|Full name||Nile Ranger|
|Date of birth||11 April 1991|
|Place of birth||Wood Green, London, England|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2011||→ Barnsley (loan)||5||(0)|
|2012||→ Sheffield Wednesday (loan)||8||(2)|
|2009–2010||England U19 ||11||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:33, 1 May 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 06:40, 23 November 2016 (UTC)
Formerly of Crystal Palace and Southampton, he finished his youth formation at Newcastle United, where he made his professional debut and was part of their team which won the Football League Championship in 2009–10. Later on in his spell at St James's Park, he was loaned to Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday. He played international football for England U19.
After leaving Newcastle by mutual consent in 2013, he went on to play for Swindon Town and Blackpool in The Football League, with his spells at both clubs being hindered by disciplinary issues including multiple absences from training. Ranger, who was incarcerated for involvement in armed robbery as a teenager, has received convictions for criminal damage and fraud during his career.
Born in Wood Green in North London, Ranger attended Alexandra Park School. He began his football career at Crystal Palace Football Academy and was at their development centre from a young age. He was with the Protec Football Development School for a few weeks before being scouted by Southampton. His career was almost over before it began, as whilst playing for the club he was sentenced to 11 weeks in a Young Offender's Institute for his part in an armed street robbery in Muswell Hill committed before signing for the club. He returned to Southampton after completing his sentence, but was eventually released as a player with a bad reputation. He was offered terms by Swindon Town after a successful trial before Newcastle signed him.
In July 2008, director of football at Newcastle, Dennis Wise, brought Ranger to Newcastle United. Ranger made his academy debut against Leicester City on 23 August 2008 and made his debut for the reserve team against Sunderland at St James' Park on 1 September 2008. He impressed hugely in these levels, finishing with 15 goals for the Under-18s and seven for the reserves in his first season on Tyneside. That resulted in his winning the "Wor Jackie Milburn Trophy" in 2009. He was subsequently rewarded by then-manager Alan Shearer with a new and improved three-and-a-half year contract.
Ranger's Newcastle debut came as an added-time substitute for Shola Ameobi against West Bromwich Albion in the Championship on 8 August 2009. He made his first senior start against Leicester City on 31 August, where he won the man of the match award; he played just over 84 minutes before been substituted and received a standing ovation from fans. He scored his first senior goal for the club in a 2–0 win over Coventry City on 9 December, after coming on as a substitute for Peter Løvenkrands. Ranger scored the second of his two league goals that season in a 2–0 home win against Crystal Palace on 27 January 2010, as Newcastle ended the season as champions and were promoted to the Premier League.
After appearing as an unused substitute in the first two Premier League games for Newcastle, had starts in the Football League Cup wins over Accrington Stanley and Chelsea. He scored the first equalising goal in the game at Stamford Bridge on 22 September 2010, appearing in a right-wing berth, as Newcastle went on to triumph 4–3. He made his Premier League debut on 16 October, coming off the bench in the 89th minute in a 2–2 draw against Wigan Athletic. He made a host of substitute appearances for Newcastle after that, notably in the 1–0 away win to Arsenal, when he turned past Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny and was through on goal before the latter tugged him down and received a red card. Ranger signed a new 5 1⁄2-year contract on 3 December 2010, keeping him at the club until 2016. He also started several games after, for a while, being the club's only fit striker after the sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool and injuries to Shola Ameobi and Leon Best.
On 21 November 2011, having failed to appear for Newcastle in the season up to that date, Ranger signed on loan for Championship club Barnsley until 14 January 2012. In his fifth game for Barnsley, a 1–0 away defeat to West Ham United on 17 December 2011, Ranger injured his foot. His loan was cut short and he returned to Newcastle. On 22 March 2012, he joined Sheffield Wednesday in League One on loan until the end of the 2011–12 season.
On 19 January 2013, Ranger criticised the Newcastle fans on Twitter for booing the team off after a 2–1 home loss to fellow strugglers Reading. He left Newcastle by mutual consent on 1 March 2013.
Ranger scored his first goal for Swindon on 27 August against Queens Park Rangers in the League Cup and his first league goal in the following game four days later, a 5–0 home win against Crewe Alexandra. He was a regular in the side until early November, scoring four more goals.
On 14 November he failed to report to the club for training after being given a period of leave. He played one more game before again failing to turn up at the club. Manager Mark Cooper decided Ranger would not appear until he showed "respect for the team". In December Cooper said he would offload Ranger if he failed to train and because of his disciplinary record. On 3 January 2014, Swindon Town chairman Lee Power confirmed in a press conference that the club would be meeting with Ranger and his management in the following days to confirm his sacking due to his disrespect shown towards the club through constant absence during training. Power said "I'm the chairman of the club and I've got to do what's best for the club. Unfortunately, what's best for the club is having to sit down with Nile and talk about parting ways. While this is ongoing Nile is not training with the squad." He was soon recalled to the squad, scoring in a 2–1 win against Peterborough United on 11 January. He continued to play throughout January and early February, scoring three more goals. On 14 February he suffered a hamstring tear in a game against Colchester United, his last game for Swindon.
