Hong Kong Rangers FC

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Hong Kong Rangers Football Club (Chinese: 流浪足球會), often abbreviated to Rangers, currently known as Biu Chun Rangers due to sponsorship reasons, is a Hong Kong football club which currently competes in the Hong Kong Premier League. They have won the Hong Kong First Division once, the Senior Shield 4 times, and the Hong Kong FA Cup twice.

Rangers
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Full nameRangers Football Club Limited
Founded1958, as Rangers Football Team
1960, as Hong Kong Rangers FC
GroundHammer Hill Road Sports Ground
Capacity2,200
PresidentPeter Mok
Director of FootballPhilip Lee
Co-Head coachesChiu Chung Man
Wong Chin Hung
LeagueHong Kong Premier League
2019–20Withdrew
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

Formation to 2000Edit

The club was founded in 1958 by a Scottish expatriate from Glasgow named Ian Petrie. He named his club after Rangers. It was the first Asian football club with a modern football club managing system. In the early days, the club could not compete with the bigger clubs financially so Petrie relied on young players and the team was known as a breeding ground for young players. Kwok Ka Ming was the best known players discovered by Petrie in the 1960s. In 1970, the club brought three Scottish professional players to Hong Kong. They were the first European professional players to play in the Hong Kong League, opening a new chapter in Hong Kong's football history. Great players such as Ian Taylor, Joe Brennan, Jimmy Liddell, and Derek Currie were a few to name. More were to follow in the 1980s such as Steve Paterson, Jimmy Bone and Tommy Nolan.

2000–2018Edit

Since 12 October 2001, the club had been named after its sponsor, Buler, resulting in the name Buler Rangers up until Summer 2006. On 15 September 2007, the club announced that it has secured a large sponsorship from Bulova, a watch brand which used to fund a famous Hong Kong football team decades ago, and used Bulova Rangers as the team name.

In 2011, the team changed their name as Kam Fung. They were the champions of the 2011–12 Hong Kong Second Division and were promoted to the Hong Kong First Division. The club has since renamed itself as Biu Chun Rangers due to being sponsorship by Biu Chun Watch Hands (except for the 2016–17 season when the club was renamed as Lee Man Rangers due to sponsorship reasons).

In the early part of the 2000s, Rangers' investment in youth player produced various Hong Kong internationals including Chan Wai Ho, Man Pei Tak, Lam Ka Wai and Lo Kwan Yee. However, this investment dried up in the later part of the 2010s resulting in lower budgets and declining performances of the club.[1]

2018–Edit

Following a last place finish in the 2017–18 Hong Kong Premier League, Rangers were relegated back the First Division after a six-year stay in the top flight.[2] Former Hong Kong international Wong Chin Hung was hired as the club's head coach.

Despite a third place finish in the 2018–19 season, Rangers were promoted back into the Hong Kong Premier League on 15 July 2019 following Dreams FC's decision to self-relegate.[3]

In 2019–20, Rangers were one of four teams withdraw from the Premier League season due to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Hong Kong.

Name historyEdit

  • 1958–1995: Rangers (香港流浪)
  • 1995–1997: UHLSPORT Rangers (UHLSPORT流浪)
  • 1997–1999: Rangers (香港流浪)
  • 1999: Rangers (奇利寶流浪)
  • 1999–2001: Rangers (香港流浪)
  • 2001–2006: Buler Rangers (寶路華流浪)
  • 2006–2007: Rangers (香港流浪)
  • 2007–2008: Bulova Rangers (寶路華流浪)
  • 2008–2009: Rangers (香港流浪)
  • 2009–2010: Ongood (安華)
  • 2010–2011: Biu Chun (標準錶針)
  • 2011–2012: Kam Fung (金鋒科技)
  • 2012–2016: Biu Chun Rangers (標準流浪)
  • 2016–2017: Lee Man Rangers (理文流浪)
  • 2017–: Biu Chun Rangers (標準流浪)

Team staffEdit

Position Staff
Director of football   Philip Lee
Co-head coaches   Chiu Chung Man
  Wong Chin Hung
Assistant coach   Lai Ka Fai
Goalkeeping coach   Cheung Wai Hong
Technical director   Fung Wing Shing
Team manager   But Yiu Wai

