Today’s match at Farsley Celtic has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch

Farsley match preview – Phil Bennett

Do not shout it out too loud but on Saturday we travel to top of the league Farsley Celtic. They will not need reminding that last Saturday we travelled to top of the league Warrington. Can lightning strike twice.


In midweek both sides put the league to one side to play cup football. Remember when Farsley visited us recently and beat us 5-0 in the Integro cup. Well last Tuesday they beat Belper 3-1 to now play Trafford in the Integro League Cup final. More importantly for us we knocked out Kidsgrove with a Ben Mills header to book our place in the Staffs Senior Cup final. No date has yet been arranged for the final but keep a look out on 26th of this month as Rushall play Stoke City under 23’s in the other semi-final.

We have come across Farsley Celtic before, but that side came to an unfortunate end as they entered Administration in June 2009 whilst in the Blue Square North, failing fulfil its fixtures and eventually being expelled from that league early in 2010. Our record with that team was a 0-1 away defeat on opening day 2007 and a home defeat 0-2 in the March. Both sides were relegated from the Conference and met again on the opening day in 2008 but we recorded a 1-0 win but lost 4-0 away in December. 2009/10 saw us draw 2-2 at home but on-going financial difficulties saw the Administrators appointed with the club’s results expunged in March 2010 when the Administrator prohibited the club from fulfilling its fixtures, one of them being our away fixture.

One funny anecdote from the old Farsley was that for the segregated away end at half time two guys lifted out the turnstile and allowed fans out to purchase cans of beer out of a car boot.

Farsley AFC were formed in June 2010 from the embers of Farsley Celtic F.C and were placed in the NCEL Premier Division for their first season which turned out to be highly successful with a league and cup double recorded, it appears mainly due to many of the former players remaining loyal to the club. Promotion to the Northern Premier League 1 in 2011/12 saw them secured 4th spot but they failed in the play offs. Consolidation at step 4 then continued until season 2016/17 when they finished runners up to Lancaster and promotion secured. Last season Farsley finished 4th and did the double over us. This season they came to Marston Road in October for the league game and went home with a 3-1 win.

So, come on you Rangers’ fans out there, lets keep this run going and who knows if lightening can strike twice, they there is no reason why we cannot spring yet another surprise. I understand spaces are available on the fans minibus but for independent drivers head for the Throstle nest LS28 5BE. For those going by train, Farsley lies between Leeds and Bradford with New Pudsey being the nearest station which is a ten-minute walk away from Throstle Nest.

Farsley have only lost twice at home in the league this season to, Hednesford and Witton. If Hednesford can do it then why can’t we.




Games payed on 16th March this century

2002 Bath City A 3-4 Southern League
2013 Eastwood H 2-0 Northern Premier League


We have received a message from Kidsgrove Athletic that following a pitch inspection tonight’s match is ON.


Kidsgrove match preview.

Kidsgrove match preview.

Kidsgrove stand in our way as we try to return to the Staffs Senior Cup final to keep a tighter grip on “our” trophy. However, let’s not be too complacent playing away to a side a division below as they will see the opportunity to put one over us. They are currently enjoying a good run of results, having had league victories over Leek and Runcorn Linnets who are 5th and 3rd respectively. They also demolished Newcastle 5-1 in the last round of this cup. To make matters worse, former Rangers players Chris Budrys and Anthony Malbon are banging in the goals, with Malbon fresh from his hat trick on Saturday against Droylsden making it 8 goals in his last 7 games. That recent run has steered them well away from any relegation threat and currently lie 11th in the west Division with 41 points from their 29 games and a plus 8 goal difference. With league status all but secured for another season it looks like Kidsgrove can go all out for a Staffordshire Senior Cup success.

Kidsgrove Athletic are a relatively young side, formed in December 1952. Having played in local league football they joined the Staffs County League in1963 and three years later, having won the County league and the Staffs Challenge Cup they joined the Mid-Cheshire league where they became champions four times and challenge cup winners three times. During the seventies the club lifted several trophies with success in the Staffs FA Vase, the Challenge Cup and the Sentinel Cup. In the Eighties having tried several times to join the North West Counties League, they were finally accepted in 1989. 1992 saw their best National cup run losing to Tiverton in the FA Vase. Four years later as champions Kidsgrove were promoted to the Unibond Northern Premier League. 2004 saw them finish bottom of the league but some league restructuring saved them from their first ever relegation. That year they did however win the Staffs Senior Cup for the first time beating us 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium. While still playing at step 4 of the non-league pyramid, Kidsgrove have had recent success in the Staffs Senior cup beating Rushall Olympic 6-1 in 2007, with a return in 2008, but losing to Rocester. 2009 saw yet another Staffs Senior Cup win at Vale Park when a 2-2 draw with us (yet again) and Kidsgrove triumph on penalties.

I know Wednesday night is an unusual day for football for us, but please travel up the A34 to cheer on the team.

Games played on13th March this century.

2004 Moor Green A 2-1 Southern League
2007 Gravesend H 3-1 Conference
2010 Northwich Victoria A 2-2 Conference North
2018 Warrington H 0-0 Northern Premier League

Warrington Town 2-3 Stafford Rangers

Warrington Town 2-3 Stafford Rangers

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League | Saturday 9 March 2019

Stafford Rangers pulled off a shock win away to league leaders Warrington Town to ease their relegation fears. Warrington had to play most of the game with 10 men after Ben Garrity was sent off for collecting two yellow cards inside the opening 14 minutes but, with the wind in their backs, it was the Wire who struck first through Bohan Dixon.

