Welcome to the Stockport Cosmos Website from all of us at Matts Plaice in Romiley, Stockport. I just wanted to introduce myself to all friends and families, and give a little insight into our family history. We have been frying fish and chips for 3 generations, and supporting local sports teams across Greater Manchester and Stockport for 30 years.
About Matt's Plaice by Matty Cole
It all started when my parents purchased The Dolphin Fish and Chip Shop in Reddish, in late 1987. They then opened the property next door, which was to be transformed into the world famous Galley Restaurant, run by myself (Matt). They then sponsored The Reddish Boys Football Club, and local pub teams, from The Bulls Head and The Windmill…always a good derby!!
I myself, became interested in the football 10 years later, moving from Reddish teams to West End Boys in Dane Bank, Denton. All of my 3 children played for the Mighty West, from under 6s until open age, of which I sponsored and coached at most levels. My eldest son Sam, played for West End Boys, along with my second son Max, and daughter Maisie. Sam played football and cricket for years, then he became interested in catering. It wasn’t long before he said goodbye to sunny Manchester to go and work in the French ski resorts as a chef. When he came back home, he joined the family tradition of frying fish and chips, and catering. Having run his own fish and chip shop in Rochdale, he is now the current owner of The Cosy Cod on Carrington Road, Portwood, Stockport; wishing him every success but not taking too much business from Matts Plaice!!
It wasn’t long before they were all playing Saturday and Sunday, then came the bat and ball, all playing at the well-established Denton West Cricket Club. We supported and sponsored every age group, myself being Junior Chairman, Health and Safety Officer, first aider, barman, and on a sunny day, in charge of all BBQ duties.
Now I have the pleasure of telling you about my middle son Max; never giving in, never to be beaten, son Max; from football, cricket or any other sport he could put his hand to. Having won major league cups with West End Boys, and to this day, never being forgiven by Phil Brennan, his coach, for giving away a penalty in a cup final at Ashton United. Having said that, West End Boys went on to win 6-1. Max has played cricket at West since he was 8 years old, playing for Lancashire and West for many years, having won many an accolade, and currently playing to this day as “the best hands” wicket keeper. Max left school to join Lancashire Cricket Club but found college life wasn’t for him. He joined us at Matts Plaice, and has now taken full control of purchasing, cooking and the day-to-day running of this well renowned business. I am most grateful and fully appreciative of the hard work and commitment he has given and shown, especially over this most difficult year.
Two years later, along came daughter Maisie, the only girl in a West shirt for years but never shy of a tackle with the boys. She also played cricket at West, Lancashire Ladies Cricket and played cricket for England at school girl level. She went on to play football for Manchester City Ladies, who she captained for 6 years, before moving to Newcastle University and joining Sunderland Ladies. From here, she was “poached” by Newcastle Ladies, and here she remains.
I will now end this insight into our lives and thank all my children for all their hard work, dedication and commitment. It is my absolute pleasure to be sponsoring Stockport Cosmos and wish all involved every success in the future.
Thanks for reading.