Kintbury Rangers F.C.

Kintbury Rangers F.C. are a football club based in the village of Kintbury, West Berkshire.

Kintbury Rangers
Full nameKintbury Rangers Football Club
Nickname(s)The Gers
Founded1890
GroundThe Recreation Ground, Kintbury
ChairmanJason McBride
LeagueHellenic League Division Two South
2020–21Hellenic League Division Two South (season curtailed)
WebsiteClub website

The first team play in the Hellenic League Division Two South, whilst the reserve side compete in Division Two.

The club re-joined the North Berks Football League from the Hellenic Football League Division One East in the 2010–11 season. Their nickname is the 'Gers'[1]

The club is classed as a Chartered Club as per the FA Charter Status.

HistoryEdit

The club was formed in 1890.[2] After the Second World War, Rangers joined the Newbury & District League, going on to win the league in the 1958–59 campaign.[2] The club joined the North Berks Football League Premier Division in the 1967–68 season,[3] staying in the Premier Division for three seasons before suffering relegation at the end of the 1969–70 season, and a subsequent relegation the following season to Division Two.[4][5]

It took Kintbury another five seasons to get back to the top division of the North Berks League, doing so by winning Division Two title in the 1975–76 season.[6] Over the next seven seasons the club won the league twice, in the 1977–78 season and the 1981–82 season.[7][8] In their last season in the North Berks League, the club almost won the league again after finishing level on points with Berinsfield, though they lost out after a 5–4 defeat in a play-off for the title.[9]

In 1983–84, Rangers joined the Hellenic Football League Division One, gaining promotion to the Premier Division in the 1987–88 season and staying there until 1999, when they left to re-join the North Berks Football League. During this stint in the North Berks League, the club lifted the league title three times in a row from the 2001–02 season and achieved the treble of the league, North Berks Cup & North Berks Charity Shield in the 2001–02 and 2002–03 seasons.[10]

They then rejoined the Hellenic Football League in the 2004–05 season, finishing runners-up in Division One East in their first season back.[11] They stayed in the division until the 2010/11 season, before leaving again to re-join the North Berks League.[12]

Rangers claimed the first silverware since their return to the North Berks Football League in April 2014, defeating Ardington & Lockinge 5-3 in extra-time to lift the North Berks Charity Shield for the third time.[13] The season was rounded off when they defeated Saxton Rovers 3-1 in the final game of the season at the Recreation Ground to secure the North Berks Football League Division One title, losing just once throughout the campaign.[14]

Rangers redemption after losing their crown to Berinsfield in a fiercely contended battle in 2014-15 came on 7 May 2016, as they regained the North Berks Football League Division One title. Kintbury did their part, beating Long Wittenham Athletic 2-1 at the Recreation Ground, before local rivals and fellow title hopefuls Lambourn Sports F.C. were dismantled 4-1 by Saxton Rovers to hand Rangers their seventh NBFL Division One success.[15]

The first team's title win was accompanied by a historic season from the Reserves side as they completed a cup treble, winning the North Berks Football League AG Kingham Cup & Nairne Paul Trophy and the Berks & Bucks Football Association County Junior Cup for the first time, as well as finishing as runners-up in the North Berks Division Two.

GroundEdit

 
The recreation ground, home of Kintbury Rangers F.C.

Kintbury Rangers play at the Recreation Ground on Inkpen Road in Kintbury. The ground features a clubhouse with a licensed bar, Sky TV and free Wi-Fi.

The football club is located adjacent to the Kintbury Tennis Club and the Kintbury Bowls Club, as well as the indoor sports facility, the Jubilee Centre.

HonoursEdit

League honoursEdit

Cup honoursEdit

RecordsEdit

  • Highest League Position:[12] 8th in Hellenic League premier Division: 1989–90
  • FA VASE Best Performance:[12] Second Qualifying Round: 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000
  • Highest Attendance: 256 v Holyport F.C. – August 2005[1]

Notable former playersEdit

A list of players that have played for the club at one stage and meet one of the following criteria;

  1. Players that have played/managed in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level (i.e. fully professional league).
  2. Players with full international caps.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Kintbury Rangers Football Club Football website provided by non-league.org web ring". Kintburyrangers.non-league.org. 7 June 2010. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ascot United vs Kintbury Rangers FC Tuesday 27th October 2009" (PDF). Ascot United. 27 October 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  3. ^ "North Berks Football League". Nbfl.co.uk. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  4. ^ "North Berks Football League". Nbfl.co.uk. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  5. ^ "North Berks Football League". Nbfl.co.uk. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  6. ^ a b "North Berks Football League". Nbfl.co.uk. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  7. ^ a b "North Berks Football League". Nbfl.co.uk. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  8. ^ a b "North Berks Football League". Nbfl.co.uk. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  9. ^ a b "North Berks Football League". Nbfl.co.uk. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  10. ^ a b c "Kintbury Rangers wrap up double cup success (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)". Gazetteandherald.co.uk. 13 May 2003. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  11. ^ "Kintbury Rangers Football Club Football website provided by non-league.org web ring". Kintburyrangers.non-league.org. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  12. ^ a b c d e KINTBURY RANGERS at the Football Club History Database
  13. ^ "North Berks Football League". nbfl.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  14. ^ a b "North Berks Football League". nbfl.co.uk.
  15. ^ http://www.nbfl.co.uk/weekreport.asp?w=36&d=20160507
  16. ^ "North Berks Football League". Nbfl.co.uk. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  17. ^ "Latest News". Swindonsupermarinefc.com. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  18. ^ "North Berks Football League". Nbfl.co.uk. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  19. ^ "North Berks Football League". Nbfl.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  20. ^ "FOOTBALL: Hendred send holders spinning out of shield". Oxford Mail.
  21. ^ "North Berks Football League". Nbfl.co.uk. Retrieved 12 August 2012.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 51°23′47.42″N 1°27′04.26″W / 51.3965056°N 1.4511833°W / 51.3965056; -1.4511833