Stockport County V Fleetwood Town
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
Blue Square Premier 7.45pm
By Dave Higgin
I had never been to Stockport before and was looking forward to going as it's always nice to visit new grounds and another 'ticked off' the growing list of stadiums visited.
The journey was easy enough, although Man Utd were at home the same night so the Motorway was busy. Edgeley Park is well sign posted once you get close and we managed to park quite near the stadium without much trouble.
A few of us met for a drink at the nearby Sir Robert Peel pub, which had a friendly atmosphere and served a good pint. The home fans we spoke to seemed a friendly enough bunch, with the usual banter going on.
The first impressions of the ground were good. 'A proper football ground' as my Dad called it. The away end where we were sitting had no roof but it was a lovely warm evening, so it didn't really matter, but better take a coat just in case. Most of the home fans were behind the opposite goal in a two tiered stand which looked quite impressive.
The game started well with Fleetwood scoring after just two minutes. It was a bit frantic at times and when Stockport equalised, it was definitely game on. Fleetwood were flying after half time and raced into a 3-1 lead, but Stockport pegged one back to make it 3-2. Stockport then threw everything at us and to be honest I still can't believe they didn't score again. We managed to breakaway right at the end to make the final score 4-2, but that didn't really tell the whole story of the match. The atmosphere was great although the home fans did seem to get on their teams back a lot when things weren't going well.
After the game, the journey home was fairly easy, although it was a bit busy on the motorway.
All in all a very enjoyable experience. Nice ground, reasonable food prices, decent atmosphere, and a great game to watch. Would definitely go back again.
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