History of Rangers AFC

Please note that many of these links will open, in a new window, the old geocities site pages. We will eventually transfer the pages to this site and modify their presentation and navigation. Rangers AFC and New Brighton AFC merged in late 2007 to form a joint venture: List of all known honours (championships, cups, trophies etc) won by Rangers' senior teams. Performances for many years after 1923 were only moderate, although the club remained in a healthy state, winning the Hurley Shield again in 1931. The next success was not until 1957 when the first team, playing in the second division, won the competition unbeaten.

Within a year, when the ground was officially opened in October 1963, they had built a pavilion for dressing rooms and showers, and in another year provided a floodlit ground that was good enough to play sponsored pre-season tournaments on. Since then they have provided a club room and improvements to the Park including a fully automatic drainage system under the pitch. In 1994 Rangers finished the Superclub in third place, failing to qualify for the top eight nationally. They won the Plate and also qualified for the sixth round of the Chatham Cup, losing 1-0 to Raumati Hearts. The season finished with them winning the English Cup. In 1995 they just missed the top eight and finished fourth in the Plate. They were also semi-finalists in the Chatham Cup and were winners of the English Cup.

The Canterbury Premier League lasted one further season (Rangers finishing 3rd - equal on points with the second placed team) before being replaced in 2000 by the Federation 6 Premier League, Federation 6 comprising Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast/Canterbury. Rangers finished 4th in the first season, runners-up in the second season, and third place in the third season of this league. The Federation 6 Premier League was renamed the Mainland Premier League in 2003 and Rangers finished 3rd in that season, also reaching the Chatham Cup Quarter-Final (after winning 5 consecutive Cup matches) losing a close match 1-0 at home to eventual Cup winners, University-Mt Wellington.