Belle Vue Rangers
Belle Vue Rangers who were Manchester’s one and only professional Rugby League club started out as Broughton Rangers in 1877.
Although the club was founded in Salford, they moved to Belle Vue in 1933 and later became Belle Vue Rangers playing out of the Belle Vue Stadium. In 1935 Broughton Rangers RLFC bought Frank Whitcombe from the Welsh Rugby Union. He was paid £100 for his services along with two new suits.
Of his signing fee, £90 was to buy him out of the army, leaving him £10 to start a new life with his young family in Fallowfield. Broughton Rangers provided Frank with a job as zookeeper, at Belle Vue Zoological Gardens where Rangers played inside the speedway track. At this time Belle Vue was the premier leisure centre for the North West of England! The war years hit the club hard and due to financial hardships, the clubs last season before they folded saw them finish next to bottom in the 1954/55 season.
Roll Of Honour
Broughton Rangers/Belle Vue Rangers Roll of honour:
Championship: .....................................1901-02 (once)
Challenge Cup: .......................1901-02, 1910-11 (twice)
Lancashire Cup: ......................1906-07, 1920-21 (twice)
Lancashire League: ...................1896-97, 1898-99 (twice)
Challenge Cup (Runners Up): .....1906-07, 1920-21 (twice)
Lancashire Cup (Runners Up): .................1907-08 (once)
Manchester Rangers RLFC
Manchester Rangers RLFC has aspirations of becoming THE professional club in Manchester!
We have secured an inspirational home in Manchester Regional Arena, part of the Etihad Campus, we have a fantastic board of directors and are in the process of building a strong and sustainable Rugby League community in the City.
Over the coming months and years, we will demonstrate that Rugby League NEEDS its own professional club in this great City.Not only does Manchester boast an impressive population of over 514,000, it is a City with a global reputation as one of the world’s leading cities for sport.
Manchester Rangers, The Story So Far
Formed in October 2012, the focus of the club is to achieve professional status and develop a robust and realistic Rugby League development plan for the City of Manchester. We have a board of directors that can guide this club to the highest level, we have a home capable of sustaining Rugby League at all levels of the game and we have started to create a network of like-minded individuals and organisations that want to develop the game alongside Manchester Rangers RLFC.
In addition to our ambitious plans to bring professional rugby back to Manchester, we have invested significant resources into developing community Rugby League, developing future talent and creating a strong fan base.
Thanks to a partnership with Network Rail and PDF Sports LTD, during the first quarter of 2015 we will work with over of 5,000 primary, secondary, college and university students throughout Manchester and with support from local businesses, partners and funding bodies, we hope to grow this figure further over the coming months and years.
Highest Scoring Victory - 62 - 4 (Culcheth Eagles Friday 10th April 2015)
Highest Winning Margin - 58 points (Culcheth Eagles Friday 10th April 2015)
Highest Attendance - 358 (Bury Broncos Friday 18th March 2016)
Most Tries in a Game - 12 (Culcheth Eagles Friday 10th April 2015)
Most Goals in a Game - 7 (Culcheth Eagles Friday 10th April 2015)
Most Tries in a Game - 3 - Josh Dolan (Rylands Sharks 'A' Saturday 9th May 2015) Nick Ryan (Cadishead Rhinos Saturday 30th May 2015)
Most Conversions in a Game - 10 - Matt Valentine (Leyland Warriors, Saturday 3rd June 2017)
Most Points in a Game - 20 - Matt Valentine (Leyland Warriors, Saturday 3rd June 2017)