Tag: Stafford Rangers

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 15-04-2012

It’s almost the end of the non-league season, so we’ve got six matches from the tops and bottoms of varying divisions for you this evening. At the top of the Blue Square Bet South, a win for Woking at Maidenhead United would be enough to take the title back to Kingfield, while if they failed Dartford could keep the title race going for another week if they could win at Sutton United. Next up, we’re off to the Premier Division of the Northern Premier League, where Hednesford Town wanted to continue to push for a play-off place with a win at troubled Northwich Victoria. Meanwhile, at the other end of that table, Stafford Rangers were at home against Buxton. Next up, the hot favourites to win the Northern League are West Auckland FC, and they were away to Bishop Auckland. Finally, a win for Guildford City against Raynes Park Vale would be enough to win Combined Counties League. Our thanks, as ever, go to those who take the time to record, edit and upload these videos. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Northern Soul: Hyde’s Turbulent Week

Comings and goings and rumours of financial woe have dogged Hyde this week, Jenni Silver looks at the goings on at Ewen Fields. Hyde recorded their biggest victory in eight years when they beat Stafford Rangers 5-0 last Saturday, a decent enough win to buy the Manchester side a bit of Blue Square North breathing space. This win, however, is now but a distant memory and instead fans of the team, formerly known as Hyde United (before Ewen Fields was blue-washed and covered in badges and sponsor boards for Manchester City) have enjoyed a week of bewildering rumours and uncertainty. On Sunday chairman Steven Hartley and director and secretary Tony Beard resigned from the board “due to a number of issues which they believe make it impossible to continue to act.” This was followed on Monday another of the club’s directors David Farrington and the woman who runs the club shop, Joanne and comes on the back of a vote of no confidence against two members of the Supporters’ Trust. Today the replacements were revealed – with two new board members, an acting chairman and a new chief executive. Meanwhile Supporters Trust secretary Andy McAnulty has become the new secretary, resigning from his trust position and his role as a moderator on the unofficial forum in the process. It comes as no surprise to many Tigers’ fans that John...

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In Praise Of… Steve Bull

The recent departure of Steve Bull from the managerial job at troubled Conference North club Stafford Rangers was, according to the club itself’s press statement, “No reflection on results achieved on the field play or Mr. Bull’s managerial skills, but is based purely on the cost cutting operation currently being undertaken at the club”. There can be little doubt that Bull will find gainful employment as a coach or manager elsewhere, but now seems as good a time as any to review the career of a player that is often overlooked when the “legends” of the game are examined. I watched a lot of First Division (now the Championship) football during the 1990s, and many of the goals are lodged in my head, somewhere between my memory and my subconscience. One of the goals, from some time in the mid-1990s, was a Steve Bull goal. It was a wet Tuesday night at Southend United or similar. The ball arrived at Bull’s feet on the edge of the penalty area. Bull’s first touch seemed to let him down, spinning the ball away from him at an unlikely and, it appeared, ireconsilable angle. There was a flurry of legs and arms, Bull span and turned away from his marker and, seconds later, the ball was nestled in the corner of the net, with the scorer having already turned away, index finger...

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Another Week, Another Non-League Financial Crisis

One of these days, an article on this site won’t be categorised as “Clubs In Crisis” and “Non-League” at the same time, but it feels as if this season is turning into one long crisis for a number of semi-professional clubs. It’s getting to the stage of being a little bit repetitive, and this week’s contenders, Stafford Rangers, tick all of the right boxes. There is, you see, a set format for this sort of thing, and it has a set of stage props that is familiar enough for the seasoned observer to be able to be able to compile something like an I-Spy book. Relegation, leading to a slump in crowds and a pile of contracts that their new circumstances can’t pay for? Check. An internet forum full of arguing supporters? Oh, yes. Players being told that they won’t be paid from the end of this month? Damn straight. The most sombre of these sights is the collection buckets being dragged around their Marston Road stadium, with a rattling sound that falls somewhere between a death rattle itself and the pealing of church bells on the day of a funeral. It becomes a curiously morbid sound after you’ve heard it a few times. For Stafford Rangers, the buckets were being dragged out for a home match against Vauxhall Motors last Saturday which they lost by a single goal...

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