TAPIBAW No 51 - Stafford Rangers (England)
Although Stafford Rangers were founded in the
19th century, the period up to 1969 is a tale familiar to many non-league clubs, of
different leagues and periods of inactivity when the club was disbanded.
However 1969 saw the team from Marston Road admitted to the Northern Premier League, and
in the following decade they made three Wembley visits for FA Trophy finals, being
Since then it's been an up and down existence, with behind the scenes wrangling, financial
disasters narrowly averted and a succession of managers through the door. They also
managed to keep a hold of one Stanley Victor Collymore for a while before flogging him to
Crystal Palace for 100k.
They're now in the Dr.Martens Premier Division and finished in 9th position last season.
In typical style they've recently changed managers yet again and now have Stafford-born
Phil Robinson at the helm.
Rather oddly, Stafford's nickname is the Boro.
No 52 - Hahndorf Soccer Club (Australia)
|| After a bit of UK-based TAPIBAW action
we're back on our global travels this time out, and our gaze alights on Hahndorf of the
South Australian Amateur Soccer League.
While all TAPIBAWS and their players are most welcome, it's especially nice to see that
Hahndorf have a fan of the real black and whites in their ranks - on the bottom right of
our photo is striker Terry Kent, who submitted the following to the inevitable
||6 May 1962
SC SENIOR DEBUT:
HATED PRO CLUB(S):
Quality stuff, and we won't be calling him a
shandy-drinking pom, at least not to his face....
TAPIBAW No 53 - Flexsys Cefn Druids AFC (Wales)
||With Gary Speed, Craig Bellamy and the rest
of Wales having another blank summer devoid of World Cup fever to contend with, in our own
small way we now seek to turn the spotlight on the temporarily forgotten nation by
featuring a League of Wales club on TAPIBAW.
Formed in 1992 by a merger of local sides Druids United and Cefn Albion,
this is a quietly impressive small club. In a decade they've founded a youth academy,
quality web presence and fanzine (The Ancient Druid - slogan "Left out of
Wrexham and down a bit") as well as a Friends of the Druids club.
Late news: The prize fund for Play Your Cards Right in the clubhouse every
Friday evening is now a minimum of £30, while the Open The Box jackpot has
now risen to £70. Bingo remains in it's Monday night slot.
TAPIBAW No 54 - Fremantle United
||Since 1978 the Fremantle club have been
competing at various levels in local and Western Australian leagues, and their senior side
play in the Western Australian Premier Division alongside such luminaries as Floreat
Athena and Perth Azzurri.
In addition they run no less than 26 sides at youth level, catering for both sexes from 6
to 17 year olds.
As can be seen from our image of one of the youth sides in action, Fremantle have grasped
the value of actually having contrasting numbers that can easily be read. What a pity that
a certain other side in black and white are incapable of making the same deduction.
TAPIBAW No 55 - Torquay United
||Many thanks to exiled toon
fan Bev, who tipped us off about the new 2002-03
Torquay United away strip, here being modelled by the Plainmoor
Bev also tells us that this change of strip is in fact an
echo from a previous age, when the Gulls were known as the Magpies
in the 1920's and wore the famous stripes.
Mind, they still didn't win owt.
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