What now for Stockport County

Just five years ago they were winning promotion to league one things were looking rosey at County now they face life in the 6 tier of English football as they suffered a sad demise.

This summer will be a strange summer for Manchester football with Sir Alex leaving Manchester United and Stockport now in the Blue Square North, thus becoming the first team to be relegated out of the football league and then out of the conference.

But that doesn’t mean things won’t be looking up for the County.

Stockport County FCFor a start, Stockport, under respected non-league boss Ian Bogie have made the decision to go part-time. This means that they can have a ‘healthy budget’ being part time as opposed to the restricted budget they would have had if they had stayed full time.

But is a short-term option surely as no doubt the Hatters will be up there challenging promotion come next April and if they do then reports on the Stockport official website says they will renew their current position.

Stockport will surely be able to attract a number of high profile non-league players to don the famous blue of Stockport County next season despite being in the Conference North.

For example they manage to lure Hyde FC key man Phil Jevons across Manchester as the Hatters first summer signing. Jevons was key for Hyde in their survival

While young talented keeper Ian Ormson has renewed his contract at Stockport, which can hopefully provide stability to the club on the pitch next season as he looks to marshal the backline, which include Kieran Charnock, who is a fine capture for the Hatters.

A worry for any club when they face relegation from any league no matter if it is the Premier League or the Conference Premier then they will lose some fans who will not be interested in the league they have slipped into. But Stockport fans don’t seem to worry as they have already sold 1,000 tickets on the early bird sale, which ended this week.

Selling that number of season tickets already despite falling down yet another division is a great achievement for Stockport, who took 1,314 fans to Kidderminster on the last day of the season, while for their final home game which was against Dartford FC the game at Edgley Park saw the attendance at an incredible 6,000 and this is despite being in a hotbed of football with Premier League giants Manchester United and City on the doorstep from Stockport.

The fans backing will be critical now more then ever before as they try to rally round and pull them back into the Conference Premier in what is a tough period time for everyone connected to the club.

Under the guidance of Ian Bogie they have someone who will be able to lead them back up. He has managed before on tight budgets at part time clubs so no doubting he will be able to continue the success he has had, this time at Stockport County.

Hopefully Bogie can lead the Hatters to a successful season and return to the Conference premier bringing back some joy to the Stockport fans.


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