The Wanderers today announced one of their first pre-season fixtures today against Mt Druitt Town Rangers on Thursday 30 July at Popondetta Park so we’ve compiled this guide to the opposition.
Mt Druitt Town Rangers were established in 1970 by two Scotsmen who were very passionate about football, leaving their legacy on both the club’s name and the colours they still wear to this day.
One of the Scotsmen was a Rangers supporter and the other was a Celtic fan which gave the team the green colours in their uniform.
Despite the two not seeing eye to eye in the Scottish League they came together to build foundations of a club which was based on these principles of co-operation and collaboration.
The Rangers were a founding member of the Blacktown District Soccer Football Association and they have participated heavily in the local community with local refugee and East African communities being provided football pathways for promising boys and girls.
Their fields are located in Emerton in Mount Druitt and their home ground Popondetta Park’s seating capacity was recently increased in 2014.
Mt Druitt’s senior teams compete in the PS4 NPL2 Mens competition (second highest tier in NSW) while the juniors compete in the PS4 NPL1 competition, the highest tier in NSW.
Head coach of the Rangers Aiden Desmond has had a wealth of experience in the NSW state leagues including winning minor premierships, grand finals and challenging for the Waratah Cup.
He was recruited by the Mount Druitt Town Rangers in 2014 as the club’s Technical Director and ascended to Head Coach in 2015.
Following last week’s wash-out against Hakoah Sydney City East FC, the Town Rangers remain on a three match losing streak with their last win coming against Mounties Wanderers in Round 12.
Despite their tough run in the past month, Mt Druitt remain in seventh place on the ladder, only one point outside the top five with a game in hand.
Prior to playing against the Wanderers on Thursday evening they will be tested by Spirit FC on Sunday at 3pm at Christie Park.