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Make ground frightening for opponents

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

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NEWLY appointed Stafford Rangers manager Graham Heathcote wants to make the Marston Road ground a frightening place for opponents.

Having played at Stafford on numerous occasions in an Altrincham career spanning over 500 appearances, Heathcote said: "We need to get a buzz about the place.

"This should be a frightening place to come. It's not at the moment, for whatever reason, but it should be - and it was!"

Heathcote, who also managed Altrincham for eight years, said: "I would like to dedicate the win (against Stocksbridge) to the Jim Sergeant's (former Boro legend) of this world, who I played against and I know what Staffiord Rangers werev like.

"One of the reasons I took this job was the history of the club.

"And I want to bring it back for the likes of those players who played for Rangers in the seventies and eighties and were absolutely fantastic.

"That is the aim, Let's hope it is the start of things to come."

Heathcote, who has confirmed the appointment of Chris Adam as his assistant and Martin Prentice, who selected the team against Stocksbridge, as head coach, faces a long first away-day trip to tenth place Blyth Spartans on Saturday.

A win on the North-East coast could possibly lift Rangers, who are now 14 points adrift of safety, up a place if Stocksbridge lose at home to Marine.

Rangers then follow up with fixtures against three of the bottom six, at home to winless Droylsden on January 18, followed by Grantham (away, Jan 25) and Frickley Athletic (home, Feb 1).

On the injury front, defender Paris Bateman will almost certainly miss the rest of the season after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the Boxing Day clash at Nantwich. Fabrice Kasiama is sidelined with a similar injury.

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  • mwj666  |  January 10 2014, 2:25AM

    Hmm - DAVID Bailey indeed, before anyone else corrects me it was of course TERRY Bailey, I should remember that, he signed my copy of 'Cinderella Story'! And for the original Shed-enders.... "Ray Williams Superstar, how many goals have you scored so far" ;-)

  • mwj666  |  January 09 2014, 4:16PM

    Here's a few more fearsome names for you Graham - Ray Williams, Mick Cullerton, David Bailey, Stuart (Shack) Chapman, Dave Latham (possibly the best winger to ever pull on a Rangers jersey)..... think I still have a Rangers programme somewhere with you on the Alty team sheet ;-) Unfortunately the 'glory days' of the Roy Chapman era are long gone, but I wish you luck trying to bring them back - and the 3,000+ average home 'gate' (or 7,000 for Wigan, Macc or Skem) that went with them