Central Park Rangers, the team affectionately known as CPR (especially if you’ve seen us training) was essentially founded on Ash Wednesday in 1999. The team developed out of the Blue Hawaii indoor soccer team at Chelsea Piers and was the mastermind of Messrs. Paul Clayton and David Lockyer. They called a team meeting at Thady Con’s on that winter Wednesday night to gauge the interest level and begin to formulate the plans for the inaugural season.
If you looked at the turnout that night, interest wasn’t that high in quantity, just quality (but, fortunately, the same certainly cannot be said today as we have plenty of each). Those in attendance that first night, are hereafter referred to as the “Founding Members”: Paul Clayton, Dave Lockyer, Richard Veysey, John Colwell, Michael Collins and Andrew Faherty.
A few weeks later and we were playing our first match – a friendly against Barnstonworth Rovers. It was a 4-1 loss on a small, muddy pitch on Roosevelt Island, but the foundation was there. Rich Veysey scored the first goal for CPR –remember that, it’ll be a trivia question someday.
More to come…
Click Here for a look at the club’s timeline of squads over the years, and the various leagues and divisions in which they competed.
For info on what we have won, visit the Awards page.