Ground: Edgeley Park
Date: 21st March 2008
Match: Stockport - Macclesfield 2-0 (CC League 2)
Attendance: 7 824
Date: 14th April 2017
Match: Stockport - Telford 1-1 (National League North)
Attendance: 4 261
Report (Stockport v Macclesfield):
My first match in 2008 was to be the Cheshire derby between Stockport County and Macclesfield Town. Stockport play at Edgeley Park which is an old-style English ground and I sincerely hope Stockport can buy back their ground and keep it for as long as possible. The hardcore Stockport fans filled the impressive Cheadle End and created a good atmosphere throughout the match. Macclesfield probably had their biggest away following of the season but it was clear from the beginning this match only could have one winner. Stockport who has been rocketing up the table lateley won by two goals and I wouldn´t be surprised if they go up. Before and after the match I had a long discussion with my elderly neighbour in the stand and as I fully enjoyed my trip to Edgeley Park I promised him to come back in the near future. A promise I will most likely fulfill!
Report (Stockport v Telford):
Having to go home early on Saturday morning I thought it would only be two games for me this Easter Weekend. As was the case for my visit in 2008 Stockport County played at 19.45 on Good Friday though. Going back from Shrewsbury to Manchester our train passed Stockport so going to two games was an easy decision. In 2008 Stockport were fighting to reach the play-offs in League 2, which they eventually did. They won those play-offs and were promoted to League 1. Financial as well as ownership problems of Edgeley Park have meant several relegations though and the club nowadays play in National League North which is the 6th tier in England. Attendances are still very good though and as we arrived at 19.10 the queue to buy tickets was quite long. In the end 4 261 (including 78 away fans) were at this game. As was the case on my previous visit Stockport have the chance to reach the play-offs but needed to win tonight´s game. It was 0-0 at half-time and not too many chances. Disgraced former West Bromwich player Lee Hughes had the best chance for the visitors in the first half but his shot was wide of the far post. In the 71st minute Stockport took the lead and the atmosphere inside Edgeley Park went from ok to very good. Unfortunately for the home fans Telford equalized a few minutes later and the game finished 1-1. Edgeley Park is a nice ground to visit and the atmosphere seems to be quite good whatever league Stockport are playing in and I sincerely hope they can make it back to the Football League in the near future.
My Easter trip came to an end at 07.15 when my flight left Manchester airport. The games at Bury and Shrewsbury meant I have now done 85 of the current 92 grounds and I am getting even closer to fulfill my dream of one day doing the 92. There are many other goals for me groundhoppingwise though but hopefully the completion will be done two seasons from now!
Welcome to Edgeley Park
Rear of the Main Stand
Rear of the Cheadle End
Railway End (2017)
Pictures from Stockport v Macclesfield
View of play
A packed Cheadle End
Pictures from Stockport v Telford
Long queue to buy tickets!
Players and officials entering the field
Edgeley Park under floodlights