Pitch-side Preview: Tuesday 3rd July 2012

Just 48 hours after the Euro 2012 Final brought the 2011/12 season to a close, Rocester and Stafford Rangers begin their preparations for the forthcoming 2012/13 season.

I don’t know whether the same is true for Rocester but I’m certain that a game on the 3rd July is Stafford Rangers’ earliest-ever pre-season friendly.

Heading to Hillsfield during pre-season is something of a tradition for me and this evening’s game will be my eighth Rocester v Stafford Rangers pre-season friendly. Add to that a couple of other friendlies against Gresley FC and Burton Albion.

03/08/2002 - Rocester 3 Stafford Rangers 7 (att 205)
19/07/2003 - Rocester 0 Stafford Rangers 1 (att 150 hc)
13/07/2004 - Rocester 0 Stafford Rangers 2 (att 200 hc)
09/07/2005 - Rocester 1 Stafford Rangers 5 (att 120 hc)
11/07/2006 - Rocester 1 Stafford Rangers 1 (att 174)
10/07/2007 - Rocester 0 Stafford Rangers 1 (att 221)
23/07/2011 - Rocester 1 Stafford Rangers 0 (att 155 hc)

There are a few friendlies I missed and I also didn't go to the league game between Rocester and Stafford Rangers during the 1999/2000 season, refereed by Facebook friend Mr S. R. Davies!

Last season, at the start of Greg Clowes' reign as Stafford manager, Rocester recorded a 1-0 victory with a late Jack Langston goal.

Kick-off this evening is 7-45 pm.

Note to self: I must get to a Rocester home league game this coming season!