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Notts County fans react to former Man Utd man reported takeover interest ‘Yeah right…where ever, whenever’

Most football fans could probably share a bizarre story about their club. From players, they nearly signed to people who nearly managed them. However, Notts County fans can top that list this week.

ESPN has released an article explaining that Barcelona centre back, Gerard Pique, nearly bought Notts County. Yes, you read that right.

Pique has been getting into investing his money in businesses. Recently he’s been looking outside of Barcelona and bizarrely, Notts County was of interest to him. However, it didn’t go ahead…

Stopped in his tracks

The only thing that stopped this purchase of the National League club was an unpaid tax bill. The former Notts County owner, Alan Hardy was forced to sell to other options.

Pique is still investing and won’t be put off by this unsuccessful purchase. Fans have reacted to the news by making puns in regards to the Spanish man’s wife, Shakira.

Some are finding it hard to believe and others are finding it quite funny. Some think he’s got a good business head. What do you make of this?

Your reactions

The Football Manc Cave’s Non-League day preview

As normal, here is your non-league round-up of the teams The Football Manc Cave cover. This week is an extra interesting one as it is Non-League Day this Saturday. You can read more on that here.

Here is what’s been happening and what is to come for our non-league teams. Stockport County, Ashton United, Curzon Ashton, FC United and Radcliffe Borough.

Stockport County

Jim Gannon’s side got off to a good start this season. However, September turned out to be a month that fans want to forget. After a series of losses, the Hatters dropped down in the league.

October is a fresh start for County as they earned a point against Sutton United last week. Ash Palmer and Tom Walker then managed to deliver in a 2-1 win over Hartlepool midweek. These points have now taken them back up to 15th in the National League.

This Saturday will see Gannon’s side take on a 10th placed Dagenham & Redbridge. Stockport will be looking to make these three matches in a row that they can pick up points from. It could be a good chance seeings as Dagenham & Redbridge haven’t been on top of their game either recently.

Ashton United

Ashton will be looking to get some points this weekend. They’ve had their previous two league games postponed and their last match was an FA Cup qualifying game. They, unfortunately, lost 6-2 to Spennymoor Town.

This Saturday will see them take on Lancaster City. Ashton sits down at 16th in the league compared to Lancaster who is currently 6th. It will be a hard battle for some points but a well-rested Ashton side may be hungry for some goals.

Curzon Ashton

The Nash is desperately in need of some points after a series of losses. They lost their last league game 2-1 to Farsley Celtic. However, they did take the lead in this game thanks to a Daniel Trickett-Smith goal.

Curzon is at home this weekend to Blyth Spartans. This is a fixture that fans will be expecting some points from at Blyth are bottom of the league. The Nash just need to make sure they stay tight until the very end of the game.

Against Farsley, they conceded both goals in the 88th minute and the 95th minute. If they can keep going until the final whistle this week, 3 points may be on the cards.

FC United

FC United sit comfortably at 11th in the league. They’re currently on 15 points and could easily make it 18 this weekend. They play Buxton who is currently 21st in the league.

Fans will be expecting a win after United managed to pull a 3-2 win out of the bag against Stalybridge Celtic last weekend. If they do manage to earn all three points, this could potentially take them into the top 10 depending on other results around them. This could be a big week for FC United.

Radcliffe

Radcliffe is a team who have done well when they’ve got a chance to play. A series of games being postponed meant they fell behind in the league. However, things are looking a little better now.

They have moved up to 16th in the league and could go even further up this weekend. Boro’ will face Nantwich Town away. They are 5th in the league which sounds impressive. Although, they did draw their last game.

Radcliffe will be looking to take a point from the game if they can. Rick Smith has been a standout player for goals recently so he is one to look out for.

Stockport fans start to plan following point – ‘Keep going Jim you’ll get this right. New faces required right now. Cover for Ash Palmer, attacking midfielder, and a pacey forward and I think we’ve cracked it’

Jim Gannon’s Stockport side have been hunting for some points throughout the whole of September and now The Football Manc Cave is looking at your reactions to their weekend draw with Sutton United.

