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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 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…

2 Stockport Players that should be looking to move on this summer

The Hatters secured promotion back to the National League this season after winning the North National League title. 

Now that Stockport have a new season to go into, they’ll be looking to do well and keep themselves in their new league. Then hopefully move up the leagues from there. If they want to make a positive impact on their National League run, they’ll have to look into their team. Maybe try to sign or get players loaned that can play in the league.

To make a little room, Jim Gannon could look at these two players as options to loan or completely get rid of…

Connor Dimaio

The 23-year-old midfielder has been with Stockport since 2018. He’s managed 17 appearances and got 3 goals on his record but in 2019, Dimaio was loaned to Ashton United where he made 12 appearances.

He’s on a 2-year contract with Stockport and the club have confirmed that he’s still one of their own, after coming back from his loan spell. It could go one of two ways for the midfielder, he could come back to the Hatters inspired and motivated to get starts and do well, or he could have bad games and not get the starts.

I think he should maybe keep his options open to go elsewhere before Gannon considers his options. 

Elliot Osborne

Another midfielder who started off as just being on loan to the club but then permanently signed for the Stockport in 2018. When the 23-year-old was on loan with Gannon’s team, he impressed after making 5 appearances and bagging a goal.

However when he signed officially, in 24 appearances he only managed one other goal. Maybe Osborne was an exciting prospect at the time and now he could do with some more games somewhere else. 

Bury Stave Off Administration for Now, Curzon Ashton Boss Mark Bradshaw Talks Cup Chances, Rochdale Making Improvements

This is the EFL and Below Show, your look at all the footballing action in Greater Manchester that doesn’t come from Old Trafford or the Etihad.

Manchester Football Social’s Niall McCaughan is joined by Ian Foran and Aaron Benson of the Football Manc Cave for this week’s podcast.

Bury have struggled off the pitch in recent weeks as financial worries surround the club – is there a light at the end of the tunnel at Gigg Lane?

Curzon Ashton manager Mark Bradshaw chats to us as the Nash chase Manchester Premier Cup success for the first time since 1990.

We reflect on Salford’s promotion ambitions and Rochdale’s chances of safety in League One.

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AWAY FANS SERIES: We Caught Up With Not-so-Local Fan Akito, Who’s Looking To Bring a Bit of Stockport County To Japan

The Football Manc Cave caught wind of a thread inside a Facebook fan group. Akito hailing from Tokyo, Japan is trying to bring awareness of Greater Manchester team Stockport County – Who are flying in the National League North – by creating his own Japanese fan group.

I couldn’t fly over to Japan for a live interview, unfortunately, and with Akito explaining to me his English is not the best, we opted for a written Q&A to highlight probably the worlds most unlikeliest Stockport County fan…

Ian: Akito, tell me about how you started supporting Stockport County?

Akito: It all started in about 2011~2012, I like FIFA. I was playing Fifa 11 and used Stockport County in Career mode, from there I developed a special attachment to Stockport County. For that reason, I checked out Stockport County on YouTube and I realized that I love Stockport County!

Ian: Being from Japan, do you manage to catch many games on the internet?

Akito: I use the Stockport County Official Twitter page, Facebook, HP and Goal Live for my updates. I can see the match only through the Stockport County official YouTube channel uploaded match highlights.

Ian: Have you been fortunate enough to visit Edgeley Park?

Akito: No, I’m a university student here in Japan so I don’t have much money, but I’ll be sure to go to Edgeley Park in the future.

Ian: You told me you are looking to start a Japanese Stockport County Fan Group, have you managed to recruit many County fans?

Akito: Yes, a Japanese Stockport County fan group, I know of 3 people including me. The two people became a fan through my influence, one of them actually went to Stockport and bought me the Stockport County home shirt.

This is a precious keepsake.

Ian: What are your thoughts on this season?

Akito: I was a little uneasy at first, however when Stockport County won at Yeovil Town I got very excited! I believe Stockport County have to league champions!!

Ian: Are you hoping to get over to the UK to catch a live match?

Akito: I don’t know when I can go Stockport, but I know I have to go Stockport. Also, I hope that I can see live video match on the internet from Japan soon.

Ian: Good luck Akito, and thank you for your time.