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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 nameHong Kong Rangers Football Club
Founded1958, as Rangers Football Team
1960, as Hong Kong Rangers FC
GroundTuen Mun Tang Shiu Kin Sports Ground
Capacity2,200
Director of FootballPhilip Lee
Co-Head coachesChiu Chung Man
Wong Chin Hung
Lai Ka Fai
Su Yang
LeagueHong Kong Premier League
2018–19First Division, 3rd (promoted)
WebsiteClub website
2013–2017 Rangers badge

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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.

In the early part of the 2000's, 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 2010's 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]

Team staffEdit

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

Source:[citation needed]

Current squadEdit

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Ji Xiangzheng FP (on loan from R&F)
3   DF Tomas (captain) FP
4   DF Pablo Leguizamón FP
5   DF Man Wai Fung
6   MF Wong Chin Hung
7   FW Diego Cañete FP
8   MF Wong Pun Wai
9   FW Lau Chi Lok (on loan from Pegasus)
10   MF Leandro Basan FP
11   MF Chan Wai Lok
13   DF Luk Kin Ming
14   FW Lee Si Wang
No. Position Player
18   MF Peng Lin Lin
19   DF Poon Pak On
21   MF Mak Fu Shing (on loan from R&F)
23   DF Tse Wai Chun (on loan from R&F)
25   MF Cheung Ka Chun
26   DF Chung Sing Lam
27   MF Tang Lok Man
28   GK Chan Pak Ho
30   GK Lo Siu Kei
89   MF Au Yeung Yiu Chung
––   MF Lo Tsz Kit
––   MF Aender Naves Mesquita

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

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. Position Player
15   DF 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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