We would like to thank all fans who have purchased tickets for Saturday’s FA cup clash against Skelmersdale. In the ever-changing world of Covid-19 and the limitations of capacity as well as fans of Skelmersdale FC, we understand for a high-profile game that a number of people have missed out on the chance to be there in person. Therefore, we are happy to announce that in partnership with FilmMyMatch we are providing a livestream of Saturdays match for fans to purchase and watch from the comfort of their home.
To boost the match day experience, we are happy and thankful for the support of Stafford FM who will be linking up their radio link to the livestream to provide commentary. We have aimed to keep costs as low as possible whilst creating a quality service and will provide a trial for potential future usages.
Fans will receive an email upon receipt with the unique code to access shortly before the match starts. We ask to make this worthwhile in the future to not share access codes and for any commercial premises interested in streaming the game to reach out to the club via email to to discuss terms for commercial use. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, a big thanks to all our supporters for their understanding in what is an ever-changing time.
We can announce ahead of this evening’s game at Basford that we have signed Aaron Cole. Aaron was with us for the majority of pre-season before signing for Gresley Rovers to improve his fitness and gain valuable match time. Aaron can literally play anywhere across the pitch and will give us great options with team selection. He is not cup-tied so can also be available for selection at the weekend.
On a disappointing note we can confirm that Ryan Nesbitt has left the club to re-join Sutton Coldfield Town FC. Within days of our victory at Buxton, his debut, we received seven days’ notice of approach. Despite being in our squads at Hyde and Hereford, Ryan has chosen to leave and we can only assume he feels he will have more game time at the lower level. We wish Ryan well for the future.
On the injury front we expect players to return to the squad over the next couple of weeks, Jon Moran (ankle), Mitch Candlin (ankle), Tom Thorley (calf) and Josh Williams (concussion). Danny Burns completes his suspension at Basford and Tom Carr has gone out on loan at Northwich Victoria.
Fisaiyo Adarabioyo is on dual registration and remains with us for the time being.
Basford have not given us any ticket limitation so they will accept in excess of 90 SRFC supporters. They do not have an e-ticketing system and tickets can be purchased on the gate on a first come first served basis. All supporters are urged to use the NHS Track and Trace App or provide their contact details on the gate. Alternatively tickets can be reserved by emailing the club through their website: https://www.basfordunited.com/contact
After consultation between both clubs we have agreed not to take our allocation of 90 tickets for this game.
We have discussed at length the implications of this decision for all involved. The impact of the covid-19 pandemic has given all clubs huge difficulties in meeting the ever-changing requirements needed to put a game on and so far, Stafford Rangers FC have achieved this.
Our overwhelming objective has been to keep fans, staff, and volunteers safe and ensure that we reduce as much as possible the likelihood of transmission in the community because that’s the right thing to do. We have now needed to consider the responsibility we have by not encouraging fans to travel to areas that have a higher infection rate than that which exists in our hometown.
In respect of FC United we believe that we have a moral responsibility to not encourage fans to travel and we will not be taking up the allocation of 90 tickets on this occasion. It is a difficult decision, and we ask for your understanding.
No tickets will be available on the day from FC UM as the entire allocation will be taken up by their season ticket holders.
On the advice of the Local Authority Safety Advisory Group (SAG) we must now inform all fans that drinking outside the Social club within the ground will not be possible for tomorrow’s game against Hyde.
Fans who wish to drink will only be able to do so whilst seated in the John Downing Suite where table service will be provided. If this room reaches the Covid-19 capacity we will open the Stan Robinson Suite and once again table service will be provided.
Anyone standing or moving around will be required to wear a face covering at all times.
The fans bar will not be open. In the very fluid world we currently operate in your club is doing its best to keep everyone safe and respond to the latest advice and recommendations and we need everyone to play their part.
Tuesday 13th October 2020 KO 7.45pm IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
Tickets for the Stafford Rangers Emirates FA Cup game against Hereford will go on general release at 9.00 am on Thursday 8th October. These tickets are available for home fans only. The Ticket office will close at 9.00 am Monday 12th October. This game is all ticket and all pay.
Ticket Prices Adult £10.00, Concessions £7.00, Under 16’s £3.00
Under the latest current FA protocol, NO AWAY fans will be allowed. If any away fans try to buy tickets and are identified as such the ticket will be cancelled and refunded. The FA Cup protocol states ‘both clubs shall ensure that they do not allow, permit, encourage or facilitate spectators of visiting clubs access to any area of the ground on match day.
Both Hereford and Stafford take this responsibility seriously.
On match day should any person who is identified as an away fan attempt to gain access with a ticket they will be denied entry and no refund given.
Covid-19 (Support) With the increase in live cases Social Distancing has never been more important and whilst we will be actively stewarding all areas we need your full co-operation and individual responsibility to ensure we comply with guidelines throughout the club and terraces. We will continue to be scrutinised closely to ensure we act within strict Covid-19 guidelines and the safety of everyone is our priority.
We can’t do it alone, we are all in this together to ensure we can put games on and keep each other safe. Please play your part.
Our recommendation is that face coverings are worn at all times throughout the stadium and are mandatory in the stand and accessing bars and toilets. Use hand sanitisers regularly and give everyone around you space distance and respect.
Gates will open at 5.30pm and access into the ground through Gates A & D where all tickets will be scanned on entry.
We ask you to not leave entrance to the ground until last minute if at all possible we want to minimise queues , maximise distance between fans queuing for access and avoid last minute rushes. In preparation can you please download the NHS track & Trace app wherever possible to log into the venue.
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR GATES WILL NOW TOTALLY CLOSE AT 7.45 pm SHARP NO ACCESS WILL BE ALLOWED TO ANYONE AFTER THIS TIME.