We learn more about Saturday’s opposition…
By Matty Paddock - 14/09/2017
Posted 6 months ago
Harriers head to Deeping Rangers this weekend in the Emirates FA Cup Second Qualifying Round.
The match has captured the imagination of many – not least the media, who clearly fancy an FA Cup upset after the match was selected for live streaming by BBC Sport.
It will be the very first meeting between the two sides (also don’t forget the 12.30pm kick-off), and we decided to find out a little more about the opposition.
Here are 5 key things you need to know about Deeping Rangers:
WHERE ARE THEY EXACTLY?
Geographically, they’re in Market Deeping, Lincolnshire, not far from Peterborough. They play their home games at the Haydon Whitham Stadium which has a capacity of 2,000.
In footballing terms, they play in the United Counties League Premier Division, looking to go one better this time around after a second-placed finish last season.
The division sits at three steps below Harriers’ National League North in the non-league pyramid.
CONFIDENCE IS HIGH
With just two defeats in all competitions this season, it goes without saying that there will be little that our hosts fear this weekend.
They began their league season last month with a comfortable win at home to Wisbech Town and have backed that up already with successes over Yaxley, Barton, Holbeach and Northampton Sileby Rangers.
Six games into their league season, they sit in sixth place – but tellingly they already have three games in hand on their rivals and a tidy 13 points on the board. Most recently they thumped Northampton 5-0 in midweek.
A LITTLE BACKGROUND, PLEASE…
The club were formed in 1966, though played for two years as a Sunday League team before that.
They worked their way through local divisions in the Peterborough area before achieving promotion to the United Counties League in the late 1990s.
Their current FA Cup run ranks as their joint best in history, having previously reached this round on two occasions – most recently just two seasons ago, when they were beaten at home by higher-graded AFC Rushden & Diamonds in front of a record crowd of 635.
Their stadium has undergone major developments over the years to the tune of hundreds of thousands of pounds – including the installation of turnstiles acquired from Wembley Stadium in 2002.
Arguably their most notable playing export is former Derby County striker Malcolm Christie. Christie was a graduate of Rangers’ youth system, and went on to feature for the Rams, Middlesbrough and Leeds United as well as England U21s.
WHO IS IN CHARGE?
Deeping’s gaffer is Michael Goode – three times a former Rangers player, one of those spells coinciding with that of Christie.
He turned out for Bedford and Yaxley before moving into a managerial career that has included plenty of success so far. He has had spells in the hot-seats at Blackstones and Peterborough Northern Star, and has claimed numerous items of items of silverware, including the Bedfordshire Senior Cup
A fair few! Striker Scott Coupland, a former Lincoln United player, has ten goals to his name this season already in all competitions.
Fellow hit-man and fellow Scott, Scott Mooney, has five goals this term, including a brace in Tuesday night’s win at Northampton.
The Rangers skipper is 28-year-old David Burton-Jones, a former Stamford player. He’s once again been a big influence on their squad this season, helping steer the team through FA Cup challenges against the likes of Peterborough Northern Star, Barton and Brockton in previous rounds.
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