Showing posts from May, 2016

Youth & Experience !

Youth and Experience ! Way back in February……in Update 70 I think, I outlined how at a meeting held at the Fingerpost in Offerton, Help the Hatters , thanks to a generous bequest from the late Pauline Coddington,  were able to confirm the continuation of our policy of assisting the nurture of young County talent. Central to this policy is an understanding of the need to do this in concert with the needs and desires of the Manager, and with James Gannon able to make an appearance late on in the meeting, we stated our intention to support the contracts of 2 young County players. Things have progressed nicely since then and along with an impressive batch of quality signings, thanks to Help the Hatters, the Club were able to give contracts to two excellent young prospects….George West and Adam Etches.  We are delighted to have helped facilitate this as both players in our view have golden futures ahead of them given the right coaching and training both o

Elbow Grease and Scarification !

Well…..momentum is beginning to build and we are hardly a week or so into the current close season! No matter…..Help the Hatters have been engaged with a purpose inside Edgeley Park starting the process of getting the old place ship shape and ready for another season! The progress so far has been amazing, and   great credit goes to the 20 or so Help the Hatters supporters who have turned out, and their efforts so far have seen the clean up polished off in a remarkable 2 sessions! That was simply excellent and we now move onto painting where painting is required , and in this respect plans are in an advanced stage to ensure paint and brushes are in place and ready for the Working Party next Thursday May 19, and at this juncture Help the Hatters would like to thank Paintmaster , Bredbury for there support with the supply of paint!   And John G along with Alan, David and the Man in a Hat ( scarily not wearing one!)  got s

Stockport County v SV Hamburg- 10 May 1966

May 10, 2016 marks the 50 th anniversary of, arguably, the most prestigious friendly game played at Edgeley Park, when County took on West Germany’s world-famous SV Hamburg. Despite County finishing bottom of the Fourth Division the previous season, FSV Frankfurt had already graced EP and, during the summer of 1965, County had embarked on an ambitious three-game tour of Germany, which included a return game in Frankfurt. County’s relationship with West Germany was linked directly to the Hatters’ General Manager, the legendary German goalkeeper Bert Trautmann. County on tour 1965 style. Even allowing for Trautmann’s reputation in his homeland, though, the arrival of Hamburg in SK3 was considered a real coup – their previous visit to England five years earlier had seen them take on Burnley in the European Cup quarter-finals where the Germans triumphed over two legs before narrowly losing to Barcelona in the semis. Bert Trautmann T