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  1. 191 points
    Falkirk bear

    "A Thank You"

    Earlier today was my last bout of chemo for my ongoing problem, I would like very much through this post if I may say a sincere and most heartfelt thank you to all who have taken the time to wish me well and to like my post "just now" it really and truly means such a lot and from the bottom of my heart I thank you all. Now as the saying goes it's both onwards and upwards from here not only for myself but also for our beloved Rangers.??????????????❤️❤️❤️❤️
  2. 115 points
  3. 115 points
    eskbankloyal

    Beggars Allocation Cut

    As per title
  4. 111 points
    Colin Traive

    The House of Cards

    Most of us knew it would happen but, personally, I thought it would take our first trophy to push them over the edge. But no, a single goal victory in a single match has done the trick. The seeds were sewn in the summer when complacency and arrogance led them to think that a squad actually weaker than the previous season (Dembele, Roberts out, Morgan in) would still be too strong for everyone else. Some of their support began to fidget but Big Peter and St Brenda had never failed them, right? Defeats to Killie and Hibs increased the jitters as our European heroics indicated a steel and determination absent for so long. The fidgeting got worse as they announced a bonus of 2.3m for Big Peter yet couldn’t shake off Rangers or Killie in the league they had come to see as their own. Their friends in the media stayed loyal, hounding Morelos at every turn and bigging up journeymen like Christie and Edouard as if they were world beaters. And of course, the loyal suppression of THAT story continued for the most part as the verdicts were reported but our courageous journalists steadfastly refused to join the dots. Then it happened. St Brenda’s first defeat at the thirteenth hurdle. Their fourth defeat of the season matching the total of the previous two seasons combined. And the manner of the defeat was even more telling than the scoreline. Totally dominated and clueless. They are creatures of habit and, true to form, they turned on the officials and the SFA (an organisation more loyal, valuable and reliable to them than a bloody guide dog to a blind man) in a major deflection operation. The rules which state that, if the referee saw an incident and chose not to act, then no further sanctions can be applied, surely couldn’t apply here. “‘Mon tae fuck” they howled. The house of cards begins to shudder. Then Rangers ramp up the pressure by strengthening further with Defoe, Davis, Jones and Kamara on their way. Shit, this is serious. And so the head of the supporters group (Mr “not enough Protestants on the Titanic“ himself) writes to the erstwhile allies at Hampden, effectively calling them cheats for following the rules. And, in what is clearly an orchestrated manoeuvre, the club follow it up with a demand for transparency. The club which has made an art form of secrecy and cover up now pushing for “transparency”. Utterly priceless. Their world is collapsing in on them and they are in blind panic. And of course, there hangs over them, THAT story. It hasn’t gone away and they may yet regret the stupidity of turning on the SFA who will hold the fate of that poisonous club in their hands. It is the perfect storm and it has been a long time coming. Their lack of class and dignity is exposed for all to see and it is not pretty. The house of cards is hanging by a thread and an act of defiance or bravery by either the SFA or a serious journalist (Mark Daly?) will surely bring the whole rancid slum crashing to the ground. I am thoroughly enjoying the show so far and would encourage all Bears to pull up a chair with, dare I suggest, a bowl of jelly and ice cream?
  5. 108 points
    backup

    ED, a face to the name

    Thought posters might like to put a face to the name, checked if it was okay to do so, it is. Something most won’t know about ED is that he was at N’castle after leaving school, he was offered terms but his mother decided he was getting a real job in the bank. He was a big lump of a lad even then, typical battering ram centre forward of that era and skill to go with it, who knows what could have been, hope you like the fotie from last year, keep rockin’ big chap ?
  6. 101 points
    MarathonMan

    Rangers FC statement

    http://rangers.co.uk/news/headlines/club-statement-60/
  7. 98 points
    Dear "Family" if I may call you all family, excuse the title of the thread but it takes me back to the fateful day (v Kilmarnock just after liquidation was announced) and no doubt like many others I stood with tear filled eyes listening to that song being played thinking my god what has happened to my beloved Glasgow Rangers, well as you all know since then my own circumstances have been affected pretty badly by the horrible C word and I have had a pretty hellish time this past while. My second last visit to see my consultant didn't really go very well with the news that there had been a slight further spread in my bowel of the dreaded "C" well after more treatment and scans I returned (yesterday Friday) to see who I class is truly a very very special (rugby supporting) person and receive the news that the "Spread Has Stopped and The Worst PART has SHRUNK" by quite a bit. As I mentioned previously I hope with all my heart to return to Ibrox soon and there will be a scoreboard announcement saying "Falkirk BEAR is BACK" and I will sit quietly in my seat again yes no doubt with tears in my eyes saying to myself yes things are Alright. To you all my dear Rangers family I thank you all from the bottom of my heart just for caring and taking the time to send messages which you will never ever know just how much they meant to me these past months.??????????????????????
  8. 96 points
    Moody Blue Legend

