Stockport Town F.C.
|Full name||Stockport Town Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||The Lions, Town|
|Ground||Stockport Sports Village, Woodley, Stockport|
|Capacity||2,384 (192 Seats)|
|League||North West Counties League Division One South|
|2017–18||North West Counties League Division One, 10th of 22|
Stockport Town Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in Woodley, a suburb of Stockport, Greater Manchester, England. They are currently members of the North West Counties League Division One South, the tenth tier of English football, and play at Stockport Sports Village. Nicknamed "the Lions", the club was founded in 2014 and were accepted into the North West Counties Football League a year later.
Stockport Town was established in 2014. Based at Stockport Sports Village, the club began with ambitious aims to begin life at the tenth tier of the English football league system. Stockport Town suffered a setback in their plans after being unsuccessful in applying for the league. After positive meetings, the FA told Stockport Town they were not convinced that the club met the required standards for a new club attempting to join the North West Counties. Despite this, the club board were convinced that a year of development would only benefit the club's application chances. On 29 April 2015, three of the club's representatives travelled to Wembley to meet with the Leagues' Committee. They highlighted how the club had been successfully run over the past year, with encouraging results against some high-profile clubs from the region.
On 14th May 2015, it was confirmed that the club's place in the North West Counties Football League Division One for the 2015–16 season was accepted.
Calum Sykes was manager of the club for its first two full seasons. On 17 December 2016, Sykes announced that he was to resign, and later that same day he was announced as the manager of nearby club New Mills. On 6 January 2017, the club announced that Dave Wild, with previous experience of coaching at Northwich Victoria and Maine Road, would replace him. Wild's reign began away at FC Oswestry Town, where a rebuilt squad put a stop to consecutive defeats and earned a point in a 0–0 draw.
Wild would lose just 4 out of 18 matches in his half-season in charge of the Lions, ending with a win rate of 50%, securing a tenth-place finish having scored 92 goals throughout the season.
On 29 March 2018, it was announced by the club that Wild and his backroom staff were to depart with immediate effect, joining Division One North side Mossley Association Football Club with U21s boss, Jake Davies, put in interim charge alongside his assistant Tom Upton. During their 11 games at the helm Jake and Tom finished with a better win percentage of previous managers Dave Wild and Calum Sykes combined in which concluded a tough season for the lions.
Concluding the 17/18 season, The club appointed Alan Lord as manager for the new 18/19 Campaign with interim manager Jake Davies and Tom Upton taking up first team coaching roles for the upcoming season.
Stockport Town play their home matches at Stockport Sports Village, in Woodley, on a 3G Pitch (artificial turf). The stadium has a capacity of 2,384 spectators which includes 192 seats. In addition to the first-team pitch, the Stockport Sports Village Campus also accommodates 16 floodlit 3G pitches which are used by the local Charter Standard football teams and members of the public. The stadium was previously used by Stockport Sports before the club was liquidated in 2015.
The ground has two stands.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Ian Templeman (15 May 2015). "www.nwcfl.com - News - Stockport Town Admitted To The NWCFL". nwcfl.com. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
- "Stockport Town's club information page at www.hallmarksecurityleague.com".
- Paul Lawler, NWCFL (18 December 2016). "Calum Sykes resigns as Stockport Town Manager". Retrieved 21 December 2016.
- Ian Templeman, NWCFL (6 January 2017). "New manager at Stockport Town". Retrieved 7 January 2017.
- Squad Stockport Town F.C.