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MATCH PREVIEW - The key details ahead of Saturday's visit from Stockport

9 February 2023

Match Previews

MATCH PREVIEW - The key details ahead of Saturday's visit from Stockport

9 February 2023

Having taken three important points last time out against Carlisle United, we are back at home this weekend when we entertain Stockport County.

And Simon Weaver will be hoping the characteristics on display at Brunton Park can be the springboard to put a run of results together over the second-half of the 2022/23 season.

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Our opponents

After returing to the EFL, County have since shown a degree of consistency that has given them very real hopes of getting in the promotion mix.

They come into this weekend occupying the final playoff spot on goal difference and are nine points off the final automatic position.

They have lost just twice in the last 15 games, taking 30 points in the process. On the road they have taken 17 points from their 14 games on the road this season but are winless in three since the start of 2023 after winning five of their previous six.

Earlier this season

The previous league meeting at Edgeley Park back in September saw the two sides play out a goalless draw.

County did get better of Town in the Carabao Cup at The Envirovent Stadium when Connor Jennings's second-half penalty was enough to win the first round clash.

Ones to watch

Attacking duo Patrick Madden and Kyle Wootton have nine goals apiece this season and lead the scoring charts.

Will Collar is a name who has caught the eye from midfield this season with reports suggesting there is interest in him from Championship sides, and he has added five goals as well as four assists.

There is plenty of competition for places in the backline with summer signings Fraser Horsfall and Akil Wright logging plenty of minutes.

The club bolstered their ranks in the January window by bringing in forward Isaac Olaofe and defenders Niall Byrne, Kyle Knoyle and Aaron Rowe.

The man in charge

Dave Challinor is the man in charge at Edgeley Park, having left Hartlepool early last season after taking them into the EFL, securing promotion at the first attempt.

He will be a familiar face to Town fans having previously squared off against the club during his spell in the dugout at AFC Fylde, where he earned three promotions to take them into the National League.

After leaving the club in October 2019, he was appointed manager of Hartlepool a month later and guided them back into the EFL via the playoffs that season.

Challinor was also a former County player, spending two seasons there after starting his career at Tranmere.

He later moved on to Bury where he finished his league career after almost 400 appearances.

History

Whilst the club were first formed back in 1883, they have been known as Stockport County since 1890 and joined the Football League ten years later.

In the post-war period the club would spend life in the bottom two divisions, earning a number of promotions but being unable to remain in the third tier for any sustained period.

The turning point in their fortunes came with appointment of Danny Bergara in 1989, with the Uruguayan earning a first promotion in the 1990/91 season as well as leading the Hatters to multiple Wembley trips.

The 1990's would undoubtedly become the club's most successful period, featuring in the old first division for five seasons as well as the League Cup semi-finals in 1996/97.

Dave Jones took over in 1995 and took the club into the second tier following promotion in 1996/97, before departing for Southampton and being replaced by Gary Megson – who led the side to a best-ever eighth placed finish in his first season.

The club fell back through the divisions in the early 2000's though, before dropping out of the Football League altogether in 2010/11, and a further relegation to National League North was experienced in 2012/13.

2018/19 saw the club return to the fifth tier before last season's title win capped a return back to the EFL.

Team news

Kayne Ramsay's season ending injury that was sustained last week at Carlisle sees him join Stephen Dooley and Kyle Ferguson on the sidelines but there remains plenty of competition in the squad for Simon Weaver to select from with both Will Smith and Joe Mattock likely available after missing the Carlisle game as a precaution.


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