    Edmiston Drive

    I'm starting this thread just to inform RM that the member Edmiston Drive is now seriously ill in hospital and probably won't get out . He was diagnosed with cancer a few week ago and was told how bad it was. Unfortunately on his next visit just over a week ago his condition had escalated dramatically and his time left was weeks. As we all know he had many a heated debate and wasn't shy in giving his opinion, even when out for a few beers and I wasn't interested!!! What I can say is that the big man was 100% Rangers and that's not up for debate! Going to leave it at that. Admin if this ends up a thread on rights, wrongs or a slagging match please delete. No Surrender Big Man!
  9. 92 points
    julescotia

    Rangers Vs celtic - Video

    Enjoy
  10. 88 points
    Falkirk bear

    "Setback plus Thank You"

    An update if I may for my "Rangers Family" (I truly feel both humble and honoured to call you all family) sorry to say that things have slipped back quite a bit over the last few days and due to sickness and weight loss plus generally feeling pretty rotten I am being admitted back into hospital tomorrow (for observation) their words not mine, without sounding a boring and repitive "old fart" may I thank you all again (again) for your support and thoughts life truly is pretty rubbish at times and no matter what it throws at you there is always much worse off. When I make it back to our beloved Ibrox I intend doing a scoreboard announcement to let "my family" know that this old man has made it back to see his beloved Rangers who he first saw a long 58 years ago.????????????
  11. 85 points
    https://www.gersnet.co.uk/index.php/news-category/current-affairs/972-alfredo-morelos-no-quarter-given-no-quarter-asked
  12. 84 points
    YoungDan

    Stunning banner from today

    Thanks for all the comments lads. This belongs to me, all the way from Leicester every game. 🇬🇧
  13. 83 points
  14. 83 points
    GOAT

    Acting like tarriers

    Actually got into an argument wae the fanny that smacked the linesman wae the coin the day and his pals. Absolute wanker, just ruins our name and brings us down to their level. Worst part is the linesman done fuck all wrong the whole game aswell.
  15. 80 points
    Marky.

    Gascoigne Bites Back

    A football legend who does not need the approval of our embarrassing, shameful football association.
  16. 80 points
    Lloyd

    A message from the manager

    TOMORROW, June 1, is the day I have been waiting for and I am absolutely desperate to get started officially in my role as the manager of Rangers Football Club. Just saying that excites and motivates me so much. Although the players won’t report back from their breaks until later this month I am looking forward to meeting them and also welcoming some new faces to this fantastic club. Along with Mark (Allen) and my backroom team we have already been working on our plans and strategy for the new season. We know what we want to achieve and we also know what will be required to meet the challenges ahead, but we will be ready. Indeed, over the next week or so, I will be engaged in work and activities outwith Auchenhowie which I hope will be to the benefit of the club. We will also be putting the final pieces in place for our pre-season training camp in Spain. Having already taken the opportunity to assess our Auchenhowie base and also facilities at Ibrox, we are focusing now on being ready for our first real challenge, a Europa League qualifying tie in early July. We need to give the players every chance to perform at their best as often as possible because that is what fans demand, and rightly so. I must say that I have already had such a warm welcome from supporters across the world and this has served to confirm my belief that it’s the fans who make this football club great. Everything we do will be for them. It’s time now…lets go. Steven Gerrard 31 May, 2018 https://rng.rs/2srBgFb
  17. 77 points
    Falcoholic

