May 21, 1892
Twelve months ago it was a question of whether or not the Fleetwood Rangers would again gain admission to the Lancashire League, for they were then top of the last four. The fright evidently did them a good turn, for they have this season played a very much improved game with the result that they are now third on the list.
In all in the League contest they have won a dozen games – seven at home and five away. Double victories were claimed from Heywood, Witton, and West Manchester; but not one of the dozen clubs can claim a double victory over the Rangers. Their total record reads – 36 matches played, 20 won, 6 drawn, and 10 lost, with a goal record of 128 to 70.
The club entered for the English and Lancashire Association Junior Cups, and, strange to say, their hopes of winning each were buried in the Blackpool ground. In the National contest they only managed to reach the second stage, when Blackpool at home settled them by 4-2. In the Lancashire Junior contest, however, they ran as far as the semi-final, and then on the Blackpool ground they went under by just the same score, Southport Central this time accounting for them.
The team has done considerably more than its fair share of heavy scoring, as in seven games they scored no fewer than 58 goals to 2, viz., v Leigh 8-0, v Nelson (L) 7-1, v Halliwell (LJCT) 10-0, v Witton (L) 11-0 and 6-0, v Kirkham 6-0, and v. Heywood (L) 10-1. The largest number of goals scored against them was five by Blackpool in a League match at Blackpool.
(Source: Lancashire Evening Post: May 21, 1892)
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