Who we are...
Middleton Rangers Junior Football Club was founded in 2003 by parents in Middleton St George and offers total football from pre school (Mini Rangers) to adult age groups in Darlington and the surrounding Areas.
Our story so far...
In season 2004/2005 the club joined the Teesside Junior Alliance League and had 3 teams playing small sided football at under 9 &10 age groups & 11 a side at the under 11 age group. At the end of the year our Under 9s won our first honours winning the Barnard Castle 7 a side competition. The under 10s finished 3rd in the league and the under 11s got through the season with smiles all round despite struggling with numbers of players all year.
The following year 2005/2006 saw the club with 5 teams, under 9 & 10 small sided and under 11s, 12s & 14s at 11 a side. As a result of tremendous hard work the season ended with 2 championships from the under 12s & 14s, a 4th place in the league to the 11s, mid table from the under 10s and happy faces from the under 9s in their first season.
Season 2006/2007 saw the club grow again with 8 teams, 7 of which entered the TJFA league at under 8,9 & 10 small sided and under 11,12 (2 teams) & 13 at 11 a side. An 8th side the under 16s were also affiliated and played 5 a side league matches at Soccer Sensations.
In the 2007/2008 the club got bigger still with teams at under 8, 9, 10a, 10b, 11, 12, 13'a', 13'b', 14, 18 and Girls under 11s. A fantastic season saw the 8s, 9s & 10a continue to develop massively under excellent coaching. The 10b team finished Runners-up in the Russell Foster League, were beaten finalists in the Cup and then won the European Cup in Holland. They also won the Allstar's Cup and were runners up at Mount Pleasant. The under 11s won the league, winning every league game. The under 12s finished their league campaign despite a lack of players and not being able to field a full team. The 13a team reached 2 quarter finals at Mount Pleasant & Spraire Lads Competitions & were awarded the Sporting Team Trophy at Cleethorpes for fantastic attitude. The under 13b team represented the club superbly, yet again finishing strongly as the season closed. The under 14s won their 2nd championship in 3 years. The under 18s finished their first season getting stronger in every game and the under 11s Girls team reached 2 tournament semi-finals despite not competing in a league this season. Congratulations also go to the under 10a, under 10b & under 13a teams who all went on their end of season tours to Germany, Holland and Cleethorpes representing the club superbly.
Season 2008 / 2009 and the club grew yet again with more teams and more opportunities for all the kids to play more football. 12 teams competed, 10 in the TJFA league, 1 in the Russell Foster League, and the girls in the North Riding Girls League. The Under 8s, 9s, 10s, and 11As all finished the season strongly in their respective divisions. The Girls finished their season in a fantastic second place in the North Riding Girls League Division 2 and have proved so successful that a second girls team was established.
The Under 11bs had a brilliant season, finishing third in the Russell Foster 1st Division and therefore won promotion to the Premiere League. The Under 12s were once again TJFA Division Champions, South Park Trophy winners, and finalists in both the 21st Allstars and Hessle Sporting Club tournaments.
The Under 14s A and B both finished the season with some very positive performances and the Under 18s did likewise.
In the 2009 - 2010 season we grew for a third year in succession with the addition of a second girls team and the introduction of the "Mini Rangers". We entered 10 teams in the TJFA, 1 team in the Russell Foster League, and 2 teams in the North Riding Girls league. The Under 13s took the Power League Futebol De Salao 5 a side Championship and the Darlington 21st Allstars Trophy as well as finishing runners up in The Mt Pleasant tournament and our own 1st annual Middleton Rangers tournament. The Under 11s were division runners up, as were the Under 12 A team. The Under 12 A team also finished runners up in the Settle tournament, as did the Under 10s while the Under 8s won the Kajima cup for fair play. The Girls also enjoyed tremendous success this season with the Under 10s getting to the final of the Tees Valley Divisional cup as well as finishing runners up at both the Wiggington and Corus Teesside tournaments. The Girls season culminated in them deservedly winning the Bishop Auckland tournament, getting their just rewards for all their hard work. So another successful season under our belts while we look forward to the next one.
The 2010-2011 season saw our club continue to grow and was another great one for Rangers with more teams than ever offering competitive football to both boys and girls of all age groups, plus the introduction of an adult team.
In 2010-11 the club had 13 teams, 9 in the TJFA, one in the Russell foster, one in the Cleveland league and two girls teams in the Tees Valley league. The under 12's and 13's both finished 3rd in their leagues, with the 12s also getting all the way to the Challenge Cup final at Hurworth, 9's won the Spraire tournament, 10's girls won the Mackinlay Park Cup at Redcar, Under 13's 'A' team were Runners-up at Mt.Pleasant and Greatham, semi finalists at Manchester, and won the Settle Tournament. The U13's 'B' were Runners up at Spraire and the 14's were Runners up at Settle and Mt Pleasant, and winners of the Middleton Rangers tournament along with the Under 10s, while the Under 9s won the Spraire tournament. The Under 12's Girls also travelled down to Sheffield for a tournament, advertising the club in South Yorkshire.
In 2011 - 2012 Middleton Rangers boasted two league champions, 2 league runners up, 2 cup finalists and several tournament winners and tournament runners up and should prove to be another great platform for us to launch another brilliant season
For 2012 - 2013. Rangers go into the new campaign boasting teams in all age groups from Under 6s (Mini Rangers) right through to adults. They finished strongly too. The under-16s continued their success wining the TJFA under-16s 3rd division and the under-11s won the All Stars tournament. To add to this the under-14s reached the final of the TJFA cup coming runners up and also the under-13 girls came runners up in the NRTV cup too.
The 2014 season was a major one for the club as it reached the top standard of junior football clubs being awarded the status of Community Standard club. To add to this development the club also moved its operations to the lucrative Eastbourne Sports Complex in Darlington.
The 2014-15 season was a fantastic one for rangers with many exiting development occurring. The club became a Nike Partner club and as such changed all their strips to brand new stat of the art Nike designs. Additionally we launched a disability group to provide football to children of all ages and abilities. Success came strong again too as the under-7s, 8s, 9s, and 12s all came runners up in their respective TJFA divisions and the under-13s boys and girls teams both won the Darlington RA tournament too.
In the 2015-16 season, Rangers became the largest club in Darlington. The club boasted junior team’s under-7s boys right through to under-16s. In addition to this, the club also ran an adults team, mini rangers program, disability club and girls development groups. Success was plentiful with the under-12 girls, under-10 boys, under-14 boys and under-16 boys all winning tournaments.
The club also began training together on 3G at Eastbourne Sports Complex thanks to a thriving partnership with Darlington Council.
Through FA guideline coaching, various players have developed and gone on to have trials or play within academies including, Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Leeds, Hartlepool, Darlington and York.
In 2009 former Southampton, Middlesbrough, and Darlington player and current professional coach at Darlington, Neil Maddison became president of Middleton Rangers JFC. Neil has been a regular supporter of the club for several years now and we are delighted to have him as club president. As a former premier league player and fully qualified professional coach Neil provides valuable assistance and advice to players, managers, and coaches, and regularly takes training sessions with the players.