ABOUT Picton Rangers Football Club

About Picton Rangers Football Club publicity@pictonrangersfc.com.au July 27, 2022

Since 1971 and going from strength to strength

From modest beginnings in 1971, Picton Rangers Football Club has steadily grown over the last five decades with over 400 registered players and coaches, 38 teams in 2022 and competing in the Football South Coast and Macarthur Football Associations.

We are proud of our approach to inclusivity, fielding a high representation of female players and teams from junior ages right through to all-age women’s competitions.

Located in the Wollondilly Shire in South West Sydney, our home grounds are Hume Oval and Picton Sportsground (Fairleys Rd).

Club Milestones
Celebrating 52 Years of Football

Premierships, trophies, highlights and other proud moments in the history of our club.

1971
The Inception of the PRFC

Formed on the 13th of September, playing in the Southern Districts, Liverpool area

1979
Hume Oval Clubhouse

Hume clubhouse opening on the 13th of October, game v's St George Budapest

1985
1st Grade Win 2nd Division

1st grade win 2nd division in Illawarra competition under head coach Greg Goodfellow

About Picton Rangers Football Club First Grade 1971

Picton Rangers 1972

About Picton Rangers Football Club

Picton Rangers first presentation night 1972

About Picton Rangers Football Club MiniRoos

Miniroo, Loren Adamson 2013

2000
1st Grade Win 1st Division

Under head coach Greg Goodfellow, 1st grade win 1st division and promotion to the Illawarra Premier League

2005
1st Grade Win Premier League Grand Final

The biggest title won by the club under head coach Norm Boardman

2006
1st Grade Win Premier League Grand Final

Making it back-to-back wins

2013
PRFC Welcome the young ones to the club

Originally known as SSG, 2015 became MiniRoos. A huge undertaking initiated by Kim Johnson.

2015
New Playing Facilities at Fairley's Road

Vital to sustaining the clubs growing footprint and requirements

2017
Hume Stand is Named After Mal Ball

In recognition of the Prince, a Ranger legend

2021
PRFC 50th Aniversary & Awarded 5 Stars for the National Club Development Program

Celebrating 50 years of football, marking an outstanding achievement for the club and acknowledgement for all the time and effort of current and past committee members and volunteers from our footballing community. To cap it off and as further recognition for all the work that goes into improving our club, PRFC was awarded 5 Stars for the National Club Development Program by MFA.

2022
New Membership Records and Funding
10th season of MiniRoos, a new record number of players at the club,  grants secured for the upgrade of the Picton Sportsground.
With more football to play, it's a great time to be a Ranger.
About Picton Rangers Football Club Fairleys Oval

Expansive space at Fairley’s and a busy Saturday morning with lots of MinRoo and Junior football games

About Picton Rangers Football Club 50th Anniversary

Clouds cleared for the Rangers to celebrate the clubs 50th Anniversary en masse

A STORIED HISTORY
BY GEORGE JOHNSON

Foundation Player, Life Member, Rangers Historian
(Longest Serving Player/Member)

Part 1 - 1971 to 1984

At a public meeting convened on Monday 13th September 1971, the first steps were taken in forming the Picton Rangers Soccer Club. Initially, Picton played in the Southern Districts association, wearing the traditional colours of black and white. In this first year they were able to field 4 junior teams, plus First and Reserve grades.

Over the years the juniors gradually faded away, but 1976 marked the start of a revival in the Club. This came with Picton moving to the Highlands Association, and two newcomers to the district joining the Club.

The two ex-Scottish-Sydney players, Ray Gardiner and Ziggy Spilarewicz injected a new enthusiasm that over the next six years was to have Picton totally dominating the Highlands competition. At this time the clubhouse was built and the Club also changed its colours, adopting maroon, white, and gold. In 1981, when Highlands had three divisions in All Age, PRSC incredibly won everything, finishing first in each division, winning all 3 grand finals, and winning the 3 Cups.

Picton Rangers v’s St George Budapest, 13th of October 1979

It was this unrivalled effort that brought about Picton’s first appearance in the Illawarra Soccer Association in 1982, but unable to sustain itself in this stronger competition, they reluctantly bowed out.

The following two years saw Picton regroup, and start another revival, this time playing in the newly formed Macarthur Association.

Even though enjoying success, making both grand finals, (& losing on penalties!!), Rangers now had the players, committee, and facilities to again return to the Illawarra.

Part 2 – 1985 to Present

On starting the 1985 season, with new coach Greg Goodfellow confident only of making the top four, Rangers won the Tooheys Second Division, and made the Bampton Cup semis. Following Picton’s promotion to the IFA’s 1st division, there were more successes through the ’90s. This included club championships in 1995, ’96, & ‘98 to add to the 1985 title, but also it was in the reserve and youth grades, where they each won championships and Grand finals. During this time juniors returned to the club, along with O’35s, and the beginning of an era began with Ladies also joining the Ranger ranks.

Club Champions 1985

Over the ensuing years Picton gained a reputation due to their ladies and girls teams seemingly successful in nearly every season, including 5 titles in a row!!

2000 marked another huge year in Rangers history when they achieved the holy grail, promotion to the Illawarra Premier League, under the guidance of their mentor from 1985, Greg Goodfellow. Over the next 10 seasons, firstly under the guidance of “Goody”, then Ray Carney, and Norman “Stormin” Boardman, came multiple trophies. 2006 brought another club championship, but the “pinnacle” of an IPL Grand Final victory was achieved in 2005 & 2006.

Over these ten years, achievements included 10 major trophies, numerous cup final appearances, 6 golden boot winners, and literally dozens of titles to the juniors and ladies! Since then the 1st grade has won District League Grand Finals, the Ladies & O’35’s have entertained, and the miniroos have blossomed.

So as always, keep on ENJOYING THE FOOTBALL!!

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