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Stafford Rangers needs stability to thrive - says Newsletter

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

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So the end of an era looms at Stafford Rangers as the once mighty football club drops into the lowest level of competition in its history.Never before have the Marston Road men played in the fourth level of non-league football.

But this will be their fate next season, after they finally lost the battle against relegation on Saturday.

In truth, the fight to avoid the drop has been ongoing since the very early weeks of the campaign - despite one of the most hopeful pre-season showings for years.

Players appeared to be flocking to sign up - in contrast to previous years when it was sometimes difficult for the club to muster enough for a pre-season team photograph.

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But as the results failed to come, manager quickly followed manager, with players - more than 60 of them - coming and going through the revolving doors of the Marston Road changing rooms.

Perhaps in the end it was this sheer volume of players that lay at the root of Rangers’ troubles.

Money or not, the basis of a successful side is stability - and there has been precious little of that this year either on the field or off.

Stability is what the club needs as it goes forward into the uncharted territory of the Evo Stik Division 1; Rangers fans must hope that manager Graham Heathcote will stick with the club.

The one bright spot on the horizon is the success of this year’s youth side - perhaps many of these talented youngsters will form the basis for next year’s team.

The club needs to swallow its pride - forget the past and the glory days and get on with the task of grinding out the results and earning the support of its fans once more.

Those glory days might then return.

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