STAFFORD Rangers are going through one of their worst crises in their 138-year history.
But the good news is that there are people out there who have the club at heart and are willing to put in the time and effort to make sure the name of Stafford Rangers does not disappear off the non-league map.
If the sheer embarrassment of what is the 2013/14 campaign and a third relegation in six years now confirmed is not enough, several major departures have rocked the club this week. The club’s foundations have not, for many years, been so unstable as they are now.
However, the loyal, long-suffering Boro supporters are determined to take the necessary steps and take the club by the scruff of the neck in order to fill the cracks that have appeared all too often this season.
First to depart last weekend was chairman of two years, Rod Woodward, who is also stepping down as club director after seven years.
In a statement, Woodward said: “I have decided to commit more time to being with my family and would like to thank all existing and former directors for their continuous support and dedication to me and the club.”
While thanking all staff, shareholders, stakeholders and volunteers for their hard work, he added: “I would also like to thank the life blood of the club, the fans, for their continued support.
“I have been honoured to act as a custodian for the club and wish all involved every success for the future.” He said any monies owed to him would not have to be settled for 12 months.
Today (Saturday), Rangers entertain King’s Lynn in the league (3pm).
Rangers Youth are through to their second cup final after defeating Keele FC 1-0 in the semi-finals of the Sentinel Cup. The final is at Britannia Stadium on May 8.