HISTORY

How the club was formed

Landsdowne Rangers FC was formed in January 1991 by Tony Bush and Simon Burchell, the name 'Landsdowne' originating from Lansdowne Avenue, Leigh-on-Sea which was close to where Simon lived.

Whilst Simon left the club after two seasons, Tony has continued to play for Landsdowne Rangers, most recently in 2008 setting up a Vets team alongside the Senior Team.

Click here for a picture of the original team in 1991.

First competitive match

Their first competitive match was on 13th October 1991 against Rectory FC in the
"Andy Ward Memorial Trophy". They won 3 goals to 2.

Most memorable match

It's a matter of opinion. Click here to read some of Landsdowne Ranger's past and present players talk about their most memorable match.

500th match for the club

On 13-Sep-15, Tony Bush played his 500th match for the club, a 1-1 draw against Fairfax.

Click here for a couple of pictures.

Achievements

In 2000/01 season they finished runners-up in Division 1 of the "Sceptre League".

In 2002/03 season they reached the semi-finals of both the league's cup competitions.

In 2006/07 season they finished runners-up in Division 3 of the "Basildon Sunday League".

In 2009/10 sesason they finished runners-up in the Division 4 cup.

In 2010/11 sesason they finished runners-up in the Division 4 cup.

In 2012/13 season the Senior team did the double, winning both the Division 3 title and Division 3 cup of the "Sceptre League".

In 2013/14 season the Senior team finished runners-up in Division 1 of the "Sceptre League".

In the 2014/15 Season the Vets finished Runners-up in Division 4 of the Southend Boro Vets Combination League.

Charity work

In March 1999, when 12 of the players had their hair bleached, the club raised 1,500. They made the front page of the Basildon Echo as a result and the money was used to buy equipment for the special care baby unit in Basildon Hospital.

In February 2001 the club played a ten year anniversary game, donating gate receipts to "Basildon and Thurrock Healthy Heroes".

In October 2004 they played against "Callum FC" to raise money for Basildon Hospital's Neo-Natal unit and its staff.

On 14-Aug-16 they played a charity game in memory of Daniel Voysey, the best friend of player
Allan Handley, who suffered from depression and who sadly committed suicide in May. The match was played at Gloucester Park in Basildon and was won by the friends of Daniel 2-0. A total of 4600 was raised during the day for the charity MIND.

Click here for a copy of the front page of the Basildon Echo 29-Mar-99.

Click here for some pictures of the players with bleached hair.

Click here for a copy of the front page of the Basildon and Wickford Recorder 01-Oct-04.

Click here for an article from the Basildon and Wickford Recorder 15-Oct-04.

Click here for an article from the Basildon Echo 17-Aug-16