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Club History

Liverpool Rangers, last year with 650 players, coaches and managers, and 45 teams, male and female, was easily the largest club within the Southern Districts Association.

In 2002 the club broke its own membership record.

Liverpool Rangers Soccer Club was founded in 1963 and first took part in Southern Districts competitions in 1964.

The club originally played at the army ground, Yulong Oval, Moorebank, for two years before moving to a temporary ground at Woodward Park, Liverpool.

It finally arrived at its present home, Ireland Park, Liverpool, one year later. The complex now houses three full fields and two mini-fields.

The park was set up by Liverpool City Council by filling the area with "feathers" from Inghams chook farm and "coffee beans" from Maxwell House - the two companies being original employers of many people from the area.

The club house at Ireland Park was an old school building annex purchased at auction and since extended to provide a small but comfortable canteen and meeting room.

Rangers has long supported women's and girls soccer, with the All Age Ladies making it to the grand final for nine out the last ten seasons.

Last season saw both the All Age Ladies and the Under 14 Girls making it to the grand final, but unfortunately both were defeated.

The Ladies were the first local team, along with the victors, Liverpool Olympic, to compete in a SDSFA Grand Final at Marconi Stadium.

The "friendly club" has seen many youngsters grow towards adulthood, with many earlier players still playing and coaching.

Rangers has also seen some players go on to greater things, the most recent being, Christian Care, playing for Marconi Stallions, and Buddy Farah (who originally came from Fairfield Pats) last season playing for national champions Wollongong Wolves.

Among those who have stuck around, two are certainly notable. Graham Ferns, last year the club secretary and for several years president, is in his 29th season as a player and has served as a coach with Rangers for more than ten years. And Ken Moore last year was recognised for serving 30 seasons as a player (as well as putting in more than ten years as a coach and committee member).

The Rangers complex is used by many important soccer bodies for special events. These include the Southern Districts Association for its lower (Div 2) Grand Final matches, the NSW Amateur Soccer Federation for State Cup and Champion of Champions matches and finals of the Women's State League finals in 1997, NSW Schools Soccer Association for its Annual Zone Championships for the last four years and for the State Championships last season (voted the best ever venue by all competing teams) and in 2002.

Club Registrar for the last 14 seasons, Ron Hughes, says Liverpool Rangers has made many friends over the years, with very few enemies, and this is only fitting for one of the leaders in sporting and community service in the City of Liverpool.