STAFFORD Rangers were the innocent party in an end-of-season abandonment fiasco in 2004 (Those Were The Days).
Rangers were ordered to replay their fixture at Weston-super-Mare after the Dr Martens Premier league management left many member clubs shocked and stunned.
The league hearing found Weston guilty of causing the abandonment of a league game in April 2004 after their manager Frank Gregan refused to accept either of two qualified replacements for an injured linesman, while Boro boss Phil Robinson wanted to play on.
The match was two minutes into the second half, with Rangers leading 1-0 at the home, when the game was called off. Weston were fined £400. “They (Weston) got what they wanted and it’s a disgrace,” said Rangers secretary Mick Hughes.
Gayton motorcycle ace Sam Owens experienced a tough baptism after moving up to the British Supersport 600 Championship.
The 21-year-old competed alongside the British superbikes on a Honda CBR 600 RR but experienced an oil leak in the first race and retired, before taking a top 20 finish in his second outing.
Stafford Sunday league side Horns FC completed a knockout double. A week after lifting the prestigious Staffs FA Challenge Trophy, the fifth division outfit won the divisional trophy with a 5-1 victory over league leaders St Leonards.
St Leonards A took over top spot in the Stafford Snooker League after back-to-back 6-0 victories against the same Jade Rooms D opponents. Impressive for the Saints were Adrian Hughes, Andy Prendergast, Mick Fox, Neil Dale and Graham Sheridan.
A sparkling century from Matty Jones helped Penkridge CC firsts to a winning start in the Birmingham and District League at Walmley.
Jones hit four sixes in an innings of 103 and was the mainstay as Penkridge reached 234-7 off 45 overs. In reply, Walmley were restricted to 184-8 as Toby Morrell took three wickets and Percy Manning two.
Relegated Universal A got the 2004 season off to a winning start with a impressive 11-1 victory over fellow demoted Bridgtown A.
Chris Holt was the star of the show for second division Universal with a 21-6 card. Alstom A beat Meir B 8-4.