Stockport County: X factor in the FA Trophy

IN  1977-78, Stockport County versus Southport could easily have been game number 40 on a Littlewoods Pools coupon – as a Football League Division Four fixture. The 1977-78 season was the last time the two clubs met in the league, for at the end of that campaign, Southport were voted out and replaced by Wigan Athletic. Stockport were relegated in 2011 and suffered a second drop in 2013. Both clubs are now in the National League North. The mere thought of Stockport is a reminder that industrialised football began in the north of England and Scotland and clubs like Stockport, … Continue reading Stockport County: X factor in the FA Trophy

Trophy bitter at the Carlsberg

THE FA TROPHY doesn’t have the cachet of the FA Cup, but it still represents a mid-season distraction for non-league clubs at step three and beyond. Biggleswade Town v Hitchin Town also had the added spice of a local derby, so it seemed a reasonably attractive tie for a dull, drizzly afternoon by the A1(M). Hitchin were still basking in the glow of rubbing shoulders with Premier League opposition in the form of Arsenal’s under-21 team, a game that attracted a 1,200 crowd and promises to provide some valuable charity for Bob Wilson’s Willow Foundation. Biggleswade Town, who were trying … Continue reading Trophy bitter at the Carlsberg