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  1. A limited number of seats have become available on Sunday’s Founders Trail and Ibrox Stadium Tour. Adults £28 Child/Concession £19. If you’d like to join us please reserve your seat here on our website https://www.thefounderstrail.co.uk/ Further information 0790 2855536.
  2. Margaret Ferguson was only 18 years old when she lost her life at Ibrox Stadium on the 2nd January 1971. She was also the only female to die in the tragedy. Over the last couple of years ,as part of our Restoration of Rangers Graves Project, our colleague Chris Beglin has restored the bench in Markinch, which had been placed in memory of the five boys who tragically died that fateful day, and the Robert Mulholland memorial bench in Glasgow. With this in mind we were contacted in January by Ian McLeod Milne ,who organises the Annual Supporters Memorial Service at Ibrox, with a view to restoring the bench that had been placed in memory of Margaret at Muiravonside Cemetery. Subsequently I had the pleasure of meeting Margaret’s sister Mary at the Ibrox Memorial Service earlier this year. We contacted Falkirk Council and they gave their consent for the bench to be removed, restored and put back in place. Once again our man Chris, and his colleague Stevie, got to work and we’re delighted to say that Margaret’s bench has been restored and was put back in place today with her sister Mary and niece Annette in attendance. Our sister Margaret Ferguson will be in our hearts forever. The tragic link between Margaret and Colin Stein: https://www.BOYCOTT THIS LINK/sport/football/ibrox-disaster-only-female-victims-1079390
  3. Last Friday night we had the pleasure of presenting the Founders Story at Lodge Houston St.Johnstone for their members and friends. At the end of the event our Restoration of Rangers Graves donations bucket was sent around the hall and the incredible sum of £179.29 was raised. The Lodge also donated £242.00 which gave us a wonderful total of £421.29,every penny of which will go to the Restoration of Rangers Graves Project. We'd like to thank the organizers for a cracking night and everyone who attended for their generosity as this will help to ensure that our restoration work continues over the coming months. Thank you.
  4. Still a few seats left on this Tour folks. Adults £28 Children (under 16) and Senior Citizens £19. Please reserve your seat here on our website. https://www.thefounderstrail.co.uk/ For further information call 0790 2855536.
  5. Last Saturday night we had the pleasure of presenting the Founders Story for the Greengairs Loyal RSC and friends. At the end of the event we were presented with a cheque for the incredible amount of £440 which was the proceeds of the evening’s raffle, every penny of which will go to the Restoration of Rangers Graves Project. We'd like to thank the organizers for a cracking night and everyone who attended for their generosity as this will help to ensure that our restoration work continues over the coming months. Thank you.
  6. On Friday night we had the pleasure of presenting the Founders Story at Dumbarton Masonic for the Vale Rangers Football Club. At the end of the presentation our Restoration of Rangers Graves bucket was sent around the hall which raised a wonderful amount of 78.12. We'd like to thank the organizers for a memorable event and everyone who attended for their generosity as this will help to ensure that our restoration work continues over the coming months. Thank you.
  7. The type isn't very clear to read but it says that it was a Blue Cross floral tribute.
  8. Mr Wilton was manager of the Club from 1899 but he would've been very much a figurehead. It was James Wilson who worked the players daily.
  9. Back in 2015 our research, gleamed from the records at the Mitchell Library, confirmed that a James Wilson who was trainer at Rangers from 1897 until 1914 and a respected individual who also worked tirelessly with the building process of our great Club, had died suddenly after a bout of double pneumonia in 1914 at 21 Princes Street in Govan aged 52 , and was buried at Craigton Cemetery. Bill Struth who was trainer at Clyde at this time was actually offered Mr Wilson’s job at Rangers but he refused to take another man’s place at our Club, that was to change upon the sudden passing of Mr Wilson. The Club had actually organised a benefit match for Mr Wilson against Everton at Ibrox only a week before he passed. While James Wilson was trainer at Rangers our Club won: 7 League Titles 2 Scottish Cups 8 Glasgow Cups 6 Glasgow Charity Cups. We were to discover Mr Wilson’s stone at Craigton Cemetery and were incredibly fortunate that although sadly it was off it’s plinth it was lying on the grass inscription side up. A real chill went through us as we cleared the earth and moss from James Wilson’s stone and the words ‘’Trainer of Rangers’’ emerged. Since then our Restoration team placed new foundations, put the memorial back in place, cleaned and re-lettered the stone. James Wilson played a very important role in the success of Rangers and we thought it would be appropriate to place a plaque at the base of his stone highlighting his achievements at our Club. That work was carried out yesterday. The plaque was funded by our Restoration of Rangers Graves Project.. James Wilson. Gone but not forgotten.
