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Paget Sports Football Club

History

Paget Rangers Football Club was founded in 1938 by a group of boys who attended Paget Road School and wanted to continue to play football together when they left.In 1951 Paget Rangers bought their first football ground in Springfield Road, Walmley where they played for the next 42 years.  This was followed by a period of ground sharing at Sutton Coldfield Town FC.

Pinnacle Sports Football Team was formed in 1988 by a Castle Vale resident, Kevin Hackett, when he found there were no boys’ football teams on the estate.  They began by playing in the Central Warwickshire Youth League.

Paget Rangers re-located to their purpose built stadium on Farnborough Road, Castle Vale to start the 1998-1999 season.  At the end of this season they approached Pinnacle Sports and invited them to amalgamate in a community venture.  This would allow young players to progress and enjoy the benefits of the semi – professional amenities.

In the 2000-2001 season Pinnacle Sports were renamed Paget Sports and continued to play in the Central Warwickshire Youth League. At the conclusion of 2001-2002 Paget Rangers succumbed to financial pressures and were forced to disband, leaving one remaining Paget team, Paget Sports U17’s.

At the start of the 2002-2003 season they entered the Birmingham Sunday Festival Senior Amateur League playing from the Vale Stadium. By season 2004-2005 Paget Sports finished runners-up in the Festival Senior Amateur league and reached two cup finals. Winning the Jim Summerfield Memorial Cup and were beaten finalist in the Sam Leach Memorial Cup, on both occasions Kingstanding United were the opposition. Both Cup Finals were a credit to the Festival League.

Paget Sports gained more success in season 2005-2006, by finishing runners-up in Festival League Division Two and again reaching two cup finals. They finished runners-up in the Festival cup losing in the final 2-0 to Oscott Liberals at Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield. In the other cup final, The Birmingham Deaf Trophy Final Paget Sports beat Belton Rangers 3-1 at Moor Lane. 2006-2007, Paget Sports are currently playing in The Festival League Division One.

After winning promotion in 2005-2006 season the 2006-2007 season was a season of consolidation for Paget Sports. After starting the season well enough, three teams dropped out of the league leaving only eight teams in the division and Paget's form was inconsistent. Finally finishing fifth in Festival Division One level on points with Wonder Vaults Sunday.

Paget Sports reached the semi final of the Festival Cup losing 4-1 to eventual winners Kingstanding United and Paget Sports had their first taste of the Birmingham County Vase losing 2-0 to an excellent Leamington Hibernian side in an unforgettable game at the Vale Stadium.

The 2007/2008 season was full of expectation and Paget Sports were again playing in the Birmingham County Sunday Vase. This time reaching round three before losing 4-2 in extra time to Oakbourne & District side Prince of Wales.

Paget Sports celebrated their first cup final victory at Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield FC by winning the Festival Cup beating fellow division one side Warren Athletic 1-0 in a pulsating game that was a credit to the Festival League. In the George Williams Memorial Cup Paget Sports reached the semi Final losing to a last minute goal (3-2) to eventual winners Lyndon Urchins.

On the league front Paget Sports clinched the runners up spot in Festival One on the last day of the season by beating Warren Athletic 2-1. Gaining promotion to Festival Premier One. The 2007/2008 season has been very successful for Paget Sports and we look forward to an even bigger challenge in the 2008/2009 season. But for the moment we will just enjoy our success.

The Paget Sports club badge is the combined crests from Paget Rangers and Pinnacle Sports this was designed to show that Paget Sports will never forget and are very proud of our roots. We will always remember those great teams of the past Paget Rangers and Pinnacle Sports, we thank you for the memories and we hope that one day we at Paget Sports can at least equal the succsess of Paget Rangers.

 

Paget Rangers Football Club - History

Paget Rangers were formed in 1938 and arose when a group of former pupils of Paget Road School together with Jack Hughes Snr combined to form a football team. To begin with the club were accepted as members in the Intermediate Division of the Birmingham Juvenile Organisation Committee. Paget enjoyed instant success as they won the league title at their first attempt and repeated this the following year.


In the first season a young man by the name of Ron Timmings was an under age reserve for the side in the final of the Birmingham City Cup Final played at St. Andrews. Throughout the War years, "Timmo" continued to play for the club and in 1943 alongside Doug Lishman and Larry Canning signed for the Villa. Larry Canning made the grade but the great Harry Parkes kept "Timmo" out of the Villa side.


Unfortunately, the War caused a temporary halt to the club’s progress but when they were once again able to pick up the thread, they joined the Birmingham Youths and Old Boys A.FA. In 1949, they moved to the Central Amateur League and a year later, joined the Worcestershire Combination.
Doug Lishman returned to Paget after War service. He later went on to star for Arsenal in the 1951 Cup Final and to gain England "B" honours. Ron Timmings never allowed another club to enter his heart and after his national service he became Paget Rangers, serving as Secretary, Treasurer, Manager, Coach and Chairman, alongside the other jobs as Groundsman, Raffle Ticket Seller and every other capacity in which he could serve.


