People Of Swindon - Lock Up Yer Daughters - Ranger Has Arrived!

Last updated : 19 August 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

Swindon Town website 'The Washbag' ask the question "will he change?"

We said on NU-Mad in 2011: "The sooner Newcastle United get rid of this kid, the better!"

dAnd since then there have been rape cases; violence in Newcastle city centre; and he refused to turn up for training on time ... at one point being told to train alone.

What did Newcastle United mean to him? Well ... he put his Championship winners medal up for sale back in February.

Is he worth the hassle? NO WAY!!!!

He is a crack-head in waiting. His next home will be jail! 

Swindon Town website 'The Washbag': The County Ground ‘welcomes’ former Newcastle United forward Nile Ranger. Writes Ron Smith.

Nile Ranger has some history. He started his career with the Crystal Palace youth academy before a move to Southampton. While at the south coast club, the 15-year-old Ranger was sentenced for his part in an armed street robbery – a reason why they let him go shortly after his release from spending 11 weeks in a young offenders’ institution.

Afterwards, following a successful trial at Swindon Town – in which he scored in a win at Supermarine – Newcastle United reacted quickest to secure his signature in 2008.

While at St James’ Park he would make 62 appearances, but had a return of three goals and even more off-the-pitch controversies, leading to his exit on Tyneside in March following this latest allegation.

dToday, Ranger is on bail following a preliminary hearing having been accused and charged of raping of woman at a Newcastle upon Tyne hotel in January.

The case has been adjourned until 21st October for Ranger’s plea; with a trial scheduled for the week commencing 20th January 2014.

Nonetheless, Swindon Town have agreed to secure him to a one-year deal with an option of a second year, of course pending the court judgement.

With a signing such as Ranger’s there will always be a split between those angered by their club welcoming a player who they wouldn’t ever wish to see representing their community, and those solely concerned by the performances on the pitch and league position.

Clearly no judgement can be made on the basis of the latest allegations as he’s innocent until proven guilty, but there is a degree of uncertainty whether Nile Ranger can mature as a man and a footballer and become a revitalised professional to perform to his natural ability.

It all went wrong in August 2011, as Ranger fell down the pecking order and by the end of the month he was arrested on suspicion of assault – a charge he was later found not guilty in October 2012.

Thereafter followed a period of controversies: a conviction for being drunk and disorderly; an ill-judged pose in a photograph with a replica gun; and being fined by the FA for making homophobic comments on Twitter, to name a few.

With a succession of issues over a troubled two years, this is the gamble which Swindon chairman Jed McCrory has been brave enough to take.

Nile Ranger has again recognised he needs to change, saying “it is time to clean up my act” and that he wants “to channel my energies back into football and feel the discipline and environment of the club will enable me to do this”.

However, can Swindon really help Ranger from ‘going off the rails’ again when Newcastle United couldn’t safeguard their investment when he was comfortably sitting on a five-and-a half-year contract?

Newcastle United Fixtures ...


Monday August 19
20:00 Premier League Manchester City v Newcastle United *Sky Sports

Saturday August 24
15:00 Premier League Newcastle United v West Ham United

Wednesday August 28
19:45 League Cup - 2nd Rnd Morecambe v Newcastle United *Sky Sports

Saturday August 31
15:00 Premier League Newcastle United v Fulham

Saturday September 14
15:00 Premier League Aston Villa v Newcastle United

Saturday September 21
15:00 Premier League Newcastle United v 
Hull City

Monday September 30
20:00 Premier League Everton v Newcastle United *Sky Sports


How To Get There And Where To Park


The stadium is located in the North East of Manchester.

From the South M6
Leave the M6 at Junction 19 and follow the A556 towards Stockport and then join the M56 going towards Stockport. Continue onto the M60 passing Stockport and heading on towards Ashton Under Lyne. Leave the M60 at Junction 23 and take the A635 towards Manchester. Branch off onto the A662 (Ashton New Road) towards Droylsden and Manchester. Stay on the A662 for around three miles and you will reach the Stadium on your right.

From The M62
Leave the M62 at Junction 18 and then join the M60 Ashton Under Lyne.  Leave the M60 at Junction 23 and take the A635 towards Manchester. Branch off onto the A662 (Ashton New Road) towards Droylsden/Manchester. Stay on the A662 for around three miles and you will reach the Stadium on your right.

