Balgownie Rangers FC
|Full name||Balgownie Rangers Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||Bally or Rangers|
|Ground||Judy Masters Oval|
|First Grade Coach||James Dummett|
|League||Illawarra Division One|
|Website||Club home page|
Balgownie Rangers Football Club is an association football club based in Balgownie, New South Wales. They play in the Illawarra District League. Founded in 1883, Balgownie is believed to be the oldest running association football club in Australia.
Balgownie Rangers is the oldest running registered association football club in Australia being formed in 1883. The club was formed in 1883 where it played against other social clubs and also between Balgownie teams. In 1890, Balgownie Rangers was officially registered to play in the newly formed N.S.W. Football Association.
Balgownie was the 5th club to form in Australia. Granville, Arcadians, Kings College and one other club formed a few years before 1883. Since then all of these clubs have folded, Granville being the last to fold in the early 1980s, making Balgownie Rangers the oldest registered running football club in Australia.
The club is full of tradition and has produced many famous football players over the years. Some include James ‘Judy’ Masters (who is listed in the Football Australia Hall of Fame), Tom Thompson, Dave Ward and Frank Smith in the early 1900s, George Barlow in the 1950s and more recently Matt Horsley who went on to captain the Wollongong Wolves, win 4 National Soccer League titles and also represent Australia. Matt has recently retired his footballing career after finishing as captain of Perth Glory during December 2005.
In 1974, Balgownie finished second on the league table in NSW Federation Division Two earning promotion into NSW Federation Division One for the following year. Another team from the Illawarra was already competition in Division One called Safeway United. The club had previously had good success in Division One winning three minor premierships (1958 as Corrimal United, 1966 and 1969 as South Coast United) and one championship in 1963 (as South Coast United). For the 1975 season it was decided the clubs would pool their resources, merging as a single entity. The merged club would continue to be called Balgownie Rangers.
|2016||District League – 1st Division||31||5th|
|2015||District League – 1st Division|
|2014||District League – 1st Division|
|2013||District League – 1st Division||27||5th||Illawarra Women's Division 2 League Champions|
|2012||District League – 1st Division||26||6th|
|2011||District League – 1st Division||Illawarra District League Reserve Grade League Champions
Illawarra District League Youth Grade League Champions
Illawarra District League Youth Grade Grand Final Winners
|2010||District League – 1st Division||1st||Illawarra District League First Grade League Champions
Illawarra District League First Grade Grand Final Winners
Illawarra District League Matt Horsley Medal – Rick Metcalf
Illawarra District League Coach of the Year – Stewart Oliver
Illawarra District League Best & Fairest – Joshua Faulks
Illawarra District League (First Grade) Top Goal Scorer – Joshua Faulks (24 goals)
Illawarra District League (Youth Grade) Top Goal Scorer – Daniel Vardareff (18 goals)
|2009||District League – 1st Division||1st||Illawarra District League First Grade League Champions
Illawarra District League Division One (Reserve Grade) League Champions
Illawarra District League Division One (Reserve Grade) Grand Final Winners
Illawarra District League Best & Fairest – Glen Smede
Illawarra District League (First Grade) Top Goal Scorer – Joshua Faulks
|2008||District League – 1st Division||47||1st||Illawarra District League First Grade League Champions|
|2007||District League – 1st Division||55||4th|
|2006||District League – 1st Division||48||5th|
|2004||Premier League||33||9th||Illawarra Premier League Player of the Year – Adam Hughes
Balgownie-Tarrawanna Derby Cup Winners
|2003||Premier League||16||11th||Illawarra Premier League Fair Play Award|
|2002||Premier League||17||11th||Fraternity Cup Winners
Illawarra Youth Cup Winners
|2001||Premier League||36||5th||Fraternity Cup Runners-Up
Illawarra Women's Soccer League – Bonnie Lassie Cup Winners ‘Balgownie Babes’
|2000||Conference League||49||2nd||Illawarra Conference League First Grade Grand Final Runners-Up
Illawarra Conference League Reserve Grade Grand Final Winners
|1998||Conference League||Illawarra Conference League Reserve Grade League Champions
Illawarra Conference League Reserve Grade Grand Final Winners
|1996||Premier League||29||8th||Illawarra Premier League Player of the Year – Andrew Naylor|
|1991||Premier League||Illawarra Premier League Grand Final Winners|
|1975||NSW State League 1st Div||18||9th|
|1974||NSW State League 2nd Div||34||2nd|
|1973||NSW State League 2nd Div||29||2nd|
|1972||NSW State League 2nd Div||26||5th|
|1971||NSW State League 2nd Div||22||5th|
|1970||NSW State League 2nd Div||28||4th|
|1969||NSW State League 2nd Div|
|1968||NSW State League 2nd Div||25||5th|
|1967||NSW State League 2nd Div||15||10th|
|1962||NSW State League 2nd Div||32||2nd|
|1961||NSW State League 2nd Div||31||3rd|
|1957||NSW State League 1st Div||1st||Sydney Cup Winners|
|1911||South Coast British Association Football||4||2nd|
|1910||South Coast British Association Football||4||1st||1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Grade Champions|
|1909||South Coast British Association Football||4||2nd||3rd Grade Champions|
|1908||South Coast British Association Football||6||2nd||3rd Grade Champions|
|1907||South Coast British Association Football||6||1st||1st Grade Champions|
|1906||South Coast British Association Football||3||2nd||4th Grade Champions|
|1905||South Coast British Association Football||6||2nd|
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- "History 1883–1920's". Balgownie FC. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
- "About". Balgownie Rangers FC. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
- "1974 NSW Federation Division Two Fixtures & Results". socceraust.co.uk. Retrieved 16 August 2008.
- "1974 NSW Federation Division One Fixtures & Results". socceraust.co.uk. Retrieved 16 August 2008.
- "1975 NSW Federation Division One Fixtures & Results". socceraust.co.uk. Retrieved 16 August 2008.