Deeping boss attracts former Arsenal star to Outgang Road
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)