In 1951, the club made a really bold step forward when they purchased the ground in Springfield Road, Walmley, for the sum of £550 and set up home for which they were subsequently to remain for the next 42 years.


Throughout the 1950s, Paget enjoyed a period of consolidation before experiencing their first major success in 1960 when they lifted the Midland Combination League title, League Cup, Birmingham Junior Cup and Sutton Coldfield Charity Cup. The following season saw the club again capture the league title, however, further success eluded them until 1967 when they again won the Midland Combination League Cup beating Alvechurch who had beaten them in the previous year’s final. Additional success came in 1970 with yet another Midland Combination league title and a runners-up spot the following season.


In 1971, the club took yet another major step forward by erecting floodlights with Aston Villa providing the opposition at the official switching on ceremony. Paget were obliged to wait a further ten years before being able to celebrate additional success when they won another Midland Combination title in 1983. Their name was on the trophy again in 1986.


In 1987, Paget gained promotion to the Southern League but unfortunately suffered a disastrous season at this level and were relegated to the West Midlands League. Paget enjoyed life in the West Midlands League, finishing in the top half of the league in all but one season. Their best position being runners-up to Gresley Rovers in 1992. The same season saw them capture the League Cup beating Gresley Rovers in a thrilling final, the winning goal, scored by Carlton Miller was one of stunning quality which will always be remembered by those Paget followers fortunate enough to witness it. The club also reached the League Cup Final in 1993 and 1994 but unfortunately finished runners-up on both occasions, however, it was an excellent achievement to have reached three successive finals of the competition.


Paget were elected as founder members of the Midland Football Alliance for the commencement of the 1994/95 season and became the inaugural winners of the League Championship, thus gaining promotion to the Beazer Homes Southern League Midland Division. 1994/95 was an outstanding season for Paget as in addition to claiming the Midland Football Alliance Championship, they won the Lord Mayor of Birmingham’s Charity Cup when beating Moor Green in the final, and finished as runners-up in the Staffordshire Senior Cup to Stoke City. The same season saw them reach the semi-final of the Birmingham Senior Cup, thus enjoying their best ever run in the competition which included a 2-1 victory over Coventry City in the quarter final. However, they were beaten by Aston Villa but not before putting on a spirited performance at Villa Park. In all, throughout the 1994/95 season, a total of five Southern League Clubs (Beazer Homes League) were beaten in various cup competitions.


Paget won promotion back to the Southern League and having moved from their former Springfield Road headquarters following its sale for a fee in excess of £1.25 million, the club ground shared with Sutton Coldfield Town prior to moving to their new purpose built stadium at Castle Vale, Birmingham. Paget moved to Vale Stadium for the start of the 1998/99 season and their plans soon started to unravel.


On the pitch the team struggled. Off the pitch rancour and disagreement was the order of the day. Both on and off field problems were exacerbated by a pitch prone to flooding every time the weather turned damp. The Club struggled in the Western Division of the Southern League for two more seasons before finally succumbing to relegation at the end of the 2000-2001 season. As the season neared its climax a mass exodus of players meant that seven youth team players saw action in a desperate attempt to avoid relegation. It was not to be, but the spirit and effort meant that Paget won four of their last six games and avoided the bottom spot.


Their first season back in the Midland Football Alliance has seen further off field tribulations affect the composition of the team. Once again youth has featured prominently as the Bears attempted to stabilise in new surroundings. Despite all the best efforts on the field, off field problems stemming from their inheritance of £1.3 million has seen the demise of Paget Rangers Football Club.


Despite all that has been written and said the only undisputable fact is that in less than 10 years Paget Rangers Football Club has gone from millionaires to mendicants. Amongst ex-Paget players who have progressed to the Football League are: Doug Lishman (Arsenal & England), Arthur Atkinson (Birmingham City), Bernie Wright (Walsall and Everton), Roger Brown (Norwich City and Fulham), Vince O’Keefe (Birmingham City), Gary Bull (Southampton) and Jon Gittens (Southampton).

 

Paget Rangers Football Club - Honours

League

Midland Football Alliance Champions 1994/95

West Midlands Football League Runners UP 1991/92

Midland Football Combination Champions 1959/60, 1960/61, 1969/70, 1970/71

B.Y.C. Intermediate League Champions 1938/39, 1940/41

Midland Youth Floodlit League Champions 1999/2000

Cup

West Midland League Cup Winners 1991/92 Finalist 1992/93, 1993/94

Midland Football Combination Cup Winners 1959/60, 1966/67, 1970/71, 1982/83, 1985/86

Birmingham Senior Cup Semi Finalist 1994

Birmingham Junior Cup Winners 1959/60, 1969/70

Lord Mayor of B,Ham Charity Cup Winners 1994/95

Walsall Senior Cup Winners 1985/86

Staffordshire Senior Cup Finalist 1994/95 Semi Finalist 1993/94

Tony Alden Memorial cup Winners 1970/71, 1972/73, 1983/84, 1986/87

Sutton Coldfield Charity Cup Winners 1957/58, 1959/60, 1965/66, 1967/68, 1998/99