35 years of football and fun

Bridlington Rangers JFC is making plans to celebrate, in the close season break, the 35th anniversary of the formation of the club in 1979, and kicked off with a tournament last weekend.

The first Rangers’ team fielded was an under 9s friendly against Kilham. Since then the club has made remarkable progress and it now has 14 teams at all age groups from under 6 to under 18.

Bridlington Rangers 35 year celebration day

Bridlington Rangers 35 year celebration day

From the 11 players in that first game at Kilham the club now has around 220 players, 23 of them under the age of six.

The club was formed by John Gibson MBE who remains the chairman after 35 years in the role.

He said: “Over the years the success of Rangers has been continuity, excellent managers and players who have responded to the club motto ‘to win fairly, to lose with honour’.”

Rangers have won many awards and have reached the FA Charter Mark Development Club status. In 2006 the club was named by the Football Association as the Charter Mark Club of the year for the Yorkshire and Humberside region.

Apart from developing youngsters to their football potential the club teaches its footballers to become good members of a team, to respect rules and authority, to develop self confidence and discipline, loyalty and fitness.

Rangers is proud of its record of having produced so many players who play in local senior teams. Some have played for their universities or colleges, and two have captained the English Universities team. Three went on to become professional footballers and all three played for England Under 21s.

Mr Gibson added: “The club has a bright future and will continue to provide football coaching in a safe environment. It is a great way for youngsters to keep fit and make new friends and learn about the beautiful game.”