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elfa
Villager

elfa
Stockport County
24th July 2010 at 10:35AM
I think it's a disgrace that SMBC saw fit to give £80000 of ratepayers money to a club that went bust because not enough people went to watch them.
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Adamski
Townsperson

Adamski
Re: Stockport County
24th July 2010 at 2:27PM, Edit: 24th July 2010 at 2:31PM by Adamski
SMBC are sponsoring County. The Council's name will be on the shirt just like Wirral Council has been on Tranmere's shirt for yonks. The players will also be involved in school visits promoting healthy lifestyles. 10 tickets for each home game are for different schools/community groups.

£10k is also being provided by Solutions SK so the council are sponsoring the club by £70k.

And they wouldn't have gone bust if the previous chairman hadn't sold the club for a quid to the egg chasing crew who have since ruined the pitch. 11,000 people watching County at Edgeley Park during the mid nineties, Brendan Elwood = Idiot!!!

Sponsorship news here!!!
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yourtown yourclub
Drifter
Re: Stockport County
24th July 2010 at 3:43PM
I'm proud that our town has a football league club and feel its right that the council helped to save the club.

The club do so much around the community and its time the people of Stockport got behind the club.

The new season starts in two weeks time it would be great to see new faces at Edgeley Park.
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OliverJohnstone
Hazel Grove Councillor

OliverJohnstone
Re: Stockport County
25th July 2010 at 5:42AM
Although many of you will know that I do not support most of the things our Council does, I have to say I am 100% behind this move.

As a committed Man United fan (for all my sins aswell as being a Tory) I know that if my club went down the swannie due to financial problems, I would be devastated. This of course was something of a reality not long ago.

But there is a wider point here, as Adamski has already touched upon. I do understand the frustration that some people such as elfa, who work hard, pay their taxes and who have never benefited from or ever wanted to have anything to do with County. However, this should be seen as an investment in the community for the following 3 reason.

Firstly, young people in schools have benefited immensley as I did from the coaching that County provided on a weekly basis and coming for assembly talks on fitness and healthy eating. Whilst I was at Norbury Hall as a child, we had afterschool coaching sessions every Wednesday which led to wider extra curricular opportunities during the holidays - teaching us to keep fit and healthy and keeping us off the streets and out of mischief.

Secondly, Stockport County is an effective way of marketing the town. Granted not many people attend and they have struggled for many years to hold onto their spot in the second Division (or the Football League 1 as I belive it is called nowadays) sometimes falling below that. But those are issues which need solving by action from the community and fans, not by letting it go down the pan. If we solve the issues of poor attendance and poor performance then County could become an excellent tool to draw investment from around the country.

Finally, we must think about Edgeley. The main pedestrianised street running through the centre of Edgeley is littered with pubs and takeaways. Now some I know would see it a blessing to reduce the number of such businesses in Stockport. But if County closed these businesses would suffer greatly - people's livelihoods crushed and jobs lossed. Furthermore - do we honestly believe that lost takeaways and pubs will be replaced with family run grocers, butchers or bakers?

Of course not. The Council is right to support County because of all the reasons I have mentioned. It is very easy in a time of austerity (as I believe is fashionable to call it) to see every action in central and local government for its purely direct economic worth BUT sometimes we must do things that on the face of it seem illogical in such times but provide wider benfits to local communities than would initially appear.
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elfa
Villager

elfa
Re: Stockport County
25th July 2010 at 11:13AM
I've no problem whatsoever with Council employees supporting their local soccer club. Perhaps they can afford it !!.
What I do object to is the Council raising MY council tax each year because they need the extra revenue for local services, and then using £80000 of it, to give to a run-down club.
Just because one or two other Councils do the same, doesn't make it right.
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Adamski
Townsperson

Adamski
Re: Stockport County
25th July 2010 at 11:15AM
And who do you support??
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elfa
Villager

elfa
Re: Stockport County
25th July 2010 at 1:26PM
I don't support any soccer club.
And I fail to see what it has to do with Council Tax Payers, if a takeaway or pub closes because the local football club crashes, because not enough people go to watch them.
What about the shops outside BAE in Woodford. Did they get any cash handouts from the Council, when their trade was reduced ?.
Doubt it.
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Torky Resident
Drifter
Re: Stockport County
25th July 2010 at 3:43PM
elfa Wrote:

I don't support any soccer club.
And I fail to see what it has to do with Council Tax Payers


I agree with you elfa, I also think it is a terrible waste of our money. Some people are struggling to pay their council tax!
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Robot69
Citizen

Robot69
Re: Stockport County
25th July 2010 at 7:02PM
A few years ago I had a discussion with the director who was responsible for sport and/or education for Stockport (can't remember the precise details). I was bemoaning the lack of sporting facilities in Stockport compared to Wigan - I was there as part of the Manchester Games with an organisation representing Stockport. The blunt answer was that Stockport couldn't afford the money to build a multi-sport stadium like the JJB. Stockport did really well in a multitude of sports that weekend but when I tried to find some information/plaudits from SMBC there was absolutely nothing - a disgrace.

So, for me, SMBC supporting SCFC is a good deal. Firstly, it supports the local football team and then, because of Stockport County's national profile, it is advertising Stockport - Sponsorship is all about advertising. Stockport is steeped in history of quality sportsmen/women through the years.

This deal also encourages SCFC to forge further links with the local schools to promote physical exercise and team play which helps the adults of the future to be healthier and leaders.

Its about time Stockport started promoting itself even if it is on a team on the way down. Hopefully, this sponsorship will help in getting County back on its feet and back up to the higher leagues.
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elfa
Villager

elfa
Re: Stockport County
26th July 2010 at 3:19AM
Support for your local sport, whether it be soccer, cricket or whatever, that support should come first and foremost, from the local population going through the turnstiles and paying to be entertained.
If the local support is not there, you cannot expect hard pressed Community Taxpayers to make up the shortfall.
You can dress it up as "sponsorship", but in effect, it's a subsidy just to prop it up.
If Robot69, who compared Stockport with Wigan, if he has deep pockets like Dave Whelan, the former Chairman of JJB Sports, and he wants to put £millions of his own money into SFCF, I've no problem with that.
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Coleman
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Coleman
Re: Stockport County
26th July 2010 at 6:46AM
Firstly, Soccer!? It seems we have an American in our midsts!

It's a football club hence the fc in scfc!

Secondly, i have to agree that i don't entirely support our money being used to sponsor a private business (partly because i'm a utd supporter), but since it's not a huge sum and there will be something for the community at large to gain i can make my peace with it.
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