Following Saturdays draw against Rushall Olympic, our Tuesday fixture against Matlock town will be rearranged as we now bring Rushall Olympic to Marston road for the FA CUP First Round Qualifying Replay.
Tuesday 7th September KO 7:45pm
Tickets will be available for sale for this game from Monday at Noon 6th September on our box office
Following a formal approach from Macclesfield FC, Luis Morrison-Derbyshire has opted to leave and sign for his local team on a long-term contract. We would like to thank Luis for his performances in an all but brief career at the Rangers and wish him well for the future.
Luke began his career with Tranmere Rovers, having spent 17 seasons at boyhood club Tranmere Rovers, where he was a former team mate of gaffer Matty Hill. He made his senior debut on 29 April 2017 in a 1–0 victory over Maidstone United in the National League. He spent the 2018–19 season on loan with National League North side Ashton United, making 17 league appearances.
Luke signed a new one-year contract with Tranmere following the club’s promotion to League One at the end of the 2018–19 season. He made his Football League debut on 7 December 2019 as a first half substitute in place of injured starting goalkeeper Scott Davies during a 1–1 draw with Accrington Stanley.
On 4 September 2020, Luke signed for National League side Notts County.
International career In May 2017, Luke was named in the Wales under-20 squad for the 2017 Toulon Tournament. After making his debut for the side in the tournament opener against Ivory Coast, Luke played in Wales’ remaining group matches against France and Bahrain as they were eliminated in the group stage. He was later named Goalkeeper of the Tournament for his performances.
As a teenager and until I was 22 I had followed Stoke City and travelled to away games as well as home matches at the old Victoria Ground.
However, in 1968 I became disillusioned with football because of hooliganism and decided I would no longer go to matches. I still am a Stoke fan but in 1968 I made, what turned out to be, the best decision of my life. A work colleague persuaded me to have a look at Stafford Rangers so I decided to visit Marston Road for a pre-season friendly against West Brom after they had won the FA Cup. I enjoyed the game and the atmosphere at the ground was great. I was hooked and have followed the Rangers since making me a fan for 53 years.
This season we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the club’s best ever season – 1971-72, so this article covers my experiences of the 50 year period.
I have never married but during the 50 years I have made many new friends at the club. Stafford Rangers is my family.
My favourite experience was visiting Wembley for the first time in 1972 when Rangers won the FA Trophy in front of 20,000 Rangers fans. I also visited Wembley on two further occasions in the 1970’s when we lost to Scarborough and beat Kettering. I also enjoyed spending 11 days in Italy with about 30 other Rangers fans when the club took part in the Anglo-Italian tournament. I enjoyed the experiences of a great FA Cup run when we beat Rotherham away 2-0 in a replay before losing 3-1 to Peterborough in front of 31,000 fans at Stoke’s Victoria ground.
Other great experiences include beating Droylsden in a penalty shootout to win promotion and beating Lincoln City in the FA Cup.
In conclusion, the club have experienced some difficult times in recent seasons and of course the last two years have been very difficult because of Covid which has restricted the club’s income. Nevertheless, the fans have been great along with the club’s Directors, staff and volunteers. Many shares have been purchased and along with grants, donations and various fund raising schemes, the club has coped well with the crises.
Now that our wonderful social club is getting back to normality lets all celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rangers greatest ever season and hope for a successful 2021/22 season.
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