    Club 1872 Statement

    My letter to the rat: On the morning of July 2, 1937, 30 coal miners lost their lives in one of England’s most tragic mining accidents at the Holditch Colliery in North Staffordshire, England. A number of fires and explosions below ground accounted for the lives of the men who had returned into the mine in an effort to rescue their colleagues who had been attempting to extinguish fires that were burning at the coal seam. News of this tragic event reached Scotland, hardly strangers themselves to mining disasters, and, in an act of solidarity, Scottish football League Champions Rangers FC travelled to the Victoria Ground to play Stoke City in a benefit match for the victims of the disaster. While the match ended goalless, it raised a much needed £2,000 for the relief fund and families of the lost miners. For their efforts, Rangers FC were presented with a limited edition Loving Cup from Stoke City President, Sir Francis Joseph, one of only 30 that had been made to celebrate the silver Jubilee of King George V. Identical Loving Cups were presented to the 22 English First Division clubs of the time, with the others going to the British Museum and various organisations. Sir Francis Joseph had only request, that the vessel should be used in perpetuity to drink to the health of the reigning monarch prior to the club’s first home match of every year. And so it is to this day, the New Year toast is celebrated in the Blue Room at Ibrox by the assembled directors and guests of Rangers FC and the visiting team at the first home game of the year. It is then with some surprise, and a not inconsiderable level of disgust, that I find you, Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council, openly mocking the tradition, the ceremony and its significance on social media platform Twitter comparing it to an episode of Only an Excuse. Scotland has seen more than its fair share of mining disasters over the years since coal mining first began and there are many accounts of the horrible conditions these men worked in and the horrible deaths they suffered and the loss and suffering experienced by the families they left behind. Yet, you see fit to mock that ceremony. Could it be that your judgement is perhaps being clouded by your contempt for coal miners? Further observations on your Twitter account would suggest an association with a certain Mr Phil Macgiollabhain . Mr Macgiollabhain, (not his real name) was once a staff journalist with An Phoblacht, a newspaper published by the IRA and author of the contemptible anti-Rangers FC blog entitled “The Incubator”. Could it be that he despises coal miners as much as you? Mr McDonald, you and I both know that you and Mr Macgiollabhain probably don’t dislike coal miners but what we both know, and is very apparent from your Twitter account, which after your numerous vile sectarian tweets were exposed you hastily set about protecting and deleting your previous posts, is that you do share an apparent and delusional hatred of all things associated with Rangers FC and from your many Tweets, an unhealthy adoration of celtic FC. So much so that you used you abused your position at Glasgow City Council to influence your colleagues at Glasgow Life, to circumvent due process and to overturn the decision to allow a “Fan Zone” to be established at Ibrox. Perhaps you might advise me of any other entertainment licenses you have used your position to have revoked. Strange how so called “Fan Zones” would only enhance the supporters experience if they were established at Hampden and in the East of the City I believe your behaviour is unbecoming of an individual within an organisation of Glasgow City Councils magnitude. You have been elected and installed in the exalted position of Deputy Leader of the Council that you may represent all of your constituents not just the ones who share your apparent love of a particular football team and your political party. I look forward to your response.
  18. 76 points
    So the individual who pushed for the latest charge against Rangers & the individual who issued it have both subsequently resigned. Amazing what happens when you stand up for yourself.....
  19. 75 points
    Rfc52

    Thank you Stevie

    My wee boy will now see a group stage. Fucking love yees Rangers up the vollies
  20. 74 points
    There was a considerable blip in the anti-Alfredo Morelos narrative currently being driven by sections of the media in Scotland. Sadly, the predictable one-way traffic was not brought to a sudden halt by an ex Rangers player speaking out, no, Barry Ferguson and Lee McCulloch were too busy acquiescing and adding to that negative narrative with criticism of their own. In a week which showed Kirk Broadfoot raking his studs down Alfredo’s Achilles heel, you might have thought the onslaught would abate for a few days – but alas, this is Scotland we are talking about. Instead it was left to Chris Jack of the Evening Times to write an article, https://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/sport/17510914.how-alfredo-morelos-has-gone-from-medellin-to-Rangers-multi-million-pound-man/ not only defending Alfredo, but in addition, humanising this young man so many have sought to dehumanise with comments such as “buffalo brains “and relating his upbringing to something from the Narcos Netflix series. Jack highlights a young man brought up in extreme poverty, who has never forgotten his roots, who remains respectful to his parents and the country of his birth, and for whom the lessons learned from such a harsh upbringing remain a driver towards success. Perhaps in any other country such a young man would be seen as a positive role model rather than the devil incarnate. But the comments of Ferguson and McCulloch really rankle – their adding to the anti-Morelos narrative serve to give it a sense of normality, when in fact it is anything but normal – it is in fact, abnormal. And no amount of ex Rangers players selling themselves to the highest bidder should allow us to lose sight of this fact. It has been a concerted campaign to demonise our prize asset and the likes of Ferguson and McCulloch, with their strong Rangers antecedents, adding their weight to the millstone being placed round Alfredo’s neck serve to give this concerted campaign a sense of credibility. Ferguson and McCulloch are by no means the worst, Kris Boyd demonstrating his ability to adapt to the anti-Rangers agenda with considerable aplomb following a series of articles and comments criticising his former club. His lack of consistency in his arguments demonstrate Boyd realises which side of the bread requires to be buttered to ensure a favourable return. You make your bed and you lie in it. I hope we as fans and in particular RSC’s will remember those who have served the dirty pieces of silver some sections of the media will pay in order to provide a sense of balance and credibility to that which is unbalanced and lacks credibility. Hopefully the club itself will add some solidarity when the same individuals go begging for tickets. “To be a Ranger is to sense the sacred trust of upholding all that such a name means in this shrine of football. They must be true in their conception of what the Ibrox tradition seeks from them. No true Ranger has ever failed in the tradition set him.
  21. 71 points
    wully

