Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Richard Landon Testimonial Saturday 2 August 2014 ( 3pm)

After a recent meeting of the Supporters Cooperative Board, Board member John Gaskin went to EP to see how the Working Party painting had gone on,but when there he noticed lights on and window open in the changing rooms so he popped in and found Richard inside  ironing club crests onto tee shirts for the club shop, and all this was going on at nearly 10-30 at night.
Perhaps you are tempted to think this is an untypical event, but it is so not, and very typical of Richard Landon!

Richard Landon is seen as a fixture in the County set up – not in any negative or put-down way, but as someone who is always there to make a real contribution, quietly, modestly and with commitment - and he’s been doing it under thirteen managers.
It’s not unknown in football for the kit man to be overworked and under appreciated, invisible most of the time except as the butt of dressing room jokes.  Yet, Richard’s name is always mentioned with respect and appreciation for what he brings to the Club and the team: something over and above what is usually expected - even taking over team affairs for a while after the club went into administration.
In most clubs backroom jobs are exactly that: backroom means background. There can’t be many places where the supporters take the backroom staff to their hearts the way County fans do. We all know about a certain Mr Wylde and how he relates to the supporters. In a less flamboyant way (notice the polite choice of words) Richard’s bond with the fans is of a similar quality.
Even though his opportunities as a player were limited he is remembered by some for his knack of scoring after coming on as a late substitute. The most famous occasion took place ten years and a few weeks ago. The venue was Urumqi, which claims to be the furthest city in the world from an ocean, located as it is, in one of China’s most remote regions, Xinjiang, between the Taklamaken Desert and the Mountains of Heaven.

That` Ive scored the winning goal look'

This was the scene for Richard’s most epic appearance, when, having taken to the field as a substitute near the end of the game he hit County’s last minute winner - and that was as the kit man!
Stockport County Supporters’ Co-op would like to record its thanks and appreciation to Richard for his tremendous contribution to County over the years. The Co-op believes that football clubs should be run in a way that shows that they value their supporters, and judging by the way Richard has always conducted himself, he seems to agree. 
Richard`s Testimonial Match is at Edgeley Park this Saturday kick off 3pm.
The game is County v Macclesfield Town , so there will be no shortage of needle.
Will you be there? I hope so, because Lando deserves a really big turn out, and its only a tenner( £5 concessions)

Away Ground Guide 2- Tamworth FC - ( Saturday 16 August 2014)



Tamworth FC
The Lamb Ground,
Kettlebrook, Tamworth, Staffs, B77 1AA
Nickname: The Lambs
Year Ground Opened: 1934
Capacity: 4,065 (Seated 518)


Admission Prices 2014/15

    Category B
     Concessions (Age 65 & above, 17 - 16) 
 (Age 6 - 15) 
      (Age 5 & Under) 
 Category A
     Concessions (Age 65 & above, 17 - 16) 
     Junior s (Age 6 - 15) 
      (Age 5 & Under) 
View from Away End.

Away Accommodation

Away support is housed in the  partly covered terrace at the Meadow Street End. Room for about 850, with  flat standing areas in the vicinity. Refreshments are provided at the away end. In addition to the terrace, around 90 seats are made available to away supporters in the Main Stand. For teams with a larger following, then in addition half the 'Shed' terrace can also be allocated. Stewards in the past have tended to be unnecessarily interventionist on occasions, but I am hopeful that the more tranquil waters of the Conference North might herald a change in this respect.

M6 Toll ( to T4), then.....

  • Approach Tamworth via new A5 (bypass) which starts at the A38 / M6 Toll junction to the west of the town.
  • Take the turning signposted A51 Tamworth off the A5 bypass.
  • At the bottom of the slip road is T junction where you can only turn left
  • At roundabout, take the third exit (McDonalds is on your left - direction Tamworth Castle)
  • At roundabout, take fourth exit (right) (direction Ankerside multi-storey).
  • You should pass The Ladybridge Beefeater on your left
  • Continue with the Snowdome coming up on your right, to a roundabout
  • Turn right at the roundabout (direction Nottingham, Burton, Nuneaton)
  • At the next roundabout, turn left (direction Amington, Glascote)
  • At the next roundabout, turn right (direction Glascote B5000)
  • At the next roundabout, turn right (direction Kettlebrook)
  • You will now be in the Kettlebrook Road
  • The entrance to The Lamb is the first right turn in Kettlebrook Road, about 50 yards from the roundabout

  • Estimated Journey Time ; 1 hr 40 minutes

    Post Code for Sat Nav ;  B77 1AA

    Nearest Real Ale pubs ;

    0.4m   Bole Bridge   , on Bolebridge Street.
    0.4m   Phoenix   , on George Street.

