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Grantham Rangers fold following staff exodus

Grantham Rangers FC is set to cease as the club has been unable to bounce back after the departure of their manager Barry Baker and a mass exodus of staff.

Baker resigned from his position on 13th May 2010 after just seven months with the Abacus Lighting Central Midlands division side. Baker will take over Unibond First Division South’s Shepshed Dynamos and, in a move that has devastated Grantham Rangers, will take his backroom staff with him.

This combined with Ranger’s vice chairman Dave Newbould’s decision to step down due to ill health with his wife; treasurer of the club, following him has left the club with a severe staff shortage.

Unusually financial problems were not cited as a reason for the fold. Although Grantham have suffered a disappointing season, finishing in bottom spot, a restructure of the league may have saved them from relegation. They are sponsored by Kestrel and have use of the SKDC facilities which are arguably superior to many other clubs in the same league.

Geoff Green, secretary of Grantham Rangers, was forced to make the difficult decision to fold after he has “worked hard for four and a half years” but accepts that ultimately “you can’t run a club at this level with nobody in the background.”

Grantham Rangers have now formally submitted their decision to cease competing to the League and will officially fold at the end of May.

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