Happily, we can report that yesterday’s County Night at the Stockport Beer Festival was a big success and County Supporters turned up to support the effort really well.
Go to this link for photos from last night……
Brilliantly organised by the Cooperative’s Events and Fund Raising team, the evening had the equally brilliant Kenny Boxhall presiding over proceedings, which opened with a Q&A with the Stockport County Board , and it was pleasing to see that along with Club Chairman Richard Park, we had Directors Gary Burton, Jon Keighren and Steve Bellis making up a formidable top table.
Questions were tough at times but the answers were forthright and generally went down well with those present.
For the Board Mr Park expressed disappointment at the recent departure of Lewis Montrose but it was due to a clause in his contract that Lewis insisted upon, and having spoken to the Manager, the Board were optimistic about doing well next season.
Arrangements for Season ticket sales were likely to be announced in the next couple of weeks.
Gary Burton was bullish about this and next seasons finances, indicating that we had had a competitive budget last season ( circa fifth best in division) and this season it would be better.
Seats for the Railway End were discussed, and this was on the agenda going forward , but ensuring JG had a decent competitive budget was a more urgent priority.
Regarding the alleged £60k ground certificate costs , this was described as nonsense, the actual cost figure per season was much lower than that figure , and to move away from maintaining the ground certificate ( based on a capacity of 5000 or over) we would have to reduce the EP capacity by some 6000 .
After the Q & A, we moved on to a couple of SCAN presentations.
The first was to Chris Williams who received his certificate from Guardian Account Hero, Des Greene.
Both former players responded well to the occasion , but it was Tony Hancock , whose SCAN Presentation was delayed until after 9pm, who tugged at the heartstrings with an incredibly emotional speech during which he expressed a deep love of County indicating that he never wanted to leave when Danny transferred him way back when. Tony received his certificate from Edd Powell.
Kenny then moved us onto the auctions for various items of value..
Fourteen Steps Sign raised £110…successful bidder…. Tony Hancock
Signed away Shirt went for £60…..to Ed Powell (SCAN sale to help cover costs)
66/67 Programmes Set attracted a top bid of £81 from Mike O Brien
And the Signed Squad Photo ( 66/67) £150 from John Giles
Sale of Memorabilia added to the above, and when the raffle income is also added a decent amount will have been raised for the Guardian Account, speaking of which …Des Greene received pledges of support totaling £35 towards his Hatters Half Marathon run in support of the Guardian Account.
Thanks for your continued support !