The game of soccer played in the Tweed started in 1956 with the formation of a team in Murwillumbah. Social games were played with teams from Lismore.
By 1959 the Tweed District Soccer Football Association was inaugurated and the Murwillumbah Rangers moved to Tumbulgum to form the Tumbulgum Rangers Soccer Club (TRSC). The club’s first executive were Jim Rothnie president and Tom Stewart secretary/treasurer and both these gentlemen are Life Members of TRSC.
As the club grew so did their dominance of the Tweed District Soccer competition. In 1964 the Tumbulgum Rangers won their first premiership. They won the Knockout Cup for seven successive years from 1964 to 1970. In the 1970 season Rangers were undefeated premiers. The Team scored a total of 172 goals and only conceded 13 goals. Norm (chook) Silley scored 60 goals in the season.
By 1974 the name of the club was changed to Tumbulgum Rangers Sports Club and the club started fielding teams in Soccer, Cricket and Hockey.
1988 was a successful season when TRSC played in the Gold Coast and Albert Soccer Federation 2nd Division competition and won 5 of the 6 trophies for the season. Two players won individual awards, Best and Fairest award judged by the referees was won by Anthony Gorman (who was selected as a member of the Combined NSW Secondary School team and travelled to New Zealand to play games against New Zealand School teams) and Michael McClymont won the most goals scored in 2nd Division.
The last grand final of the Tweed District Soccer Football Association, was between Rangers and Tweed Heads in 2005 prior to formation of the Far North Coast competition in 2006.
In 2008 and 2009 the 2nd Division Women’s team played in the Football Far North Coast competition and won the grand final on both occasions.
The last few years the club has fielded junior and mini roo teams.
Since 1958 the Tumbulgum Rangers has played 69 seasons of Football (soccer). In the Tweed District, Gold Coast and Football Far North Coast competitions they won 64 junior trophies and a total 46 men and women trophies. Next year will be the 70th year for Tumbulgum Rangers.
Brain Breckenridge Field
In 1999 Tweed Shire Council named the sports field “The Brian Breckenridge Field” in recognition of the commitment since 1959 by local resident Brian Breckenridge ASM to Cricket and Soccer in Tumbulgum. Brian first started playing soccer 1958 as a 16 year old and has maintained an unbeaten connection with Tweed Soccer.