Capacity: 10,832 (all seated)
Address: Hardcastle Road, Stockport, SK3 9DD
Telephone: 0844 576 1883
Club Nickname: The Hatters
Year Ground Opened: 1902
Home Kit: Blue and White
At one end is the large Cheadle End Stand which towers over the rest of the stadium. This stand which was opened at the beginning of the 1995-96 season, is two tiered, covered and all seated. Opposite, is the Railway End, a former open terrace which was converted to a seating area in 2001. This end is given to away supporters and has a small electric scoreboard situated above it. Both sides are quite old looking stands, that are both covered and all seated. The Danny Bergara Main Stand (which is named after a former manager) is only about two thirds the length of the pitch and straddles the half way line. This stand dates back to the late 1930's. On the other side is the Popular Side Stand, a former covered terrace which is now all seated.
Depending on the size of the away support and the weather, then visiting fans are housed in the large uncovered Railway End, or part of the smaller but covered Popular Side.
There is a small Labour Club (C.I.U. Affiliated) right by the entrance to the Railway End, that allows visitors in, for a small entrance fee. It is a small club that could do with modernising, but I found it both comfortable & welcoming. Otherwise there are a number of pubs along a shopping area, across the main road from the away end. Probably the best is the Royal Oak just at the end of Castle Street. Very friendly, away supporters are welcomed and there's always a bit of good natured banter flying about.
John Keane adds; 'away fans will get a warm welcome in the Sir Robert Peel half way up Castle Street. One pub to avoid is John Jo Greens'. Steve Johnson recommends 'The Armoury' a Robinsons pub situated by the roundabout at the top of Castle Street, is excellent for away fans. The Landlord is very friendly, the Robinsons beers are excellent (the pub is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide) and the home fans there are very welcoming'. Also CAMRA Good Beer Guide listed is the Olde Vic on Chatham Street. Whilst Vaughan Skirrey a visiting Sheffield Wednesday supporter recommends 'The Grapes'. As you come up the hill from the station, the pub is on the left at the top of Castle Street.
Adam Hodson adds; 'If you are near Edgeley Shopping Centre then I would recommend the Edgeley Priory, which is one of the best fish and chip chops in Stockport.'
Please note that alcohol is not available in the away end. If you chose to drink in Stockport town centre, it is worth looking out for a Robinsons pub, as the beer is excellent and is actually brewed in Stockport itself.
The ground is well sign posted around the area.
From The South
M6 to Junction 19. Take the A556 towards Manchester/Altrincham. Then join the M56 towards Manchester Airport. After a few miles leave the M56 and join the M60 towards Stockport. Leave the M60 at Junction 2 (the A560 Cheadle turn off) and at the roundabout take the A560 towards Stockport. At the traffic rights (with the Farmers Arms pub on the right hand corner) turn right onto the B5465 Edgeley Road. Continue along Edgeley Road, passing a Morrisons supermarket on your left and continue straight on at the mini roundabout. Go through two sets of traffic lights and and as the road bends around to the right, the floodlights of the ground can be seen on the right hand side. Turn right into Caroline Street and the ground is at the bottom of this street.
From The East
M62 to junction 18. Take the M60 towards Stockport. Leave the M60 at Junction 1 and head towards Stockport. Turn right at the second set of traffic lights to go onto the A560 towards Cheadle. Then turn left into the B5465 Edgeley Road (with the Farmers Arms pub on the left hand corner). Then as 'From the South'.
From The North
M6 to Junction 20A and then take the M56 towards Manchester Airport and then join the M60 towards Stockport. Then as 'From the South'.
Mostly street parking, although beware of some new residents only parking areas that have been introduced recently.
Post Code For Sat-Nav: SK3 9DD
Stockport railway station is in walking distance of the ground (around half a mile). Come out of the station and turn left up Station Road, and continue up the hill towards the roundabout. Go straight over the roundabout and turn left into Caroline Street for the ground. Thanks to Andy Harris for the directions.
Mark White adds; 'Stockport station's entrance has recently been modernised, and now has a new main entrance that you are sign posted to from the platforms. This is on the opposite side of the station from the ground. If you find yourself in the ticket hall with a taxi rank in front of you, go back into the station through the subways under the platforms, then follow the directions above'
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Stockport County v Tamworth
Saturday, April 21st, 2012, 3pm
Scot Rowland (Tamworth fan)
1. Why were you looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
I was looking forward to visiting Edgeley Park as it was a new ground for me and looked like a ground with a bit of character which I look for in stadiums I visit. As well as this being last away game of the season which is always an enjoyable day
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking:
My journey went well if not a little ridiculous. Having decided to try and arrive early in Stockport I left myself needing to leave Ipswich at 2:45am to catch a coach to Stansted Airport, then a further coach to London before my 7:20 train to Stockport arriving at 9:20, I’m fully aware this all could have been avoided by just arriving later but for all the changes the journey wasn’t as bad as it sounds and passed relatively quick. The ground is easy enough to find upon leaving the station using the directions on the guide and doesn’t take very long at all.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy. Home fans friendly:
We first headed to the Culvers Court Wetherspoons on St Petersgate in the town centre (heading away from the ground), which is a typical ‘Spoons. We then headed to the Egerton Arms which is just across the road from the it’s a smallish, and quite un-assuming pub but has an interesting SCFC mural painted on the wall. Unfortunately a few of the outlets we had planned to attend had closed down. So we decided to take in a pint at the Bakers Arms on Market Place, which is in all honesty a bit of a dive although it is welcoming, it is in need of sprucing up.
