Exeter Rangers LFC


The league exists to regulate competitive women's football in it's area and to promote it to a wider audience.

The women's game is now run by the Football Association, to which the league is affiliated, and the clubs are also members of their local County Football Associations, or the Football Association of Wales.

The league has 25 member clubs, and 26 teams, which are located from Cornwall to Gloucestershire, and from Dorset to West Glamorgan.
The league currently has three divisions and cup competitions. The lower division is regionalised into northern and southern sections.
Many of the clubs enter the Football Association Women's Challenge Cup, which a national competition.

As a game, football needs no explanation, it is after all one of our national games and is the biggest participation sport in the World. What is less known is that it is a rapidly developing game for women.
More and more women are recognising that football can be as exciting and enjoyable for them, as it is for the men.
Many opportunities to play are being encouraged. The Women's Football Alliance through women's football leagues has appointed development officers in each of it's regions and the game expanding rapidly through 'come is and try' sessions led by enthusiastic men and women.

In the South West of England and South Wales, league matches are played on Sunday afternoons on a home and away basis, resulting in a great deal of travelling for it's member clubs.

Only the Beazer Homes League and the GM Vauxhall Conference cover a wider geographical area.
Many women's clubs need sponsorship to help with the running costs, and many are grateful to local mens teams for assistance.
A cup competition exists for each division, and all clubs enter the Pat Sowden Trophy. Division One clubs are exempt from the first round of the trophy to prevent the lower clubs having to travel long distances for a very difficult match.
During the season there are many five, six, or eleven a side tournaments, run by various bodies which act as a good introduction to football for many women and girls.

The F.A. runs an All England 5-a side annually, and the South West Women's League organises it's own regional heats, the top two teams (open age and under 16), qualifying for the national finals.

The following was a programme article from 1994.

Exeter Rangers were formed in 1981 to meet the demands from the younger players in the area who could not get into the now defunct Exeter Ladies team. They played initially in the Devon League and then joined the South West Region Women's Football League.
In 1987, becoming founder members of the Exeter and District League, winning the league and cup double in the 1987/88 and 1989/90 seasons.
In 1990 they rejoined the South West Women's League, where, because of their previous success, joined the higher division. Struggling for two seasons in Division One before eventually being relegated at the end of the season to Division Two.
In 1992/93 Exeter Rangers became Division 2 runners up which earned a promotion back to Division 1. Rangers also won the Division 2 Cup by beating Swansea 4-2.
In 1993/94 Rangers started off well. Unfortunely some of the games did not go Rangers way and at the end of the season they found themselves facing relegation. 
Fortunately, after the AGM of the South West Region Women's League, it was decided that they could stay up following the departure of Dorchester to the Dorset League and therefore only one team was relegated and one team promoted. 
Rangers also had success by winning the Division 1 Cup by beating Tongwynlais 3-2.

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