Source:[citation needed]

Current squadEdit

First TeamEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   HKG Lo Siu Kei
2 MF   HKG Ma Man Hin
3 DF   HKG Wong Pun Wai
4 FW   HKG Hirokane Harima
5 FW   HKG Lee Si Wang
6 MF   HKG Chan Lik Hang
7 FW   HKG Lau Chi Lok
9 FW   HKG Tang Tsz Kwan
10 MF   HKG Lam Ka Wai (captain)
11 FW   HKG Lam Hok Hei
12 DF   HKG Lo Kwan Yee
13 MF   HKG Tang Lok Man
14 DF   BRA Douglão FP
16 MF   HKG Chan Siu Kwan
17 MF   HKG Chow Ka Lok
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF   HKG Pun Tsz Hei
19 MF   HKG Yiu Ho Ming
20 MF   HKG Wong Chun Hin
21 MF   HKG Wong Chun Hin Hinson
22 MF   HKG Cheung Ka Chun
23 DF   HKG Tse Wai Chun
26 DF   HKG Chung Sing Lam
30 GK   UKR Oleksii Shliakotin FP
31 GK   HKG So Chi Wai
32 GK   HKG Li Yat Chun
33 DF   BRA Fernando Lopes FP
55 DF   HKG Jean-Jacques Kilama
90 FW   BRA Juninho FP
96 FW   BRA Augusto Neto FP


Remarks:
LP These players are registered as local players in Hong Kong domestic football competitions.
FP These players are registered as foreign players.

Reserve team squadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
  HKG Lee Lok Man
  HKG Kwok Tsz Ho
  HKG Cheng See Chun Barnett
  HKG M Yeung Nicholas W
  HKG Daniel Yen
  HKG Tang Pak Man
No. Pos. Nation Player
  HKG Chan Ka Wing
  HKG Kwok Chun On
  HKG Mak Chuek Kan
  HKG Wong Tsz Hin
  HKG Chan Lik Hang

Continental recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1995–96 Asian Cup Winners Cup First round bye
Second round   Yokohama Flügels 1–3 4–2 3–7

HonoursEdit

Major trophies are listed below.

LeagueEdit

Champions (1): 1970–71
Champions (2): 1964–65, 2011–12
Champions (1): 1991–92

Cup competitionsEdit

Champions (4): 1965–66, 1970–71, 1974–75, 1994–95
Runners-up (2): 1975–76, 1981–82
Champions (2): 1976–77, 1994–95
Runners-up (3): 1974–75, 1982–83, 2002–03
Champions (2): 1973–74, 1974–75

SeasonsEdit

Season Team name League Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Senior
Shield
FA Cup League Cup Junior
Shield
Notes
2005–06 Buler Rangers D1 3 14 7 3 4 24 19 24 First round First round Group stage Hong Kong–Shanghai Championship – Runners-up
Cite du Louvre Cup – 3rd
2006–07 Rangers D1 4 18 7 7 4 23 19 28 First round Semi-finals Group stage
2007–08 Bulova Rangers D1 10 18 2 9 7 19 35 15 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals Group stage Relegated to D2
2008–09 Rangers D2 6 18 6 5 7 32 32 23 First round
2009–10 Ongood D2 4 16 10 1 5 49 31 31
2010–11 Biu Chun D2 7 22 9 4 9 37 38 31 Third round
2011–12 Kam Fung D2 1 22 16 2 4 69 24 50 Second round Promoted to First Division League

Remarks:
FP These players are registered as foreign players.

Retired numbersEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
15 DF   HKG Cheung Yiu Lun (posthumous)

ManagersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Chan, Sun Jiu; So, Chi Yeung. "亞洲首支職業隊 本地波「兵工廠」造星無數". HK01. Retrieved 22 April 2018. (in Chinese)
  2. ^ "流浪主場不敵富力 提早兩輪篤定包尾 降班或獲挽留仍是未知數". Ming Pao. Retrieved 22 April 2018. (in Chinese)
  3. ^ Yuen, Chi Ho. "足總通過夢想退賽申請 港甲季軍標準流浪獲邀升班". HK01. Retrieved 15 July 2019. (in Chinese)

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