Balgownie Rangers FC

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Balgownie Rangers
Balgownie Rangers FC.jpg
Full name Balgownie Rangers Football Club
Nickname(s) Bally or Rangers
Founded 1883; 134 years ago (1883)
Ground Judy Masters Oval
President Travis Faulks
First Grade Coach James Dummett
League Illawarra Division One
2014 12th
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.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

Balgownie Rangers is the oldest running registered association football club in Australia being formed in 1883.[2][3] 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.

Safeway United[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5] The merged club would continue to be called Balgownie Rangers.[6]

Seasons[edit]

Year Division Points Placed Trophies
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
2005 Premier League 0 14th
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
1999 Conference League 16 16th
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rangers still alive and well after 131 years". footballaustralia.com.au. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "History 1883–1920's". Balgownie FC. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  3. ^ a b "About". Balgownie Rangers FC. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  4. ^ "1974 NSW Federation Division Two Fixtures & Results". socceraust.co.uk. Retrieved 16 August 2008. 
  5. ^ "1974 NSW Federation Division One Fixtures & Results". socceraust.co.uk. Retrieved 16 August 2008. 
  6. ^ "1975 NSW Federation Division One Fixtures & Results". socceraust.co.uk. Retrieved 16 August 2008. 

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