However many of those reelections were also prudent moves. As those wishing to enter the league proper were themselves teams punching above their weight at the time of their success but without the capacity to bring anything to the table. The whole system has been crumbling for some considerable time in terms of infrastructure and forward thinking.
To many clubs were playing in clapped out stadia from another age and it took 56 people to burn to death for the FA to face facts. Like putting on Star Wars at the Bug Hut.
The sport was flat cap from management to fan.
I remember Man U being owned by a local meat processor and Man C being owned by a white goods shop chain owner such were the norms.
EP is still 3/4s finished and a relic of another century.
It is depressing to see some none league clubs planning and building all new stadia for the 21st century while old men like EP lumber on tweeking at the edges and now wallowing in 6th tier football like an elephant waiting for a bullet.
The generation that saw top flight football are in themselves becoming the last generation of county followers to see any big names in a real head to head competition. Two more seasons down here and 20 year old fans will have NO first hand knowledge of anything like what this club was or did but for youtube.
The club reflects the town IMHO, a poverty of aspiration. EP has become a historical film or TV backdrop for a past essence of what football was. Like a Victorian swimming baths.
Replace the woolen knitted, all in one swimming costumes and straw boaters for bobble hats and woolly scarves. Put Turners Vaults and EP together and you have a perfect match of Vitoriana.
Parts of EP could feature in Peaky Blinders.
It's a relic of another age. Comforting no doubt but it has the whiff of dust and cobwebs of Miss Havisham about it.
Red Rocks has what I would call the same poverty of aspiration. New, but at the same time behind the times.
Even today when top flight German teams are playing on artificial turf to maximize the potential of the real estate to open the facility to others and stage other sporting events and competitions the FA insist on tradition.
We are prisoners to tradition and now prisoners to the past.
The present owners are treading water waiting for a saviour while the clock ticks.
Stockport has no other mass audience sporting venue but EP and the tenant is the only sporting representative of that town. Both speak volumes of where the town itself is and is going.
We either give in and become a suburb of Manchester or remain a nondescript place on the map which needs the word "Manchester" to geographically define it or we buck up our ideas and aspirations to be what we should be for a population and footprint bigger than Newcastle.
The club is a wounded animal in both body and soul and much more of this dross will only see it off as an historical sporting footnote. IMO.
I'm a County fan but like others is it time to call it a day?
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