    Coach Travel :  Fingerpost Flyer.
                                Leaves Finger : 12.00/ Picks up TS ; 12.15
                                Adults £  15/ Under 16`s £12
                                Ring Lou on 07896536757 to book.

    Tuesday, 29 July 2014

    Help the Hatters Update 41


    Working Party 14.

    Another switch from Tuesday to Monday , due to an ultimately none existent friendly match, put added pressure on the loyal band of Help the Hatters supporters , called upon to not only turn out again, but re-arrange their diaries as well!
    Happily that`s just what they did-Paul C responding by turning out before 18.30....doing the biz.....then attending the Supporters Cooperative Board Meeting- great stuff!
    We had 18  on site  for another go at getting close to the finish line as far as the Edgeley Park clean up is concerned.
    The major focus this time, was the tall fence fronting the car park, which you may recall was painted an anaemic green. 
    County Heaven contingent.
    This simply had to go blue , and the first to show up, the County Heaven contingent, were despatched to join Kip, who was already working on the first swing gate.

    Fence gets done( pic by Darren Berry)

     Kip might have been forgiven had he not been there at all, as after donating his time and skills for weeks making the Players Entrance and surrounding corridors look absolutely top draw, he now has to make good the area nearest the Entrance, where a hole of not insignificant size now blights his good works, due to an accident involving a Club  employee, in the week.

    Brew Time.( pic by Darren Berry)
     Subsequent arrivals were sent to increase numbers , and at the end of the evening, only the last swing gate and the small portion thereafter of the front fence needed painting. This will be sorted next week.
    Ralph , as usual was atop a ladder ,and got some good work done on the  external beams around the ticket office and Club Shop area.
    And what did you do? I hear you exclaim excitedly, and with a hint of irritation!
    Well`s like this.......John Gaskin, having been fingered by myself over the `Camel Turd Incident' ,took ample revenge by dispatching me to toilet duties- cleaning the Railway End bogs!


    The `Camel Turd' issue by the way, continues to excite the populace , and a lively debate still rages in County Heaven as to whether `nest', as used in Update 40, is the correct collective noun for Camel Turds!
    Back to the job in hand though, and whilst I can see why I had deserved the role of bog cleaner, just what Julie, Natalie, Sarah and the saintly Fitzy had done to deserve the same fate ,is a thing of great mystery.
    No matter we set about it with unprecedented vigour and the job was covered pretty well by the end of the session. Only a coat of grey is needed now next week!


    And so to next week, and it is back to Tuesday ...Tuesday 5 August..... starting 18.30....entry via the Railway End gate. During the evening we hope to give all those who have helped on Working Party`s throughout this close season a small thank you. The intention is to provide barbeque style food to end the evening after just a few small jobs  get some attention. If you have turned out for  Working Party`s this close season, we look forward to seeing you!


    Cast your eyes to the right and you will see a skyscraper link  to ` Football Blog Directory'. You may recall that shortly after the birth of the blog, I attempted to get us listed on the directory, without conspicuous success. However.....amazingly the blog is now listed, and I am well pleased I can tell you! Visitors to Football Blog Directory can find us ......Categories/ Non League / Conference North.....


    You will have noted some fine photos in this edition I hope. This is down to the fact that a fair number this week have been supplied by Darren Berry, who comprehensively out snapped Blog hack Nigel Farago! To emphasise this point I finish with another Dazzer gem, taken looking towards the Cheadle End last night- really good stuff!

    pic by Darren Berry.
     Oh ...... and if you are checking HtH numbers or arithmetic, on the first pic by Nige.....18 is reached by the 12 in the pic plus Nige ( taking pic) plus 4 others who left the scene sometime after 8, plus Vicar ( Paul Charnock) who was in well early to finish off a job he had centred on.

