About the site
HattersMatters began life as a paper fanzine and was the brain child of Andrew Barlow and Paul Hodgson. The free publication was handed out at the High Peak Hatters supporters meetings held at the White Hart pub in New Mills inside another fanzine called ‘Top Hat And Tales’.
Our first attempt at a web site took inspiration from Martin White’s fan run web site called The Mad Hatters and was built using a homestead template site. After only a few months of being online we were asked to join the Rivals network and be their supplier of Stockport County based news and views following the departure of the previous site editor. In 2008 the Rivals network was acquired by Sky and promises of some much needed network improvements failed to materialise and this resulted in a number of publishers opting to leave the Rivals network to join ClubFanzine – a network set up by former Rivals publishers.
Although County enjoyed a lot of success on the pitch following our first promotion in a decade following a play-off final victory over Rochdale at Wembley, the same could not be said for the site as things didn’t quite go according to plan with ClubFanzine. The launch had been rushed and as a result not as many publishers joined the site as promised so there was a lack of visitors and minimal interaction with fans from other clubs. A personal decision was made to stop producing the HattersMatters web site in September 2008 until we decided to give things another go in June 2010 on a new network called FansNetwork.
A similar scenario occurred on FansNetwork as not all teams were represented so once again there was a lack of visitors and interaction with other fans so it meant we were spending a lot of time updating the site for very little reward. Our last article was published on FansNetwork site in December 2010.
We are now back online in an independent capacity and hope to rebuild the site over the coming years to become the number one site for all Hatters matters.
|Stockport County||Vs.||FC United of Manchester|
Vanarama National League North
|Stockport County||0 - 1||Chorley|
Vanarama National League North (Play-Off Quarter-Finals)