Edgeley Park is the home of Stockport County Football Club and Sale Sharks rugby union club. It is located in Edgeley, south-west of Stockport in Greater Manchester, England, and has a capacity of 10,852 seats. It is now over 100 years old and has seen on its hallowed turf many of football's greats, including George Best, who played for Stockport County in 1975. The ground is a typically northern type, but has a modern feeling to it with the recently added Cheadle End.
The original timber Main Stand was destroyed in a fire in 1935, taking most of the club's records with it.
The floodlight system was first used with an opening friendly match against Fortuna '54 Geleen of the Netherlands on 16 October 1956, whose side included four members of the Dutch national team that had defeated Belgium the previous week.
The ground once held two matches by the England international football team on the same day. On the 14 January, 1958 the England squad were due to play training matches at Maine Road, but the pitch was frozen. Edgeley Park's pitch was fine so it was decided to hold the matches in Stockport instead. The first game saw England draw 2-2 with a Manchester City XI, and the second saw the England senior side defeat the England U23 side 1-0.
Edgeley Park was the venue for the final of the 1978 World Lacrosse Championship.
The stadium has had a lot of developments, but most recent is the impressive Cheadle End. Built in 1995 it holds 5,250 and has 2 large conference rooms plus many other modern facilities.
In 2001 the Railway End was fitted with seats and brought the capacity to an all-seater 10,852.
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