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The inside track on Stockport County

16 August 2022

Club News

The inside track on Stockport County

16 August 2022

Rovers take on Stockport County at the Eco-Power Stadium on Tuesday night looking to continue their unbeaten start to the league campaign.

Gary McSheffrey’s side came from 2-0 down at AFC Wimbledon last time out to rescue a point on the road in Sky Bet League Two.

Here we provide all the details on our latest opponents.

Manager

Former Stockport player Dave Challinor was appointed as the club’s manager in November 2021. After more than 80 appearances to his name as a player at Edgeley Park, the 46-year-old wasted no time in reacquainting himself.

Challinor started his managerial career with Colwyn Bay back in 2010, before joining AFC Fylde 18 months later. He spent eight years there which included three promotions and an FA Trophy final win. They also reached the National League play-off final in his last full season at the club, before being beaten 3-0 by Salford City.

He joined Hartlepool United in November 2019, and in his first full season at the club, helped them bounce back to the EFL via the play-offs. Pools beat Torquay United on penalties at Ashton Gate to seal promotion. 

Just a few weeks after signing a new three-year deal at Victoria Park in September 2021, he announced his intentions to leave the club, joining Stockport just a day later.

County went on a great run and sealed automatic promotion on the final day of the campaign at Edgeley Park.

Start to the season 

More than 10,000 fans watched Stockport fall to a 3-2 defeat to Barrow on the opening day of the campaign. Having been 3-0 down at the break, County thought they’d been awarded a late penalty to earn a point from the game but were denied by an offside flag. 

The Hatters were then beaten late at Stevenage, after leading up until the 87th minute. They picked up their first win of the season with a first round Carabao Cup victory at Harrogate Town last week, before getting off the mark in Sky Bet League Two thanks to Kyle Wootton’s goal against Colchester United.

Key men

Callum Camps joined Stockport on a free transfer in the summer after departing Sky Bet League One side Fleetwood Town.

The Northern Irish midfielder came through the ranks at Rochdale, making his first team debut in 2013. He would go on to make 240 appearances for Dale in seven years at the Crown Oil Arena. Camps joined Fleetwood in the summer of 2020 and reached double figures for goals in his first season on the Fylde coast.

He played 34 times in the third tier but headed for pastures new this summer. He scored his first County goal in the defeat to Stevenage recently.

Antoni Sarcevic joined Stockport in October last year from Bolton Wanderers.

The midfielder started his career with Crewe Alexandra before making his name at Fleetwood Town in 2013. He made 140 appearances during his time at Highbury before signing for Plymouth Argyle via a short stint at Shrewsbury Town.

He had arguably the best spell of his career while with Argyle as he and his side established themselves in the third tier after promotion alongside Rovers in the 2016/17 campaign. He signed for Bolton in 2020 and added a promotion to his CV in his first season with the Trotters, scoring in the game they went up on the final day at Crawley.

His stay at the University of Bolton Stadium would be brief though and he dropped two divisions to join Stockport. Sarcevic was influential in the Hatters returning to the EFL for the first time since 2011.

Irish striker Paddy Madden made his name in the EFL during a spell with Yeovil Town in the 2012-13 season as he helped the Glovers to an unlikely promotion to the Championship.

He would only spend another six months with the club beyond that though and moved north to join Scunthorpe United in the same transfer window as Rovers boss Gary McSheffrey joined the Iron.

Four years at Glanford Park saw him score 52 goals in 152 league starts, as well as helping them win promotion from Sky Bet League Two in his first season. He signed for Fleetwood in January 2018 and continued his goalscoring exploits, justifying the £150k they paid for him. He added another 43 league goals to his tally, before Stockport came calling in 2021.

Madden scored 25 goals last season to help County win promotion back to the EFL, and is already off the mark in this campaign having scored in the opening day defeat to Barrow. He has scored 150 league goals in England.

Last meeting

Rovers beat Stockport 4-2 when the two sides last met at Edgeley Park in April 2005. Ricky Ravenhill, Paul Green, Michael McIndoe and Adam Brown sealed the win for Dave Penney’s side, with Damien Allen and Adam Le Fondre scoring for County.

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