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  1. govansw1 liked a post in a topic by Elfideldo in Remembering David Hagen   
    Sad news about the passing of former Rangers player David Hagen. Posted a wee tribute on the blog.
    https://rfcyouths.wordpress.com/2020/07/25/remembering-david-hagen/
  2. govansw1 liked a post in a topic by The Moonlighter in Why Do Women Follow Rangers?   
    This article is from the Rangers Supporters Association Annual 1958....more about how you can purchase this gem of a magazine and a few others from that era coming soon.
    All monies raised will go to to assist the Restoration of Rangers Graves Project.

  3. govansw1 liked a post in a topic by The Hammer 11 in Help expose the paedos   
    So we fine to just derail threads now if we don’t like what they’re about ?
  4. govansw1 liked a post in a topic by The Moonlighter in Founders Trail Memories.Harry McNeil.   
    Harry McNeil was the older brother of our Founders Moses and Peter.

    He has the distinction of having played for the Rangers in our first ever game v Callander in May 1872 on Fleshers Haugh.

    He would play for the Club again during the 1880's and was a member of the Rangers Ancients team, along with the likes of Tom Vallance,who played many exhibition and charitable matches.

    Harry would go into a business partnership with his brother Peter their H+ P McNeil sports good premises were a feature on both Union Street and Renfield Street Glasgow from the mid 1870's until 1896.

    Once he'd hung up his boots Harry was to run the Royal Hotel in Bangor County Down. He was still attending Ibrox cheering on his beloved Rangers during the early1920’s, Harry lived long enough to see us from day one on Fleshers Haugh,into Ibrox and Rangers playing in front of huge attendances.

    Harry McNeil passed in 1924.
    In 2015 our research led us to Harry’s Great Grandchildren Ann Law and Archie Stewart and sadly his unmarked grave in Rutherglen Cemetery, Also buried there are Harry’s Brother in Law Andrew Park and his daughter Annie Robertson McNeil Scott.
    The Club by way of supporting our Restoration of Rangers Graves Project agreed to purchase a stone for Harry McNeil’s final resting place,this was put in place at a dedication service in 2016. Ann and Archie were guests of the Club  at Ibrox and both remain good friends of the Founders Project.
     






  5. govansw1 liked a post in a topic by The Moonlighter in 164 Years Ago Today. Tom Vallance.   
    On the 27th May 1856 the Rangers great that was Tom Vallance was born.
    To quote his Rangers team-mates from the 1870’s‘’ The whole of Rangers loved him like a brother’’
    Over the years of our research into the formation of our Club one name kept popping up time and again and that’s the name of Tom Vallance, who had on reflection sadly been overlooked.
    Tom was born at a small farmhouse known as Succoth near Renton in the parish of Cardross.When young he moved with his family to the Old Toll House at Shandon on the Gareloch. Tom came to Glasgow in the early 1870’s following the path taken by his friends whom he’d known since childhood the brothers McNeil and Campbell .
    Tom Vallance had an astonishing 60 year association with the Club,and his is an incredible CV.  He was a master oarsman, a champion athlete (he set a Scottish long jump record of over 21 feet), he studied at the Glasgow School of Art, had paintings accepted by the Royal Scottish Academy and was Rangers Club Captain and President for many years.
    We have details of Tom Vallance being present at the ceremony held on 1st January 1929 which saw the opening of the Main Stand at Ibrox and also at a dinner which was held in the St.Enoch’s Hotel after a Rangers match in 1933 when we faced Sporting Club of Vienna. He was also a guest of the Club at the New Year’s Day fixture that season against celtic.So the lad who was present at Fleshers Haugh in 1872 is still attending Ibrox some 60 years later where the Club that he’d helped form and nurture were now playing in front of crowds in excess of 100,000.
    Tom was a successful business man. He had The Club restaurant at 22 Paisley Road West which today is the Viceroy Bar,The Metropolitan which stood on Hutchison Street in the Merchant City area of Glasgow and the Lansdowne which was at 183 Hope Street.
    Tom was having the Rangers results wired to his restaurants for the benefit of his patrons as early as 1890.When Rangers moved to First  Ibrox in 1887 it was said that it was common for Club President Vallance to be working the turnstiles on matchday.We have a newspaper report detailing Tom and Founder Moses McNeil attending the 1905 Scottish Cup Final as supporters.
    At the opening of the Main Stand in 1929 Tom Vallance recalled the facilities being so cramped at the Rangers ground at Kinning Park that the players would have to wash in basins of cold water in the open air.   
    It was the teenage Tom Vallance who helped lay the very foundations upon which our Club was built, hard-work, discipline, honesty, integrity and fair play .Mr. Struth said during that famous speech “No matter the days of anxiety that come our way, we shall emerge stronger because of the trials to be overcome. That has been the philosophy of the Rangers since the days of the Gallant Pioneers”.
    Tom  was paid the ultimate accolade by the Club in May 1898 when he was made a life member. As a lasting tribute to the incredible contribution he made to our Club we had Tom put on to canvas by way of a  painting by artist Helen Runciman .
    Tom Vallance has now taken his rightful place at the top of the Marble Staircase alongside his friends and fellow Founders.
    Tom was one of the originals, one of the greats.
    Today we celebrate the life of Tom Vallance.