    Uninspiring new smart card :(

    It chops up the lines like any other card.
  22. 71 points
    For allowing celtic to achieve a stranglehold on Scottish football and preventing you all achieving any success at all. It really was just about the Rangers you short sighted cunts. Payback time. You poor deluded bastards, did you not realise there was no gain for you at all when you voted the greatest Sottish football team out of the top league and killed all competition in the process ? Yes Karma is a bitch and I'm sure you you are suffering from it, but the difference between Us and You is we kept our integrity and our fan base, whilst you like the cellic lost yours and the last few years of Scottish football have been meaningless, also reflected by the total lack of success outwith Scotland at club and national level.. And you know what ? It's our turn now. Time to sit back and watch us achieve in a few seasons what you failed to do in 7 years. We are back. You failed to destroy us, our revenge will be sweet.
  23. 71 points
    bluepeter

    Offensive Posting

    RangersMedia is a forum which is open to all opinions, which in itself brings criticism from some parties because we do not moderate as they feel we should. We have an approach which allows opinions from all sides, which is something we believe in and something every one of us should appreciate. Having said that, even free speech comes with boundaries, and as you all know we remove offensive content on a regular basis. Whilst our team tries to read as many new comments as possible, we largely rely on people reporting offensive content to us via the websites report system. We are disappointed that 3 of our members recently posted offensive material relating to young Jay Beatty, and we extend our apologies to him and his family. We do not condone mocking the disabled or infirm, in fact members of our not-for-profit site have raised over £50,000 in the past 4 years for donation to charitable causes including disability charities and Erskine Veteran’s Care Home. Our current fundraiser has raised almost £3,000 for a young lad Joshua Adair, who has a rare disease called Jeune’s syndrome, which has left him disabled. Unfortunately, nobody reported this offensive material to RangersMedia Admin team and we remained unaware of it until today. The content was posted in the aftermath of the Old Firm game, which is always amongst our websites busiest times. Whilst we moderate for offensive content, we are pushed to cope with the volume of traffic in the aftermath of an Old Firm, let alone one taking place on Hogmanay – recent content is quickly engulfed by new, and the offending material quickly disappears down the pages. Of course, as soon as the content was known to the Admin team it was removed. We would ask our members to use the reporting system to let us know if any such material is posted in future, so that we can remove it in a more timely fashion. Non-members who are offended by content on our site can easily contact us through RangersMedia, a member they know, or our Facebook page.
  24. 70 points
    magic8ball

    F$$k your coefficient

    The coefficient wasn't an issue when You voted your strongest point gainer out of the league When you voted to hamstring the club with illegal transfer embargoes When you attacked the same club at every opportunity And finally when we lost to Progres last year's you partied for a year . so you can stick your coefficient right up yet hoops . We have the ability to be a "stand alone " club .so don't be looking for our sympathy
  25. 69 points
    Captain Hilts

    Stunning banner from today

    Hats off to whoever made this. Fantastic.
  26. 69 points
    govanblue

    Edmiston Drive

    And I didn't feel I needed to ask, so... It'll be on the Top Row of the Peter McCloy Wall - installation before Christmas.
  27. 68 points
    BridgeIsBlue

    Absolute Fucking Warriors

    From the manager down to the players, unbelievable achievement getting to the group stages where nobody gave us a chance. How do we get there I don't know How do we get there I don't care All I know is we are on our way WE'RE ON OUR WAY WE'RE ON OUR WAY TO BAKU WE'RE ON OUR WAY
  28. 68 points
    SeparateEntityMyArse

    LET'S GO!!

