HISTORY OF THE RANGERS
The Evolution of the Family Club to the 5 Star Regional Club of the Year
FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
KDSC, also known as the Kyneton Rangers, can trace its beginning to 1974 when a football club, based at Malmsbury, was formed by David Plant, George Johnson and Stan Hodgson. The founding members realized the need for a locally based soccer club in the shire to provide the community an opportunity to play and be involved in game.
Playing under the name of Kyneton United, the teams wore a red and white strip and played in the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League (BASL). Over the following seasons the home ground changed to Kyneton High School (1977), then to Barkly Square, Kyneton (1978–present).
The prestigious year of 1979 saw the club win the Division 1 and Division 3 League Championships, the Division 1 and Reserves (now Division 2) Knockout Cup, the Division 1 League Cup and the Reserves 5 A-Side competition.
In 1982 the club split into two clubs, with Kyneton United playing in the Metro Division 2 and the newly formed Kyneton Soccer Club (yellow and black guernsey) playing in BASL.
The present KDSC began in 1989 as a merger of the two existing clubs with the new colours of claret and sky blue. In 1996 Kyneton won the second division and finished second in the third division, having been relegated the previous year.
In 1995 the club fielded its first senior women’s team and started a junior women’s team (Under 14s) in 2014. In 2008 it fielded a women’s team in the Melbourne Metro North West Division. Since 2013 the senior women’s team has played in the state league, mostly in Division 4.
With the expansion in participation in the game, the club took the decision in 2010 to move all senior teams into competitions in Melbourne. The youth teams were brought under the senior men’s banner and the club fielded teams in the then Metropolitan/Thirds league (Divisions 1, 3, 4 and 5), as well as a women’s team in the Women’s State 3 competition. Our junior teams remained in BASL.
In the following years, the club fielded teams in both the state and metropolitan leagues in Melbourne for its senior men’s, reserve men’s and women’s teams. In 2014 joined the Football Federation Victoria (now Football Victoria) State Leagues and competed in the State League 5 West division after a number of years in the Metropolitan/Thirds leagues. In 2016 the Club's 3rd Men's team won the Division 7 North West Metropolitan Championship.
In 2018 the club withdrew its two senior men’s team from the state league to focus on the metropolitan league, as part of a rebuilding program. It subsequently won the Divisions 6 and 5 Metropolitan championships in 2018 and 2019 respectively. The club intends to return its men’s teams (senior and reserve lists) to the state league in coming years. The club continues to field a women’s team in the state league.
The club’s junior teams include the Under 18s, 16s, 14s and 12s, and for many years have been part of BASL. These teams continue to display great team spirit and on-field performances and have won numerous championships, and are a great source of pride and inspiration to the club.
In 2018 the club enjoyed considerable on-field success with its senior and junior teams. The senior men’s team won the Metropolitan North West Division 6 and overall Division 6. In the BASL junior competition, the club won the Under 12B Championship, the Under 12C Championship and Grand Final, the Under 16B Championship and the Under 18 Grand Final.
Kyneton has a strong history at all levels winning championships, 5 a side, league cups, knock out cup and other competitions in all age groups all the way from Under 11’s to the Senior Men’s, with recent championships being won by the Under 14’s, Under 16's, Under 18's and Senior Men’s teams. But more importantly we pride ourselves on our inclusive family nature and willingness to accept all those wanting to join our club, witnessed in the growth of our numbers and our volume of dedicated all girls teams from Under 9's through to Senior Women.
Recent commitment to the Club's development off the field has seen recognition from both State and National Football organizations, with the KDSC gaining status as a 5 Star Club from Football Australia under the National Club Development Program (NCDP), before winning the 2021 Football Victoria Regional Club of the Year Award.
The Club looks forward to writing the next chapters in our long standing history.