Chris Crook reflects on a great few weeks at Stockport County.
It’s been a good solid start to the season so far, but the passion from the players and fans in the last couple of weeks has been great, both on and off the pitch.
Its been years since we’ve had a buzz around Edgeley Park and over the last two or three weeks, we’ve had exactly that. The support at County always has been top class and always will be. But, this season the buzz is back, the “cant wait for saturday” feeling is back and most importantly winning ways are back, for now.
Financially, the club is in a much better position since the horror that was administration and all the staff are doing an immense job both on and off the pitch. The Co-op and Help The Hatters are also a massive blessing to the club, working endlessly to help the club in any way, shape or form.
On the pitch, just 14 games played and the Hatters are knocking at the door for a spot in the play-offs. It is a long way off from the end of the season but in recent years, we’d be at the same stage of the season and be looking for solutions on how to get out of the bottom three. This year, we’re comfortably in 9th place and a place in the FA Cup first round proper, we can’t get ahead of ourselves but we can certainly dream.
Since being at the club, Jim Gannon and Mike Flynn have been great, both are professional and have created a real bond between the players and fans, especially over the last couple of weeks. Flynny posted on Twitter after the recent Chorley game: “Stockport County’s fans are top draw, 90 minutes of constant signing! The staff and players really appreciate your backing! County on the up!” Jim also mentioning the fantastic support In recent weeks and how it gives the players that extra 10%. He’s not wrong.
Is this a turning point for the Hatters? Only time will tell but before then, let’s get behind the players and staff at County and lets bring that buzz back to Edgeley Park like we’ve seen in recent weeks. Lets hear the roar of Jimmy Gannon’s Blue and White Army ring across the ground as we take on Kidderminster Harriers and Woking. Let’s get County back to where they belong. Until then, In true John Fitzpatrick style- C’mon COUNTYYYY!