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Full Results Against Kilwinning Rangers

Kilwinning Rangers Football Club were originally formed as a Juvenile football club in 1899, sharing Blacklands Park with the local senior club – the now defunct Kilwinning Eglinton. In 1902 the club joined the Junior grade however it was three years before the club won their first honour, emerging as winners of the Ayrshire Junior Challenge Cup in 1904-05.

Several grounds were used by the club in the early years of its existence. The Buffs moved to Abbey Park (near Kilwinning Abbey) in 1929 and have remained there ever since.

Several theories exists as to the origin of the nickname “Buffs.” Historic maps of Kilwinning show the site of the present day Abbey Park to have been within an area known as “The Butts,” a misspelling of which may have led to the synonym.

The name Buffs was first recorded on 21 September 1900 when a local paper, the Irvine Herald, recorded that Kilwinning had claimed an emphatic victory over the now-defunct Kilmarnock Belgrove. It was said at the time that Kilwinning played in a pale yellow, or “buff” strip.

Another theory is that one of the players around that time was a member of the East Kent Regiment of the British Army, who were nicknamed The Buffs.are a Scottish football club from Kilwinning, Ayrshire. Formed in 1899 they became the first Ayrshire club to win the Scottish Junior Cup in 1908-09 with a 1-0 victory over Strathclyde.

A second appearance in the final followed in 1909-10, however Kilwinning were defeated 3-0 by Ashfield. Almost a century later, Kilwinning regained the Scottish Junior Cup with a 1-0 victory over Kelty Hearts, in a season which saw them win six out of the seven trophies available to them.

Kilwinning became the first Ayrshire side to win the West Super League in 2003–04 however financial issues resulted in the team finishing bottom of the leagueKilwinning Rangers (a) 20 Jul 11 the following season and subsequently relegated. Most of the following decade was spent in the Ayrshire District League with a promotion to the Super First Division achieved in 2012-13. A promising campaign the following season almost resulted in Kilwinning avoiding relegation, however it was later revealed that the club had fielded an ineligible player for 12 matches and the resulting 19 point deduction relegated the side to the bottom division once again.

Kilwinning achieved successive promotions in 2014-15 and 2016-17, courtesy of a play-off victory against Shettleston and maintained their top flight status the following season by defeating Kilsyth Rangers in another play-off.

Several theories exists as to the origin of the nickname “Buffs.” Historic maps of Kilwinning show the site of the present day Abbey Park to have been within an area known as “The Butts,” a misspelling of which may have led to the synonym.

The name Buffs was first recorded on 21 September 1900 when a local paper, the Irvine Herald, recorded that Kilwinning had claimed an emphatic victory over the now-defunct Kilmarnock Belgrove. It was said at the time that Kilwinning played in a pale yellow, or “buff” strip.

Another theory is that one of the players around that time was a member of the East Kent Regiment of the British Army, who were nicknamed The Buffs.

They play their home games at Abbey Park and compete in the SJFA West Region Premiership. They play in blue and white hoops.

 

Season

Date

H/A

Competition

Score – Ayr First

Crowd

Programme Image

Comments

1912/13

15/8/12

A

Friendly

3-1

 

No Issue

 

2002/03

30/7/02

A

Friendly

 2-0

 

Yes

 

2011/12

20/07/11

A

Friendly

2-1

 

Yes

 

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