Stockport County Crowned National League Champions

The final day of the National League season was to be a nail-biter, with Wrexham and Stockport County both chasing that elusive top spot, with only the champions securing automatic promotion into the Football League.  Stockport began Sunday the 15th May on 91 points, having beaten Torquay United midweek to reclaim first position off Wrexham […]

Tom Barlow
6th June 2022
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The final day of the National League season was to be a nail-biter, with Wrexham and Stockport County both chasing that elusive top spot, with only the champions securing automatic promotion into the Football League. 

Stockport began Sunday the 15th May on 91 points, having beaten Torquay United midweek to reclaim first position off Wrexham on 88 points. 

Stockport were up against Halifax Town, who were themselves vying to pin down third place with Solihull Moors favourites to snatch it away from the Shaymen. 

Wrexham would have to travel down to Dagenham & Redbridge, with all prayers aimed at a Stockport loss. 

A healthy Wrexham win and a subsequently healthy Stockport loss would see Wrexham crowned champions on goal difference. 

The title was however firmly in County’s hands, but that didn’t stop almost 1500 Reds from making the journey down to London for a possible promotion party. 

This final game was far beyond a dead rubber for Dagenham, as a win for them and a Chesterfield loss would see the Daggers leapfrog the Spireites into the final promotion spot.  

County would be clamouring for an early goal to calm nerves at Edgeley Park, as a stuttering start and a Wrexham goal from across the country would send shivers down the spine of Stockport. 

However, Paddy Madden, a man for the big occasions, calmed all nerves at Edgeley Park and slotted a perfectly placed 20-yard effort to calm all nerves, as the stadium erupted with ecstasies. 

On the topic of stuttering, Wrexham were living up to the word. A lackluster start at Victoria Road was matched by an underwhelming goalless first half. 

This type of form continued into the second half as Wrexham conceded first to Junior Morias in the 55th minute, whilst almost simultaneously Will Collar doubled County’s lead. 

Paul McCallum would end any hope of a Wrexham comeback in the 80th minute, before Matt Robinson compounded miseries with a 90th minute volley to give the Daggers a 3-0 victory. 

Wrexham failed to offer any substantial pressure in that game, but did it matter? Could an early goal for the Reds have sent waves of nerves across Edgeley Park affecting the players? One will never know. 

Stockport’s 2-0 victory over Halifax landed them as champions of the National League and would see them return to the Football League after an eleven-year absence. 

For Wrexham, they now had to seek promotion through the turbulent play-off system, for which Chesterfield narrowly shaved their way into. 

It begs the question, is the National League deserving of an extra promotion spot to the Football League? Is Wrexham amalgamating 88 points and comfortably finishing second fair with no automatic promotion spot fair? 

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