Date: 12th March 2014 at 9:10am
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We have not rattled off a Help the Hatters Update for a while now, so with the present season drawing to a close, and a new one is but the tiniest of specks on the horizon, one is overdue and here it is…….

Since our last missive John Fitzpatrick and John Gaskin have been elected to the Board of the Stockport County Supporters Cooperative.

Both stood as representatives of Help the Hatters, and we wish them every success in the difficult months ahead.

Before this current season started, Help the Hatters ,acted to ensure that, in the teeth of opposition from FL clubs, County gained themselves an international player, when Under 18 International , Rhys Turner signed for the Club.

The ground breaking agreement, since Rhys`s departure to Oldham Athletic ,has not only helped the player but brought our Club, reward in the shape of the fee.

Help the Hatters wish Rhys great good fortune in the future!

Meanwhile, we have agreed with the Club to assist once more in helping the Club reward young players Bobby Lofthouse, Scott Duxbury and Chris Churchman with improved contracts.- again action designed to benefit player and Club, and as a result the players concerned should all be signed up by July 2014!

Positive action indeed….as was the decision to support Helen Judge, a young blind women ,who planned to walk the Sahara Desert in March 2014 for a charity which does research into Visual Impairment.

We joined with the Supporters Coop to donate between us, £500 to Helen`s cause.

So…you can see from all this that we have not been idle and there`s lots of stuff on the horizon that we plan to ask you to engage with.

If you have tried to log onto the Help the Hatters web site recently you may well have come across this…..


Well the information is correct and the exciting news is that Mike Jebelli has agreed to upgrade the Help the Hatters web site, something that has been long overdue. So, keep an eye out for developments!

Now then ……you will be pining to get down to some hard graft knowing you, dear reader, so here`s what`s planned for the immediate future- hard graft wise!

Car Boots.
Angela Moore has already got things moving on this one, and subject to getting the relevant licences, the following dates have provisionally been agreed on for the events at Booth Street Car Park.

6 April
18 April
5 May
25 May

These are all labour intensive affairs, so await the call from Angela and please volunteer to help if you can.

Working Parties at Edgeley Park.
These are very popular and have attracted goodly numbers in the past as we have painted and renovated just about everything that did not move at EP of an evening.

You will be pleased to hear that we will again be holding W.P `s in the close season, so await the call again- most likely from myself!

On the lighter side the following are scheduled to happen…..

Social Evening.
This will go ahead, probably on Friday 2 May, at the Magnet on the A6.

A band will be booked, and possibly a SCAN presentation will be arranged. You will be fed, and the intention is to offer a free taxi facility on the night to ensure nobody mixes the drinks with the driving! Put this one in your diary!

The intention is to book one or maybe two tables at one of these popular pre match happenings.

Other stuff under consideration…….. Help the Hatters are to enquire about renovation of the EP digital clock – with a view possibly to taking ownership of same………… we also are pondering the idea of running a Coffee & Cake Shop at EP – an interesting idea.

Let us know what you think of this ( and any other) items!

We are not going to produce a Year Book this time around. With much goodwill from supporters we managed to just break even last season with this one, so with the avoidance of incurring a loss making situation in mind, we will not be doing the biz with this one this year.
It can be reported that the blog is on schedule to hit 100000 page views within its first 12 months of life- currently the numbers are 74000+ with 3 months to go.

So…..with income from the ads starting to accrue, things are looking OK…. keep visiting though for match reports …. Help the Hatters Updates… views and much much more.

On this front the Man in a Hat offers his final missive of the season from North Ferriby in early April, so that`s something else to look forward too!

Ian Brown

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