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Stafford Rangers were innocent party in 2004 fixture

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 04, 2014

By Dave McLean

Stafford Rangers were innocent party in 2004 fixture

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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.

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