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Welcome to Moorside Rangers website.

Manchester FA and North West Regional Charter Standard Community Club of the Year 2012.

Moorside Rangers are one of only a small number of clubs in the U.K to achieve FA Community Charter Standard Status, the highest accolade available from the Football Association. Originally established in 1976, we now cater for players of all ages, sex and ability.


Swinton Lions RLFC and Moorside Rangers AFC wish to announce that they are to work together on an exciting project which aims to develop the Agecroft playing field site into a community sports facility and stadium.

25 years after losing Station Road, Swinton Lions have long been linked with Agecroft as a possible route back into the M27 post code. The opportunity to form a partnership with Moorside Rangers, who have also had a long term interest at the Agecroft site was therefore extremely welcome, as a joint project significantly in-creases its chances of success. Moorside Rangers are a superb example of a successful community club, but as well as running almost 50 junior teams they also have ambitions of progressing up the football pyramid.

The joint enterprise has been encouraged and facilitated by a delighted Salford City Council, who will offer logistical support moving forward. A number of meetings have taken place recently between both clubs and the Council at Swinton Town Hall and a legal agreement is now in the process of being drawn up. Both partners understand that by working collaboratively there will be greater opportunities in identifying funding sources – some of which are already progressing.

The project will be completed in phases, with a new dressing room block to be built first, followed later by a 4G pitch. The development will be planned carefully to ensure that supporter and integral facilities can be added progressively to bring the ground up to Rugby League Championship standard (which necessitates a capacity of 3,000 including 750 seats).

New Lions’ Chairman Andy Mazey and Moorside Rangers Chairman Brian Elsey agreed that by working together, the needs of both clubs can be met as the scheme develops. The nature of such a phased development, along with the necessary regulatory requirements, will mean that the project will inevitably take time. It’s estimated that the development will be fully complete in 3 to 5 years’ time.

The Moorside Rangers secretary, Darren Kay, said of the new venture, “These are exciting times for both clubs, and we look forward to achieving our joint ambition, which is to develop Agecroft into a facility that we can all be proud of.”

Swinton Lions’ Operations Director Steve Wild added, “We have had a number of very cordial meetings with Moorside Rangers and from the very beginning it was clear that we shared remarkably similar objectives. We both want to progress on the field of play and we both want to develop our respective sports in the Swinton community. To achieve those aims and to establish long-term viability for both our clubs we need to develop Agecroft to the full, therefore a joint project was the obvious path to follow. We believe that this project rep-resents the most realistic possibility in 25 years of our club finally returning to its spiritual roots.”

A meeting is planned in early December to bring supporters up to date with the project and regular bulletins will follow thereafter.

The clubs coaching staff consists of:

  • Over 60 FA level 1 coaches

  • 12 FA level 2 Trained coaches

  • 32 FAW level 1 Goalkeeping coaches

  • 2 FAW Level 2 Goalkeeping coaches

  • 1 FA Coaching for disabilities coach

  • 1 UEFA A Licenced Coach

We have excellent facilities including a Large Clubhouse, floodlit astroturf training area and grass playing pitches at our Beechfield site.

This season we have established 48 groups and teams playing in various league throughout Manchester, including a holding group for the very young children aged 4-5yrs, and 2 groups for children with Downs Syndrome, that’s in excess of 600 players.

Moorside Rangers are proud to now be working in partnership with Wipe Your Tears.

Wipe Your Tears children's charity was started in 2004 in the North West. They are committed to assisting in the care and financial support of seriously and terminally ill children and their loved ones. They also offer support to children who are victims of domestic violence situations. Through fundraising and events, they hope to brighten the lives of these children and offer support to their families through these difficult times:


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