He had played 28 games in all competitions, scoring ten goals. His time with the club had been beset with disciplinary problems and issues with his private life and on 2 May 2014, Ranger and Swindon Town mutually agreed to terminate his contract with immediate effect.
On 16 August 2014 Ranger signed for Blackpool of the Championship on a one-year deal. He scored against Millwall on 30 August and against Leeds United on 8 November, both in defeats. After two more league appearances, he went AWOL after being left out of the squad to face Birmingham City in early December. He claimed he had to return to London due to "family issues". In late January 2015, Blackpool began to fine the striker for each day he was absent. In May 2015 Blackpool released 17 players following their relegation. They took up an option to extend Ranger's contract for another year. Despite saying he would return to the club for pre-season training in preparation for the 2015–16 season, he failed to do so until 28 July, by which point Blackpool had played four friendlies.
I have seen two of my good friends pass away. Whilst overcoming this it has made me realise life is really short and I have really been taking things for granted. I would like to use this opportunity to thank Southampton, Newcastle, Swindon and Blackpool for giving me the chance to experience the dream of being a professional footballer. To add to this I would like to apologise to everyone at these clubs including management, players, staff and fans. I should have given more and been a better role model. I would also like to add I am sorry to my current team-mates at Blackpool for being missing for a long period of time and not attending pre-season and putting in the hard work during this time. Truth be told I'm just a young boy who has been living the dream and playing a game which I do love and miss deeply, and hope that one day I will be able to get back on a pitch and play because life is really too short.— Ranger issued an apology to the club in September 2015.
On 2 February 2016, Blackpool announced that Ranger had left the club.
On 3 August 2016, Southend United announced that they had signed Ranger on a one-year contract. On 1 December 2016 Ranger signed a new contract with Southend, committing him to the club until 2020.
Ranger made his debut for the England U19 team on 25 March 2009 against the Czech Republic U19s. He got his first goal for the Under-19s in his second match, against Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a headed effort. He helped his team to the final of the UEFA U-19 Championship but his team eventually lost the final to host nation Ukraine 2–0 in Donetsk.
In May 2011 Ranger was questioned by Newcastle after posing with a replica gun in a photograph.
On 27 August 2011 he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a man in Newcastle city centre, leaving the victim unconscious in the street. Ranger was subsequently dropped to Newcastle United's reserve team. He was found not guilty of the charge in October 2012.
In October 2011 he was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Newcastle's Cathedral Square. The charge came only days after Ranger had been reinstated to Newcastle United's first-team training after a three-month exile in the club's reserves.
In the early hours of 23 September 2012, police were called to a house in Enfield, north London after reports of a disturbance. The front door of the property was badly damaged and Ranger was arrested at the scene and later charged with criminal damage. The charge against Ranger was dropped that November after the court accepted his explanation that he had damaged the door after fearing his girlfriend was being kidnapped.
On 25 January 2013, Ranger was arrested on suspicion of rape in a Newcastle hotel room. In connection with the same alleged offence, Ranger was charged with rape on 8 July 2013. On 4 March 2014 he was cleared of the charge at Newcastle Crown Court.
On 14 March 2013, Ranger was charged with common assault after an incident in Newcastle city centre.
On 23 March 2014, Ranger was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage to a taxi in Liverpool. He later pleaded guilty to criminal damage and was fined £1,000 and was ordered to pay compensation to the taxi driver for breaking a window. Ranger said that he was enraged by being called a rapist by the driver.
On 28 April 2014 Ranger was charged with criminal damage after an incident at a block of flats in Swindon on 13 April. He was later fined for damage to the door of his flat in relation to this incident which was captured on CCTV, in an incident where he additionally appeared to strike his female companion three times on the face.
In December 2016, Ranger was charged with conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, in respect of offences alleged to have been committed in February 2015. In January 2017, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud at Wood Green Crown Court. On 23 May 2017, he was sentenced to eight months in prison.
- As of 6 April 2017
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Sheffield Wednesday (loan)||2011–12||League One||8||2||0||0||0||0||—||—||8||2|
|Swindon Town||2013–14||League One||23||8||1||0||2||1||—||2[b]||1||28||10|
|Southend United||2016–17||League One||24||8||0||0||0||0||—||1[b]||0||25||8|
- "Premier League clubs submit squad lists". Premier League. 1 September 2010. Archived from the original on 3 September 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2010.
- Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 502. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8.
- "Premier League Player Profile". Premier League. Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
- Nile Ranger. thefa.com
- "Newcastle player Nile Ranger 'regrets' handgun photo". BBC News. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
- "Nile Ranger smashed Liverpool taxi window after driver branded him a 'rapist'". BBC News. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
- "Former Newcastle United footballer Nile Ranger fined for damaging door". BBC News. 17 July 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
- "Ex-Premier League striker Nile Ranger jailed for fraud". BBC News. BBC. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
- White, Duncan (18 April 2009). "Alan Shearer to give starlet chance in relegation fight". Telegraph.co.uk. London. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
- "Nile Ranger signs new Newcastle United contract". The Chronicle. Retrieved 15 April 2009.
- West Brom 1 – 1 Newcastle Archived 15 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Sky Sports, 8 August 2009
- Newcastle 1 – 0 Leicester BBC Sport, 31 August 2009
- "Coventry 0 – 2 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 8 December 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
- Taylor, Louise (27 January 2010). "Nile Ranger's late goal deepens Crystal Palace gloom at Newcastle". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
- "Chelsea 3 – 4 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
- "Nile's Smiles After New Deal". nufc.co.uk. 3 December 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
- King, Dan (21 November 2011). "Ranger's A Red". NUFC.co.uk. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
- "Sheffield Wednesday sign Keith Treacy and Nile Ranger". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
- "Nile Ranger criticises Newcastle fans for booing". Daily Mail. 19 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
- "Club Statement: Nile Ranger". nufc.co.uk. 1 March 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
- "Nile Ranger: Swindon sign striker despite ongoing rape case". BBC Sport. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
- "Qpr 0–2 Swindon Town". BBC Sport. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
- "Swindon 5–0 Crewe". BBC Sport. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
- "Swindon Confirm Nile Ranger Sacking Meeting". Vital Football.
- "Swindon 2–1 Peterborough United". BBC Sport. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
- "Club Statement". Swindon Town FC. 2 May 2014.
- "Nile Ranger: Swindon Town striker leaves by mutual consent". BBC Sport. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
- BBC Sport – Nile Ranger: Blackpool sign ex-Newcastle and Swindon striker
- "United too strong for Blackpool". Leeds United. 8 November 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "Lee Clark: Blackpool's Nile Ranger has not turned up for training" – BBC Sport, 24 December 2014
- "Ranger still missing and facing club fine" – Blackpool Gazette, 27 January 2015
- "Blackpool: Nile Ranger stays on as 17 players are released". BBC Sport. 19 May 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
- "Nile Ranger: I'll come back to Pool in two weeks" – Blackpool Gazette, 3 July 2015
- "Blackpool target links up with Wigan" – Blackpool Gazette, 20 July 2015
- "Nile Ranger finally returns to Blackpool training" – Blackpool Gazette, 28 July 2015
- "Nile Ranger: Blackpool striker apologises for behaviour". BBC Sport. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
- "Ranger Departs Blackpool". Blackpool F.C. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- "Nile Ranger: Southend United sign striker on one-year deal". BBC Sport. 3 August 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
- "Tallinn triumph continues Spain's U19 dominance". www.uefa.com. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
- Press Association (16 May 2011). "Newcastle's Nile Ranger 'regrets' posing with replica gun". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- "Newcastle player Nile Ranger arrested over assault". BBC News. 27 August 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
- "Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger charged after night out". BBC news. 31 October 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
- "Man Utd's Federico Macheda fined for homophobic tweets". BBC. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
- "Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger arrested and charged by police". The Guardian. 24 September 2012.
- "Nile Ranger feared girlfriend was being kidnapped". www.chroniclelive.com. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- "Newcastle United's Nile Ranger arrested after rape claim". BBC News. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
- "Nile Ranger: Ex-Newcastle United footballer on rape charge". BBC News Tyne and Wear. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
- "Footballer Nile Ranger cleared of rape". BBC News. 4 March 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
- "Former Newcastle player Nile Ranger charged with common assault". The Guardian. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- "Footballer Nile Ranger arrested over Liverpool taxi damage". BBC News.
- "Swindon Town footballer Nile Ranger charged with criminal damage". BBC News. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
- "Nile Ranger cleared of M4 sports car drink charge". BBC News. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
- "Footballer Nile Ranger charged with fraud and money laundering". BBC News. 14 December 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
- "Former Premier League footballer Nile Ranger admits banking fraud". BBC News. 11 January 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
- "Ex-Premier League striker Nile Ranger jailed for fraud". BBC News. BBC. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
- "Nile Ranger". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 September 2015.