Stockport County board condemn ‘deplorable’ minority of fans who stormed pitch during relegation

By Matt Davies

Stockport County chairman Lord Peter Snape has condemned the behaviour of a small number of supporters as the fallout from the club’s relegation continues.

West Murcia Police charged a man with assault in connection to Saturday’s pitch invasion, which led to players from both sides being attacked.

Lord Snape said the violence has damaged the reputation of the club’s supporters and that the Hatters would work with the police to find those responsible.

“The board of Stockport County deplores the behaviour of a small minority of individuals at Kidderminster on Saturday,” he told the club’s official website.

“They have damaged the reputation of our magnificent supporters.

“The club are working closely with Greater Manchester Police to identify those involved in the incidents at the game and will co-operate fully with any Police, FA or Football Conference enquiry.

“We will take out banning orders against any person(s) identified with taking part in any criminal behaviour.

A small number of fans invade the playing surface during the final game of the season against Kidderminster – a 4-0 loss that sent the Hatters down.

Following the club’s relegation form the Blue Square Bet Premier, the Hatters have announced the appointment of two new directors to the board.

Businessman Richard Park and Jon Keighren join the existing board as the club makes the first steps for preparing for life in the BSB North.

Keighren – who has close links with the Hatters as the ‘Voice of Stockport County’ on Pure Radio – will be communications director.

And Lord Snape believes their experience will be essential in getting Stockport back on track next season.

“[They] will help us to engage with key external stakeholders, attract new sponsors, raise our profile in the media and build more meaningful relationships with our magnificent supporters,” he said.

“Our new directors are both passionate about Stockport County, and we look forward to working with them as we turn the club around and put together a team that our supporters deserve.”  

Mr Park said he feels privileged to be invited on to the board and is relishing the opportunity to move the club back to where he feels it belongs.

“We all realise what a tough challenge the club is facing and we will face it head on,” he said.

“I am looking forward to playing my part as we rebuild the club and start the rise back up to the Football League.”

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