's real ale pub close to The Railway.

Near the ground:

Fantastic choice of pubs near the ground and station and in the town if you want to venture further. A few more ideas on the local CAMRA pages with lots of "pubs of the month".

The Grapes 1 Castle Street A Robinson's boozer on the road from the station on the walk to the ground. Click for map

Prince Albert, 107 Castle Street. Small pub but a short walk from the away entrance. Click for map

The Spread Eagle, 31 Lower Hillgate
For a real ale alternative, in town. The Robinson's brewery tap pub with Best and Hatters' mild.

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