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Stockport County: We’ve Met Before

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Mon 15 Aug 2016
Posted in First Team

The good times for FC Halifax Town continued on Saturday afternoon as they inflicted a 3-0 defeat onto visitors Worcester City, with Tom Denton scoring his fifth goal in three games. Kevin Roberts and Josh Wilde also added their names to the scoresheet.

As for Stockport County, their last game was on Friday where they lost for the first time this season against FC United of Manchester, with former Oldham player Matthew Woolfenden and Nathan Lowe scoring the goals.

Against the current Halifax club, Stockport have only played twice before, with both matches being pre-season friendlies. The most recent was played before the 2015/16 season, which ended as a 0-0 stalemate. The previous game was back in 2012 with Dale Johnson firing past Ian Ormson in the first half before Jamie Rainford chipped his penalty into the back of net, to give Halifax the 2-0 victory.

The Shaymen and the Hatters could have faced each other in the 2013/14  Football Conference season, had County not been relegated the season before.

For the previous Halifax club, Halifax Town A.F.C, the last time they played against Stockport County in a league match was back in the 1990-91 Fourth Division. That season, Stockport finished second, behind Darlington, and were promoted alongside Hartlepool United and Peterborough United. Halifax Town finished 22nd, just above Aldershot and Wrexham, the latter avoiding relegation due to league expansion.

The first fixture came on 25th August, a 0-0 draw at the Shay. However, Stockport took the win in the reverse fixture at Edgeley Park, thumping Halifax 5-1. Halifax’s Steve Norris finished the season with 35 goals, which was the highest in the Fourth Division and the second highest in the whole Football League behind the legend Teddy Sherringham who played for Millwall at the time.

The last time Halifax did the double over Stockport County was in the 1984/85 Fourth Division, Halifax winning 2-1 at home before coming away victorious in a 3-0 away win.

Halifax’s highest victory over Stockport was a 4-0 home victory in the 1947/48 Third Division North, whereas Stockport inflicted an embarrassing 13-0 defeat onto Halifax in the 1933/34 season, a result which still holds a joint record for biggest win in the Football League. County’s Alf Lythgoe scored an outstanding 46 goals that season in his second spell at the club.

The two teams have only met once in a cup game, that match coming in the second round of the 1993/94 FA Cup, where County beat Town 5-1 once again. Stockport went on to beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 in the next round before bowing out in the fourth in a 4-0 defeat to Bristol City.

It’s been a while since the Shaymen played the Hatters and hopefully that 25 year wait will bring some great action to Edgeley Park on Tuesday evening.

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