Swindon Town - You Have No Idea What You Are Getting!

Last updated : 14 August 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

gThe 22 year old, who is due in court next week on a rape charge, has been offered the chance to revive his career at League One Swindon.

The Robins have held talks with former Newcastle United striker, according to a report in Wiltshire.

The Swindon Advertiser reports that the club’s chairman, Jed McCrory, has held discussions over a move to the County Ground.

Ranger parted ways with Newcastle “by mutual consent” in March. He had joined the club in 2008.

According to the player, a number of other clubs are also reportedly interested in signing him.

Ranger appeared at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court last week charged with raping a woman in a Tyneside hotel in January.


Troubled striker Nile Ranger has agreed to pay a £5,000 fine instead of doing community service because he is too busy finding a new club.

gThe former Newcastle United man, 22, was ordered to complete 120 hours of community service and nine months supervision by Newcastle Magistrates after admitting common assault in April.

Ranger - who was released by Newcastle in March and is now earning just £30 a day - said he keeps missing probation meetings because he is touring the country meeting football chiefs and agents.

Highbury Corner Magistrates have agreed to change it to a £5,000 fine because Ranger is desperately scouring the country for a club that will take him.

Ranger skipped more than half of the court-ordered appointments and completed just 14 hours community service since he was sentenced in April, the court heard.

He was hauled back into the dock last week after missing two appointments in July without giving any reason at all for his absence.

‘After the imposition of the order, the defendant had a total of 29 appointments, out of which he managed to attend 13’, said prosecutor Mahmudul Amin.

‘Eight have been for the supervision requirement, and five for the unpaid work requirement. He has been credited with 14 hour’s work.

‘He also had 13 acceptable absences - the high number of acceptable absences is because Mr Ranger is a professional footballer.

‘Some of the acceptable absences are on dates of appointments Mr Ranger had with football agents.

‘He has been travelling to different towns in England in order to try to secure a contract.

Mr Amin said the heavily tattooed striker, who recently had his own surname inscribed on his forehead, breached the court order when he thought a new club had come in to sign him.

He said: ‘In July this year, there was a suggestion he had secured a contract with a football club, however, the club did not tell him when he should start playing football.’

Alistair McKenzie, for Ranger, suggested the striker would pay a hefty fine, but is currently living off just £30-a-day from Newcastle under the terms of his release.

His disposable income is £210 a week and he doesn’t have access to any other savings for the purpose of these proceedings’, he said.

‘When he left Newcastle in March, payment was made and he receives £30-a-day living expenses.

‘He doesn’t have outgoing in that, all his outgoings like accommodation has already been dealt with as part of that contract.

The striker was on £7,000-a-week at Newcastle, but much of it was paid into a savings account Ranger is not allowed to access until he is 25 because he had a long-standing gambling addiction.

‘The money in an ISA is part of a previous financial arrangement, and the reason he can’t get to the money is probably due to his gambling issues he had at the time’, said Mr McKenzie.

Magistrate Hazel Miall, chairing the hearing, accepted Ranger’s bid for the sentence to be changed to a fine.

She gave him 42 days to pay up, or come back to the court if he has failed to find a new club in that time.

Ranger, of Bailey Close, Bounds Green, north London, admitted failing to comply with the requirements of a community order.

He was fined £5,000, ordered to pay £80 costs and a £120 victim surcharge.

Newcastle United Fixtures ...

jMonday 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

jThe 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

jThere 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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