Underbank Rangers

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Underbank Rangers RLFC
Crest (heraldry)
Club information
Full name Underbank Rangers RLFC
Website www.pitchero.com/clubs/underbankrangers/
Colours Claret and gold
Founded 1989[citation needed]
Current details
  • The Cross Grounds, Dunford Road, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, HD9 2RR
Competition Rugby League Conference National Division

Underbank Rangers are a rugby league team based in Holmfirth near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. They play in the National Division of the Rugby League Conference. The club also competes as Underbank Rangers in division 1 of the Pennine League. They used to have an Underbank Rangers A competing in the Pennine League division 7 but this has been put on hold, Dayle king is the towns celebrity with outstanding performances week in week out


The club was founded in 1884.[citation needed] During the early 1900s Underbank unearthed rugby league legend Harold Wagstaff who would go on to be the first name on the Rugby League’s Hall of Fame.

A Holliday Cup and promotion double was achieved in 1981/82 when Neil Fox was player / coach, this was repeated by the more recent team of 2015 including the likes of Joe Bellas, Tom Stringer, Dayle King and Oliver Moorehouse.

Rangers struggled in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as the establishment of the rival Newsome club took its toll. However, the club achieved a two-year revival at the end of the 1992/93 season, culminating in winning the Holliday Cup and gaining promotion to the Pennine Premier Division.

Season 1999-2000 witnessed the Rangers finish second, their highest ever position, in the Pennine League Premier division. The following season, 2000-2001, again saw Rangers riding high in the Premier Division and top of the table at Christmas. However, the club suffered badly with the foot and mouth crisis, the ground was closed and the nomadic Rangers won only one of their last nine matches. The next couple of seasons witnessed the Rangers struggle and they couldn’t maintain their Pennine Premier League status.

They were founder members of National League Three in 2003, in which they competed as Huddersfield Underbank Rangers. They went on to finish sixth out of the ten competing teams. Seasons 2004 to 2006 saw the team miss out on the play-offs.

The league was renamed Rugby League Conference National Division and came within the Rugby League Conference structure in 2007. Rangers improved and finished fifth and reached the play-offs before losing in the second round at Warrington Wizards. The team again finished fifth in 2008 exiting the competition in the first round of the play-offs after a defeat at Featherstone Lions.

They were among nine clubs invited to join the National Conference League for the 2013 season. They reverted to the original Underbank Rangers name.

Club honours[edit]

  • RLC National Division: 2011