The Hatters managed a 0-0 draw with Sutton that saw them take their first point in 5 games. They’ve had a poor month but managed to keep a clean sheet and put a better performance on at the weekend. Maybe this is the month they will turn it around.

It’s been really disappointing, as Gannon had done a brilliant job in the opening weeks of the season and County were climbing the league. They now sit at 17th on 18 points. Sutton is one place below them too. While fans were relieved with the point on Saturday, the Twitter account for Stockport has been advertising things like ‘Goal of the Month’ and ‘Player of the Month,’ which has had fans asking if ‘September could just be forgotten about.’

Here are your reactions to the draw…

Non-League Round-Up: FC United, Radcliffe, Ashton Utd, Curzon Ashton & Stockport County

The Football Manc Cave is looking at how FC United, Radcliffe FC, Ashton United, Curzon Ashton and Stockport have been getting on recently.

FC United

After a 2-0 Tuesday night league loss to South Shields. FC United went out on Saturday with the intentions of winning some points and that’s exactly what they managed to do.

They beat Stalybridge Celtic 3-2. This takes them up to 11th in the league on 15 points. Charlie Ennis was one stand out player as he returned from injury to find the back of the net twice and get one assist. This was also a win for him against his former club.

United also managed to excite fans and keep them on their toes as the winner came in the last minute. This is 4 wins out 11 played now for the club.

Radcliffe FC

A 3-0 win over Hyde United takes Radcliffe up to 16th in the league with 8 points. It only took 17 minutes for Liam Ellis to score his first goal for the side and Tyrese Sinclair bagged a penalty. Ollie Martin managed to produce a great save at the end of the game to keep the clean sheet and Rick Smith perfectly timed a header to give Boro’ their third goal.

Boro’s season starts now. They’ve had games postponed for a number of different reasons but when they get chance to play, they can produce.

Ashton United

Ashton faced Spennymoor Town in the FA Cup third Qualifying Round. In the first half, fans were satisfied with their team’s performance as they managed to turn things around. After going 1-0 down, they ended up 2-1 up. Casian Anghel grabbed both goals but unfortunately, Ashton was hit with what fans are calling a reality check in the second half as they ended up losing 6-2.

Curzon Ashton

The Nash didn’t have a game this weekend because they are in action this evening against Wythenshawe Town in the Manchester FA Premier Cup at 7.45 pm. Curzon needs to be more focused on the league as they currently sit 19th on 9 points and their last home game ended in a 2-1 defeat to Farsley Celtic. Maybe this game will give some other players some time.

Stockport County

Stockport managed their first point in 5 games on Saturday as they drew with Sutton United 0-0. They’ve had a disappointing month as Jim Gannon’s side were doing quite well up until a few weeks ago, which has seen them slip down the league to 17th.

Fans are calling for the club to just put September behind them and move on because it was a bad month for the Hatters. Hopefully, this is the start of a month that will see them turn it around and come out on top.

The Non-League Saturday preview

Once again, The Football Manc Cave is taking a look at how Stockport County, Curzon Ashton, FC United of Manchester, Ashton United and Radcliffe have all been getting on and how they could get on this weekend.

Most have FA Cup Qualifying games to look forward to this weekend. For those who don’t, it’s usual league games to try and secure some points in.

Stockport County:

This weekend will see Jim Gannon’s side go out to try and take three points from Boreham Wood FC. The Hatters have been having a really good league run up until recent weeks when they lost two in a row, so they will be hoping to win this clash.

County currently sits 9th on 17 points. Boreham sits 16th on 12 points. This should hopefully see Jim Gannon preparing his squad to go out and go for goal.

Something to note is that this is the first time these two sides have ever faced one another. A player to take into consideration and keep an eye on is Joe Leesley. He has stolen the show for the Hatters in recent games and will be looking to be consistent in doing it again.