The home side came into the game on the back of an 8-match unbeaten run and they started in confident mood as Connor McCarthy showed a burst of pace to beat Luke Jones on the left, but Tom Thorley was back to cut out the centre.

Garrity picked up the first of his yellow cards for what was deemed to be a dive in the area. Jack Mackreth had threaded a good ball through, but the young midfielder went to ground under Dan Burns’ challenge. Referee Jack Nields was unimpressed. If Garrity felt any injustice from that decision, he knew he was on thin ice and could have few complaints by the second yellow card he received for a late challenge on Andy Haworth just five minutes later although it appeared some time before Nields realised it was the same player before showing the red card.

Nields wasn’t having any nonsense and Joe Cuff saw his name taken for bundling Shaun Beeley to the ground. Dylan Vassallo’s in swinging free kick looked to have been over hit but Mark Roberts managed to pull it back and Dixon nodded past Adam Siviter to give the Wire a 21st minute lead. But Rangers didn’t let their heads drop and, aided by the player advantage, they gradually got to grips with the conditions. Cuff put a shot in on goal, but it deflected wide off team mate Jake Charles.

That was to be more or less it for Cuff who was substituted shortly after for his own good – the young midfielder has already been dismissed twice this season and was risking another. Andrai Jones and Charles both tried their luck on the Warrington goal, but it was skipper Luke Jones who got his side back on level terms on the stroke of half time when he fired past Tony McMillan after Warrington had failed to clear a free kick from Haworth.

There wasn’t too much between the two sides in the opening exchanges of the second half but then Rangers struck twice in quick succession to take command. On 59 mins, Ben Mills won the aerial challenge to knock down Thorley’s long throw and Theo Bailey-Jones was first to react and shot past McMillan. Three minutes later, Rangers won a corner on the right which was taken by Haworth and powerfully headed into the roof of the net by Luke Jones. Bailey-Jones missed a great chance to add a fourth five minutes later when he turned over from close range.

Warrington, with the imposing figures of Josh Amis and Marcus Cusani now leading their attack, were still a threat and Cusani fired over when well-placed after the two substitutes had linked well. It was Cusani who set up a nail-biting finish when he reduced the arrears with 3 minutes remaining following Vassallo’s free kick. And the home side thought they had salvaged a stoppage time point through Amis’ perfectly placed header, but Adam Siviter pulled off a stunning save to earn his side all three points.

Warrington Town: 1 Tony McMillan, 2 Shaun Beeley, 3 Alex Whittle, 4 Ben Garrity, 5 Mark Roberts, 6 David Raven, 7 Jack Mackreth (12 Josh Amis 46m), 8 Robbie Evans, 9 Connor McCarthy (15 Marcus Cusani 63m), 10 Bohan Dixon (14 Russell Benjamin 79m), 11 Dylan Vassallo. Unused Subs:16 Mitch Duggan, 17 Adam Hughes

Stafford Rangers: 1 Adam Siviter, 2 Paul Bignot, 3 Matt Hill, 4 Luke Jones, 5 Dan Burns, 6 Andrai Jones, 7 Theo Bailey-Jones, 8 Tom Thorley, 9 Jake Charles (15 Louis Briscoe 89m), 10 Andy Haworth (12 Jack Sherratt 79m), 11 Joe Cuff (Sub 16 Ben Mills 39m). Unused Subs: 14 Sam Coulson, 17 Peter Williams

Cautions: Whittle, Roberts (Warrington), Cuff, Hill (Rangers)

Sent Off: Garrity – two cautions (Warrington)

Referee: Jack Neilds

Att: 553

Report: Chris Elsley

Steve Winterburn

Steve Winterburn

As the newest board member at Stafford Rangers, my first priority is to get to know as many of the fans, sponsors and stakeholders of the club, to learn more about how I can use my experience to support the future success of the organisation, on and off the field. 

Since I moved to Stafford in 1987, at the age of six, I have been fortunate enough to be able to see the impact Stafford Rangers FC has had on the local community it serves and in particular young people, like my son, who have been able to benefit from playing for the junior section of the club.

The passion from players, fans and staff is what made me get more involved in the club and I feel privileged to have been accepted onto the board. Having the experience of being a club sponsor representative, through my role as Dealer Principal for the Holdcroft Motor Group, I can also see how important it is for the club to make the most of the commercial opportunities ahead. After all, any additional revenue that comes into the club, can ultimately help us to invest in the ‘on the pitch’ and support staff talent we need to be successful.

But it is not just sponsorship that brings in additional revenue, it is also how we and the community around us use our facilities, that will make a real difference. For example, coming to the club on match day is a great community experience, especially for young people. I will therefore make it one of my key goals to explore how we can engage more within the community and how this can benefit individuals, groups, fans, players and sponsors alike.

I am excited about the future and look forward to helping and supporting the existing team at the club and contributing to the overall success of Stafford Rangers FC.

Finally, I just want to say a big thank you to the board and staff for making me and my family so welcome at the club. I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can in the future and once again, I can’t stress enough what a great privilege it is for me to be accepted onto the board.

Steve Winterburn