    IO County

    Ian Brown

    Saturday, 26 July 2014

    County 1 Airbus UK 2 ; Pre-season Friendly 25 July 2014

    County went down 2-1 to Welsh League high flyers Airbus UK  at a sun scorched Edgeley Park today.
    The crowd was a sparce 455, but the game was fairly competitive, and with Andy Preece`s side having the benefit of a few extra weeks together and the not insubstantial addition of European football under their belts already, the reverse was by no means surprising and definitely no humiliation!
    County had by far their strongest line up so far out today, but it was clear from the onset that former Hatter Andy had them well drilled ,

    Andy Preece and staff.
    and the extra competitive games showed in sharpness all over the park. Ryan Wade scored two goals for Airbus, but he also rather overdid the sharpness , causing referee Pete Gibbon to call on Andy for a word part way through the game. Wade was perhaps lucky still to be on the field of play, offering a constant stream of clearly audible abuse to the officials and his opponents. He stayed on however, and despite Kristian Dennis snatching one in the second half for County, the game was Airbus`s , and I saw no one complaining!
    There was no Stephen O`Halloran on show at the start , but the back four of Lees, Gregson, Belezika and Duxbury looked about as strong as any we have thus far fielded, and with Milligan and Moses patrolling ground immediately in front of them ,it seemed that all defensive options had been covered, but the early pressure was on the blues and Milligan had to hurriedly head clear, and  both Duxbury  and Gregson had to look lively to prevent Wade from scoring a very early goal indeed ( twice). An early corner was played back to Matty McGinn , but he lifted a poor effort into the crowd.

    Glenn Belezica in early action.
    The first 5 or 6 minutes saw Airbus camped in the blues half and looking very lively about it, but as Belezika covered a run into the box by Glenn Rule , the forward accidentally tripped the County man up, putting him on the deck. As I was entirely accidental but Belezika saw it wholly differently and chased Rule grabbing him at one point. Sanity eventually prevailed thanks to a cooling word from the referee, but I am hoping that this was a one off from the County Glenn. Crucially in this respect ,there was no carry- over of hostilities, and both players earn browny points for that!
    Matty Owens then completely miss judged a high bouncer from Danny Hurst and Scott Spencer was in, but somehow keeper James Coates rose to push the shot for a corner, but it was a definite escape alright, and the corner was cleared!
    Already Wade was looking to be a danger and he escaped all his markers next making great headway down the right before releasing what looked to be an inch perfect ball for Andy Jones to despatch. Jones was smack in front , but he scooped his shot way  past the post, much to County`s relief.

    Clearance by Scott Duxbury.
    Some neat play surfaced from County after this with Milligan, Woolfe and Dennis all involved, but Spencer shot wide on the end of it, and it remained 0-0.

    Nathan Woolfe on the ball.
    That was a good response from County, but Airbus came back at them again, and Belezika did well to block Jones, as did Milligan with Rule. The pressure continued to build with Andy Jones and Ryan Wignall both getting shots off that called for saves from Hurst.

    Danny Hurst keeps County in it !
     It went on with Gregson under the cosh from Rule, and Belezica similarly placed with Wade, who then proceeded to treat the liner to a choice volley of ripe abuse. Well worthy of a word in my view and it was not long before Mr Gibbon sought Andy Preece out, presumably to call for order!

    Belezica in action.
    We were past half way now in the first half and County were definitely up against it as Hurst tipped a header from Ian Kearney over the bar after the defender had steamed into the box at speed. A corner it was then, and for a moment it seemed like County had dealt with it satisfactorily, but they hadn`t and they paid for it as Wade , in glorious isolation ,just inside the box, made no mistake with a cool finish!
    Sharp had a shot blocked , but then the mini siege of Hurst`s goal resumed as Belezika ushered a shot from Wignall off the line, and Wade dived in vain to head a cross from McGinn home!
    Sharp and Woolfe did keep trying to respond but their attempts to send Lees through on the overlap met with implacable resistance from McGinn, which again put the pressure back on County. Matters were not improved by a loose ball from Belezica, but he recovered his composure and  did well to stop Rule capitalising on the situation.
    On it went......John Barrow robbing Moses, as another McGinn cross forced Dennis to track back and head off the line.

