Branch News
May 29, 2018

MKM Stockton sponsors “The Anchors” Stockton Town FC at Wembley

Amongst other local businesses, MKM Stockton helped with sponsorship of Stockton Town FC on their road to Wembley. Providing sponsorship for the players warm up shirts, the Team’s Wembley coach and the soon to be released commemorative brochure.

MKM Stockton joined in the spirit by decorating their branch and handing out Stockton Town FC branded merchandise to customers.

Stockton Town FC is a community club, the first team squad is made up of local lads, of which most of them and their families are customers and friends of MKM.

With most of the first team coming through the junior coaching system the philosophy of the club is that it will grow as much as the Town wants it to grow.

The club believes that having a successful football club is beneficial to everyone in the town, including for local businesses like MKM who can help support them locally and nationally. MKM Stockton hope we can continue to work together for many years to come.

The Road to Wembley

Stockton Town’s season looked in tatters after losing their first 8 League games. Rock bottom and nil points. The safety of finishing 4th bottom looked miles away and a Wembley Final was akin to orbiting the moon.

After showing some seeds of recovery and a glimpse of their capabilities on September 23rd in the FA Vase Qualifying Round 2, they came from behind 3 times to snatch victory with the last kick of a game, against an excellent Consett side. An aptly named Chris Stockton came off the bench to score a hat trick.
Even then no one could imagine how much significance that would have and that it would end with a glorious day out at Wembley.

Of the next 24 games in all competitions they won 21 and drew 1, including some excellent results in the Vase against top Liverpool teams. The team managed a 4th round tie in January against an expensively assembled West Auckland who were the competition favourites.

The local borough and the media were sitting up and taking notice and another extra time winner brought the first thoughts of Wembley and a lot more media attention along with massive increases in crowd sizes.

A couple of good home draws brought routine wins, the latter in front of 1200 people. The side cruised into the semis only to face champions elect Marske.

The club got a small taste of what they might expect in the Final as camera crews, Radio Stations and newspaper reporters inundated them with request for spots at the game and interviews access to players. A total of 3300 tickets were sold for the 2 pulsating legs of the semi-finals that ended in a hard-fought aggregate victory for The Anchors and a mass pitch invasion.
The Final result was a little disappointing (Stockton Town 0 – 1 Thatcham Town) not for the want of trying on a very hot day. However, it was a fabulous occasion for everyone and the Wembley experience will live long in the memory of the Club, the Team and the 5000 + fans who travelled to Wembley to back the team.

It was a spectacular image the sea of yellow and blue, with hundreds of Flags and scarves, replica shirts and the singing of the famous high street song “It’s wider than yours. It’s wider than yours. Stockton High Street, it’s wider than yours”

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