    That's Stevie Gerrard's message to us. You have my backing son. Lets get this club back to the top again. Let's fucking go!!! ??????
  29. 65 points
    Rfc52

    Overreactionary nonsense

    shut up ya fanny. second place many would have taken. 25 points behind basically the same Fenian team we made to look like wee lassies only 9 month back on February the 1st should never be acceptable to any Rangers fan. Argue about budgets etc all day long but a manager has to make use of his budgets accordingly. He hasn't done that. It's time to go. Rangers have played. Falkirk Hibs. Jimmy Saville FC, sheep and hearts away. We've never won a game under him against them away. In 8 games we've averaged about 1.1 goals a game and conceded over double that. So in 8 games we've scored 9 and conceded 23 That's a disgrace. Don't know if I need to remind you but Ross county and St johnstone are unbeaten against us.
  30. 64 points
    RDFM

    Barisic signs

    Knocked them out of Europe, battered their fans and now we’ve taken their captain. Vintage Rangers shithousing.
  31. 63 points
    BlueMe

    Morelos Goal

    Ridiculous finish. Goal of the season contender.
  32. 63 points
    RFC RYAN

    Buckle up troops

    A guy standing in front of an IRA flag to tackle sectarianism, amazing. For what it’s worth a don’t give a toss about sectarianism, couldn’t care what they sing and couldn’t care what we sing. If you are offended with a song football isn’t the game for you.
  33. 63 points
    God bless Israel
  34. 63 points
    bigblueyonder

    Vaporized

    Missed a trick with The Pistachio my father wore.
  35. 63 points
    King Jela

    Sir Alex

    For a Rangers man? Absolutely ya fucking tosser
  36. 62 points
    wully

    Walter Smith

    Happy Birthday gaffer.
  37. 62 points
    .Williamson.

    If We Don't Finish Top Two..

    If we sack him they have got 10IAR We cannot keep switching managers and entire playing squads every year. There have been improvements this year and I expect more next season with another summer transfer window. Idiotic as fuck to suggest getting rid of him
  38. 61 points
    BridgeIsBlue

    And So How Far Have We Now Come

    From the hedge at Brechin, to being slightly disappointed with a 2-2 draw in Spain against a side worth at least £70m. What a club, what a man
  39. 61 points
    .Williamson.

    Halliday & Gerrard

    Class
  40. 61 points
  41. 60 points
    Almost two weeks after the final whistle went on the last Old Firm game of 2018, it is incredible to think that we're still talking about the referee. The manufactured outrage over John Beaton's apparent leniency towards Alfredo Morelos is beyond a joke and you need to question the motives behind some of it. There's no anti-celtic bias; no 'Operation Stop the Ten' and no grand conspiracy against the team that have won the last seven titles on the spin. Read more: https://www.BOYCOTT THIS LINK/sport/football/football-news/celtic-meltdown-over-Rangers-defeat-13842921
  42. 60 points
    eskbankloyal

    Club 1872 Statement

    Around three weeks ago, Club 1872 received formal confirmation from Rangers that the proposed Ibrox Fanzone pilot has been cancelled for the foreseeable future due to the direct intervention of SNP, Glasgow City Councillors Stephen Dornan, Susan Aitken and David McDonald. Very serious questions now exist over the actions of Council Leader Susan Aitken and her deputy David McDonald in this process, and that is something on which we are seeking urgent clarity from Glasgow City Council (GCC). We recently submitted an FOI request to GCC in an attempt to discover precisely what role these two councillors played in ensuring that the Fanzone application had to be withdrawn prior to a scheduled licensing hearing even taking place. We have also written to them personally to ask them why they intervened in this case and what track record they have of intervening in similar public entertainment licence applications. Having seen Mr Dornan’s public comments, as well as his submissions to the Licensing Board on the matter, it is clear that he has taken every opportunity to misrepresent the purpose of the fanzone and the excellent work which Rangers do to support the local community. Mr Dornan’s attitude towards Rangers and our supporters shows a level of ignorance and malice which does not reflect well on him, either personally or in his role as councillor for Govan. However, our understanding is that his lobbying efforts had been unsuccessful until the late intervention of his colleagues. Despite council officials and Glasgow Life - who have vast experience of holding major sporting events in the city - being fully supportive, these individuals appear to have used their positions to circumvent due process. In recent days Rangers have received support on this matter from across the political spectrum. This has shone a light on these activities and we thank those involved for having the integrity to speak out publicly. Having been in close contact with Rangers regarding the Fanzone for a number of months, and having ourselves provided a submission as part of the licence application, we are pleased that the club is refusing to accept the situation as it stands. We will continue to work closely with them to ensure that facilities for our supporters at Ibrox improve over the coming months and years, regardless of any attempts to hinder that progress.
  43. 60 points
    psb07158

    Barisic signs

  44. 59 points
    psb07158

    Ross McCrorie

    Absolute fucking warrior Today we showed what has been missing against them for years - passion and desire and nobody epitomised it more than Ross. Fucking battled the ENTIRE game won the ball soooo many times to set us off again That's the potential and talent we all saw a while back hopefully he can stay clear of injuries and continue to improve
  45. 59 points
    Captain Hilts

