Respect not only brings its rewards off the pitch but also on it.
National League North champions Stockport County have led by example for the past two seasons with their discipline record.
Jim Gannon’s County topped the FA Fair Play chart for the second consecutive year after receiving just
41 yellow cards and only one red card in 55 competitive first team matches.
Stockport clinched the National North title on the final day of the season while also reaching the
FA Cup second round and the FA Trophy semi-finals. BT Sport pundit and The NLP’s Adam Virgo collected the accolade on Stockport’s behalf, who had a clean record for dissent and foul and abusive language across Steps 1-4 and the overall best disciplinary record amongst the 296 clubs.
Manager Jim Gannon collected a similar award for the whole of the Football League when he managed County in the 2008-09 season and also won the Fair Play trophy at Dundalk in 2005. He said: “This award is great recognition to our staff and players for the manner in which we play the game.
“For the second year in a row we have had no cautions for dissent or fouls and abusive language, which shows our respect for referees and officials.”