The Widow's Son

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  1. Ashamed to say this but as a young man, when serving my apprenticeship as a drunken idiot, I was arrested more than once - only once in the stadium, once outside. Parents were affronted every time and threatened to show me the door. Clean and sober since October 11th, 1978, I wish that I'd been a better son ....... and a better Rangers fan. Taking the moral inventory.
  2. Good bless you and the young man.  Hope that you have a good time for your big day and that he never forgets.  And maybe the first of many, many visits to Ibrox.

    1. MaddistonKnight


      Cheers mate, much appreciated.


  3. As a Bear of a certain vintage, I grew up cheering for a Scottish Protestant team starting in the 1950's. Our players were Scottish (for the most part) and Protestant, our club ethics and traditions were so, our fans were and their songs were too. I never, ever want to whine about "the good old days" largely because I've never believed in that mentality but it's harder for any pro sports team in any arena or market to remain unchanged these days. The bottom line, sponsorship, phone number salaries for the players, agents and endorsements have an impact. Our Orange associations are gone, few if any players arrive via the BB, in fact few are even Scottish. Is it possible to explain our heritage to new arrivals from overseas? Will they listen? Do they care? Through the years, I've read many posts suggesting that Scotland has changed and inevitably Rangers must too. Maybe older Bears will see (and feel) more changes than younger Bears. I still cheer for my team and defend them to the hilt even in these foreign parts but our club has changed. What I'm trying to remember is: did my dad and grandfather tell me that the Rangers of the 1950's had changed from his childhood?
  4. Firhill for thrills in the mid to late 1950's. My dad didn't go to many away games at all but there was a big crowd. Don't remember the score. I think that I can recall Bobby Shearer getting booked. Glad to see that earlier posts mention Jim Bett. He was a player who never got the credit that he deserved. Watched him score in an Old Firm League Cup Final from a free kick and he placed it, did not blooter it. Losing team, drenched to the skin, could only snag a ticket in the Celtic end. Ruined my trip home so it did.
  5. Goalie kit my arse!! Would George Niven or Billy Ritchie or Norrie Martin ever have walked on the field looking like a fashion plate? Hell to the no. It's interesting to watch old footage of the games - the goalie perhaps wore bandages/pads on his knees and nae gloves. Occasionally the odd cap/bunnet to keep the sun out of their eyes. And that was it. Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
  6. The Marseilles game still brings back bad memories for me. We were better, playing well with top players and ........... we didn't have the bottle that night. Were we frightened at coming so close? Perhaps. It wasn't we lost to a better team; we beat ourselves that night. Maybe we were happy to have the experience of coming so close and ............ failing. Is this part of the Scottish national character? Daresay it is.
  7. I've spent some part of the day reflecting on the various responses. Is our time over? Can it come back? What needs to be done? Most responses recall another time, era or context when Rangers were dominant/challenging on the field and dominant off it. I think that the responses that make most sense recognise that circumstances have changed, that the opposition is much more articulate and savvy than in the past. "We don't care" is something that merits serious consideration; did we rest on our laurels too much? When I think of Rangers today, I think of an institution loved by hundreds of thousands the world o'er but one that has lost it's confidence. I hope that we can recover.
  8. A very interesting comments methinks. Since I don't live in Scotland - and haven't done so for many decades - I can't comment on this one. But I'm intrigued by it. Explain if you please.
  9. Shortly after he became CEO with Celtic, I remember Fergus McCann stating that "Celtic had few friends" in the administration of Scottish football. I don't think that this is the case these days. It seems that they have gained so much power in the Scottish game and are using this power in a direct way. Witness their recent comments on the tax case decision last week: would a club with little power be so confident in making they response that they did? Perhaps they are making moving moves in the background to see titles removed. This begs the questions: if Celtic are in the ascendancy in the high offices of the Scottish game, where does that leave us? Why were they able to gain such influence? What can our club do to assert itself and regain a measure of the power we appear to have lost? An earlier thread asked us to sum up the past five seasons: we have lost our confidence, our never, our bite. Would that a Jock Wallace type figure was at the helm of the board as well as the team. Do they exist anymore?
  10. Met both Davie and Bobby Tait at a craft/sports dinner some years ago when on holiday back in Scotland. Very neat, well-dresed, gentlemanly, belongs to another era really. Good to see both are brothers out Cambuslang way, Lodge Buchanan if I remember correctly
  11. I always thought him a fabulous player who lasted well at the highest level. Apparently a teetotal non-smoker which was unusual then and perhaps now even more so. He played in good Rangers teams of the early 1960's but I don't recall why he left. I do remember him playing for Dundee Utd. later in his career and read some years ago that he waited on the touchline to congratulate Jimmy Johnstone on a fine performance. That is true sportsmanship. I'm still curious why he left Rangers - injuries, loss of form, age, new regime. It couldn't be that he was a bad professional because he was one of our best. Over to you.
  12. One of the posters mentioned the 1969 Scottish Cup Final and I was there, reasonably sober. Almost 0-1 at half-time and next thing, it's 0-3, making mistakes all over the park. I think they even scored a fifth goal in the second half but it was ruled offside. And to think that Davie White had opened the gates at Ibrox to let the fans see the parade of the trophy. I was also present at the 1957 League Cup Final and even though it was a bad doing, my dad and I stayed to cheer on the players. Still a trauma.
  13. And the Marseille game. To this day, I think that we had the beating of them but got frightened when we realised what we could have done.
  14. In August, 1994, I made my first trip back to Scotland for many years and had planned it so I could see three consecutive Rangers games at Ibrox (How often does that come around?) Managed to snag a ticket for the Old Firm game but we lost 2-0 on the Saturday; we lost 2-0 against AEK Athens in midweek and then lost in the League Cup to Falkirk ....... don't remember the score for that one. So, to recap: travelled 12, 000 miles round trip, spent a fortune in getting there and we lost all three games. But I did enjoy seeing family, friends and the old sights.
  15. Still remember this old BB hymn from long ago. Hope that everyone stands up strong in work/play today because the static will be frightful. I'm planning a long walk around Stanley Park this morning and dinner with (non-fitba loving) friends. Thoughts to the bears/bearettes who have to endure this morning.