Moorside Rangers Junior Football Club was founded in 1976 during a meeting at 28 Claude Avenue, Swinton. Since its formation the club has experienced a number of highs and lows with tremendous success in the early eighties to almost extinction in the mid eighties. Written below is a brief overview of the clubs history from its humble beginnings to the present day.
In 1976 Moorside Rangers FC was founded with its home ground at Beechfarm playing field in Swinton. The club started with 36 players producing two teams at Under 11ís and 12ís yrs, since then the club has provided a safe environment for coaching and organised football for youngsters. By the late seventies the club was established within the Timperley and District junior football league, fielding teams at all age groups from under 11ís to under 15ís. Prior to 1979 the club won two league championships and reached four cup finals, winning two.
Due to the continued success, in 1979 the club launched an ambitious project to raise funds to build its own headquarters. The Moorside Rangers club house which still stands today was built entirely by volunteers at a cost of £22,000, and officially opened on the 3rd January 1982.
As well as becoming a home to Moorside Rangers, the club opened the building as a community centre, operating many clubs and teams within the area, this signified the start of our partnerships with schools and local authorities. In the early eighties the club went from strength to strength winning four league championships, twice finishing runners-up and reaching an incredible thirteen cup finals.
Moorside Rangers continued to prosper until 1986 when the club ran in to financial difficulties, mainly as a result of break-ins at the clubhouse. By the end of 1987 the club house was abandoned by the club and the community centre closed.
For the next two years the club struggled on without a headquarters, until a new management committee formed determined to rebuild the club stronger and better than ever before. After raising funds the clubhouse was completely renovated and re-opened with new security measures in November 1988.
With the clubhouse completed the committee turned his attention to develop the clubs training facilities, and after successful fundraising the club opened its first all weather floodlit training area in 1991.
The club developed steadily during the early 90ís, winning two league championships and nine cup competitions including twice winning the Manchester County Cup.
With the introduction of mini soccer in 1996, players as young as 9yrs could now play league football for the first time. The club expanded quickly to accommodate the new age groups and by 2000 Moorside boasted some 15 teams.
In 1998 our under 16ís were chosen to represented Salford in an International competition in Clermont-Ferrand, France, competing against teams from Spain, Scotland, Germany, Russia and of course France.
Development and accreditation
2001marked a fantastic year in the clubs history, Moorside became one of the first clubs to be awarded Charter Standard Status by the FA, later that year the club won both ĎRegionalí and ĎNationalí FA Club of the Year.
The committee again turned its attention to improve the clubs facilities and raised the capital to development and build a new fully enclosed, floodlit Astroturf pitch to replace the existing facility, this was opened in 2003.
The club continued to develop a strong infrastructure and links within the community, and in 2003 was again accredited by the FA with Charter Standard Development Status.††
With partnerships including local schools and community groups already in place, the club became affiliated with Bolton Wanderers FC as a partnership club in 2003.
In order to maximise the use of the clubs facilities, in 2005 the club opened a free of charge holding group for younger players aged 4 to 5 years old, still operating today, our holding group currently has in-excess of 50 players attending every Saturday.
In 2006 the club reach the highest accolade within grassroots football by became one of the first clubs in the UK to receive the FA Charter Standard Community Status. Of the 3,218 FA Charter Standard clubs throughout the UK, Moorside Rangers are one of only 339 clubs to attain the highest accreditation from the English Football Association.
Moorside Rangers Today
During the last ten years since the start of the new millennium, the club has won no fewer than twenty one league titles and an impressive thirty three cup competitions. A full list charting our successes on the pitch since 1976 is available from the Honour List section of the web site.
Moorside Rangers are now fielding in excess of 450 players across 35 teams playing within local leagues. The teams range from under 7ís to open age and includes a holding group for 4 to 5 year olds.†††
The club consists of sixteen committee members and boasts a total of 70 volunteers working within the club in a variety of roles from managers, coaches, clubhouse staff and administration support.
With the continued support of so many hard working committed volunteers, I am looking forward to the future of Moorside Rangers Junior Football Club with a great deal of optimism.
Brian Elsey (Founder/Chairman)