Date: 20th July 2007 at 11:03pm
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Is it only me that didn`t realise it was the 20th July?! We`re nearly at the start of the new season and I`ve not finished the season review. I`ve done the rest in separate months but I`m now going to complete the whole season review in one article. So February-May – here goes!

County may have well stuck around in Wales after the late win at Wrexham because another away game at Hereford was the following game on the Saturday. Tes Bramble and Anthony Elding got on the score sheet as County made it five straight wins without conceding a goal; people were beginning to talk about breaking the record. The Hereford game did mark the end of Stephen Gleeson`s loan spell though, one of the most successful loan players we have seen at Edgeley Park in some time. The sending off he was given was very emotional for Gleeson, he was the last player out on the pitch with Jim Gannon – Gannon knew this boy was something special.

Mansfield were the guests at Edgeley Park the following weekend, and the next in line for County`s dominate run. An easy 1-0 win was the result with Anthony Elding getting the goal.

It really was the away trip that most fans had been waiting for, Accrington Stanley. Only 1400 tickets were given to County, and they were sold out a week before the game. They were snapped up like hot cakes as County travelled in force. It was another good performance with Adam Griffin getting the only goal of the game in front of the travelling blue & white army. That was now seven straight wins without conceding a goal; one more win would equal the record.

So when your looking to equal a longstanding Football League record, what better than to entertain the League Two leaders in front of a packed Edgeley Park. League Two leaders did I say? Stockport County made them look like relegation favourites with a fantastic performance with a brilliant atmosphere under the lights at Edgeley Park. Anthony Elding volleyed home the winner after a fantastic cross from Tes Bramble. Eight straight wins without conceding a goal. What was going on?

February wouldn`t end without controversy though. County were down to visit Bristol Rovers to try and gain the record, and with lots of County fans travelling to see a possibly record breaking game, Bristol Rovers wimped out and called off the game despite the pitch being in good condition and the pitch having NO work whatsoever on it. Being personally there at 12:30 I can say that a Football League game could have been played on there, it hadn`t rained all morning and the ground staff had made NO attempt whatsoever to get the game on. Apparently it rained overnight but they didn`t put the covers on? Load of rubbish, but I`m not digging up old dirt. Everybody truthfully knows what went on at the Memorial Ground that day, and it wasn`t unplayable.

What it did mean though was that County had gone the whole of February without conceding a goal and had picked up maximum points, however Jim Gannon did not gain the manager of the month award.

That meant that the record-breaking attempt would be left till the home game against Swindon Town the following weekend. Edgeley Park was rocking at the possibility of a record being broken at home. And was a record broken? Of course it was. Stockport County entered themselves in the history books on the 3rd March 2007, with a 3-0 win at home to Swindon Town. This was the ninth consecutive win without conceding a goal, something no other team had done in the history of the Football League. Two Anthony Elding goals and one Liam Dickinson goal was enough to secure the record.

However, from here the season would go downhill. The following weekend County travelled to Barnet, and with fans anticipating the record being possibly extended, large numbers made the long trip down. County took the lead through Tes Bramble, and it looked like ten in the row. However Barnet hit back, it was exactly how it was always going to be. Everybody expected the first goal to be conceded to be lucky, and it took a wicked deflection to send Wayne Hennessey the wrong way. What kind of reaction would we get? Well it was a negative one. County came out in the second half and did not look like we had just gone nine games without conceding one bit, we conceded two more and lost 3-1. Run over, back to reality.

League leaders Hartlepool visited Edgeley Park next weekend in what was to be an amazing game. When County went 3-0 up in the first half everybody thought that was it and we were back, we`re going up as Champions was the cry! However, Hartlepool hit back, then scored two more to equalise in the second half. Tes Bramble was then brought down and County were awarded a penalty, Jason Taylor stepped up and scored before the referee made him take it again! Oh no. This time he missed and the game finished out to be 3-3! Deary me.

That Tuesday County visited Bristol in the re-arranged game and lost 2-1. The less said about that the better.

But the following Saturday – what happened?!!!!! Rochdale came to Edgeley Park and we got beat 7-2. SEVEN-TWO. I`m not saying ANYTHING about that game.

We then visited Torquay and got beat 1-0. So from record breakers to losers, it all went rather depressing. County hadn`t won in four and had conceded 13 in four.

Easter weekend saw County have a trip to Lincoln in a tight game between 5th and 6th. The game was pretty boring, but both sides got a player sent off in a pathetic tussle. Liam Dickinson was off for County and Nat Brown was off for Lincoln, two yellows would have been fairer but the referee was jobs worth. The game was boring until the last minute when County should have had a penalty. However we didn`t and we took our first clean sheet since Swindon.

Chester City visited Edgeley Park the following Monday in the Easter Monday game. The game was relatively boring but County ran out easy 2-0 winners, it was one of those games that looked like Chester couldn`t be bothered. And in all truth they probably couldn`t when you consider they were pretty much safe and had nothing to play for.

The local derby at Macclesfield was the place for County fans next Saturday in scorching heat. With 2400 County fans packed on a terrace in boiling hot temperatures it was safe to say that County drank the place dry. However, the players also seemed to notice the heat and turned in another uninspiring performance despite the much different circumstances that we had for our last trip to Macclesfield in the league. Macclesfield were 2-0 winners, and County were unhappy. We were falling away.

When MKDonalds visited Edgeley Park you saw a side that you expected would be managed by Martin Allen. They were dirty, they cheated and they tried to manipulate everything to go their way. The referee let them get away with it and they won 2-1. Anthony Pilkington gave County a glimmer of hope when he brought it back to 2-1, but County couldn`t find the equaliser and it was going down to the last two weekends again!

Last home game of the season and it mattered. Local rivals Bury visited Edgeley Park and brought a fair few fans with them, as you would expect for the final away game of the season. However it was a bore 0-0 draw, and it meant that County fell out of the play-offs and went into the final weekend needing a win and for everything else to go for us.

Here we were again. Last game of the season and it mattered, but this time it was at the totally opposite end of the table. A large number of County fans made the trip to Darlington, whilst Bristol Rovers were at Hartlepool. Other games could come into it, but those were the two that mattered the most. County took the lead through an Anthony Elding spot kick and the floodgates opened. David Poole scored one, Liam Dickinson scored two and Anthony Elding scored another one to secure a 5-0 win for County away from home. Amazing! However, Bristol secured a late win at Hartlepool and all the other results went against County. It was unbelievable as County had gone up to 6th at one stage and then missed out on goal difference.

So again the season ends dramatically, two seasons on the trot. What does 2007/2008 have in store for us? I can`t wait to find out!