Stockport County

Edgeley Park

Capacity: 9,475 (all seated)
Address: Hardcastle Road, Stockport, SK3 9DD
Telephone: 0161 286 8888
Ticket Office: 0161 266 2700
Pitch Size: 113 x 72 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Hatters
Year Ground Opened: 1902
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Blue and White

Main Stand External View
Main Stand External View
Looking Towards The Cheadle End
Looking Towards The Cheadle End
Danny Bergara Main Stand
Danny Bergara Main Stand
Popular Side
Popular Side
Railway End
Railway End
Cheadle End External View
Cheadle End External View

Stockport County Sign

Edgeley Park is of a good size for this level of football. 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. 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 was later made rebuilt and made all-seated in 1993. However the Popular Side Roof dates back to 1956. 

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 Railway End.

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. John Keane adds; 'away fans will get a warm welcome in the Sir Robert Peel half way up Castle 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. 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 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'.

Car Parking
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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Official Programme £3

Adults £18
Over 65's/Students* £12
Under 18's £5
Under 6's Free**

* Students must be in full time education and have ID as proof of status.

** Under 6 Free tickets must be obtained from the ticket office.

Stockport County FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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.

Record Attendance

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.

Average Attendance 
2018-2019: 3,997 (National League North)
2017-2018: 3,433 (National League North)
2016-2017: 3,477 (National League North)

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Stockport County v Bromley
National League
Saturday 15th February 2020, 3pm
Richard Mackey (Bromley)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Edgeley Park?

Manchester is a great city for a football weekend and I have a mate who lives up there that I can stay with. So once I saw this game was being played on a Saturday I was always going to go.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I stayed at my friend's house overnight, so it was a 20 minute bus journey to get into the middle of Stockport.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I had some food at a cafe on the town square, then headed towards the ground. I chose a pub at random called the Jolly Crofter, but as it was already 2:30 so I didn't spend long in there. The pub was nothing special and I wouldn't recommend it.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Edgeley Park?

Edgeley Park is impressive for non-league, although having to walk to the other end of it to queue up, buy a ticket for the away end and then walk back to the away turnstile was annoying. The away fans are sat on the side undercover (very important for this game), and you mostly get a reasonable view. There is a large TV gantry suspended from the roof which obscures the view if you try to sit at the back as close to the halfway line as possible - not a problem if your team doesn't bring a lot of fans but it would be a big problem if all the seats were sold out and fans had to sit there. The home end behind the goal is impressive, as was the size of the home support - you can tell that Stockport belongs in the Football League even though they've been through a very rough decade. If the game is dull you also get a good view of planes in the landing queue for Manchester Airport.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

This game was played on the day storm Dennis hit the UK and was one of only three in the National League to go ahead. The wind was very strong and as such the game was never going to be high quality. Bromley did well to keep it at 0-0 in the first half as the wind was against us; although we had a lot more of the play in the second half we conceded a cheap goal from a corner and couldn't get the equaliser. The catering looked basic, but as I'd already had lunch I didn't use it.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

An easy ten minute walk to the station, where I got a train to join my friend on a pub crawl.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A decent day out despite the result. Hopefully there will be better weather for my next visit.

Stockport County v Sutton United
National League
Saturday 18th January 2020, 3pm
Mark J Anderson (Sutton United)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Edgeley Park?
 
Edgeley Park is another of the large ex-Football League grounds in the National League, that we wanted to see our beloved but modest Sutton United play at while we can.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Stockport is 2 hours from Euston on the mainline so pretty easy and surprisingly cheap thanks to a friend who can find cheap tickets online. Unfortunately, our return train was cancelled but they run every 20 mins both ways so it was crowded but not a huge problem.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We didn't have time for a pint but saw The Armoury pub which people recommend - from the outside it looked a decent drinking pub. Locals helped with directions, all extremely friendly and welcoming. There was a nice family atmosphere around the ground.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Edgeley Park?
 
Edgeley Park is a very impressive ground. Mostly traditional old style with one new large tired stand behind one goal. It was open at one end but it was unused. Away fans are located in a nice covered area at one end of the Popular Side, which has a good view.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
A great atmosphere, with a good crowd of 5,079 (we'd like to think it was for us but they'd just had a takeover and had a few new players!) Good toilets, refreshments fine though the queue was a bit slow. The stewards were very friendly and professional. The main home singing was from the distant large stand but there was a secondary group close to the away section who were pleasant enough though the odd taunt! A great place to watch football.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Very easy, everyone friendly, several fans on the way to the station were happy to chat. Only a ten-minute walk to the station.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A great day out and lovely home fans. Edgeley Park is a proper big traditional stadium with good facilities and home support.

Stockport County v Dorking Wanderers
FA Trophy Round 2 Replay
Tuesday 14th January 2020, 7.45pm
David London (Dorking Wanderers)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Edgeley Park?
 
