A new beginning for the football side of things as we change this into a Limited Company, sitting alongside the CIC which owns and controls the stadium facilities Winterton Rangers are in a strong position to progress forwards both on and off the pitch. Securing new and exciting long term sponsorship deals is essential to long term sustainability to match the clubs ambitions to reach the highest level possible on the pitch.
In 1982-83 they became founder members of the Northern Counties East League, when the Yorkshire League and Midland League amalgamated. It was a sad time just two seasons later when the club disbanded due to financial difficulties. Rangers then re-entered the NCEL Division 2 in 1986 and after several poor seasons they won the Division 2 title in 1989-90 and were promoted directly to the Premier Division. After four average years in the top flight Rangers were finally relegated at the end of the 1993/94 season.
In 2002 Dave Crowder joined the club as Chairman and brought with him a new committee to join the few people already at the club. After many seasons struggling with such a small amount of people the club were now looking forward to a bright future. In no time at all alterations were under way with a pool table been installed and a new kitchen put in place. After securing a grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, the work in phase one would include new changing rooms, toilets, turnstiles and car parks. The hard working committee continued to improve facilities, two new clubhouse bars were built and new fire and security systems fitted. Phase two included a new terraced stand along with new walls and footpaths around the ground. Extensive work was done to improve the pitch and further r clubhouse developments were completed.
During the summer of 2006 a brand new seated stand and dugouts were built along with further raised hard standing. Fencing was also erected down one side and behind one goal. The ground and facilities can now be considered one of the best in the whole league. After the excellent finish to last season, optimism was high. Manager Pete Daniels and his assistant, Dave Robinson, had built an excellent squad containing a balance of youth and experience. A great season followed in 2006/07, gaining promotion to the Premier in second place behind Parkgate.
The team of young lads had done us proud. Pre season saw more money spent on the infrastructure. The floodlights were brought up to Conference standard in the major spend of the summer. And things started brightly pre-season when Rangers beat Hull City 3-2 at West Street against their full squad., which set up Rangers for a superb season. The side up to Christmas was untouchable, but with a couple of players leaving for Unibond it was a worry if the start would be sustained. New blood came in and the dream season continued culminating in the league title and League Cup double. It was decided not to apply for Unibond football.