If you look closely at the back of the County shirts tomorrow, you will see that each one carries a unique number to reflect County’s support for the Stockport County Appearance Number (SCAN) initiative.
County have had more senior players than any other club, and SCAN was set up in 2010 to celebrate this fact.
SCAN is a supporter-led programme and was the first of its kind in the UK. It is administered by a small group of guardians, independent of the club, and funded by donations.
Following many years of research by the club historians, it became clear that County had more senior players than any other English Premiership or Football League club (1390 and counting). Every player who has ever played a senior game receives a unique SCAN number and a special certificate, presented in person by a County supporter.
County Director Jon Keighren said: “We are delighted to be able to support this wonderful initiative. County were the first club to adopt this kind of scheme, and it is now being copied even at international level, but this is the first time we have been permitted by the football authorities to add these unique numbers to our shirts. I would like to thank the SCAN guardians for their wonderful dedication to this project, and to kit man Richard Landon for bringing it to life.”
SCAN Guardian Marcus Heap said: “Both the Football Association and The Football League were originally approached to ask if the club could add these numbers to the match shirts, but both organisations unfortunately denied permission. We are pleased that the National League has agreed to our request and we are incredibly proud to see the numbers on the shirts.”