Having managed to secure a 1-1 draw in the initial game, the replay gave Dorking fans a chance to visit a 'massive' stadium by our usual standards! Stockport were a Football League club for over 100 years, whereas 20 years ago, Dorking Wanderers were founded literally as a park team! So this was the biggest game in the clubs history!
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I travelled on the supporters coach, and the journey took 4 and a half hours, not including a service station stop. As there was only the players coach and the one supporters coach, we were parked up right outside the Main Stand!
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We had over an hour before the kick off, so some fans went to a nearby pub, the Prince Albert, which they said was welcoming. I had a walk around the ground and took some pictures of the splendid stand frontage, and visited the club shop, which was a very good size for a non-league club, but then this is a former Championship stadium! They also have a family lounge behind the very big home end stand, which visiting families are welcome to visit before the game.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Edgeley Park?
 
The ground hosted Championship football for 5 years in the 1990's and it could easily do so again, however it is vast by normal non-league standards! The home end is the most impressive part of the ground and when full must be very good for creating an atmosphere. The two side stands are quite old, but have all the facilities you would need. We were in a block of seats at the end of the Vernon Stand and had to walk along the front of the netted off Railway End to reach those seats (the stewards don't let you stand behind that goal - they move you along to the seats!). It is a shame that behind the Railway End goal is netted off, but the capacity really isn't needed.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Everyone at Stockport was really welcoming - perhaps because Dorking are a National League South side, who would never normally travel further North than Oxford! So a midweek game 4+ hours away was recognised as an extra effort! Dorking only brought 35 fans to the game, but all the facilities were open as usual and the pies were good as previously reported! The overall crowd at the game was just 1,121, the lowest in something like 80 years for a competitive fixture at Edgeley Park, but to Dorking fans this didn't diminish the experience, it was still a huge ground to us! The game couldn't have gone better either, Dorking were amazing and won 4-0, with everything going our way, and all our attacks resulting in goals. We couldn't have had a more brilliant and surreal game!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away was so easy because the streets were deserted when the coach pulled away about 15 minutes after the game had ended.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
An absolutely perfect trip - amazing ground compared to what we are used to, friendly and hassle-free stewards, welcoming home fans who were gracious in defeat and the perfect game and result!

 

Stockport County v Preston North End
Pre-Season Friendly Match
Saturday 15th July 2017, 3pm
Ian Bradley (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Edgeley Park?
 
My first visit to Edgeley Park since both Stockport County and my club Rotherham United were in League 2 together. A 2-2 draw on 25th August 2007, how times have changed!
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
After an hour long train ride from my Rotherham base, Edgeley Park was an easy ten minute walk from Stockport train station.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I chatted to some older County fans inside and outside the ground, reminiscing about County v Millers clashes in the past of which there were many.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Edgeley Park?
 
In National League North terms, Edgeley Park is huge, nice and tidily maintained with a beautifully kept playing surface.
 
Edgeley Park
 
Edgeley Park
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
As you might expect, Preston North End with their Championship pedigree were on the front foot for almost the entire game running out 2-1 winners after County rather surprisingly took the lead. A good fitness exercise for both teams really.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Very easy to get away as the attendance was only 1,440. I came away a little bit sad having witnessing County's sad demise first hand, but confident with the fantastic fan base they have (average almost 4,000 last season in National League North) that they'll be back in the Football League hopefully sooner rather than later. A really good day out.

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.

Stockport County v FC Halifax Town
Conference North
Tuesday 16th August 2016, 7.45pm
Michael Cromack (FC Halifax Town)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Edgeley Park?

In the past, I kept getting teasing glimpses of the ground on the train on my way in or out of Manchester. So when Halifax dropped down a division this ground was a must-visit job.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

That question deserves a chapter on its own. With the wife not at work she came with me. I parked the car at Dewsbury station and we had an all day breakfast in the pub on the platform. So far so good. Then we found out that our train to Manchester Piccadilly was cancelled so had to get on the Manchester Victoria service. From there we were advised to take the supertram to Piccadilly, got to Piccadilly to find the service to Stockport was late, by now we accepted we would miss the kick off. Got off the next train to Stockport and hurriedly got in a taxi. Through utter confusion between us,the 1st taxi, some other people wanting a taxi and the 2nd taxi the 2 drivers got into an argument over who was taking who and where (the other people were going to the airport and so their fair would have been more) not realising my wife had not yet got in the car the driver set off........WOAH wait a minute mate. Got as far as a set of traffic lights on red and this row between the two drivers led to them both getting out of their cabs and squaring up to each other. We had just about made up our minds to get out and walk when the driver got back in and apologised. Finally got in the ground 10 minutes into the match......phew!

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

No time whatsoever. Straight into the ground looking for 2 spare seats a town fan must have seen us looking and pointed to 2 near him.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Edgeley Park?

A tidy ground the focal point being the impressive and big stand behind the goal at the other end. We were at the open seated uncovered stand behind the goal. We needed to sit down after the taxi episode! Two traditional stands at both sides made up the rest of the ground.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

A good turnout probably due to a nice warm evening and a good attendance at the away end. A few low flying airplanes were another feature of the ground. 1 up at half time town went to sleep in the second half and Stockport inevitably equalised 1-1 draw a fair result.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Just before being dropped off the taxi driver pointed to the back way into the station. If I had known about this I wouldn't have got a taxi. Another late train back to Dewsbury saw us not getting home till gone midnight.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Well life is full of surprises and experiences and this night was certainly one of those alright!

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Updated 20th June 2020

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