Manorhamilton Rangers AFC

Founded 1980

Co. Leitrim

Club History

Manorhamilton Rangers Football Club was formed in 1980 by a group of dedicated locals wishing to bring soccer to the North Leitrim enclave of Manorhamilton. The club play at the Bee Park grounds in Manorhamilton and its primary colours are blue and black stripes, similar to AC Milan and in recent years yellow and blue has come more to the fore. Manorhamilton Rangers or Manor Rangers, as the club is known locally, entered into Division 4 of the Sligo/Leitrim League. In its first season in existence the club won this division. Not content with this Manorhamilton Rangers FC won Division 3 in 1981 and Division 2 in 1982. This rapid rise to the top of Sligo/Leitrim Leagues continued in the 1988/89 season when Manorhamilton Rangers confirmed as Champions of the Premier Division. The Premier Division was again won in 2001/02 and 2006/07.

Manorhamilton Rangers now play their football in the Sligo/Leitrim Super League finishing 3rd in the current season 2007/08. Season 2007/08 moved the club on to the National stage as they competed in the FAI Umbro Junior Cup. The Senior team went on to claim the scalps of notable teams such as Mervue and Douglas Hall before being narrowly beaten in the quarter finals of the competition by Corduff FC of Dublin. They also got to the quarter finals of the Connacht Junior Cup.

With the early success of the senior team it was decided to set in place an underage structure to encourage young boys and girls play soccer. Under the auspices of the Sligo/Leitrim Youth Schoolboys & Schoolgirls league Manorhamilton Rangers now have teams which cater for boys and girls from U-8, U-10, U-12, U-14, U-16, and U-18.
Under the careful guidance of Joe & Bernie Cleary the youth teams have gone from strength to strength. Success has been achieved by various teams. Season 1991/92 will forever live in the memory of North Leitrim Soccer lovers, when Manorhamilton Rangers U-17 team retained the league title won the previous year and then went on to claim the clubs first provincial title when they beat the king-pins of Junior soccer in Galway, the mighty Galway Mervue.

Manorhamilton Rangers U-16 team under the guidance of Billy Brick and Gabriel McSharry Snr travelled to Blackpool in the 2007/08 season to compete in an International Team Tournament. They went on to excel themselves beating some of the best English, American and Scottish teams on the way to the final where they were narrowly beaten after extra-time and penalties in the final.
On returning home the U-16 team went on to claim the Sligo/Leitrim U-16 League title for 2007/08.

The future is bright for the club with such talent emerging. Nearly all of the senior team has come through the Youth structure of the club. Sligo/Leitrim League acknowledged the fine work being done by Manorhamilton coaches over the years and presented Joe and Bernie Cleary with a Special Merit trophy for their outstanding contribution to youth soccer. Joe was also presented with an award for being the first Leitrim Clubman to hold the position of Sligo/Leitrim League Chairman.

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