    Harry Forrester

    Yes, he'll take a look at him. And tell him to fuck off.
  46. 59 points
    GOAT

    Sir Alex

    With heart and hand, have a read at this and then take a fucking look at yourself. Tell us how you became a Rangers fan? AF: “I went to school only about 200 yards from the stadium, and until I started playing football on a Saturday afternoon, I was always going to the games. “My dad was a celtic fan and he used to take us to games there. But when I went to Broomloan Road Primary School, my brother and I started supporting Rangers and never missed a game. “When I first started going there were some great players like Willie Woodburn and Willie Thornton. They were my heroes growing up and the defence then had the title of the ‘Iron Curtain’ – and they had a real aura of invincibility about them. “My first game would have been around 1947 or 48, and it was a midweek game against Queen of the South.” How did it feel when you finally signed for your boyhood idols? AF: “It was a long, drawn-out process. The previous season, it had been rumbling along in the papers, and I was hoping it was going to happen. “So I went on tour with Scotland all over the world and, when I came back, all the press were waiting at the airport as the papers had heard that Rangers had made a bid for me. “There was nothing I could tell them unfortunately, but in the corner was a man called Jim Rodger, who was a journalist and a fantastic man. So he beckoned my wife Cathy over, and he said ‘tell Alex I’ll be up to see him tonight’. He knew everything. “The following week I was in my house in Simshill and a car drove up. A young man came out and he turned out to be Scot Symon’s son. “He told me that his dad would like to see me and if I could go to Mr Symon’s house that night. So I went up, agreed the deal and it was fantastic. “My dad was a quiet man and when I signed for Rangers I asked my mother what he was thinking. She told me he was very proud. He never went to see celtic again and started following me at Rangers.” How would you describe yourself as a player when you signed for Rangers? AF: “Most people would say I was aggressive. I was always a committed player, I would say I had a decent football brain and I was a goalscorer. “Unfortunately, I couldn’t have gone to Rangers at a worse time. celtic were the dominant team back then – and they were a fantastic team with a fantastic manager. “I think he was the deciding factor between the two teams. Ability wise, I don’t think there was much between us, but Jock Stein had something about him. “It’s not a criticism of Davie White – he was a decent man – but he was just too young to take on the job then. Rangers were arguably the biggest club in Britain then and it was a mammoth job to take on without great experience.” When you joined Rangers, who were the biggest characters in the dressing room? AF: “Wee Willie Henderson was definitely one. He had a great personality and he was a big player for us at that time. “John Greig was a strong character too and there is no doubt that he was Rangers. I lost count of the number of times he played with injuries and he carried the team at times. “I was friendly with John, Dave Smith, Orjan Persson and Davie Provan. We all seemed to go out together and Davie Provan ended up becoming my assistant at St Mirren. “We used to talk football a lot. I think I was taking my coaching badges at that time and there were a number of younger players who were really interested in the game too. “Sandy Jardine was a real student of the game, as was Willie Johnston.” You finished your first season as top goalscorer, but it still ended in disappointment. AF: “It was a tragic season, as we went through the whole season unbeaten until the last game against Aberdeen when we lost. “I put us 2-1 up after about 65 minutes, but they scored two goals near the end.” There were a lot of mind games played by celtic’s Jock Stein at that time. Is that where you picked them up from? AF: “Definitely. You’ve got to use it at the right time though – it wears thin if you use it all the time. He knew how to use it and it had an impact on our dressing room as we started getting nervous towards the end of the season.” Were you made a scapegoat for the Scottish Cup Final defeat to celtic in 1969? AF: “I’m not sure what was happening in the background at Rangers at the time, but I think he was up against it at the time to play me in the final, and it didn’t work as we lost 4-0. “I’ve watched that game about three times and I’ve taken down every detail about it. We were terrible and it was a complete disaster. “I never realised just how bad we were, although I wasn’t the worst player out there. “I knew we were up against it tactically though. It was a big chance for me to get back in the good books and it was a bigger game for me than it was for a few other players.” Overall, do you feel you were given a fair crack of