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.
the club broke its own membership record.
Rangers Soccer Club was founded in 1963 and first took part
in Southern Districts competitions in 1964.
originally played at the army ground, Yulong Oval, Moorebank,
for two years before moving to a temporary ground at Woodward
arrived at its present home, Ireland Park, Liverpool, one
year later. The complex now houses three full fields and two
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.
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.
has long supported women's and girls soccer, with the All
Age Ladies making it to the grand final for nine out the last
season saw both the All Age Ladies and the Under 14 Girls
making it to the grand final, but unfortunately both were
were the first local team, along with the victors, Liverpool
Olympic, to compete in a SDSFA Grand Final at Marconi Stadium.
club" has seen many youngsters grow towards adulthood,
with many earlier players still playing and coaching.
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.
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
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.
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.