Preview: YUFC v Risborough Rangers Reserves
Opposition: Risborough Rangers Reserves F.C.
Nickname: ‘Rangers’ or ‘Borough’
Chairman: Richard Woodward
Manager: Andrew Hockley
Home Colours: Red shirt, red shorts, red socks
Away Colours: White shirt, black shorts, white socks
Form: L W D L L W
We play Risborough Rangers Reserves this Saturday at 15:00 at Cody Sports & Social Club.
Risborough’s First Team are in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One and currently sit in 18th position. The Reserves are currently second from bottom in the Hellenic League Div. 2 East on 2 points. They come into this game off the back of playing three cup games in 7 days, losing 3-0 at home to Virginia Water Development in the Chairman’s Challenge Cup; losing 1-0 to Burnham in the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup and winning 2-1 against Chinnor to progress to the next round of the Bluefin Sports (UHL) Challenge Cup.
YUFC have lost their last 2 games, both against Langley, however were very unlucky in the Cup after being beaten in extra time. Read the full match report HERE.
Risborough Rangers play their home games at Windsor Playing Field – which is also often referred to by its locally known name of ‘Windsors’. The ground was once the home of the now defunct Princes Risborough Town F.C. who were founder members of the Hellenic Football League. After a long fund raising campaign the club finally installed floodlights at ‘Winsors’ in 2012 in order to take their promotion to Division One.
The club is an FA Charter Standard Club running two senior teams; First and Development, plus two youth teams at Under 18 level. There is also a large thriving Junior Section fielding teams from under sevens up to sixteens for boys and girls. After finishing under sixteen football, players are then invited to play under the wing of the Senior Section at Under 18 level and from there, the best players are encouraged to play in the Spartan South Midland Development League side where, hopefully they will progress into the First Team.
Journeyman, Jefferson Louis, played for Risborough Rangers between 1996-1998, recording 19 goals in 49 appearances.
Risborough Rangers were formed in 1971 as a team of 12-year-olds who wanted to play competitive football and, in the 1975–76 season, the previous years Under 16’s entered the Wycombe & District League. In their second season they won the 3rd Division. However, the team then folded, after which the club provided only boys’ football until the Under 16’s of 1979–80 and entered the Wycombe & District League. The club then won promotion in successive seasons, gaining promotion to the Ercol Senior League. At around the time of entering the Ercol Senior League, the club moved to ‘Windsors’, the former home of the defunct Hellenic League club Princes Risborough Town. Within several years, the club had managed to improve the ground by building the clubhouse and extended the covered standing.
In 1989, Risborough accepted an invitation to join the South Midlands League in Division 1. In the first two seasons, the club struggled finishing second from bottom and had to apply for re-election. However, in their fourth season, 1992–93, in the league the club managed to gain promotion to the Senior Division under the management of Frank Carter. The clubs record attendance was also recorded in 1992, where 1,562 people attended a match vs. Showbiz Team (62 people over capacity!). At the start of the 1997–98 season with the merger of the South Midlands League and Spartan League, the club became founder members of Spartan South Midlands League Senior Division. The club remained in the Senior Division, which was later renamed Division One, until the end of the 2002–03 season, when they finished bottom of the Division and were relegated to Division Two.
In 2003–04, former Brackley Town and Abingdon Town manager, Bob Rayner, returned to the club from Thame United when chairman Richard Woodward persuaded him to return after last managing the club during the 1990s. Under his guidance, the club finished as runners-up in the 2011–12 season, and after getting their ground up to the required standard, 4th place in 2012–13 was enough to secure promotion to Division One. The club also finished as Runners-up in the Anagram Trophy in the 2011–12 season losing to Baldock Town 1–0 in the Final. The 2012–13 season saw the club reach the final of the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division Two Cup, where they lost to Aston Clinton 2–0. Rangers were promoted to Division One at the end of 2012–13 season. They finished 14th in their first season in Div 1 and reached the final of the Div 1 Cup, losing to 2nd placed Kings Langley in the final 2–0.
Season 2014–15 saw Rangers finish in 5th place in the Div 1. It was also the club’s first appearance in the FA Vase where they lost in the preliminary round away at Spelthorne Sports of the Combined Counties Premier League, losing 2–1. Their top scorer during the 2014–15 season was Martin Griggs with 29 league goals, 35 goals in all competitions.
The 2015–16 season was a busy season for Risborough Rangers. They competed in the FA Cup for the first time in their history winning 3–0 at Ampthill Town before going out 3–0 to Southern League side Aylesbury F.C. at ‘Windsors’ in front of a crowd of 450. In the FA Vase, Rangers travelled to United Counties League side Irchester Utd, winning 4–0 before losing to Cricklewood Wanderers 1–0 in the next round. Former Thame United, Chalfont St. Peter F.C. and Risborough Rangers player Jamie Rayner was also appointed as joint first team manager alongside Bob Rayner. On a managerial level, Jamie has previously worked as Risborough Rangers reserve team manager, where he guided them to a promotion in his first season, only losing one league game. He was then joint first team assistant manager and first team coach for the 2014–15 first team campaign. Rangers finished 7th in SSML Div. 1 with top scorer Martin Griggs topping the division’s goal-scoring chart with 35 goals from 33 matches. Risborough finished the season by winning the Berks & Bucks FA Intermediate Cup beating Olney Town 2–1 AET in the final at Newport Pagnell Town. At the end of the 2015–16 season, Bob Rayner retired from football management having managed Rangers for 15 seasons in total, handing over the reins to son Jamie and his assistant Nick Young.
We look forward to welcoming Risborough Rangers Reserves to Cody Sports & Social Club this weekend.