    Airbus line up a kick( top)& just miss out( below)
    County continued to defend doggedly as throws and free kicks pegged them back, but crucially they did not concede any more goals, indeed Duxbury and Dennis had a couple of tries to change things, but Airbus were as tight at the back now as they were up front and it was 1-0 to the Welsh side at the break.
    County defend doggedly.
    At the re-start Belezica went to RB ,whilst Lees took his place alongside Gregson.
    After some early Airbus pressure things started to improve a touch for County as a Dennis run pushed their opponents back, but the blues were always potentially likely to be hit on the break, and Ellis Healing did just that after 50 minutes, but Hurst`s decision to stand tall and not go to ground, proved crucial and the forward was thwarted!

    Kristian Dennis on the charge !
    Not long after this the handbags were out as Sharp and McGinn lost it for a brief second or two, but a soothing word from the referee calmed things down, and play resumed with Moses and Milligan trying their best to impose themselves in mid field. 
    Dennis ready to go.......

    It was a big ask though, as Airbus looked a well drilled outfit, and Moses had to content himself with a defensive header that conceded a corner as the Welsh side toyed with ideas of a second goal.
    Healing had ideas of his own apparently and a neat dribble by him caused a bit of a stir ,which only subsided when Jay Owen lifted a poor effort into the near empty Railway End ( 2 men  and 3 stewards).

    View of Railway End
     Duxbury then did well to deny Andy Jones, before starting a charge up the park which looked like ending well when Sharp latched onto the ball and powered away down the left. The he crossed into the box, and it was a pretty good effort, but the advancing Dennis could not hit the target with his shot!

    Duxbury pressurises Airbus.
    We needed that one to have counted as , it was clear that another Airbus raid would not be long in arriving, and so it was as a superb cross by Lee Owens teed Healing up with a chance. He was well placed , but Hurst did not need to move to make the save and it stayed 1-0. Not for long however as once again ,having done the hard bit, County then thought they could relax and they couldn`t ,as Wade had the ball, and then he hadn`t because he had lashed his second goal into the net!
    A.L started to ring the changes now. Churchman had come on earlier for Woolfe, and now Belezica and Spencer gave way to Fagbola and Lazenbury, and within a couple of minutes the blues had pulled one back, when another break from deep by Sharp saw the ball head inside the box, where Dennis toe poked it home expertly.

    Drinks my day........
    That was a good effort by County, but it had a cost as Airbus redoubled their efforts again mainly via Lee Owens who was running at  County  with rare energy down the right. In response Lees...Milligan...Duxbury...all made crucial interventions- it was quite hairy for a time, but  it changed with a foul on Sharp and a corner which Sharp and Lazenbury went for but just could not force home. That was disappointing but things brightened again next as a long ball from Hurst saw Dennis fouled just outside the box. 
    James Coates Airbus Keeper.
    Dennis took the kick but it hit the wall and ran on to Churchman who forced the keeper to make a spectacularly brilliant save to keep his shot out- it was a cracker, and Airbus`s misery did not end there as Coates had to deny Churchman again with another good stop, following which the mother of all melee saw Fagbola force the ball against the post , with  defenders charging about like so many headless chickens in the confusion! That was a good effort, but, and a final punch out by Coates ended the Welsh sides angst.
    Lazenbury and Dennis were unlucky late on  when their good work saw the latter skip clear to the by-line, but the liners flag was up, and County were denied, and Airbus held out fairly comfortably until the final whistle.
    Game over then.... but a useful work out in my view, against a side some weeks further forward training wise than us, so nil desperandum!

    Late run( top) & free kick from Dennis.

    See you Tuesday at Glossop!

    County line up;
    Hurst, Lees,Duxbury,Gregson, Belezica ( Fagbola 64), Milligan, Moses ( Lofthouse 75), Sharp, Spencer( Lazenbury 64), Dennis, Woolfe ( Churchman 52).

    Airbus UK line up;

    Coates, L Owens, McGinn, Spittle, Keraney, Rule, Barrow, Williams, A Jones, Wignall, Wade.

    Attendance  ; 455