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To-Do List: Stockport County must tick off these 2 before the season starts

With the Hatters being promoted, what should they do in order to have a successful season?

Jim Gannon did a great job of getting Stockport from the National League North to the National League, and now fans are hoping they can stay there and progress. I don’t want to see them have a horrible 2019/20 campaign and end up coming straight back down so before the season does start, I’ve picked out two things they need to do in preparation…

Sign New Players

Stockport fans are crying out for a signing of some sort. I don’t even think they care who anymore, they just want someone to put pen to paper. You would have thought that it would have been a priority with the promotion in mind but there’s not been any news.

Fans are now getting frustrated and they’re trolling their clubs twitter feed, by replying to almost every post telling them to announce a transfer. There’s even a post about a statue of a frog being released in a Stockport art trail, and fans have jumped on asking if it will be able to play left back.

Handle The Change Of Leagues

Manager Jim Gannon has spoken about how he thinks the biggest jump in football is promotion and, how football fans class the jump from Championship to Premier League to be the hardest transition. He thinks that the jump from regional football to national football is harder. I have to agree with him, as football fans don’t make as much of a fuss about lower league teams.

Stockport deserves to be spoken about and praised for their efforts, I just hope that they can adapt to this new league, and go from strength to strength. They may eventually end up back in the Football League.

Round table prediction: Our writers predict where Altrincham and Curzon Ashton will finish

We predicted who would finish higher in the National League North.

We cover quite a few teams here at the Football Manc Cave, and today we’ve been predicting where these teams will finish in the National League North. It’s been a tough pick with a lot of our teams switching leagues at the end of last season, but this article will focus on Curzon Ashton and Altrincham in the National League.

Both teams no doubt will be focusing on gaining promotion. Altrincham came close last season with a playoff finish, while Curzon had a fantastic turnaround under Mark Bradshaw, however the league form seemed to die off in the latter part of the season.

Curzon Ashton

They managed an 18th place finish last season out of 22 teams which seems quite disappointing, however, we’ve collectively placed them 10th. My personal guess was around the 16th mark so if there’s one thing that has come out of these results, it’s that we all think Curzon will have a better season than last.

Altrincham

They had a great last season and managed to finish 5th. We’ve all put that into consideration and we seem to think they will have a similar campaign in the 19/20 football year. I personally thought that might finish one place higher than last but collectively we have predicted they will come out at 5th again.

What do you think?

12 goals isn’t bad for a defender as Altrincham capture Conor Branson

Altrincham has gone on to boost their squad even more by signing Conor Branson from Bradford.

It’s been reported that Phil Parkinson has significantly strengthened his squad for another promotion push next season, as he has won a three-way battle for the midfielder. He was apparently signed for an undisclosed fee and it understood that a National League North team and a top tier National League team, were beaten in the race to sign the 27-year-old.

Branson landed 12 goals last season for Bradford which will excite Alty fans and they will want to see him progress with them next season. The midfielder has said in regard to his move, “Stockport won the title and Chorley went up via the play off’s, but, for me, Alty were the best footballing side in the league last season.” He has also stated that he was flattered to have so much interest from other clubs.

A crowd favourite at Altrincham was James Poole, and it was a big blow when he revealed he was heading to Australia to take up a Melbourne-based coaching opportunity that would be with Manchester City. Fans and members of the club, including Parkinson himself were all gutted to see Poole leave but wanted what was best for him. Now Parkinson has made such a good signing, that will hopefully make up for the departure of one of their main men.

In my opinion, 12 goals for a defender is pretty impressive and with Alty finishing 5th last season, they will want to aim to finish higher and go for promotion. So a goal scorer of any kind will be a boost and step in the right direction.

Round table prediction: Our writers predict where Stockport County will finish

Stockport County and Chorley will test the waters of the National League after achieving promotion last season.

The writers here at The Football Manc Cave have submitted predictions about the future of several clubs going into their new 19/20 seasons.

With Stockport County topping the National League North with 82 points and conceding the least amount of goals at only 36. They look strong enough to survive to a tougher competition they will see themselves in over the next year.

Stockport’s Twitter page has recently consisted of the team showcasing their intensive training, as well as preparations on Edgeley Park. Jim Gannon’s men look roaring and ready for their new challenge.

