If you look closely at the collar 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 (1431 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.

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 they have now agreed to our request and we are incredibly proud to see the numbers on the shirts.”