     
     
     
     
     
     
     
  6. govansw1 liked a post in a topic by The Moonlighter in 148 Years Ago This Week. The Birth of the Rangers.   
    ‘’Thus ended their first match played at the latter end of May 1872 some two months after the inauguration of the club’’.
    The words of Rangers player William Dunlop from his article The Rangers FC which he wrote so eloquently for the SFA Annual in 1881 using the pen name ‘True Blue’.
    Rangers Football Club played it’s first ever match 148 years ago this week.
    Our Club was formed on a spare bit of ground at Fleshers Haugh by a few kids who’d come to Glasgow seeking employment and a better way of life.Their Club ,which they formed for no other reason than the love of football and the pursuit of sporting excellence,would go on to become the world’s most successful.
    That first ever match was against Callander and ended 0-0, Willie continued,
    “Their first game was a terrible spectacle with  the ball suffering an incredible amount of abuse” William McBeath was given man of the match and then spent a week in bed recovering due to his exertions’’
    Founder William McBeath was from Callander and we believe it would have been Willie who approached ex-pats from the town who had settled in Glasgow and that’s probably where the opposition came from for our first match.
    Willie’s Rangers team-mate Sam Ricketts wrote in 1884 about the boys playing those first few games in their civvies and journalist John Allan wrote about them having to change behind a bush as there were no facilities.
    William Dunlop described how genial Peter McNeil would travel on a Saturday morning to a desirable part of the Glasgow Green, set up the noted standards and stand guard until the classic hour came when he would be joined by his friends.We felt this was a very dramatic and moving image and commissioned a painting to be done depicting this scene.We presented the painting by artist Helen Runciman to the Club in 2009 and it now hangs on the marble staircase at Ibrox.
    The Rangers would remain at Fleshers Haugh for three years.We then began our journey around Glasgow to Burnbank and Kinning Park before finally settling in the Ibrox area in 1887 where we would grow to become the world’s most successful football club.
    The Rangers FC by William Dunlop.
    https://www.thefounderstrail.co.uk/the-Rangers-f-c-by-true-blue
     
     
     
     




