The North West Counties Football League
Published 26th June 2012
....changes to the ground and facilities once competitive action begins once again at the start of the new season.
The start of the close season was the signal for planned work to take place to improve the facilities of Park Road Stadium, as club press officer Stuart Crawford explained: “Through the assistance of the Stockport Sports Trust we saw the opening of our brand new 3G Astroturf 5-a-side pitch, which was unveiled on Sunday, 6th May by current Stockport County manager, James Gannon.
“This facility will undoubtedly be a fantastic revenue earner for the Football Club and help attract more local people to Park Road Stadium.
“Already bookings have been above expectations and we fully envisage that once the football season begins we’ll further increase the usage of the pitch.”
Another boost came when Blue Square Bet Premier side and local neighbours Stockport approached the club to use Park Road Stadium as their training facility for the forthcoming 2012/13 season.
Crawford said: “Not only does the agreement bring closer ties with both Cheadle Town and Stockport County, it also will see the pitches at Park Road Stadium being brought up to a much higher standard through the use of the Edgeley Park ground staff.
“Also, the County Supporters Group, `Help the Hatters`, have descended on Park Road in their numbers to help paint the clubhouse, stand and perimeter rails. They have also assisted in sprucing up the interior of the clubhouse and making the Stadium a facility to be proud of again.
“All at Cheadle Town Football Club are obviously indebted to the Help the Hatters group for all the hard work that they have and are currently undertaking. The agreement with Stockport County also will see them sending a first-team XI to play Cheadle Town on Friday, 13th July.”
The club are also looking to maintain their profile through the use of social media and the internet, following a successful revamp of the club’s activities last season.
“We have been extremely pleased by the response received since we re-vamped our website – www.cheadletown.co.uk – and promoted the club through Facebook and Twitter”, says Crawford.
“Des Hinks, who has been influential in the active media output, joined the club last season and has an extensive knowledge of the football scene having worked in the media with Stockport County. Des has put in a tremendous amount work over these past twelve months to help boost the profile of Cheadle Town both locally and nationally.”
Finally, on the playing side, manager Steve Brokenbrow was extremely pleased with the eighth position finish last season and the exploits of the young team that he has assembled. This includes striker Ben Brooks, who netted twenty-seven goals which is an achievement that has not been equalled for many years at Cheadle.
“Steve will be looking to utilise these same players, with a couple of additions over the close season to improve on last season and hopefully a couple of cup runs to assist club funds,” said Crawford.