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Stockport County

If you are in, or headed for, Manchester to see one of “those” clubs play, you really should stop into this well-supported community club just on the edge of town. You can even see it from the train as you head from London to Manchester.

LOCATION: Stockport is in Greater Manchester, less than 10 miles from Manchester city center.

CONTACT: StockportCounty.com, 0161 266 2700, #StockportCounty

NICKNAMES: The Hatters, or just County.


Let’s start with the name, because there is not actually a county called Stockport. There used to be, kind of, but we confess this stuff confuses us non-Brits. There was a county borough called Stockport, which was actually part of two other counties, and we’re glad we don’t have to explain all this because in 1972 it became…


They have almost no history with Manchester United or Manchester City, but any of the local clubs — Rochdale, Oldham or Crewe Alexandra — seem to qualify as rivals. When I posed this question to a supporter, he actually said Wrexham, due to some fan disturbance in a cup

Women's Team

Stockport County LFC play in the FA Women’s National League Division One North. That’s the fourth tier of the women’s pyramid. Home games are at Stockport Sports Village, which is actually in nearby Woodley; see stockportcountylfc.com for…


It was a good atmosphere when I was there, but I don’t recall any particularly unique


Edgeley Park is a terrific old ground, with character all around and a good atmosphere, especially as County is known for higher attendances than most clubs in their level of the football world. The main Bergara Stand was built in the 1930s after the wooden main stand burned down; it has pillars across the front, but the best thing is the…

Going to a Game at Stockport County

GETTING THERE: It’s just a 10-minute walk from Stockport Railway Station, which is served by numerous trains out of Manchester Piccadilly Station. PUBS: One nice and convenient option is The Armoury, on your left as you walk over from the station. Just opposite that is a little high street called Castle Street, on which you can also find…

Stockport County Tickets

Well supported though they are, it’s hard to imagine they come near selling out, unless they get a big club at home in a Cup. Adult tickets in the 2022-23 league season were £20, with kids under 17 at £7. Buy them online or in person.

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