Hong Kong Rangers FC

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Rangers
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Full nameRangers Football Club Limited
Founded1958, as Rangers Football Team
1960, as Hong Kong Rangers FC
Ground Hammer Hill Road Sports Ground
Capacity2,200
President Peter Mok
Director of Football Philip Lee
Co-Head coaches Chiu Chung Man
Wong Chin Hung
League Hong Kong Premier League
2019–20 Withdrew
Website Club website

Hong Kong Rangers Football Club (Chinese :流浪足球會), often abbreviated to Rangers, currently known as Biu Chun Rangers due to sponsorship reasons, is a Hong Kong football club which currently competes in the Hong Kong Premier League. They have won the Hong Kong First Division once, the Senior Shield 4 times, and the Hong Kong FA Cup twice.

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History

Formation to 2000

The club was founded in 1958 by a Scottish expatriate from Glasgow named Ian Petrie. He named his club after Rangers. It was the first Asian football club with a modern football club managing system. In the early days, the club could not compete with the bigger clubs financially so Petrie relied on young players and the team was known as a breeding ground for young players. Kwok Ka Ming was the best known players discovered by Petrie in the 1960s. In 1970, the club brought three Scottish professional players to Hong Kong. They were the first European professional players to play in the Hong Kong League, opening a new chapter in Hong Kong's football history. Great players such as Ian Taylor, Joe Brennan, Jimmy Liddell, and Derek Currie were a few to name. More were to follow in the 1980s such as Steve Paterson, Jimmy Bone and Tommy Nolan.

2000–2018

Since 12 October 2001, the club had been named after its sponsor, Buler, resulting in the name Buler Rangers up until Summer 2006. On 15 September 2007, the club announced that it has secured a large sponsorship from Bulova, a watch brand which used to fund a famous Hong Kong football team decades ago, and used Bulova Rangers as the team name.

In 2011, the team changed their name as Kam Fung. They were the champions of the 2011–12 Hong Kong Second Division and were promoted to the Hong Kong First Division. The club has since renamed itself as Biu Chun Rangers due to being sponsorship by Biu Chun Watch Hands (except for the 2016–17 season when the club was renamed as Lee Man Rangers due to sponsorship reasons).

In the early part of the 2000s, Rangers' investment in youth player produced various Hong Kong internationals including Chan Wai Ho, Man Pei Tak, Lam Ka Wai and Lo Kwan Yee. However, this investment dried up in the later part of the 2010s resulting in lower budgets and declining performances of the club. [1]

2018–

Following a last place finish in the 2017–18 Hong Kong Premier League, Rangers were relegated back the First Division after a six-year stay in the top flight. [2] Former Hong Kong international Wong Chin Hung was hired as the club's head coach.

Despite a third place finish in the 2018–19 season, Rangers were promoted back into the Hong Kong Premier League on 15 July 2019 following Dreams FC's decision to self-relegate. [3]

In 2019–20, Rangers were one of four teams withdraw from the Premier League season due to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Hong Kong.

Name history

Team staff

PositionStaff
Director of football Flag of Hong Kong.svg Philip Lee
Co-head coaches Flag of Hong Kong.svg Chiu Chung Man
Flag of Hong Kong.svg Wong Chin Hung
Assistant coach Flag of Hong Kong.svg Lai Ka Fai
Goalkeeping coach Flag of Hong Kong.svg Cheung Wai Hong
Technical director Flag of Hong Kong.svg Fung Wing Shing
Team manager Flag of Hong Kong.svg But Yiu Wai

Source: [ citation needed ]

Current squad

First Team

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Lo Siu Kei
2 MF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Ma Man Hin
3 DF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Wong Pun Wai
4 FW Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Hirokane Harima
5 FW Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Lee Si Wang
6 MF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Chan Lik Hang
7 FW Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Lau Chi Lok
8 FW Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Tang Tsz Kwan
10 MF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Lam Ka Wai (captain)
11 FW Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Lam Hok Hei
12 DF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Lo Kwan Yee
14 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA DouglãoFP
16 DF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Chung Sing Lam
17 MF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Chow Ka Lok
No.Pos.NationPlayer
18 DF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Pun Tsz Hei
19 MF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Yiu Ho Ming
20 MF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Wong Chun Hin
21 MF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Wong Chun Hin Hinson
22 MF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Cheung Ka Chun
23 DF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Tse Wai Chun
27 MF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Tang Lok Man
30 GK Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG So Chi Wai
31 GK Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Oleksii Shliakotin FP
32 GK Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Li Yat Chun
33 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Fernando Lopes FP
55 DF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Jean-Jacques Kilama
90 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Juninho FP
96 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Augusto NetoFP


Remarks:
LP These players are registered as local players in Hong Kong domestic football competitions.
FP These players are registered as foreign players.

Reserve team squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Lee Lok Man
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Kwok Tsz Ho
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Cheng See Chun Barnett
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG M Yeung Nicholas W
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Daniel Yen
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Tang Pak Man
No.Pos.NationPlayer
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Chan Ka Wing
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Kwok Chun On
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Mak Chuek Kan
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Wong Tsz Hin
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Chan Lik Hang

Continental record

SeasonCompetitionRoundClubHomeAwayAggregate
1995–96 Asian Cup Winners Cup First round bye
Second round Flag of Japan.svg Yokohama Flügels 1–34–23–7

Honours

Major trophies are listed below.

League

Champions (1): 1970–71
Champions (2): 1964–65, 2011–12
Champions (1): 1991–92

Cup competitions

Champions (4): 1965–66, 1970–71, 1974–75, 1994–95
Runners-up (2): 1975–76, 1981–82
Champions (2): 1976–77, 1994–95
Runners-up (3): 1974–75, 1982–83, 2002–03
Champions (2): 1973–74, 1974–75

Seasons

SeasonTeam name League Pos.Pl.WDLGSGAP Senior
Shield
FA Cup League Cup Junior
Shield
Notes
2005–06 Buler Rangers D1 314734241924 First round First round Group stage Hong Kong–Shanghai Championship  – Runners-up
Cite du Louvre Cup – 3rd
2006–07 Rangers D1 418774231928 First round Semi-finals Group stage
2007–08 Bulova Rangers D1 1018297193515 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals Group stage Relegated to D2
2008–09 Rangers D2 618657323223 First round
2009–10 Ongood D2 4161015493131
2010–11 Biu Chun D2 722949373831 Third round
2011–12 Kam Fung D2 1221624692450 Second round Promoted to First Division League

Remarks:
FP These players are registered as foreign players.

Retired numbers

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
15 DF Flag of Hong Kong.svg  HKG Cheung Yiu Lun (posthumous)

Managers

See also

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