After our writer’s submitted their projections of Stockport County’s chances in the National League 19/20 season, the average stated that Stockport County will finish 12th out of the 24 clubs involved.

Arguably not a bad finish for a newly promoted side, as they can look to improve on that finish and edge towards the EFL League Two over the foreseeable future.

Will Stockport County prove us wrong?

Either by finishing near the relegation places or fighting for a playoff place or will Stockport County steadily impress us by achieving a 12th place finish.

Stockport County fans would you be happy with a mid table finish, let us know below…

Round table prediction: Where FC United, Radcliffe Boro and Ashton Utd will finish

Where do we think FC United, Radcliffe and Aston United will finish in the Northern Premier League.

Today, the writers here at Football Manc Cave looked at all the teams we cover and predicted, where we thought they would finish in each of their leagues.

We cover teams that are in the Premier League, Championship, Leagues 1&2 and non-league teams. Which makes it harder to quickly think about this, however, we have an average result based on all of our predictions for Ashton United, FC United and Radcliffe who are all in the Northern Premier League.

Radcliffe Boro’

We had to consider that Radcliffe was promoted at the end of last season to the Northern Premier League, after finishing 2nd in division one west. On average, we have put them as finishing 9th next season. I predicted they would finish lower down but after looking at all our guesses, it seems the majority think they will have a good league campaign.

FC United

This club was relegated from the National League North last season after finishing 21st out of 22nd teams. Even though they were relegated, here at the Manc Cave, we think they’ll have a great season. I predicted they would finish 5th and it seems that we are nearly agreed because collectively, our results came out as FC United finishing 3rd.

Ashton United

Another team that ended up being relegated into the Northern Premier League last season. They managed to finish one place higher than FC United though, 20th out of the 22 teams. This was a factor that made me predict that Ashton would secure 3rd place in their new League campaign and collectively, we all have averaged out at again, placing them 3rd overall next season. So according to all of us, the Northern Premier League will have a battle of the United’s for third place.

Curzon Ashton signed Salford City’s Askew, what can he bring to the Nash

Josh Askew has joined Curzon Ashton on a season-long loan to get some first team action in the National League North.

Starting out in the Blackburn youth setup, Askew joined Salford City on a free transfer in the summer of 2017, after a loan spell with Ramsbottom.

The now 21-year-old left-back may not be ready for the big leagues right now. As Salford City finds themselves in the EFL League 2 after a fantastic season in the National League, where they found promotion via the playoffs.

As a result, Josh Askew has been sent to gain experience two tiers below his contracted club; Salford City. He will be a loan player for the National League North side Curzon Ashton, who finished 18th out of 22 clubs in the sixth tier of English football last season.

The Nash conceded the most amount of goals in the league above the relegation zone, at 71.

Askew will be subjected to a lot of defensive experience, as he joins a fairly struggling squad who have shots and attacks thrown at them throughout the entire season. Meaning that he will be a much more prolific defender after the experience. However, if he can prove himself by drastically lowering the number of goals the club concede, he would be benefiting his temporary club, as well as his own chances of joining Salford City once again as a player contending for first-team football.

With owners such as Peter Lim, Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham, Salford City are a club with very high goals, and would not be giving loan opportunities to players that they don’t see as part of their future. With this in mind, Askew should be one of the more entertaining players to watch for Curzon Ashton next season, as he is potentially a future League Two player with possibilities of pushing even further, with or without Salford City.

Stockport County will be looking for the double bounce promotion, these 2 factors will help that

The Champions of the National League North, Stockport County, are taking a step up to the National League, but what can they do to stay there next season?

As many long-serving Stockport County fans will despise to remember, this huge club was a Championship side until 2002. Due to the club falling into administration, it’s been a downhill slope for the club which has been playing in the sixth tier of English football for the past six years, until now.

This Greater Manchester based club will take the place of its neighbour, Salford City, in the National League next season. If Stockport can follow suit of Salford, they will find themselves alongside them in the EFL League Two, presuming that Salford is capable of remaining in the division.

Stockport County clinched their first league title in 52 years by finishing 1 point ahead of Chorley, but how can they ensure a finish the fans deserve in their new league in the 2019/20 season…

Investment

A sore subject for Stockport County would be finances. However, Jim Gannon himself said “Only the best clubs that are investing well or have strong management and teams have done well. So hopefully we can replicate the likes of Salford and Fylde, Harrogate and Halifax, who have consolidated at that level.”

