Manning Rangers F.C.

Manning Rangers is a now defunct South African football club based in Durban. The side is best remembered as the Champions of the Inaugural season of South Africa's Premier Soccer League.

Manning Rangers
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Full nameManning Rangers Football Club
Nickname(s)The Mighty Maulers
Founded1928; 94 years ago (1928)
GroundChatsworth Stadium (The Den), Durban
Capacity35,000

HistoryEdit

The club was founded in 1928 by GR Naidoo who, as well as administering the club, played as its goalkeeper and was later a referee. In the mid-1960s, the club entered the professional ranks under the auspices of the South African Soccer League. In 1985, the club moved its base from Curries Fountain to Chatsworth. The club entered the 1st Division of the NSL (National Soccer League) in 1991.

In 2006, the club declared bankruptcy. The Fidentia Group purchased the club in 2007 and renamed it the Fidentia Rangers. The new owners moved the club from Durban to Cape Town.

The club was near the rent office in Chatsworth

1996/1997 seasonEdit

In 1996/97 the inaugural season of the Premier Soccer League, the unfancied Maulers then under the leadership of chairman Kaycee Reddy, stunned everybody with a fairy tale season and managed an impressive 23–5–6 record finishing top of the table with 74 points and becoming champions ahead bigger clubs such as the Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates. Kaycee Reddy as owner and chairman of the club, built the team from scratch to league winners in a single season, a feat which will never be repeated.

The club remained in the Premier Soccer League for several seasons. In 1998/99 the team represented South Africa in the African Champions Cup losing out to eventual winners ASEC Abidjan of Cote d'Ivoire.

LegacyEdit

The club has since resurfaced in Chatsworth under the name Rangers FC on a semi-professional basis. The team is currently[when?] one league below the National 1st Division.

Notable playersEdit

Major honoursEdit

  • PSL Champions 1996/97
  • Osman Spice Works Cup 1985
  • FPL Knockout Winners 1979, 89
  • Coca-Cola Shield 1977