By Chris Crook
Stockport County Football Club has had its fair share of ups in their history. But the days of Danny Bergara, of Championship football and beating Manchester City on a regular basis, and even more recently with the promotion from League Two under current manager Jim Gannon, do sometimes seem like a lifetime ago.
Just 10 years on from that day at Wembley, and a combination administration and mismanagement has ultimately seen the club relegated to the National League North, and the Stockport faithful have struggled to come to terms with seeing their club, in effect, almost die.
But, with a crucial draw at Chorley last Tuesday, the tables have quite literally turned. That result at Victory Park meant the Hatters saw their play-off spot confirmed and are now guaranteed their highest league finish in over a decade.
Ten years ago County clinched promotion to the third tier of English football under the lights at Wembley. Fast forward a decade and County again have got the chance to move up a division, albeit on a smaller, but no less important, scale.
What hasn’t changed, however, is the support of the County faithful. Attendances have held up and actually increased over the previous three seasons. One thing you can guarantee, is that whichever stadium eventually holds the play-off final, it will be filled to the rafters courtesy of the Blue & White Army.
Following the victory at Blyth last weekend. Darlington are next to visit Edgeley Park with the Hatters aiming for fifth spot to secure a home tie in the first round of the play-offs. I would encourage every County fan out there, grab your scarf, bring your family and your friends. Let’s roar Jim Gannon and the boys in blue on to a victory and move into the play-offs with a spring in the step.
The passion ignites us. Through every brick wall we face, every ‘the scarf my father wore’ to ‘clear blue skies over Edgeley’ we stay strong and sing our hearts out, over land and sea because we know, above all, that there is a light that never goes out
Animo Et Fide.