Are National League North’s Sleeping Giants Finally Waking Up
Many people might be forgiven to have forgotten about Stockport County following thier decline for the old first division (now the EFL Championship) to The National League North through the 2000’s.
Stockport in the mid to late 90’s reached thier peak finishing eighth, two places off the old first division playoffs (thier highest to date) and reaching a League Cup semi-final, eventually getting beat off Middlesborough 2-1.
As the 2000’s hit, Stockport’s troubles started and the slow decline down the English tiers developed, despite a glimmer of hope in 2008. A constant turnover of managers and owners played havoc with The Hatters on-field presence in the League, eventually finding themselves in the National League North in 2013.
Five years on and Jim Gannon’s third spell at the club is seemingly lucky. The Hatters currently sit 10th in the League and into the second round of the FA Cup.
Stockport are currently on a 10-game unbeaten run in all competitions and there’s a feeling that this current squad of growing confidence game by game.
County face three teams in and around them in the coming weeks and the right results could see Stockport going into the new year on a real roll and a chance to realising their dream of returning to the Football League by 2020.
Is Gannon’s third spell finally the one to awake the giants or, are the years of upheaval going to take some time to iron out, we’ll see in the coming months.