Stockport County v Gloucester City
\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDate: Saturday 19 October, 2013\r\nCompetition: Skrill North\r\nVenue: Edgeley Park\r\nKick-off: 3pm\r\n\r\nOpponents: The visit to the Hatters has been much awaited since their relegation to the Skrill North at the end of the season amid controversy at Kidderminster Harriers.\r\n\r\nThe fall of Stockport County has been quick, only 11 seasons after participating in the Championship against teams such as Manchester City; they now face off against Gloucester City this Saturday.\r\n\r\nFormed in 1883, the same year as the Tigers, the club joined the Football League in 1900 and enjoyed a spell of 110 years in system.\r\n\r\nThey were League Cup semi-finalists in 1996-97, and have won both League Two and League One in years past; also finishing runners up in the Football League Cup on two occasions.\r\n\r\nThe Hatters play at the historic Edgeley Park (capacity 10,900), a ground that hosted rugby union for many years with Sale Sharks; incidentally Gloucester Rugby were never victorious throughout Sale’s years at the stadium; something the City’s football club will look to rectify.\r\n\r\nThe famous Cheadle End, the largest stand in non-league football holds over 5,000 spectators, more than a majority of Skrill North club’s entire grounds.\r\n\r\nForm Guide: Stockport County have had a fairly torrid start to their maiden Conference North season, and were shocked in the FA Cup last weekend by Rushall Olympic at home.\r\n\r\nRecent form: DWWWL\r\n\r\nHistory: This will be the first ever meeting between the two clubs, friendly or competitive.\r\n\r\nTeam news: Buoyed from Wednesday’s 7-0 FA Cup demolition of Yate Town, hat-trick hero Joe Parker is expected to start along with Darren Edwards who notched up a sensational four assists.\r\n\r\nThe influential Lewis Hogg is out for a month with minor ligament damage and Ryan Batten remains sidelined after his injury against Leamington in August.\r\n\r\nYou’ll be able to catch all of the action from Edgeley Park on Twitter (@GCAFCofficial) and Facebook (GCAFCofficial), unfortunately there will be no Tigers Radio. See you there! Gloucester City’s media coverage is sponsored by Baylis Motors.
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