This suggests that Stockport County’s investment over recent years hasn’t been enough to allow the club to grow, hence how they have stagnated in the National League North. But now that they have established themselves as real contenders, it may be time to invest in the future of the club and allow them to progress even further.

Goals

Stockport County were very impressive last season, scoring 77 goals. However, in the 2018/19 National League North, teams scored an average of 55.8 goals, whereas, in the 2018/19 National League season, teams scored an average of 57.3 goals. This demonstrates the higher quality and ability of teams in the league, and Stockport needs to be able to keep up with that next season.

Fortunately, Gannon has taken this into account. Stockport recently disclosed that they have signed the striker Alex Curran from Colne, a 20-year-old who bagged 22 goals in 44 appearances last season, and 22 goals in 46 the season before. This young talent will no doubt increase the rate of fire for his new club.

And the manager has some strong words to say about him, “With Alex, we think we have got a player with an outstanding C.V. Over the last two years he’s been one of the main players, he’s a regular goalscorer, provides regular assists and I think we’ve provided a great platform for him.”

Another Day, Another Crazy ‘Supposed’ Takeover… This Time Stockport County

Twitter is the place for a joke and if you want a laugh, it’s worth visiting this account. 

There’s a Twitter user named “@NonLeagueITK” who keeps putting out football “news” that has clearly come from dreamland. The other day, I reported that this exact same Twitter account had said that Curzon Ashton would get a new owner, today it’s Stockport’s turn.

This is the tweet they have put out:

No one seems to know where this information is coming from, I think someone clearly has too much time on their hands. However, the best thing about these tweets is the football fans replies. The Curzon Ashton fans were brilliant, their own team page even commented on their made up rumour, and now the Stockport fans have given their humorous response.

Humour aside, some fans don’t want the twitter account to be encouraged and are getting sick of the posts. I just hope this account either gives up or starts giving us real news!

Transfer Rumours: Stockport County chasing highly-rated Warrington midfielder

Named as one of the best players in non-league football, it’s no wonder that clubs are now looking at Warrington’s Ben Garrity, but who is he? 

The 21-year-old is a midfielder, who’s had a brilliant season with The Yellows and been a very effective partner on the field to Rob Evans. Now it is rumoured that Stockport County are interested in signing him.

For Stockport fans looking for some background on him, he comes very highly recommended, especially by Warrington’s midfielder, Evans. In a 2018 interview, he spoke about his teammate and said that he has the potential to play at a very high level.

Garrity was plucked from local league football in Liverpool and has now scored twice last season. He has been excellent in Warrington’s campaign to perform well last season, and Rob Evans has explained how the pair have been an effective duo. He also admires how the 21-year-old has stepped up to the task and got the job done. He now has plenty of time on his side to climb the footballing pyramid. 

In a most recent interview with The Yellows’ manager, Paul Carden, he has said that he expects “vultures to circle” around his side in regards to other clubs coming after his lads. Carden also expected Ben to be one of the highest in demand and it looks like he wasn’t wrong.

So now we wait to see whether the rumour is true and if so, what deal will be made? 

Rumoured Chinese takeover will make Curzon Ashton the Man City of the Non-League…or not

Just another false piece of information coming in from twitter regarding a class of 92 style takeover of Curzon Ashton?

One hopeful or attention seeking twitter account has put this out to Curzon Ashton fans:

Now I’m not saying it’s complete nonsense. Maybe they’ve got mixed up or are believing other people’s gossip and let’s be honest, stranger things have happened in football. However, Curzon Ashton fans have picked up on the tweet and have replied humorously with things such as, “it’s not April 1st.” As the fans continued to mock the tweet, the clubs official twitter page responded.

Paul Jolley, Curzon Ashton’s club director spoke to the Football Manc Cave on the matter “I can honestly say none what so ever. Someone with too much time on their hands, I think … or they know something we don’t!”

So we are all pretty sure now that this information is, in fact, all just rumours and completely made up. Either way, there are worse things that could have been made up about a team!

I’m just glad the fans and club officials can see the funny side.

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