Essex

Concord Rangers board to drive fans to ground

Ant Smith
Image caption Concord Rangers chairman Ant Smith said the free shuttle service would ensure its minibus was used

The board of a newly-promoted football club have offered to drive elderly and infirm fans to the ground for home matches next season.

Canvey Island-based Concord Rangers uses its minibus for away games but it sits unused during home ties.

Club chairman Ant Smith said the bus would now be used to ferry fans to and from the ground free of charge.

"It doesn't hurt to give something back," said Mr Smith. "We're a community club."

He said a rota for driving duties would be drawn up for committee members.

Rapid rise

The club - known as The Beachboys - usually attract about 230 people to home games.

Elderly and infirm people wanting to attend a home match will be able to call or email the club during the week and then be collected on match days.

"There will be a cost to the club, but we try and do as much as we can," said Mr Smith.

Concord Rangers have had a rapid rise through the non-league pyramid.

They won the Essex Senior League title in 2008 and then won promotion from Ryman Division One North in 2010.

They were promoted to the Conference South for the first time in their history after winning 2-1 at Lowestoft Town in the Ryman Premier Division play-off final in May.

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