the whip of Rangers? AF: “When Rangers bought Colin Stein, they asked me to go out on a swap deal for him, but I didn’t want to leave the club. “It became a dispute between me and David [White]. When Colin came, he and Willie Johnston hit off a partnership straight away, and Colin scored something like three hat-tricks in his first four games when he first joined. “I’d been a substitute in those games, but when a guy comes along and has that sort of record, you can have no answer to that and you just have to hold your hands up. “But there were some games I came in alongside Colin Stein and did really well, but towards the end of the second season. Colin got sent off against Clyde and was banned for the Scottish Cup Final. “Colin played really well when he came in, but I still think I could have played a part.” How did your move away from Rangers come about? AF: “On the day I left, I said to myself ‘I don’t want to go’. I had an offer from Nottingham Forrest and I spoke with Jim Baxter about it, as he had re-joined Rangers from Forest. “He told me it was a good club and gave me some ideas about the kind of money and the like they were able to offer. “My wife really didn’t want to go to England at that stage, but I was needing to get a game and she reluctantly agreed to come with me. “But I met with Davie White, and he told me that Falkirk’s manager Willie Cunningham had been on and was looking to sign me. Falkirk were in the Second Division at that time, so I told Davie I didn’t want to go, and I would just stay at Rangers. “But I phoned Willie out of courtesy and he made an unbelievable offer to me. I came out of the office at Ibrox and came down the stairs, where I bumped into Willie Thornton. “He told me I didn’t really need to go. What he was trying to tell me is that there was going to be a change at Rangers. I didn’t read it and the next week Willie Waddell was the new manager of Rangers. Had I stayed, I think I would have been alright. “But that’s life, and I had to make the decision of whether or not to walk out the front door at Ibrox. Eventually, I got my boots and signed for Falkirk.” Do you regret that now? AF: “I do. I should definitely have stayed.” How much did the way it ended for you at Rangers go on to shape you in later life? AF: “It gave me a driving force. I went to Falkirk and did really well and became the player-coach there. “They sacked the manager Willie Cunningham and brought in John Prentice. He didn’t want me as he wanted to bring in his own man, so I left and went to Ayr United for a year. “When I went there, it was on the premise that I was going to be a player-coach with Ally MacLeod to replace their then-assistant coach Jim McFadyen as he had been offered a new position in teaching and would have to move. “But his move fell through and I ended up just staying as a player. That was fine as Ally MacLeod was a fantastic character and it was a great experience to play under him. “After my year there I went into management at East Stirling. It was part-time and I only had eight players when I took over. “But I had a desire to do well and that I was not going to fail.” Did you enjoy beating Rangers as a manager? AF: “I always did. It’s a funny thing as when I went to Aberdeen I stated that you always had to beat Rangers and celtic. “They were Scottish Football, and they were the history of Scottish Football. To win anything in Scotland, you had to beat them, although to be fair, Dundee United had a terrific side at that time under Jim McLean. You were given the chance to manage Rangers in the 1980s. Looking back, is that something you regret not taking? AF: “I may have been more attracted to the job had Willie Waddell approached me for it. But it wasn’t Willie Waddell, it was John Paton [then Rangers chairman] who spoke to me. “So I spoke to Scot Symon and he asked if it was Waddell who had made the approach. On finding out it wasn’t, he said he would worry about that as Willie was still running the show. “That was one of the reasons I felt uneasy about it, so I turned it down. “I think I did the right thing going to England from Aberdeen.” You’ve worked with Walter Smith at Scotland and at Manchester United. How highly do you rate him? AF: “He’s an absolutely fantastic man. He’s intelligent, patient, but when he needs a temper, he has it. “I tried to get him to come to Aberdeen as my assistant when he was at Dundee United, but wee Jim McLean had him on one of his famous 40-year contracts with 10-year options, or something like that. “I was on holiday when I phoned Jim to ask to approach Walter, and he went mental down the phone! So that was the end of that. “But I took him to Mexico for the World Cup in 1986, and then brought him to Manchester United. “I was so pleased that he ended up going back to Rangers as that was the right thing for him. Rangers is his club, and there is no doubt about that.”
  47. 59 points
    cushynumber

