Saturday Night and Thursday Morning - Fifteen Years On
In 1997, Dave Espley published a book which has become something of a Stockport County legend - the hilarious story of the club's greatest ever season.
It’s now fifteen years later and time for an update. This new version is available for the first time as an ebook. More
To travel six hundred miles, spending fifteen hours on a coach and paying around twenty five quid to see your team draw 0-0 at Plymouth, you'd either have to be very, very dedicated, or very, very stupid.
In the close-season of 1996, Dave Espley decided that, just once, he'd go to every game Stockport County played in a given season, home and away. Little did he know then that the season he had chosen, 1996-97, would be the longest in the club's history - an amazing sixty-seven games. After a disastrous start, manager Dave Jones and the players, roared on by their superb support, turned things around in a way that no one was expecting, achieving promotion, playing an incredible twenty-one cup ties, and beating four Premiership sides on the way to the Coca Cola Cup semi-final. It was, undoubtedly, Stockport County’s greatest ever season and, give or take the odd 90th minute own goal, Dave Espley had seen it all.
This is the hilarious story of one man's dedication. Or stupidity.
It’s now fifteen years later and time, Dave felt, for an update. This new version, available for the first time as an e-book, has a 2011 perspective on every one of the 67 games, as well as an extended foreword and afterword, bringing the story completely up to date.
It could well still be a story of stupidity, though.