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Oakham United was formed in 2011 after changing its name from Rutland Rangers and with Oakham Imperial uniting the two clubs together.



Rutland Rangers was formed in 1996 joining the Grantham & District League, after progressing through the divisions enjoying many league and cup success in all competitions we decided to join the Peterborough & District League for the season 2004 - 2005 starting in division two.



2001-2002 Grantham and District division one league champions

2002-2003 Grantham and District Premier League Champions

2003 George Wood Trophy Winners

2003-2004 Grantham and District Premier League Champions

2004 -2005 Charity Cup Runners Up

Culverthorpe Cup Runners up

Senior Cup Winners


Peterborough & District Football league


2004 - 2005 Division 2 finished 4th 

2005 - 2006 Division 1 finished 6th

2006 - 2007 Division 1 Runners up

2007 - 2008 Division 1 Runners up

2008 - 2009 Premier league 3rd place

Senior cup Winners

2009 - 2010 Premier league Champions

Senior cup Winners

2010- 2011 Finished 12th

2011-2012 Finished 10th

2012-2013 Finished 5th on goal difference

2013-2014 finished 11th

2014-2015 Premier Division Champions

Presidents Shield Winners


Oakham United in the United Counties League.


After winning promotion in 2014/15 Oakham United were placed in the United Counties League Division One for the 2015/16 season, thereby becoming Rutland's first ever club to play at Step 6 of the non-league pyramid. Wayne Oldaker and Andy Bailey kept faith with the promotion-winning side and the team under the captaincy of Eddie McDonald was basically the same as the previous season.

 

The opening fixture at home to Buckingham Town was a Groundhop event which attracted a record attendance of 341. This boosted the average attendance for the season  to 67, which was the third highest in the league. The game saw Oakham collect their first three points in the UCL with an impressive 5-2 win and the club produced its first ever matchday programme.

 

September saw Oakham United competing in the FA Vase for the first time and were drawn away to Shirebrook Town of the Northern Counties East League.  
The last day of the month saw Oakham progress in the Leicestershire and Rutland Senior Cup with a home win over Barlestone St.Giles, eventually going on to the final in May. This established another first as Oakham United are the only team from Rutland to reach the LRSC final since the competition was established in 1887.

 

In the league Oakham finished in a creditable twelfth place and a goal tally of 65. The top scorer was Lewis Leckie with 32 goals in all competitions.

 

The 2016/17 season started with a Groundhop game again, this time away at Rushden and Higham United. The result was a record 7-2 away win for Oakham.

 

At the beginning of the season the management team was expanded to include Seb Hayes and Darren Edey.

 

After four games Oakham were the only team in UCL Division 1 to have a 100% record. This was acknowledged by a website called Base of the Pyramid which selected Oakham as team of the week at Step 6.

A crowd of 120, which was the highest attendance since the opening Groundhop game in 2015/16, saw Oakham win the local derby with Melton Town, At the end of August Oakham were still unbeaten and the management team received the UCL Manager of the Month award.

September saw the club win in the FA Vase for the first time. History in the making. Gedling Miners Welfare was the venue with Oakham progressing 3-2 after extra time. For once the draw for the next round was kinder to Oakham and the club had a home game in the Vase at the third time of asking. There was Step 5 opposition in Retford United in the second qualifying round but Oakham were worthy winners with the only goal of the game scored by Andy Sayers. The occasion of Oakham’s first home game in the Vase was marked by the first matchday sponsorship.

September also saw James North win the Stamford and Rutland Sports News Breakthrough Player of the Year award.

By October results started to be more mixed and with the departure of the management team in December the club was looking for a new manager. Will Moody was appointed on 21 December. Over the next two months most of the established players had left the club and by March the team had changed completely from the start of the season. Nevertheless, because of the good start to the season Oakham finished in 11th place in the league and with four more points than the previous season.


The start of the 2017/18 campaign was marked by managerial changes. After two games Will Moody was replaced by Kai Brownhill as manager, who then resigned in September. A few weeks later Joe Featherstone was appointed as manager with Ryan Hunnings as his assistant. In November Joe Featherstone left with Ryan taking over as manager. At this point Oakham were in the relegation zone and despite a slight improvement in results towards the end of the season Oakham were not able to avoid the drop. However, there were a couple of highlights. Ironically the club achieved its record win in the United Counties League in March when Buckingham Town were defeated 9-1 at Lonsdale Meadow. There was also a goalscoring record in this match as Cameron Brookes scored four goals to become the first Oakham player to score more than a hat trick in one game during the three seasons in the United Counties League.


Oakham Imperial FC History


The imps were originally formed in the 1940's and stayed in existence for around 20 years with several seasons of success in the Leicester Senior league.

The Imps merged with Oakham Town to form Oakham United in the 60's.


The Imps were reformed by former player Barry Clarke in 1989/1990 when he moved his Manton side to Oakham.


1997/1998

Winners of Melton and Rutland Division 2.

Chairman/Manager - Barry Clarke

1999/2000

Winners of Melton and Ruland Division 1, Melton and North Leicestershire Challange Cup

Chairman/Manager - Barry Clarke

2000/2001

Winners of Melton and Rutland Division 1, the League Cup and Knockout Cup

Manager - Gavin Coshell

2001/2002

Joined Corby and District league and enjoyed two top 4 finishes.

Manager - Tony Lowther

2003/2004

Joined Leicester and District league

Finished runners up in Division 2 and promoted.

Manager - Pat Johnson

2004/2005

Relegated back to Division 2

Manager - Pat Johnson

2005/2011

Played in Division 2 and would have been promoted in 2011 but the club merger with Rutland Rangers to form Oakham United.

Manager 2005 - 2008 - Nigel Southerington

Manager 2008 - 2011 - Karl Seagrave