Manning Rangers Football Club was founded in 1928 by the late GR Naidoo and was affiliated to the Mayville Districts Football Association. He administered, financed and played as a goalkeeper for the Mighty Maulers and laid a very strong foundation for the club.
Through his hard work, dedication and commitment he managed to keep the club going in the early days. After his playing days were over he became a referee. He later became Chairman of the Referees Board. In honour of the late GR Naidoo for laying the foundation of Manning Rangers Football Club, the Mighty Maulers have pledged to keep the name of the club in the memory of Naidoo.
In the mid-1960's the club entered the professional ranks under the auspices of the South African Soccer League. Finally in 1985, Manning Rangers moved its base from Curries Fountain to Chatsworth. Despire financial constraints Manning Rangers prevailed and entered the 1st Division of the NSL (National Soccer League) in 1991.
The intense competition in the NSL, the premier league in the country, has shaped Rangers into a formidable side. We now rank as one of the top teams in the country and enjoys similar status to such glamour clubs such as Moroka Swallows, Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs.
In addition to the professional competition, Rangers are currently coaching and fielding amateur junior teams in the various subdivisions of the South African Football Association. Continuity of the sport and generating interest at all levels constitute central features of the clubs approach to soccer.
The directors of Manning Rangers firmly believe that the nurturing of young talent in their formative years secures them a better opportunity to realise their sporting goals. In addition, by working with young people across the colour spectrum, the directors hope to make a contribution in their own way to the creation of a disciplined, healthy nonracial nation.
The present directors and shareholders of the club are primarily business based in Durban and wield substantial influence in the clothing industry, retail trade and insurance field. Plans are underway to restructure and expand the board and shareholder in order to make it more community orientated.
In all, 69 years after the conception of Manning Rangers Football Club, we have reached the pinnacle of South African soccer.