Capacity: 9,475 (all seated)
Address: Hardcastle Road, Stockport, SK3 9DD
Telephone: 0161 286 8888
Ticket Office: 0161 266 2700
Pitch Size: 111 x 71 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Hatters
Year Ground Opened: 1902
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Blue and White
Edgeley Park seems bigger than its just under 11,000 all seated capacity. This is probably due to the presence of 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. It has a large lower tier, with a smaller upper tier above. The stand is 'encased' by large red tubular steel supports and is flanked by two large modern looking floodlight pylons.
Opposite, is the Railway End, a former open terrace which was converted to a seating area in 2001. This end has been unused on matchdays for some time and the club have elected to cover the seating in large advertising hoardings. Above the Railway End is a small electric scoreboard. 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 halfway line. This stand was opened in 1936. Originally it had a terrace at the front but this was filled with seating in the 1980s. It is particularly striking when viewed from outside, with its bright blue and white colours. On the other side is the Popular Side, known as the Vernon Stand, a former covered terrace which is now all-seated. Part of this stand dates back to the late 1920's.
Away fans are normally housed on one side of the Popular Side Stand, where up to 900 seats can be allocated, across two blocks. This stand is covered, however, there are a number of supporting pillars which could impede your view if there is a large turnout. But really for most visiting teams then this area is more than adequate. You can access the entrance to this stand by walking behind the large Cheadle End and through the car park. Strangely after entering the ground you then you have to walk across the front of the home fans section to reach the away area. However, I have not received any reports of this causing problems.
For the really big games then visiting supporters can also be allocated all or part of the Railway End, where the capacity is 1,366. This former terrace has been converted to all seating but is lacking a roof and so you are at the mercy of the weather. The facilities within the ground are pretty good, with modern toilets, whilst the refreshment kiosk staffed by friendly faces, offers a good range of pies. As Stockport County are a well-supported club, then this can make for a lively atmosphere within the ground.
If you are an airplane spotter then this is your ground, as during the game many large airplanes fly over Edgeley Park having taken off from nearby Manchester Airport!
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 and welcoming. Around a five minute walk away is the Armoury pub, which is located beside the roundabout at the top of Castle Street and serves beers from the local Robinson's Brewery. Steve Johnson recommends 'The Armoury is excellent for away fans. The Landlord is very friendly, the Robinsons beers are excellent and the home fans there are very welcoming'. This pub also shows Sky Sports and is not far from Stockport Railway Station. Also near the station on Chatham Street is the CAMRA Good Beer Guide listed 'The Olde Vic'.
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 they also show Sky Sports.
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'. 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. Please note that alcohol is not available in the away end.
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 shops in Stockport.'
The Edgeley Park ground is well signposted 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 lights (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 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 located half a mile away from Edgeley Park. About a ten minute walk. It has two entrances/exits. Do not use the main entrance/exit but the smaller one on the western side. Then 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.
Mark White adds; 'The main entrance to Stockport Station is located 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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The Club were traditionally rivals with the big Manchester Clubs and Oldham Athletic. However with Stockport having played Non-League football for a number of years now, focus has shifted to local fellow Non-League Clubs, Curzon Ashton, Ashton United, Stalybridge Celtic and FC United.
27,833 v Liverpool
FA Cup Fifth Round, 11th February 1950
Modern All-Seated Attendance Record
10,273 v Leeds United
League One, 28th December 2008.
2017-2018: 3,433 (National League North)
2016-2017: 3,477 (National League North)
2015-2016: 3,082 (National League North)
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Stockport County v Preston North End
Pre-Season Friendly Match
Saturday 15th July 2017, 3pm
Ian Bradley (Neutral fan)
Stockport County v Tamworth
National League North
Saturday 25th March 2017, 3pm
Sam Walker (Neutral fan)
Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Edgeley Park?
Since Leicester City were promoted to the Premier League in 2014, Dad and I spent away days travelling to various lower-league grounds, mainly due to cost and availability of tickets. Whilst normally sticking relatively close to our home in Norwich, we decided to try somewhere further afield, and Edgeley Park Stockport would be a new ground for me.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
As it would be a long journey, we left Norwich on the 8:57am train. A long but thankfully trouble-free (and picturesque when travelling through the Peak District) saw us arrive in Stockport in the bright sunshine at around 1.30pm. After initially leaving via the wrong exit, we made our way around the station towards the ground and arrived approximately ten minutes later.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
As the turnstiles were not yet open we decided to visit the small social club at the ground. This was small but very welcoming, and the Stockport fans were very chatty and friendly. When the ground opened we headed inside.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Edgeley Park?
We were sat on the Popular Side along one side. The most dominant feature of the ground is the Cheadle End behind the goal, and its relatively modern look made the rest of the ground look dated in places, but Edgeley Park is still a characteristic ground and it certainly looked splendid in the sunshine, with nice views of Stockport and Manchester visible beyond. A nice touch was the Uruguayan flag flying over the Railway End as a tribute to former Stockport manager Danny Bergara.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Before the game, I bought a cheeseburger and a cup of tea, which were both very nice and reasonably priced, whilst waiting allowed for a close-up view of the River Mersey at the back of the stand which again looked even better in the sunshine. The game was preceded by a minute's silence in memory of the Westminster terror attack, which both sets of fans observed impeccably. Once the game began it was Tamworth who had the early chances, and they took the lead on the 29th minute when Ross Dyer headed in at the back post from Callum Powell's cross. Stockport responded slowly but picked up during the second half and equalised in the 72nd minute when captain Mark Ross prodded home after a goalmouth scramble. Following that the tide turned and Stockport took the lead in the 80th minute when Danny Lloyd fired home from 12 yards. Despite late pressure from Tamworth, Stockport held on to keep alive their hopes of making the playoffs. The attendance was 3,349 with 59 (very vocal) fans from Tamworth. The only downside was seeing someone being led away via the Railway End by stewards.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
We left on the final whistle, and with over two hours until the train left we first went to a Subway outlet before seeing out the remaining wait on Stockport station, with its location on a viaduct allowing a spectacular view of the sunset. The train arrived at 7pm and another long but fortunately, relaxed journey saw us arrive back in Norwich at around 11.10pm.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A long and tiring day but one that was ultimately well worth it. A chance to visit somewhere new and with very friendly residents means Stockport is a place I would welcome a return to. Stockport County have fallen on hard times but they appear to be on their way back up and aided by healthy crowds and vocal support, especially with the Manchester clubs on their doorstep and Liverpool not too far away either, means that it appears the club are finally making some progress in their return to the Football League, and a welcome return it would be.
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