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SBD Global/November 29, 2012/Facilities

Stockport County To Run Edgeley Park On Day-To-Day Basis

Blue Square Bet Premier fifth division football club Stockport County has reached an agreement with Cheshire Sport to run Edgeley Park on a ''day-to-day basis," according to the BBC. Cheshire Sport, a company set up by Premiership rugby Sale Sharks co-Owner Brian Kennedy in '03 to oversee both teams, "remains the owner of the ground." It has reduced County's rent payments by 65% and "handed full control of the running of the stadium to the football club. Stockport and Sale began sharing Edgeley Park in '03 when the two clubs merged (BBC, 11/28). In Manchester, John McDougall reported Stockport was handed a £75,000 ($120,000) lifeline earlier this year by Kennedy after they "struggled to keep up with stadium occupancy payments." Stockport County Chair Peter Snape said, "This is a great day in the history of Stockport County Football Club. The agreement not only reduces County’s rent payments, but also "gives the club full control of Edgeley Park’s conference and banqueting facilities" (MANCUNIAN MATTERS, 11/28).
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