A club who once played in the League One, now play their football in the Vanarama North. This is one of the many clubs that have a story to tell, a club who now dream of reaching where they were. What went wrong at Stockport? Why the massive decline? It is a very long story for sure... One that we will tell.
The Club and 'The fall'
Stockport currently play at Edgeley Park, located in Greater Manchester and they have played their since the early 1900's. The club formed in 1883 as Heaton Norris however changed their name 7 years later after the Stockport council. The club's nickname 'The Hatters' comes after a successful hat making industry! To make long story short this is what happened to Stockport and how they started. Stockport County joined the Football League in 1900 and competed in it continuously from 1905 to 2011. Having spent most of their history in the lower reaches of the Football League, the 1990s were more successful with the club competing in the First Division for five seasons. Instability on and off the pitch led to Stockport quickly falling back to the lower divisions. The club started the 2011–12 season in the Conference National, having been relegated from Football League Two at the end of 2010–11. They are currently the longest survived Football League team to drop out of the league, having played in the league for a total of 110 years. At the end of 2012–13, Stockport were relegated to the Conference North, 11 years after they had last competed in the second tier of English football, becoming the only team to drop from that tier to the sixth. That is 'The fall' in short context!