    Miller and Wallace Suspended

    Miller and Wallace appear to have been agent provocateurs for ages and I think the club will be better off without them.
  48. 58 points
    Courtyard Bear

    1872 Ramp Up The Pressure

    Club 1872 Reports Glasgow City Councillors to Standards Commissioner Following the disingenuous and irresponsible behaviour of Glasgow City Councillors, Susan Aitken and David McDonald over the past few days, Club 1872 has been left with no option but to report them, along with Councillor Stephen Dornan, to the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland. Despite finding the time to construct a letter to Rangers which was littered with inaccuracies, immediately leaking that letter to the press and then posting carefully selected confidential emails including private information on social media, neither Susan Aitken nor David McDonald have managed to respond to simple questions from Rangers, Club 1872, MSPs, fellow councillors, the general public or indeed their own constituents. Incredibly, despite David McDonald publishing these emails and Susan Aitken confirming in her leaked letter that she had been briefed on the Fanzone proposal, Glasgow City Council has replied to our FOI request claiming they do not hold a single piece of information on this matter. We have immediately asked for a review of this response and if necessary will then refer our request to the Scottish Information Commissioner. It comes as little surprise to us to see the pair attempt to characterise the wish for transparency and accountability as sectarianism. Playing this card is the go-to move for anyone who is taken to task over their own questionable actions towards our club and supporters. Doing so immediately ahead of an Old Firm game was beneath contempt. Given the array of political views, religions and football allegiances represented by those who have publicly questioned them, their tactics in this instance can only be categorised as a desperate attempt to deflect from the simple issue here. Why did they intervene, outside of due process, to instruct Glasgow Life to remove their consent to use the Ibrox Complex pitch for a match day Fanzone? The issue of the objections by Stephen Dornan and the Ibrox and Cessnock Community Council is a complete red herring. The correct forum for these objections to be considered was the licensing hearing. We do not believe that the objections had any merit - and in the case of the community council were lodged due to misinformation provided by Stephen Dornan - but the place to address them was the hearing, where Rangers would have had the opportunity to respond directly to any concerns. This hearing was stopped only because of the intervention of the Council Leader and her deputy. There is nothing in the emails leaked by David McDonald, which pre-date the incident in question by over 2 weeks, that disproves what we know to have happened. Their tactic of trying to muddy the waters by releasing carefully selected emails, whilst FOI requests are refused, is a clear attempt to mislead the public as to their role in this matter. We will not breach confidentiality by posting emails on the internet but for the avoidance of doubt there is clear, documentary evidence that they intervened. We look forward to the truth of this matter emerging after a thorough investigation into these councillors and the receipt of FOI material so far denied to us. Issued by Supporters Voice Limited, a Club 1872 company Club 1872
  49. 58 points
    Said it to the three of you privately and will say it publicly - the 3 of you have shown absolute integrity and should be proud of yourselves. I stand firmly behind you all.
  50. 58 points
    As you will be aware following the announcement from Club 1872, all 3 of us have resigned as directors. We considered it an honour and a privilege to be voted to serve on the board of Club 1872 by our fellow Rangers fans, and those of you who know each one of us personally will understand how painful it was for us to leave an organisation we firmly believed in and worked tirelessly to establish since our election. We feel it is incumbent upon us to outline to members the reasons why we felt our positions had become untenable. As anyone who has served on a board or committee will know there will always be differences of opinion and varied interpretations on matters and the Club 1872 board was no different in that respect. However, throughout our tenure we found the conduct of one director particularly challenging, causing all of us to make considerable personal compromises at times. However last week a situation arose, which we felt compromised the organisation rather than ourselves, and that was one compromise we were not prepared to make under any circumstances. As many of you will be aware Rangers have recently advertised two job vacancies in respect of a Social Media Officer and a Supporters Liaison Officer. At Club 1872 we were informed recently that the latter of these two roles would be our main point of contact at the club in the future. Word subsequently reached some of the Club 1872 board members that one of our directors had applied for the position of Supporters Liaison Officer. However, as no notification had been received from the director in question this matter remained as nothing more than a rumour. Matters came to a head when the director in question intimated he, in addition to two Club 1872 directors who had already confirmed their attendance, would attend a meeting at Ibrox facilitated by Rangers Security personnel. This meeting was in respect of the forthcoming Old Firm fixture at which both Police Scotland and Club 1872 were invited participants. As persons present at this meeting from Rangers were to be involved in the interview and recruitment process for the vacant Supporters Liaison role concerns were raised within the Club 1872 board. As nothing had yet been received in writing to the Club 1872 board this necessitated a phone call by one director to the director in question at which time it was established he had in fact applied for the role of Supporters Liaison Officer. On such confirmation, the director in question was advised that it would not be appropriate for him to attend this meeting. In essence, we had a Club 1872 director who had applied for a job at Rangers, attending a meeting where persons from the club who were not only involved in the interview and recruitment process, but would also have direct line management responsibility for the post in question, were present. Despite such advice and the concerns of fellow board members, the director in question attended the meeting. We tendered our resignations shortly thereafter. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere apologies to all members, and in particular, those who voted for us. However, all 3 of us believe that by resigning in such circumstances we were reflecting the standards, values and principles which saw us elected. Laura Fawkes Joanne Percival Iain Leiper
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