One pub I would recommend is Winters which is a small pub and very cosy with a big crowd but gives a very friendly welcome and is extremely cheap, a real snug old boozer and well worth a visit. This pub is on the lower level of the town centre which can be accessed by the flight of stairs you come across heading to Market Place near the Culverts Court and Egerton Arms. We then headed to The Sir Robert Peel close to Edgeley Park, a decent pub with a nice beer garden and reasonable prices although does get busy with Hatters Fans. The Stockport fans we came across there were very friendly and many of us enjoyed a good chat with the home supporters.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of the away end and other sides of the ground:
Edgeley Park looks very tired and is showing its age, but is still and impressive stadium to be in Non – League. The Railway End the away stand has a decent view but is uncovered so it’s best to hope for sunshine. Opposite this is the Cheadle End a very large two tiered stand that towers over the rest of the ground and is a very impressive stand. The Main Stand straddles the half way line but is quite old and has a number of supporting pillars although it does feature Stockport County painted on the rear of the stand which looks quite good. Opposite the Main Stand is the Popular Side which is similar to the Main Stand just slightly smaller but also has a number of supporting pillars.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets ect..
The game wasn’t the best for large parts both sides spent the majority of the first half trying to get a foot hold in the game, with both side not really having very many clear cut chances, although Connor Gudger should have put Tamworth 1-0 up with a wasted chance. At half time I had a Chicken Balti Pie with peas and gravy for around £3.50 which was a touch expensive as it wasn’t very nice in honesty.
Stockport started to take control right from the off in the second half and O’Donnell headed them into the lead on 48 mins. County pressed for much of the half then in the 77th min they made the points safe when Sheridan was put through and he chipped Hedge in the Tamworth goal for Hattersley to head in. Whitehead could have added a third but struck the post late on. The atmosphere was good the travelling Lambs fans tried to make some noise in the open and The Hatters fans grew in noise as the game wore on.
The stewards were a funny bunch approaching kick off and the start of the game they were very over the top bordering on pathetic at times, not allowing fans in and even confiscating beach balls, but seemed to mellow out as the game wore on and became more relaxed towards the end.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Walking from the stadium to the station is fine and easy to find your way, we had no problems getting back.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Stockport is a very good away day and I’d recommend a trip, the ground for away supporters is not blessed with the facilities of some but it doesn’t take away from the enjoyment and Stockport is brimming with decent watering holes. The stewarding has a lot to be desired but all in all a very enjoyable day.
Stockport County v Fleetwood Town
Conference Premier League
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011, 7.45pm
Dave Higgin (Fleetwood Town fan)
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.
I was looking forward to the visit to Stockport for what should have been a good game. We had beaten Morecambe 2-0 the previous week and confidence was high. However I wasn't looking forward to the visiting the ground because of the reputation its stewards had managed to build as some of the strictest in the league and also because in 11 meetings the chairboys have never won there!
Coming up from London as I did was a very easy journey on the train, going from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly via Stockport in about 2 hours. From there its about a 10 minute walk to the ground which is easy enough to find just by following the crowd.
Finding food before the game is quite an easy task near to the train station with McDonalds, Subway and various chippys being nearby. I have to say though I didn't see any pubs near the ground. Any home fans seemed helpful in pointing me in the right direction and seemed friendly enough in general.
The ground seemed nice, a typical lower league ground with stands of all different sizes. The away fans are in the smallest stand (I think!) behind one goal which is uncovered so hope for no rain! The home end behind the opposite goal is a very large 2 tier stand where the main atmosphere seems to come from. The other 2 stands are average size and nothing spectacular. If it is raining, as it was when I previously went, away fans are put in one corner of the Popular Stand which has a couple of supporting pillars which can obstruct your view of the far goal.
The game itself was dire with neither team having many chances. The atmosphere was quite flat oweing to the stewards who operate a strict non standing policy which did not go down well with our fans to say the least. The stewards aren't afraid to eject anyone either, the total of our previous visit there being 32 fans ejected so you have been warned! However the seats have enough leg room to keep people happy and the view is quite good. What's also good for any plane spotters is that the stadium is near to Manchester airport so there are always planes flying over the stadium. The toilets are standard and kept in a good enough condition compared to others in the league. I didn't buy any food at half time so I'm afraid I can't comment on that but I know it sells a variety of things including various pies. Come full time I had no problems at all with getting away from the game as there was a small attendance and there where various exits.
Overall I think I've had much better away days supporting the team. The ground itself is nice enough but the stewarding can take a lot of the fun out of a otherwise good day. on the plus side the ground is easy to get to, the facilities are quite good and the ticket prices are reasonable. if only Wycombe would finally win there...
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