Stockport Town FC - History

Stockport Town Football Club began life back in February 2014 and developed a first-team squad in preparation for the 2014/15 season. The club, lead by manager, Calum Sykes, proceeded through a campaign of friendly fixtures and the club's first ever non-competitive match came against Stalybridge Celtic on 12th July 2014, and despite losing 5-0 at Stockport Sports Village, the club had begun its journey.

The club, nicknamed The Lions, competed throughout the 2014/15 season against first teams and reserve teams from many different clubs including; FC United of Manchester, Ramsbottom United, Fleetwood Town U21's and Norwegian outfit, Rolvsøy IF.

The Lions endured a successful first-ever campaign competing in 35 fixtures home and away ending with statistics of Won: 17, Draw: 8, Lost: 10. The club also completed a 13-match unbeaten run in the middle of the campaign between 13th July - 13th October, including 9 victories.

In May 2015 the club was accepted into Step 6 of the Non-League Pyramid and joined the North West Counties Football League - Division One. The club's first ever competitive fixture came on Saturday 8th August 2015 away at Hanley Town, a match in which Stockport were victorious 3-2, and in doing so recorded their first ever competitve win.

On 15th August 2015 the club competed in their first ever competitve match at Stockport Sports Village, with their opponents on that day, Widnes FC securing a 2-2 draw in front of a then record crowd of 78.

Stockport competed three competitions in their first ever league season including the NWCFL, League Challenge Cup and Cheshire Senior Cup. The club progressed to the semi-finals of the League Challenge Cup before a 3-1 defeat to Barnton FC at SSV, meanwhile Hyde United knocked Town out of the Cheshire Senior Cup in the Preliminary Round.

As the season came to a close Stockport secured a playoff spot in the First Division with a match to spare in the NWCFL. Town came up against Bacup Borough FC in the playoff semi-final at SSV but were defeated 2-0 as Bacup progressed into the 2015 First Division Playoff Final.

The second competitive season for the club didn't go quite so well. Full of optimism in August, and favoured by many to win the league, the Lions got off to a slow start and were languishing in mid-table when Calum Sykes resigned as manager a week prior to Christmas 2016. With the previous manager went 9 players, all following to New Mills. In the interim period before the board were able to appoint a new manager, the team suffered its biggest defeat, a 10-0 crushing at the hands of City of Liverpool. The game did set another record, a gate of 196, a club record for a league match.

In January 2017 Dave Wild was appointed alongside assistant Phil Carratt. The Lions went on a 12 match unbeaten run which left the the club excited about what could happen in 2017/18. In addition the U18s lifted the North West Youth Alliance Division 2 title. The U21s didn't fair so well finishing 6th in the North West Development League. Nathan Neequaye, who'd left the club mid-season to join New Mills ended the season as top scorer on 17 goals. Izzy Miranda, a January signing for Dave Wild, was awarded Players Player of the Year with Daryll Grant winning Player of the Year. Jack McConnell, who'd made his first team debut as a 16 year old, scooped the Young Player of the Year Award.

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