  7. govansw1 liked a post in a topic by pollok-bear in Club statement | Resolution not deemed competent   
    I can  guarantee you that Doncaster was a decent guy before he got that job then sold his soul to the beasts lol. It's as if its liewell talking when we hear the specky dyke speak. Fucking puppet.
    Fucking get right intae these bastards . Il happily pay my season ticket and see no games just finally bring these fuckers down.
  8. VentyFour liked a post in a topic by govansw1 in Club statement | Resolution not deemed competent   
    It may have been posted already but this Rod McKenzie guy. Him that let his mask slip at a meeting back in 2012 with Ally McCoist /Charles Green 'you bastards have been cheating us for years'. Maybe he has again been most unprofessional with his loose tongue. 
  9. eejay the dj liked a post in a topic by govansw1 in Club statement | Resolution not deemed competent   
    It may have been posted already but this Rod McKenzie guy. Him that let his mask slip at a meeting back in 2012 with Ally McCoist /Charles Green 'you bastards have been cheating us for years'. Maybe he has again been most unprofessional with his loose tongue. 
  10. govansw1 liked a post in a topic by SeparateEntityMyArse in Club statement | Resolution not deemed competent   
    Thought you were meaning they'd said Aye when you said they shat it 😡
  11. govansw1 liked a post in a topic by The Moonlighter in 82 Years Ago Today.Founder Moses McNeil.   
    On the 9th April 1938 our Founder Moses McNeil passed at Townend Hospital Dumbarton. Moses had been visiting a friend in Dumbarton and became unwell. He was the grand age of 82.
    Moses was born on the 29th October 1855 at Belmore House which today is part of the Faslane Naval Base. His father John was from Comrie in Perthshire and mother Jane Bain from Downpatrick in Ulster.
    He was a natural athlete  Powerful and of stocky build, it was said that was also known for his pace. 
    In the Ibrox trophy room is a cup won by Moses for a half-mile race at the Garelochead Athletic Sports on 1 January, 1876 and it’s the oldest Trophy that the Club has.  
    Moses played for the club he helped form for ten years, playing in the 1877 and 1879 Scottish Cup Finals.He was also a member of the first Rangers side to lift a trophy, the Glasgow Merchants Charity Cup in 1879.  
    He was the first Ranger to play for his country when Scotland defeated Wales 4-0 at Hamilton Crescent in Partick in 1876.
    Moses led a nomadic lifestyle mainly due to his 20 year employment with the company Langs whose name was synonymous with the famous brand of whisky.Their premises,which Moses worked from,was at 70 Union Street in Glasgow.During his time in Glasgow Moses lived at 169 Berkeley Street and 333 Dumbarton Road.
    These locations are among many others that we cover during the Founders Trail.  
    We have a wonderful newspaper report which details Moses and his friend, team-mate and fellow Founder Tom Vallance attending the 1905 Scotish Cup Final as supporters.
    Only 9 months after Moses passed Rangers would set their record attendance at Ibrox Park of 118,000  .
    It’s a comforting thought that our Founder was sitting in his cottage while the Club that he’d help form and nurture were now one of the biggest in the World.
    Moses spent the last few years of his life  living with his sister Isabella in Clynder at Craig Cottage.She died in 1935, to be followed by her brother, the last of the siblings, in 1938.
    They lie together with their sister Elizabeth and Isabella’s husband, Duncan Gray, in the lovely churchyard at Rosneath.But sadly for the man who gave Rangers their name his own isn’t inscribed on the family headstone.
    The late great Sandy Jardine was a supporter of the Founders project and had expressed a wish to have  a plaque with Moses name on it placed at the churchyard at Rosneath, this is a project that we completed on Sandy’s behalf on Sunday 28th June 2015.
     Our Restoration team cleaned Moses stone and placed an engraved plaque which was purchased after funds were raised via the Rangers support.
    Today we remember Moses McNeil.
     
     
     
     







  12. govansw1 liked a post in a topic by The Moonlighter in The Gallant Pioneers 1872 Book. The Greatest Football Story Ever Told.   
    To help with the long days indoors.

    We're still able to post out books, get your copy here.

