Stockport County Football Club (formed in 1883)

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Stockport County Football Club is an English association football club based in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Formed in 1883 as Heaton Norris Rovers, they adopted their current name in 1890 after the creation of the County Borough of Stockport. They have played at Edgeley Park since 1902, traditionally in blue and white. They are nicknamed The Hatters after the town's former hatmaking industry.Stockport County joined the Football League in 1900 and competed in it continuously from 1905 to 2011. Having spent most of their history in the lower reaches of the Football League, the 1990s were more successful with the club competing in the First Division for five seasons. Instability on and off the pitch led to Stockport quickly falling back to the lower divisions. The club started the 2011–12 season in the Conference National, having been relegated from Football League Two at the end of 2010–11. They are currently the longest survived Football League team to drop out of the league, having played in the league for a total of 110 years. At the end of 2012–13, Stockport were relegated to the Conference North, 11 years after they had last competed in the second tier of English football and becoming the only team to drop from that tier to the sixth.

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