Edgeley Park (Stockport County)

Woah there! What the?! But Stockport isn’t in Scotland! As promised last week here’s a football ground from south of the border, although I’m sure normal service will be resumed soon.

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I was doing a little gig in Stockport during the late nights so had to weigh up how worthwhile it was turning up three hours early compared to just giving it a miss or doing it in the dark. Thankfully I caught it just in the nick of time which is a relief as there wouldn’t be much to see. The bad light has already given these photos a weird 60s porn type soft focus!

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Edgeley Park is a bit of a mix of stands. There’s one giant one that sits behind one of the goals and is comfortably the biggest structure there. All I could see of it was from the main road as the car park was closed but it’s impressive in size an there’s not much to pick at.

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Two of the stands seemed tricky to access but I was in a hurry, one is an uncovered seating area that apparently used to be a terrace, but more importantly there appear to be stairs to access it. Go on Stockport County! They know how to win points on this blog.

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Of the two stands that run along the touchlines, one was a case of peering through gaps on fences but the other is a thing of beauty. Built in the 1930s it’s a lovely piece of architecture and whilst I dread to think what it’s like to watch a game from, there’s no denying it’s wonderful to look at from the outside with blue bricks topping it off nicely.

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We don’t rate the grounds on this blog. With bonus marks for everything from the stadium having steps to whether there’s a long jump pit nearby, it’s too hard to gauge scientifically. Edgeley Park would score a 7/10 if we were though. It’s not spectacular but it’s more than satisfying enough to be an enjoyable trip if you’re nearby. It’s even got a blue English Heritage plaque to prove it.

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