Oh Stockport Town !
It may have slipped past under the radar for many County fans but a new 'thing' has appeared in the borough, destined to play at Woodley Sports (or whatever they are now called).
Stockport Town FC is the name of the new club and before the recent walking-away of some of County's shareholders at least, shared senior personnel with County.
Rob Clare, late of our club is involved too.
So, should we be worried?
Some say that the club has been set up to profit from any demise of Stockport County and should be looked at as a threat in the future.
Others say that the club exists to provide opportunity for decent football players to get on the pitch and play at a reasonable level.
This reasonable level was to be Step 6 in the pyramid (County are at step 2 for those still reeling with the shock of where we are).
Mind, what about Cheadle Town or Woodley ? Don't they offer opportunity for football players of a slightly lower ability than those currently soldiering along at Edgeley Park?
My view is that this club could well become competition in the medium term and begin to nibble away at our fan base so I welcome the news that Stockport Town have been knocked back at Step 6 by the North West Counties League.
Their statement is here
Is it telling that the FA's statement included this?
'...They were also mindful of the need to protect clubs already operating in the National League System and to try to ensure that their status in maintained'.
Of course all this would be academic if we were back in the league or even looked like we were set up to make an assault on the Football Conference but that dear reader does not look like it is happening.
More thoughts on that once I can stomach putting pen to paper (or keyboard to something or other).
In the the meantime, join with me humming that little ditty.
Oh Stockport Town ! Is wonderful ! It's full of something, something or other and COUNTY.
Oh Stockport Town is wonderful.
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