Hong Kong Rangers FC

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Hong Kong Rangers
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Full name Hong Kong Rangers Football Club
Founded 1958, as Rangers Football Team
1960, as Hong Kong Rangers FC
Ground Tsing Yi Sports Ground
Ground Capacity 1,500
President Lee Man Yan
Head Coach Fung Hoi Man
League Hong Kong Premier League
2015–16 Premier League, 8th
Website Club home page

Hong Kong Rangers Football Club (Chinese: 流浪足球會, often abbreviated to Rangers, renamed as Lee & Man Rangers due to sponsorship reasons), is a Hong Kong football club and plays in Hong Kong Premier League. They have won the Hong Kong First Division League once, the Senior Challenge Shield 4 times, and the FA Cup twice.

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HistoryEdit

The club was founded in 1958 by a Scottish expatriate from Glasgow named Ian John 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.

TodayEdit

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 League and were promoted to the Hong Kong First Division League, where they have remained since. The club has since renamed itself as Biu Chun Rangers due to being sponsored by Biu Chun Watch Hands.

Over the last decade, Rangers' policy in youth investment has paid off and has gained the club a reputation as an excellent school for young footballers. The Rangers youth academy has produced many of Hong Kong's finest youngsters. Although many have been signed to bigger clubs since, some have chosen to stay with the club that nurtured them. Ranger's youth system has been so successful it is common to see Rangers providing the bulk of Hong Kong's age-grade international youth teams spanning all U-15, U-17, U-19 and U-21 levels.

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

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

Performance in AFC competitionsEdit

1995–96: Second Round

Current squadEdit

As of 16 January 2017.

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

No. Position Player
2   DF Fernando Recio (vice-captain)
3   DF Tse Wai Chun
4   DF Clayton
5   MF Law Chun Yan
6   MF Chow Cheuk Fung
7   MF Gee Kyung-hun
8   MF Wong Chun Hin
9   FW Denis
10   MF Ip Chung Long
11   FW Quentin Lendresse
12   MF Lai Yiu Cheong
13   FW Hui Ka Lok
16   MF Marco Wegener
No. Position Player
17   MF Chan Cheuk Kwong
18   FW Jordi (captain)
19   GK Luk Felix
20   MF Lee Kai Chi
23   DF Cheung Kin Fung
24   DF To Philip Michael
25   GK Chiu Yu Ming
27   GK Yip Ka Yu
28   DF Chiu Chun Kit
30   DF Wong Tsz Ho
31   MF Berg
37   MF Chan Ming Kong
95   DF Tse Long Hin

Remarks:
FP These players are registered as foreign players.

Players with dual nationality:

Retired numbersEdit

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

No. Position Player
15   DF Cheung Yiu Lun (posthumous)

ManagersEdit

See alsoEdit

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