Hall Road Rangers History
Hall Road Rangers were formed in 1959 by a local man named Ted Richardson and was originally set-up as a youth club for teenagers and as a Sunday league side.
The club moved to a senior division in 1968, stepping up into the Yorkshire Football League Division Two. In 1970, they were moved to the newly formed Division Three and won the title twice in eight years – in 1973 and 1980 – either side of a relegation in 1976.
Rangers were founding members of the Northern Counties East League in 1982. After being placed in Division One North, they finished bottom in the inaugural season of the league. A league reshuffle saw Hall Road return to Division One North for the 1984/85 season.
Further restructuring saw them in Division Three in 1985/86 and Division Two in 1986/87, where they stayed until 1991 when they won the Division Two title. The NCEL scrapped Division Two that year so all the clubs moved up to Division One.
In the 2007/08 season, Hall Road were members of Northern Counties East League Division One. They finished the season as runners up, thereby gaining promotion to the Premier Division.
Other honours in Rangers’ trophy cabinet include the East Riding Senior Cup, which they won in both 1973 and 1994, and the Wilkinson Sword Trophy, which they won in 2004, and most recently in 2008.
At the back end of 2010, former Bridlington and Frickley manager Billy Heath took over the Hall Road reigns from Martin Thacker, who had decided to focus his energies upon playing, after spending some time juggling both roles.
Martin and Billy go back a long way and so it was perhaps written in the stars that Martin would eventually approach his friend with the offer of making his mark as the manager of Hull’s second team.
This year will be Billy’s first full season in charge of Rangers, and after some shrewd signings in the close season, everyone associated with the club are confident of success in 2011/12.
Following Billy's departure from the club to pastures new at North Ferriby United, Martin retook over the reins again for a short time along with Jamie Barnwell. Martin again stepped aside to concentrate on his playing career and Jamie took over the role as Chairman in 2012 following the departure of Mark Gregory allowing Andy Foster to take over as Manager of the first team. Under Andy there has been a dramatic change at the club with an emphasis on youth development and progression.
Andy Foster remained as first team manager for season 2012/2013 when Rangers first team were relegated from the Northern Counties East League Premier Division. He ultimately resigned as manager at the end of the 2013/2014 season having steered the first team to 11th in division one.
At the end of 2012 Jamie Barnwell departed as Chairman and was ultimately succeeded by Jason Cox in March 2013. Jason remained as chairman until January 2014 when Darren Sunley took charge at the top with Jason taking up the role of vice chairman.
In May 2014 Lee Hastings took over as Manager of the Rangers first team with high hopes of success. Those hopes lasted just six months however as in early December 2014 Hastings departed by mutual consent.
With Darren Sunley at the helm and leading the way a new (old) manager was soon (re)appointed with Hall Road Rangers favorite Martin Thacker soon back as the appointed no.1 for the first team.
Martin Thacker lead the team for the 2014/2015 & 2015/2016 but stepped aside at the end of the campaign wanting to concentrate on his sons footballing career.
Up stepped another ex Rangers player. Former Beverley Town and Selby Town Manager David Ricardo took over in May 2016 with high hopes and aspirations of taking Rangers up the table in 2016/2017.