Tuktuk Day 61

THROUGH THE TURNSTILE @ STAFFORD RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB


Yes, Christian has been on his travels again. Last time it was Cray Wanderers on the SE London border and this time he is up to Staffordshire to review Stafford Rangers FC. Like Darren’s, his reviews are proving very popular on my site so I am delighted to add his Stafford Rangers overview. I’d also like to do a BIG shout-out for Christian for raising a goodly amount for the vital “Head in The Game ” Charity this week. Congratulations, Christian. If others are not aware of the reason for my tuktuk tour, please see the final paragraph below for details of my challenge.

“Welcome back to Through the Turnstile, the series that shines the light on some of non-leagues leading stars. In this installment we go through the turnstile at Stafford Rangers, a club that received quite a few nominations when the question was asked about who and where we should cover, so lets find out all about the club, the team and most importantly the food and drink!”

A brief history of the Club

Stafford Rangers Football Club, a semi-professional English team, competes in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, donning black and white stripes with black shorts. Rivalries include Tamworth, Hednesford Town, Burton Albion, and Telford United.

Founded in 1876 (or possibly 1877), Rangers experienced early success, reaching the FA Cup First Round in 1884–85 and 1885–86. Post-war, the club faced financial struggles but rebounded in the 1960s under manager Colin Hutchinson. The ’70s marked their most successful era with a Northern Premier League Championship, FA Trophy, and Staffordshire Senior Cup treble in 1971–72.

The ’80s saw decline, followed by a resurgence in the ’90s under manager Ron Reid. The team’s fortunes fluctuated, with highs like the FA Trophy win in 1979 and lows such as relegation in 1995–96.

In the 21st century, Stafford Rangers achieved promotion to the fifth tier in 2006, won the Staffordshire Senior Cup in 2005, and competed in the Conference North. They faced managerial changes, financial uncertainties, and relegations. Notably, in the 2015/16 season, they secured promotion to the NPL Premier Division.

Recent years saw managerial changes, with Steve Burr, Alex Meechan, Andy Fearn, and Jody Banim taking charge. Matt Hill, appointed in 2020, left in November 2023, leading to the appointment of ex-Nantwich manager Dave Cooke in November 2023, known for achieving play-off finishes, FA Cup first round appearances, and Cheshire Senior Cup victories.

To learn more, read the whole review and see Christian’s famous drinks and food ratings, click here

I hope that these reviews are helpful and if so I would be very grateful if you would consider a donation however small to support FC Deportivo Galicia and/or Prostate Cancer UK  If everybody chipped in £1 I would easily hit my target of £10,000 and life would be easier in West London whilst the charity continued their great work. A HEARTFELT thanks, if you can. If you can’t you can still help massively by sharing this page about the work of Prostate Cancer. THANKS, Steve.

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