Deep­ing boss at­tracts for­mer Arse­nal star to Out­gang Road

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

IT is not of­ten that an in­ter­na­tional player drops in at Out­gang Road, but one was on hand for Deep­ing Rangers’ pre­sen­ta­tion night.

For­mer Arse­nal, Manch­ester City and Crys­tal Palace star Ed­die McGoldrick - who won 15 caps for the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land, all af­ter ini­tially fail­ing to make the grade at Posh - was on hand to dish out the tro­phies to the Rangers first and re­serve teams.

McGoldrick (45), who is cur­rently un­der­tak­ing his coach­ing badges and run­ning a youth side at Northamp­ton Town, is a long-time friend of Deep­ing man­ager Pat Ray­ment. The two of them were in the same London Road youth squad back in the late 1970s and early 80s.

Mitch Grif­fiths car­ried off most hon­ours on Fri­day af­ter im­press­ing both his team-mates and the Rangers faith­ful to win the play­ers’ player of the sea­son and the sup­port­ers’ player of the sea­son awards.

Ben Porter took the man­ager’s player of the sea­son gong af­ter clearly catch­ing the eye of boss Ray­ment while Scott Cunningham won the re­serves’ player of the sea­son award.

Ray­ment said: “My­self and Ed­die go back 30 years and it was bril­liant of him to come over.

“We were in the same youth side at Posh and heaven only knows why they didn’t take him on be­cause his tal­ent was ob­vi­ous.

“But he still made a big name for him­self in the game. The way he went from non-league with Ket­ter­ing to one of the best clubs in the world should be an in­spi­ra­tion for young play­ers.”

Ray­ment’s first team fin­ished fourth in the United Coun­ties League Premier Di­vi­sion last sea­son de­spite los­ing five of their open­ing six games.

Rangers shone dur­ing the sec­ond half of the cam­paign when putting to­gether a four-month, 14-match un­beaten run and their man­ager is al­ready work­ing hard to strengthen his ranks for a ti­tle tilt next term.

Ray­ment is in pur­suit of Hol­beach hot-shot Liam Nimmo and high­lyrated Bourne Town de­fender Nathan Stain­field. Both of those play­ers are sure to be in de­mand af­ter their clubs were de­moted to Di­vi­sion One due to fail­ing to meet ground grad­ing re­quire­ments.

Ray­ment added: “I have meet­ings planned with both Liam and Nathan in the next few days. I’m talk­ing to a few other play­ers as well but it is vi­tal that any ad­di­tions we make im­prove the squad.

“It is qual­ity we are af­ter, not quan­tity.”

DEEP­ING re­serve boss Dar­ren Jarvis is un­der­stood to be a con­tender for the va­cant Blackstones job.

The Stam­ford club are to in­ter­view a short­list of three can­di­dates to­mor­row night af­ter the res­ig­na­tion of David Bird at the end of last sea­son.

John Chand, who guided Bos­ton­based Sun­day side Mag­net Tav­ern to an hon­ours tre­ble and the fi­nal of the FA Sun­day Cup last sea­son, is also in the frame.

STAR AT­TRAC­TION: That was for­mer Arse­nal star Ed­die McGoldrick (third from the right) at Deep­ing Rangers’ an­nual pre­sen­ta­tion night. Pic­tured from the left are Andy Moore, Kev Daven­port, Pat Ray­ment, Ed­die McGoldrick, Danny Hussey and Dan Jarvis. (METP-28-05-10AS340)

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