    https://www.thefounderstrail.co.uk/shop
  13. govansw1 liked a post in a topic by The Moonlighter in 119 Years Ago Today. Peter McNeil.   
    On the 30th March 1901 our Founder Peter McNeil passed at Hawkhead Asylum in Glasgow.
    He rests in Craigton Cemetery with his brothers William and James and parents John and Jean.
    On the 9th September 2009 Heather Lang unveiled a plaque at Fleshers Haugh to mark the location of the first match played by Rangers Football Club, against Callander, in May, 1872. 
    There was no-one more appropriate to carry out the ceremony than Heather, Granddaughter of Gallant Pioneer, Peter McNeil.  Heather and her sister Doreen Holland were the strongest link we have with Peter and his fellow Pioneers; his brother Moses, Peter Campbell and William McBeath.
    Sadly Heather passed at her sister’s home in London in 2016.
    Heather and Doreen, though, were unaware of their link with the founding of Rangers.  Grandfather Peter had a tragic end to his life.  It was probably because of this, that their mother, Gertrude, daughter of Peter and his wife, Janet, never spoke of her father.  He had died in Hawkhead Asylum, on 30 March, 1901.  He had clearly suffered from a form of mental illness, though his death was recorded as “general paralysis’’.
    Peter was born in 1854, a year before his brother and fellow Pioneer, Moses.  In his mid-teens, he had moved to Glasgow with other members of his family.  Peter played in the first match against Callander, in May, 1872.  He was one of the Club’s earliest captains and was a regular in the side until 1876.  It was off the field of play though Peter McNeil made his greatest contribution to the formative years of the Club. 
    William Dunlop tells of Peter heading to Fleshers Haugh about noon to secure the field for the Club.  The goalposts would be planted and he would then have to watch over the field until the “appointed hour”.
      When his playing days were over, and he gave way to better players, he became honorary secretary.  He held this position from 1876 – 1883.  He was vice-president from 1886 – 1888.  He was a greatly respected administrator, serving as treasurer of the Scottish Football Association from 1879 – 1883.  He was known as “Genial Peter”, a much-loved and respected figure within Scottish Football.
    Peter had a business which he ran with his brother, Harry, “H and P McNeil”.  It was one of the forerunners of the modern sports outfitters. The business had started  in the mid 1870’s.  The original premises had been in Renfield Street but in 1883, the brothers moved to Union Street.  They were suppliers of outfits to both Rangers and  Scotland.
    In March, 1885, Peter married Janet.  Rangers Football Club presented the happy couple with “a beautiful inlaid marble clock and a pair of equestrian bronzes”.  Within five years, the family was complete with the birth of John Fraser and Gertrude Grace.  Despite the happy home life, it was clear the pressure of business was taking its toll of Peter.  His brother  Harry was a partner in the business .  Harry McNeil had been one of the most famous and  popular footballers of his day.  He played for Queen’s Park and had been an established Scottish internationalist.  For many years after he retired from playing, his name was frequently recorded in the sports media of the day. 
     The business of H & P McNeil disappeared from the PO Directory by 1896.  Bankruptcy had come to Peter and Harry. 
    The deterioration of Peter's mental health caused anguish to his family. In January, 1901, he was committed to Hawkhead Asylum.
    Peter McNeil lay at rest for many years  with his parents, John and Jean, and older brother William in what was an unmarked grave at Craigton Cemetery.  Either side of him are his brothers Alexander and James.
    On the 22nd June 2013 memorials to our Founder Peter McNeil and his family were erected on their final resting places at Craigton Cemetery.
    Peter’s resting place fittingly looks on to the front door of Ibrox Stadium.
    Our Founder Peter McNeil died at a young age ,he was only 47, but he lived long enough to see the Club that he helped form and nurture grow from what was essentially a boys club on Fleshers Haugh into a worldwide sporting institution.
    Today we remember Peter McNeil.
     
     




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  15. govansw1 liked a post in a topic by The Moonlighter in 85 Years Ago Today. Tom Vallance   
    On the 16th February 1935 Rangers legend Tom Vallance died at the family home at 83 Pitt Street Glasgow aged 78.
    Tom is buried in Hillfoot Cemetery in Bearsden and his funeral was attended by Mr. Struth, Chairman James Bowie and his old team-mate James McIntyre who both took a cord. Incredibly, players from the Vale of Leven team whom Tom had faced 60 years earlier in 1877 were also in attendance. That will give you an indication as to how highly regarded Tom Vallance was.
    Tom was paid the ultimate accolade by the Club in May 1898 when he was made a life member of the Rangers. 
    In 2012 we had Tom put on to canvas by way of a  painting by artist Helen Runciman which was unveiled at Ibrox Stadium at the end of our Founders Trail.  Tom Vallance took his rightful place at the top of the Marble Staircase alongside his friends and fellow Founders.
    Some facts on Tom Vallance:
    Tom had an incredible 60 year association with his Club that he loved.
    He was a master oarsman, a champion athlete (he set a Scottish long jump record of over 21 feet), he studied at the Glasgow School of Art, had paintings accepted by the Royal Scottish Academy and was Rangers Club Captain and President for many years.
    While President of the Club it was not uncommon to find TomVallance working the turnstiles on match day at First Ibrox.
    In 1890 he owned the Club Restaurant at 22 Paisley Road Toll which today is the Viceroy Bar.
    We have recorded details of Tom Vallance being present at the ceremony held on 1st January 1929 which saw the opening of the Main Stand at Ibrox and also at a Dinner held in the old St.Enoch’s Hotel after a Rangers match in 1933, he was also a guest of the Club that year for the New Year’s day game against celtic.
    So, the lad who was present at Fleshers Haugh in 1872 was still attending Ibrox some 60 years later where the Club that he’d helped form and nurture were now playing in front of crowds touching 100,000.
    Today we remember Tom Vallance.





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    Miller Brrrand and Wilson  
     
     
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    Match report.
     
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