Curzon Ashton:

The Nash currently sit 19th in the league on 9 points and they face a bottom of the league Blyth Spartans this Saturday. However, it’s an FA Cup qualifying game. Even though both teams will be looking to get something from the competition, they could have both done with this being a league clash as they need points in the National League North.

FC United Of Manchester

This Saturday will also see FC United take on Warrington Town in the FA Cup Qualifying stages. When you look at the league, Warrington are 4th on 14 points while FCUM are 16th on 6 points. However, FC United managed a 1-0 win in the first qualifying round against Atherton Collieries.

Paddy Wharton has been a key player in goal and one to watch for the Manchester team. Another thing to consider is that the youth team got knocked out of the FA Cup when their clash this week had to be decided on penalties, so FCUM will be hungry to make sure the first team go further in the competition.

Ashton United:

Ashton are another team in FA Cup action this weekend as they face Pontefract Collieries. Ashton won their first qualifying round 4-2 against Tadcaster Albion. This should be another big scoring game as Ashton are in a higher league than Pontefract who are currently 8th I the Northern North West League.

Radcliffe:

Radcliffe have only had 4 league games go ahead so far this season which has put them at the bottom of the league. If they had have played all their fixtures so far, I think they’d be a lot higher as they have picked up 2 points from 4 games so far. They even managed a draw against a 4th placed Warrington last week. They face Stalybridge Celtic at 3pm on Saturday. They have 7 points from 6 games and sit 13th in the league.

Stockport County should start these two wingers against Aldershot Town today

The Football Manc Cave are looking at Stockport County’s midfield and how they should go out against Aldershot today.

Stockport have been having a brilliant run in the National League. They currently sit 5th in the league on an impressive 17 points from 10 games. They face Aldershot Town this weekend who currently have 8 points from 9 games and sit down at 21st. Jim Gannon’s side will be looking to get 3 points this weekend as they lost 3-0 to Chorley in their last game.

With that in mind, we are taking a look at how their midfield could line up. Jim Gannon likes the 4-5-1 formation with two wingers, one upfront and 3 midfielders to back up the defence and attack. Here’s my prediction to how the midfield will sit this weekend…

Adam Thomas

Adam Thomas on the right-wing. He’s been brilliant so far at nabbing goals and assisting. His role on the right won’t be given to anyone else anytime soon. In the middle, Paul Turnbull, Elliot Osborne and Sam Walker have been making a nice trio so Gannon will probably want to stick with that.

Ben Jackson

Now we get to the left-hand side. Last time the Hatters played, 18-year-old loanee, Ben Jackson started in the left-wing position. He’s on loan from Huddersfield and doesn’t only play in this position, he also is comfortable as a full back.

Gannon may want to give him a chance again against Aldershot, however, he’s made it quite difficult for himself after signing another option. Joe Leesley has joined the Hatters on loan from Harrogate Town and also operates on the left.

Gannon has said that he’s a big fan of his 25 year old new player, so fans could see him start this weekend. Although, a sensible option may be to bring him on in the second half to see what he adds to the team. There’s also other options for Gannon on the bench such as Connor Dimaio.

The Hatters boss is lucky to have players who can operate in different positions, so he’s not too stuck when it comes to injuries or anything else that gets in the way.

‘Easy easy easy!!!’ Stockport County taking to life in the National league with ease

Stockport County managed to beat Fylde last night 2-1 at Edgeley Park. Making it 3 wins on the bounce for the Hatters.

They managed to beat Fylde for the first time at Edgeley Park last night and earn 3 points. That makes it 5 wins in 6 for County and fans are ecstatic.

The game was that good for fans that the club asked who they thought the man of the match should have been because there were so many options with such a great performance. Jim Gannon couldn’t help but keep praising his team and the belief they have to do well. The fans couldn’t help but praise their manager.

Here are your reactions…

Photo Credit: Stockport County

This versatile player is the key to a Stockport County win today

Stockport County could be challenging for a high position this season if they can continue their winning streak against Harrogate at Wetherby Road.

