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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 First Division. 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 name Hong Kong Rangers Football Club
Founded 1958, as Rangers Football Team
1960, as Hong Kong Rangers FC
Ground Kowloon Tsai Park
Po Kong Village Road Park
Director of Football Philip Lee
Head Coach Wong Chin Hung
League Hong Kong First Division
2017–18 Premier League 10th (relegated)
Website Club website

The club plays most of its home matches at Kowloon Tsai Park and Po Kong Village Road Park.

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 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.

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.

Current squadEdit

As of 15 June 2018.

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

No. Position Player
--   GK Chan Pak Ho
--   GK Wong Tsz Him
--   MF Chow Cheuk Fung (captain)
--   MF Lai Lok Yin
--   FW Emmanuel John
--   MF Tang Lok Man
--   DF Fabrício Lopes
No. Position Player
--   MF Wong Lok
--   DF Uroš Vidović FP
--   DF Tang Lok Man
--   FW Chung Sing Lam
--   DF Fernando Lopes FP
--   MF Zhang Jun

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 traditional Chinese (HK))
  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 traditional Chinese (HK))

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