The one reason, and one reason only why you must join the County Co-Op is that when bad times come you will, ultimately and inevitably, end up looking to the County Co-Op to be the vehicle to make things better.
So when it’s time to roll the County Co-Op out of the garage it’s your duty as a County fan to have played your part in making sure it’s an impressive, modern vehicle, probably with velour seating as opposed to leather to appease our vegan fans (or something like that), boasting climate control and a buffed bonnet rather than a being a spluttering Trabant with PVC carpet and a coat hanger aerial for a non-existent radio.
In the same way that you pay your National Insurance to the government simply for being alive you should pay your annual membership to the County Co-Op simply for supporting County.
You may never be fully clear about the benefits of either, or whether you would ever make use of them, but it doesn’t matter because you know that by paying your dues the service is going to be there if you need it – and you’ll be grateful if you have to.
The County Co-Op might not be an obvious turn-on to you but as a legal entity with secure bank accounts (truly ring-fenced nowadays), democratically elected executives (vote them out if they get on your nerves and always hold them to account), a limited liability of £1 per member, it’s right that we should be ready and waiting to be used to do anything County fans wish. Now then, that should turn you on (a little).
By way of an example you might recall that the County Co-Op secured Edgeley Park as an Asset of Community Value to buy us time if ever the ground were to be sold for non-sporting use. That’s a good idea isn’t it? Like it?
We’re absolutely non-political and although the odd ego will come and go (they always go sooner or later) we’re completely positive about everything County – that’s why we include updates directly from our magnificent club itself, Help the Hatters, selected fans’ blogs (not the meandering ones – we’ve got high standards), message boards full of fans with daft pretend names who occasionally talk sense but think they always do, newspapers, the club shop (buy, buy, buy!), etcetera.
There are plenty of links to documents and minutes on this page if you’re into that kind of thing (and thankfully some people are, because people with that mentality are the mechanics and unsung heroes of the County Co-op) but the most important place to go next is our members’ area at the ‘Join Us’ link to either update your details or, JOIN ONLINE TODAY!
We’re stronger together.
Animo et Fide!