History of Buckfastleigh Rangers FC

BRFC was formed in the early l900’s. The team have played the majority of their competitive football in the South Devon League with a large slice of that being in the Premier division.

Until the mid 1960’s, BRFC shared their pitch with the rugby and cricket clubs at the Recreation Ground. 1960 saw the cricket club purchase the ‘Rec’ for themselves and BRFC moved to their present playing ground at Duckspond. With the exception of three seasons in the early 80’s when a collapsed water culvert meant the club had to seek temporary accommodation, Rangers have played there ever since.

BRFC’s patron, Carl Throgmorton of Westward Developments, gave his consent for the teams to use his pitch at Oaklands Park during the culvert catastrophe.

During the 1980’s Rangers made history by becoming the first club in the S.D.L to install floodlights up to match standard. This was the start of an impressive development at the Duckspond grounds, which boasts a large clubhouse that regularly hosts weekend entertainment.

The teams have successfully won the Lidstone, Greenaway, Harry Treeby and the impressive Devon Senior Cups. Promotions have also been gained and at the end of the 1991-92 season, the clubs teams were positioned in the premier, Division 2 and division 5 of the South Devon League.

At the beginning of the 1992-93 season Rangers became the founding members of the Devon County league. Rangers became the Champions of the Devon County league at their first attempt while the 3rd’s finished top of their S.D.L Division 5 and the reserves finished third in Division 2, only being denied automatic promotion on goal difference.

1994 – 95 season was notably a successful one for Rangers when the reserves were crowned champions of Division 2. Over the years BRFC have played hosts to other league clubs including Torquay United, Plymouth Argyle, Watford F.C and Leyton Orient.

In 2017 Rangers installed match standard LED floodlights replacing the old Metal Halide ones. This was made possible with funding from Buckfastleigh Town Council & Buckfast Abbey with the lights also serving as a landing strip for the Devon Air Ambulance.

The Social Club

The Social Club was opened on the 28th August 1978 by Mr Frank O’Farrell , and it started off as a very small building. The building was then extended by building new changing rooms outside and using the existing changing rooms to extend the clubhouse. Due to increasing demand another extension was built.

It was originally a function room, committee room and children’s play room upstairs with two snooker rooms downstairs. Later on this changed and one of the snooker tables was sold and the other table was brought upstairs to replace the children’s play room.

The two rooms downstairs were then used for storage. In August 2006, the committee were approached to lease the rooms downstairs.

The Skittle Alley was officially opened on Boxing Day 1983 by Mr Carl Throgmorton, which is now used to house a successful in-house skittles league with 6 teams. We also have darts teams in the Mid Devon Darts League, the Newton Abbot & District Ladies Darts League and have a record four teams in the Buckfastleigh Town Darts League.