Stagecoach Manchester unveils five new buses and sponsors Stockport District Sunday League side
Good old November, a pretty cold time of the year. Most importantly, it is close to the halfway point of the football season when things get exciting. Some teams prefer to climb the league table by playing free-flowing football. Others are happy with a “one-nil to the Arsenal…” mindset. They are the kind of teams who prefer to park the bus after getting a goal or two.
Brinnington United, who play in the Stockport District Sunday League Premier League could do with parking the bus themselves. They are eighth out of ten teams with a -6 goal difference after two games. Bottom club Lostock Rangers have a goal difference of -16 after three games. Perhaps they could do with parking five buses to solve their defensive woes.
In all seriousness, anyone involved in the Stockport District Sunday League could benefit from five new Enviro200 buses. This week, Stagecoach Manchester has unveiled five new buses – taking the company’s investment in the Stockport area to £9.7 million. The new vehicles will have free WiFi and contactless payment facilities. They are set to be a regular sight on local routes like the 11, 11A, 7, and the 325.
A 325 or 327 ride away is Brinnington where Brinnington United have benefited from sponsorship by Stagecoach Manchester. To mark the arrival of its five new single decker buses and their sponsorship deal, two Brinnington United players are seen next to one of Stagecoach’s new signings. Since 2014, over 110 new buses have been added to the Stagecoach Manchester fleet. Each with the latest Euro 6 emission standard engines and free WiFi access.
Stagecoach Manchester managing director, Elisabeth Tasker said: “At Stagecoach Manchester we care for the local community and see ourselves as a business which plays an integral part in local people’s daily lives. Working together with Brinnington United has been a pleasure and it’s great to see the team wearing the kit with pride.
“Our new and improved buses will allow people to travel for work or leisure in a more comfortable and practical environment and these new buses can carry more passengers. The investment follows significant strides in technology that we have made, particularly with our live ticketing app and contactless payments, to improve the ease of bus travel for commuters.”
Phil Palmer, on behalf of Brinnington United F.C. said: “We’re so thankful for this generous gesture from Stagecoach, it’s really great to see the company giving back to a community who are frequent users of the service. A massive thank you from myself and all the lads associated with Brinnington United.”
Non League Wanderings via Stagecoach Manchester Buses
Whether you’re cheering on the West, the Hillmen, or the ‘Bridge, there’s quite a few non-league teams in Stagecoach Manchester territory. Here’s who’s playing on the 11 November and the all important bus routes that stop outside or near the ground. Other operators’ routes are denoted in italics. All bus routes denoted are operational up to and beyond the 3.00 pm kick-off time.
F.A. Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round
- Altrincham v. Ramsbottom United (11, 11A – then walk along Moss Lane from Altrincham Interchange; allow 10 – 15 minutes);
- Stalybridge Celtic v. Rushall Olympic (236, 237, 387);
- Glossop North End v. Leek Town (236, 237, 341).
National League North
- Curzon Ashton v. Southport (7, 216, 219, 231, 236, 237, 330, 345, 346, 347 – then change at Ashton-under-Lyne bus station for MCT Travel service 339 or take a taxi to the Tameside Stadium).
Northern Premier League First Division North
- Hyde United v. Ossett Albion (201, 387);
- Mossley v. Goole AFC (343, 350, 353);
- Trafford v. Bamber Bridge (255 – alight at Flixton Girls School and walk down Shawe Road).
North West Counties Football League Premier Division
- Abbey Hey v. Hanley Town (7, 7A, 201, 203, 205, 206 – alight at Hyde Road then walk down Abbeywood Avenue and Woodland Road, leading to Woodland Avenue and Dean Road. Carry on till you reach Goredale Avenue and walk full length of road; or 171, 172 to Wayland Road then walk along Ryderbrow Road till you see Goredale Avenue).
North West Counties Football League First Division
- Stockport Town v. Cammell Laird 1907 (330 – alight at Woodley Precinct and walk down Mill Lane, Woodlands Avenue, and Lambeth Grove. Follow signs for Stockport Sports Village).
An EM60 Presentation, 10 November 2017.
Image courtesy of Tangerine PR Ltd, 2017.