Stafford Rangers Football Club invite you to apply for the vital role of Football Secretary. Reporting to the Director of Football, the Football Secretary is responsible for advising the Board of Directors and club officials on all football matters.
Whilst the role is primarily concerned with the first team the successful applicant will also be expected to provide support to the Youth and Development squads. The role is unpaid but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. The role will take up to 20 hours per week so the successful applicant will need the capacity to commit to this challenging position.
The Football Secretary will need to communicate with the FA, League and County FA to ensure compliance with rules, deadlines and regulations. Applicants will need excellent communication skills and be organised to be able to juggle a wide variety of tasks from preparing player documentation in all its many areas through to match day reporting and entering and administrating competitions.
Ideally we are looking for someone with experience in this role and knowledge of football at Step 4 and upwards but will also consider and welcome applications from people with the necessary skill sets to be able to receive training and get up and running quickly.
This vacancy results from our current Football Secretary Peter Lowe standing down after 6 years due to family and professional commitments.
Stafford Rangers would like to publicly thank Peter for the huge efforts he has made to drive the club forward with his professionalism, knowledge and hard work. His enthusiasm for the game and experience have been invaluable and it has been a pleasure to work with him. All at the club wish him and his family all the very best for the future.
Whilst we are still a while away from watching competitive football at Marston Road we are opening the ground on the 17th and 18th April for fans to be able to come down and have a drink outside.
The Social Club and its bars will remain closed but we will be opening a Beer Garden with table service for groups of 6 at tables which will be set up outside the area behind the Goal outside the Chairman’s Suite (weather permitting) and serving drinks from the Chairman’s Suite directly to your table.
No reservations are required but please note that drinks will have to be consumed at your table and you will not be able to sit in the stand.
It’s time for all our fans to come home and leave those Zoom calls behind, forget about those home chores and talk football, looking out onto the hallowed turf.
Swap stories of your best football memories, best match, favourite players and chat about the forthcoming 21/22 season with your football family.
It’s been a long time coming but we will be opening the Beer Garden, Kick off at 12.00 until 7.00 pm on both Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th April on a trial basis. The welcome will be warm and the beer cold and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
Because we can only accommodate people outside to comply with Covid-19 restrictions both days will be only possible if the weather forecast is half decent and if we do have to cancel we will put a post on our website to advise on Thursday 15th April.
If this is successful we will do it again so we ask all fans to be sensible and respect the guidelines that are in place.
Put the date in your diary, it’s time to come home to your football club. Up the Boro
With the season curtailed the club is concentrating all efforts on preparing for the 21/22 season. Behind the scenes we have been looking at changes we feel need to be made to our squad. Making fundamental change is never easy but we confirm that the following players will be released at the end of the season:-
We would like to thank each and every one of them for their commitment, hard work and the pride they all showed in playing for Stafford Rangers and wish each and every one of them every success for the future. We will keep you advised of any further changes as they happen
I am now able to announce the result of my latest fund raising project as the 2020/21 season has been officially terminated. However, before I announce the result I would like to thank the 33 entrants and 27 donors who, at £5 each, enabled me to raise £300 for the club. Thanks also to John Bromley for his donation of £150 to the prize fund.
Number of Sponsors
So as you can see I had one outright winner on 16 points and I am pleased to announce the winner has donated the £150 prize back to the club. A very generous gesture, however, they have told me they do not want any publicity and wish to remain anonymous and I respect their wishes. So that is why I have detailed only numbers of entrants and points scored rather than listing names. However, if any entrants wish to know the score, please contact me for the information.
Thanks again for your support, it is greatly appreciated by myself and the directors.
For Stafford Rangers, the last few months may have been filled with twice weekly player and coaching staff Zoom calls but with the 2020/21 season now officially curtailed, Rangers boss Matt Hill is now concentrating solely on what needs to be done in advance of the new season in August and putting building blocks in place.
His first objective has been to ensure he has got the nucleus of an excellent back room staff. Matt is delighted to announce the immediate appointment of Dale Belford as First Team Assistant Manager. Dale started his playing days at Aston Villa and made over 1,000 professional and semi pro appearances in his goalkeeping career playing for Nott’s County, Tamworth,( played for the club over 4 decades) Hinckley and Coalville. He then gained valuable management experience at Atherstone, Tamworth, Rugby Town, Hinckley, and Stratford before accepting the Assistant Managers post to work alongside Matt Hill.
Dale is enthusiastic about his appointment explaining ‘Rangers have a great history but I look forward to working with Matt and concentrating on delivering a great future for the club and its fans’
The back room staff is completed with John Psaras, First team Coach, Paul Hayward, Goalkeeping Coach and Ben Pickford, First Team Analyst.
Matt states’ I think we have a good strong management team in place at the right time with Dale bringing excellent playing and management experience and excellent contacts throughout the midlands. We both have the same approach and football philosophy we want to play Pressure Football. It’s my first new signing and a great one ’
Rangers Manager also views the role of the Academy and Development squad as a vital aspect of the clubs development going forward, and sees his role to not only to provide a winning first team but also to bring a cohesive structure to the club that will benefit everyone in the long term. Matt also see’s greater opportunity to develop links with other bigger local clubs.
The Development Squad are also delighted to announce that Ben Pickford and Tim Turner have been appointed as Assistant Manager and Head Coach with immediate effect.
Matt accepts he is in management terms inexperienced, but he now feels confident that he has a strong backroom staff around him to start Rangers next Challenge.
‘I am young, confident and hungry to achieve success, carry no baggage and we are determined to get it right. Experience doesn’t and hasn’t always delivered success so I want the fans to get behind us as we make decisions going forward to play a team that keeps the ball in the opponents half and wins games’.