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This Friday Night is County Night (again)

Posted: Thu 20 Apr 2017
This Friday there is an opportunity to see County's emerging young talent in action under the floodlights at Edgeley Park.

County's Under-18 'Blue' squad will face County's Under-18 'Grey' squad, with the Blues looking for just one point to retain the Floodlit League title.

Head of Youth Development Alan Lord said: "It is a tribute to the amount of exciting talent we have available that we were able to enter two squads for the Floodlit League this season. It should be a really entertaining fixture as there is a massive rivalry amongst the Academy lads, and this game could decide the title."

It comes just a week after County took over the ownership and management of the Professional Football Academy. The academic provision for the Academy players will be transferred to Stockport College this summer with a new HNC course added to the current Extended Diploma courses, which will enable players to spend three years being developed by the club.

Alan Lord said: "This is an exciting time for the Stockport County Pro Football Academy, and I would particularly like to thank the Board, and Steve Bellis in particular, for all of their support in bringing this deal to fruition.

"I would also like to thank Help the Hatters for their continuing support. As you know, ever since my early connections with bringing young players into the club, HTH have always shown immense support in this area. Players such as Rhys Turner, Connor Hancock, Matthew Todd and Adam Etches have all been supported by HTH. In addition they have supported the Academy with equipment and other players' needs."

The Academy clash between the 'Blue' and the 'Grey' squads this Friday night kicks off at 7.45pm at Edgeley Park.