Stockport County FC was formed in 1883 as Heaton Norris Rovers by members of the Wycliffe Congregational Church and played their first recorded game in October the next year. The club adopted 'The Hatters' as their nickname, owing to Stockport's history as the centre of the Victorian hat-making industry, a nickname that is shared with Luton Town. Heaton Norris Rovers originally played home matches at the Heaton Norris Recreation Ground, then at various locations in Stockport until settling at a park on Green Lane, Heaton Norris, in 1889. The nearby Nursery Inn served as the team's home, with players using a barn as changing rooms. The club played in the Lancashire League until 1900. They then gained admission to the Football League Second Division. Stockport's first Football league match was against Leicester Fosse, which ended in a 2-2 draw. In 1902 the club required a larger ground and moved to Edgeley Park, then home of the rugby league club Stockport, who went out of business three years later. The 1950s brought little league success, but were notable for some fine goal scoring by Jack Connor, whose 140 goals in 5 seasons is still a club record, including 13 hat-tricks. When the regional Third Divisions were to be combined into national Third and Fourth Divisions after the 1957–58 campaign, Stockport managed to finish in the top half of the Third Division North and so was placed in the following season's national Third Division. But they only spent one season at this level as Stockport before being demoted. Stockport played in the first ever League Cup competition in 1960–61 beating Carlisle United in the first round. Stockport was eliminated in the second round after a 3-0 defeat against Manchester City. Stockport Survived re-election in the 1964–65 season. After finishing bottom of the league with only 27 points, Stockport was re-elected by gaining 45 votes. During the 1964/65 season then Stockport Chairman Vic Bernard re-introduced the royal blue strip; colours they still play in to this date. Two seasons later Stockport returned to Third Division by winning the Fourth Division, in 1966–67, after gaining 64 points. After being relegated in 1969–70, the following seasons consisted of little other than mediocrity or struggling against re-election.
This Pieman visited Edgeley Park on a Friday evening, staying over in Manchester before watching a match at Crewe the following day. It has to be said that the 0-0 draw with Torquay United was not the most entertaining of matches and will not live too long in the memory!