Whilst Iain Macintosh informs me; 'I find this an easier route to the ground; Leave the M60 at Junction 24 and take the A57 (Hyde Road) towards Manchester. Turn right onto the A6010 (Pottery Lane). There are quite a number of unofficial car parks on both sides of Pottery Lane, costing around £5 per car. Pottery Lane becomes the Alan Turing Way and goes right past the stadium on your left'.

Car Parking


There is some parking available at the stadium itself which costs £10 per car. The East Car Park is nearest to the away entrance. Please be aware that there is a residents only parking scheme in place in the streets near to the ground, which extends about a mile out from the stadium. So if you want to street park, it means parking further away and then walking to the stadium. Some unofficial car parks have sprung up mostly charging around £5 per car. Terry Ireland a visiting Chelsea fan adds; 'Plenty of car parking spaces were available when we arrived at the stadium around two hours before kick off. However, getting out after the game was a joke.  It’s a little like a free for all and took us nearly an hour to exit the car park and be on our way. Meanwhile the unofficial car parks, all but 400 yards away, had cleared, been locked-up and were long gone by the time we passed them on our way home. And they cost the same to park!' Whilst Glen Connon tells me; 'I parked in the K2 car park, which is a field/scrubland, located on Ashton Old Road (A635) at the junction with Pottery Lane (A6010). The entrance is on the south carriageway of Ashton Old Road, about 200 yards from the junction (M11 3AA will get you right outside the entrance).  It cost £7, and is staffed throughout the afternoon. The stadium is then a ten-minute walk away'.

Peter Llewellyn informs me; 'The road links are busy even on non-match days so make sure you allow plenty of time. The stadium is part of Sportcity so car users should follow the brown Sportcity signs until near the stadium'.

By Train/Metrolink

The stadium now has its own Metrolink stop on the East Manchester line, called Etihad Campus; this is only a five minute walk from the away end. Trams can be caught from either Victoria or Piccadilly railway stations (or Market Street or Piccadilly Gardens in the city centre), taking a tram towards Droylsden, calling at Etihad Campus (which is on the north side of the stadium, next to the outside catering and toilets at City Square) and then Velopark (south east side of the stadium, near Asda, which is slightly nearer the away fans stadium entrance, but please note this station is closed after the game has ended). Trams are frequent on matchdays (every 6 minutes). The journey time from Piccadilly Station to the Etihad Campus stop is 8 minutes. A return ticket for this journey costs £2.90 for adults and £1.40 for children. Pre-recorded passenger information such as the names of station stops are read out by individual Manchester City players and management!

The new Metrolink stop also makes it easier to park near the motorways and get a tram into the city as the Metrolink has other lines into the city from Oldham, Eccles and Altrincham with parking facilities at several (e.g. at Ladywell near the M62/M602 from Liverpool and Whitefield (near M60 junction 17). For a PDF map showing the stops around the stadium visit the Metrolink website.

The closest railway station is Ashburys which is a short five minute train ride away from Manchester Piccadilly Station. The stadium is about a 15 minute walk away from Ashburys station. As you come out of the station turn left and after proceeding up the road you will come to the stadium on your left.

Otherwise if you have time on your hands then you can embark on the 20/25 minute walk from Piccadilly Station to the stadium. At the bottom of the main station approach turn right into Ducie Street. At the end of the road turn right onto Great Ancoats Street. Cross over the road, then the canal and turn left into Pollard Street - this is well marked as a walking route to "Sportcity". Continue straight along Pollard Street which leads onto the A662 Ashton New Road and you will come to the stadium on your left.

A shorter route from the station is to use the new exit to Fairfield Street (the taxi rank). As you come off the platforms, it’s in the left hand corner of the main concourse. Lifts or escalators down. (There’s also an exit from the little concourse off the bridge near platforms 13/14.) At the street exit head toward the railway over bridge, under that, then left again under the railway (Travis Street continuing into Adair Street), left at the end and right into Pollard Street (then as above).

Alternatively you can get a taxi from Piccadilly Station (around £6) or a bus from Piccadilly Gardens -  Go down the main approach from the station, then along London Road to Piccadilly Gardens; normal service buses (216 and 231) leave from the right (north) side of the Gardens (between Lever Street and Oldham Street) and special matchday buses just across the road - £1.50 each way. Service 53 runs round the city's ring road and past the stadium. On the return, the special buses leave from Ashton New Road just across from the away end.

Thanks to Steve Parish for providing the above directions and bus information.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the thetrainline website to see how much you can save.


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