  10. Once again due to incredible demand we're delighted to add yet another date to our 2019 Founders Trail programme. Sunday 26th May Adults £28 Children (under 16) and Senior Citizens £19. Please reserve your seat here on our website. https://www.thefounderstrail.co.uk/ For further information call 0790 2855536.
  11. It will be an honour for us to present the Founders Story at Dumbarton Masonic this Friday 22nd March at 7.30pm. The Hall is at 18 Church St Dumbarton G82 1QQ Tickets are £10 which includes a buffet, these can be purchased on the door on the night. The presentation will also provide an insight into The Restoration of Rangers Graves Project and The Founders Trail. We hope to see a few of you along.
  12. Our full range of merchandise, including our popular Polo Shirts are available to purchase here on our website. https://www.thefounderstrail.co.uk/shop All items are posted out within 24 hours.
  13. Over the last few years we've been searching the cemeteries of Glasgow and beyond for the final resting places of those men who played such a vital role in not only forming our Club but the subsequent years thereafter. Work has already been carried out on 34 plots, this has included the final resting place of every player from the 1877 Scottish Cup Final team. We’ve also extended the project into assisting those bereaved by the 1961 and 1971 Ibrox Disasters. Thanks to the generosity of our fellow Rangers supporters funds are in place to allow us to continue our work over the coming months. These men from our early years gave us so much that we still enjoy today and it’s important that we give them back a bit of dignity and respect, no-one will be left to rest in an unmarked grave. If you’d like to donate to the Restoration Project please use the link here on our website. https://www.thefounderstrail.co.uk/the-restoration-of-Rangers-graves Thank you.
  14. Founder Peter Campbell was born on the 6th March 1857. Peter was the first Ranger to score a goal for his country. In 1876 Peter and his fellow Pioneer, Moses McNeil, became the first Rangers players to gain representative honours. They were part of the Glasgow side that defeated Sheffield 2-0 at Bramall Lane. Recognised as one of the top players in Scotland he was one of the first to move south, to Blackburn Rovers, playing there for a short time during the 1879/80 season. Peter came from a more privileged background than his fellow Pioneers. His father John was a harbour master, his mother Mary was sister of Sir James Jenkins, honorary surgeon to Queen Victoria. The family home was “Craigellan”, a large sandstone villa in the lochside village of Garelochhead. Peter’s family were involved in the shipping industry. He was a Ship’s Engineer and was employed at the Barclay Curle Yard on the Clyde .Peter’s engineering certificate issued in 1882, shows his address as being No.2 Parkgrove Terrace in Glasgow where he was living with his cousin Captain Bob Campbell. This is one of many locations that we visit during the Founders Trail. Peter retired early from football, to concentrate on following in the family tradition by going to sea and qualified as a marine engineer in 1882. But tragically, in the early weeks of 1883, his ship the “St Columba” floundered in the Bay of Biscay off the coast of France. The youngest of our Gallant Pioneers died aged only twenty-five. Peter’s ship departed on that tragic voyage from Penarth Dock in South Wales. On Saturday 22 nd July 2017, after a period of negotiation with Penarth Council, we unveiled a memorial plaque at Penarth Pier to commemorate the life of Peter Campbell and his contribution in the formation of Rangers Football Club. The memorial was funded by our Restoration of Rangers Graves Project. We are fortunate to have something more tangible to remember Peter Campbell by. He was a member of the first Rangers’ side to win a trophy, the Glasgow Merchants’ Charity Cup in 1879. Peter’s medal from that momentous day is proudly displayed in the Blue Room at Ibrox Stadium. There’s an incredible story behind Peter’s medal. Fellow Rangers supporter William Mason contacted us to tell of how one of his friends had found this medal belonging to Peter Campbell in a park in East Kilbride in 1968. A few years ago his friend loaned the medal to Rangers and Peter Campbell’s medal is on display in the Blue Room at Ibrox. This is a permanent reminder of the contribution Peter Campbell made in forming our great Club.
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