The Hatters started their season in a disappointing manner, losing to Maidenhead Utd on the bounce of winning the league and getting promoted the National League. However, in the four games since, Stockport have not lost one. They have drawn twice, though, against the experienced and well-versed opponents Notts County and Yeovil Town.

One or two successive wins for Stockport could see them in the top five of the table. Harrogate and Chesterfield stand in their way, being their next two features. With both sides around the bottom end of the table, Stockport would be naive to consider themselves underdogs in the fixtures.

After Stockport stormed their way into a higher division many wondered if they could they follow suit of their neighbours Salford City, whether the comparison is fair or not. With the results gained so far and the football being played on the pitch, it may not be such a long shot.

Fellow recently promoted Chorley, have not had the same sort of start to the season. Sitting second to last on 3 points, the difference in quality between themselves and Stockport indicate that County will survive this season comfortably. But it looks as though The Hatters will be disappointed with the campaign should they finish in the bottom half of the table.

Player to watch

Most Stockport County fans will agree that one name springs to mind when thinking about who is one to watch in their ever-improving squad. Adam Thomas has 7 goals and 4 assists in his last 13 appearances. In those games, he has featured at right-back, right-wing back, right-wing and centre forward.

This line up will see Stockport County earn 3 points over Eastleigh, agree?

Jim Gannon’s side is trying their best to gain points in the National League and their next chance comes this Saturday against Eastleigh. The Football Manc Cave is looking at the possible line up, both teams last few games and players to look out for.

First 4 Games:

Stockport have done pretty well since they only got promoted last season.

Stockport 0-1 Maidenhead

Notts County 1-1 Stockport

Yeovil Town 1-1 Stockport

Stockport 3-2 Barrow

They’ll be looking to take another three points this weekend, however, they’ll have a hard task with Eastleigh in their sixth season in the National League. They got to the playoffs last season, so if Stockport wants to take anything from this game, they’ll have to work hard.

Eastleigh Form

Eastleigh so far has won against Notts County, 1-0, lost 1-0 to Yeovil, lost again to Barrow, 2-0 and drawn 1-1 with Sutton United. If the Hatters can play at the same standard they did against Barrow, they’ll be in with a chance. Jim Gannon’s side managed to win 3-2 from being 1-0 down.

Line-Up

Frank Mulhern received Man of the Match against Barrow so he will surely be in the line up on Saturday. Jordan Keane found the back of the net so he’ll be guaranteed his position. Adam Thomas also netted the other two goals and will be one to watch for Stockport.

The Hatters will be fighting for three points but even a draw will be an accomplishment from this tough side. Hopefully, Jim Gannon’s side can take the buzz they got from their 3-2 win and take motivation from it.

Stockport County needs to start these two players, agree?

Jim Gannon’s Stockport County side has got underway in the National League. Now that fans have an idea of how their team are performing, the Football Manc Cave take a look at 2 players who will make the biggest impact going forward.

The Hatters got an idea of the standard required in the National League as they lost their opening game against Maidenhead United, 1-0. They then managed to grab a draw against Notts County in the week. Before they play Yeovil Town on Saturday, we are picking out two players who should be the key players for Stockport through they season as they are given the chance…

Elliot Osborne

The 23-year-old midfielder had a loan spell with the Hatters in 2017 after Fleetwood sent him out for experience. In 2018, he signed for Southport who also sent him out on loan back to Stockport. He has now signed a two year deal with Jim Gannon’s side.

Osborne has impressed fans, the team and the manager. This has earned him starts this season and I imagine he will be a great influence to assists, goals and the team pushing forward to produce chances.

Jake Kirby

Another player who started his journey with the Hatters after appearing in a loan spell from Tranmere Rovers. He joined the club permanently in 2018 and has been successful ever since. The midfielder started Stockport’s last game along side Osborne and Jim Gannon’s side managed a draw in their new league campaign.

Gannon explores the possibilities of all his players and plays to their advantages while teaching his players to exploit their opponents. We hope Stockport can perform even better on Saturday with these two players in the mix.

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