Flags, flares and pleasure crammed the air because the promotion social gathering continued for Stockport County followers this night. Nearly 24 hours after clinching the league title at Edgeley Park, the Hatters had been again on the town as supporters lined the streets to cheer their heroes.
County will likely be again within the Football League for the primary time in 11 years subsequent season. Jubilant supporters – whose toes nonetheless hadn’t touched the bottom after the facet’s 2-0 win over Halifax City on Sunday – gave a roaring welcome to the gamers and coaches as they made their method from Stockport City Corridor to Edgeley Park.
The heights of Wembley appearances and second tier soccer had made method for a dour plunge down the soccer pyramid in more moderen years. Administration in 2009 was adopted by back-to-back relegations, earlier than the Hatters sunk to the sixth tier of soccer in 2013.
Now, County followers are daring to dream once more – their promotion heroes already immortalised as icons within the membership’s historical past. “It’s great after all this time,” stated Sue Crowe, 71.
She informed the Manchester Night Information of her reminiscences from County’s dizzying heights within the Nineties. The plunge that adopted is now previously, with glory returning to Edgeley Park. “It’s nice this,” Sue added.
Supporters younger and previous poured into Edgeley after the open-top bus parade got here to an finish. Followers crammed Hardcastle Highway with a buzz of pleasure, earlier than packing the Cheadle Finish at Edgeley Park prepared for the Nationwide League trophy presentation.
Every participant was given their second to elevate the silverware in entrance of hundreds of their loyal followers. Supporters chanted ‘we’re on our method again’ and ‘championes’ as supporters gave an outpouring of affection to the gamers and employees who had lastly managed to elevate the membership again to the Football League.
“Stockport has become a community again,” Debbie Bennison, 48, stated. “It’s brought everyone together – united us as a community. It’s absolutely brilliant. They’ve done something they’ve not done for 11 years – it’s amazing.”
Hatters supporters had been already in effective voice earlier than the gamers started to reach on the pitch. With the presentation ending, they poured forwards in the direction of the pitch to embrace the gamers and thank them for bringing pleasure again to the membership.
Pleasure is now already constructing for League Two soccer, together with Higher Manchester derbies in opposition to Rochdale and Salford Metropolis, and Hatters followers are hopeful of one other profitable 12 months. “League Two, watch out,” supporter Owen Lloyd – who travels from Leeds to comply with his hometown membership – warned subsequent 12 months’s opponents.
“We’re looking up now,” added Andrea Gilmour, 35. “It means a lot. This is what football is supposed to be about.”