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Around the Grounds: Sale Sharks

A look around the home of the 2006 champions

Posted Aug 12, 2011 by Chris White

Sale Sharks in action at Edgeley Park

Sale Sharks are one of the founding members of Premiership rugby in England, winning the 2006 Championship, and they are currently based at Stockport’s Edgeley Park Stadium.

The 10,852 capacity stadium was in fact built for rugby league back in 1901, to be the home of Stockport, but the club were forced to fold before they could play in it, allowing Stockport County Football Club to move into the bigger stadium they were looking for.

Sale have made the ground their home, but have always been on the lookout for an alternative, as the finances at the club simply aren’t good enough to fund their own ground. One much talked about alternative is the new Barton Stadium, the home of Salford City Reds from 2012.

The main stand at Edgeley Park famously burned down in 1934, prompting serious rebuilding work, which was then done again in 2001 after the Football League ruled stadiums should remove terracing following the Bradford City stadium fire in 1985.

The Main Stand on Harcastle Road was built in 1936 after the fire, and seats just over 2,000 supporters. It features the boardroom and several bars. The most modern stand at the ground is the Cheadle End, which seats 5,200 supporters in its two tiers.

The Pop Stand and Railway End complete the ground, holding 2,200 and 900 fans respectively.

Ground Address: Stockport County FC, Edgeley Park, Hardcastle Road, Stockport, SK3 9DD

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