Rangers AFC is the oldest established football club in Canterbury, New Zealand and one of the few clubs in the country to own its own ground.
Having won the Southern League on numerous occasions, the club participated in the National League for two seasons (1980 & 1981). It's first team now competes in the Federation 6, Mainland Premier League.
The club's 'stylised lion' crest was designed in 1972 by Yaap Koster. It is based on the lion found on the crest of the famous Scottish club, Rangers FC, and chosen because of the similarity in club names.
Originally the Rangers AFC crest showed the lion coloured sky blue (the club's third colour). Today, however, it is always displayed in the club's primary colours of white and black (normally as shown above, although on occasions - for added effect - with its colours reversed).
In late 2007, the club and New Brighton AFC merged to form Coastal Spirit FC.
Thanks to Phil Clayton, Committee Member, Webmaster and Player at Rangers AFC, for the above crest and information.