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2083 Part 2

Ads on roof to follow........

The massed crowds strained at the barriers to get a glimpse of the 70 year old but none the less sprightly King George and his life partner Queen Gary accompanied by the beautiful surrogate Princesses Balbinda and Latifa. Although hugely oversubscribed – tickets had gone on sale at a conservative £950 each although it was rumoured that they were illegally exchanging hands for over £8000 apiece.
Beyond the estimated 160,000 crowd at the apex of Vulcan Way and Nimrod Avenue the huge stadium dwarfed all around it. Crowds of this magnitude had not been witnessed here since the old airshows that took place during the last century. The locals had raised major objections to a 120,000 all seater covered (retractable) stadium being built next to this idyllic part of the borough once known as Cheshire the revolutionary retracting design meant that aside from match days the entire structure and the adjacent par…

2083 Part 1

As the heat of the previous summer had faded away and the autumn chill took its place a small group of people, probably no more than fifteen in number gathered at the small memorial site. All it was really was a plaque and a small quarter scale metal model of a footballer, it was to have been brass but the funds could not be found for such a luxury. The fallen leaves swirled around in a mini maelstrom at the feet of the group of people. Although not yet 6.30 in the evening the sun had all but set. In the faded light one of the adult members of the group used his coat cuff to make an attempt to clean the plaque and read its wording, although over 60 years old it had been spared the worst of natures eroding forces and thankfully vandalism had been a rare and not fateful visitor. “ This spot marks the centre circle of the football ground known as Edgeley Park the home of Stockport County 1902 - 2020” The adjacent metal statue of the footballer glinted in the lights cast by the surroundi…

Histon 2 County 1 ; Conference North


County's China Tour 2004-- Part 2

Main Stand- Yingkou.

After the first game, so soon after arriving in China, County had 2 days before their next match, against sister Club Laioning Tiger Star- 2 days filled with meetings with government officials....receptions.....fantastic banquets and about 5 minutes sleep.
So....on 13 May, it was off to Yingkou for the Stockport party, who were greeted by a capacity crowd of 22000 in the picturesque stadium, in contrast to the small crowd that pitched up at the National Stadium .

                                             County fans in the 22000 crowd-
                                                     - yours truly back left!

Laioning Tiger Star v  County      13 May 2004

The sun blazed mercilessly down on a crowd of 22000 at the excellently appointed stadium in Yingkou, as County, watched by a TV audience of many millions, romped to a convincing victory that sent their small band of supporters on their way happy.

Help the Hatters Update 24 ( including Tales from the Darkside).


Lucy Burgess