AFC Mansfield

Friday, July 06, 2018

Buildbase FA Trophy Draw

The Bulls will enter the Buildbase FA Trophy on Saturday 13th October when we make the trip to Soham Town Rangers in Cambridgeshire.   This is the first season that the Bulls have been involved in the FA Trophy after previously being involved in the FA Vase.  The Bulls did manage to avoid a game in the extra Preliminary Round but will enter the competition in the Preliminary round

The Bulls will have to negotiate 4 qualifying rounds to reach the first round proper when teams from the Conference National enter the competition and a potential draw against the likes of Chesterfield or Salford City could await.  We can dream!!!!

Prize money for winning this game will be £3,000 so would provide additional funding to the club.  further details on the game in due course as and when released. 

History of Soham Town Rangers

The club was established in 1947 by a merger of Soham Town and Soham Rangers.[1] Town were formed in 1920, won the Cambridgeshire Junior Cup in 1932–33, and played in the Cambridgeshire League during the 1930s, earning promotion to the Premier Division in 1938. Rangers were formed in 1919 and reached the top division of the Cambridgeshire League in 1926, the same year in which they won the Junior Cup. They went on to win the Cambridgeshire Challenge Cup in 1929–30 and 1934–35.

The merged club started in the Premier Division of the Cambridgeshire League. In 1956 they switched to the Peterborough & District League and two years later won the Challenge Cup. They retained it in 1958–59 and also applied to join the Eastern Counties League, but were unsuccessful. In 1959–60 they won the league for the first time, repeating the feat in 1961–62. In 1963 they applied to join the Eastern Counties League again, and this time were accepted. Discussions were held regarding a merger with local rivals Soham United, but nothing came of the talks.[1]

After the ECL added a second division in 1988, Soham were relegated at the end of the 1988–89 season. In 1990–91 they won the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup for the first time with a 4–1 win over March Town United. In 1992–93 they finished second in Division One and were promoted back to the Premier Division.[2] They won the Invitation Cup again in 1997–98 and 1998–99. In 2000–01 they won the league's Millenium Trophy and another Invitation Cup was won in 2005–06. In 2007–08 they won their first ECL title after defeating Needham Market 4–0 in a title decider on the last day of the season. Following their victory they were promoted to the Midland Division of the Southern League. At the end of the 2010–11 season they were transferred to Division One North of the Isthmian League.

Soham Town Rangers finished mid table last season in the Isthmian League North Division. 

Nickname(s)Greens, Rangers, Town
GroundJulius Martin Lane, Soham
Ground Capacity2,000 (250 seated

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