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Altrincham legend Graham Heathcote is Stafford Rangers new manager

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 03, 2014

By Dave McLean

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AN Altrincham legend is the new manager of Stafford Rangers.

Graham Heathcote, aged 59, was appointed late on Friday to succeed Andy Mutch, who left Marston Road on Thursday after just four months in charge of the struggling Evo-Stik outfit.

In a club statement, the Rangers board said: "The club are pleased to announce the appointment of Graham Heathcote as the new first team football manager.

"He (Heathcote) formally accepted the position and will he be present at the game against Stocksbridge tomorrow.

"As originally planned, SRFC head coach Martin Prentice will select the team and look after match preparations tomorrow.

"We trust that you will all support Graham is his new role and wish him success."

Heathcote is very well respected throughout the game, having made over 500 appearances and scored nearly 150 goals for Altrincham after making his debut as a 17-year-old.

The midfielder won most honours with the Moss Lane club, including two Alliance (Conference,now Skrill) league titles and helped Altrincham to success in the 1978 FA Trophy final.

The new Rangers boss also served Altrincham as captain, coach, assistant manager, secretary and first team manager (for eight years).

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