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On This Day. Rangers First Manager William Wilton.

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3 hours ago, Inigo said:

Any more detail on how he died? Did he simply drown?

The taigs try to say that Bill Struth murdered him so he could become manager. Obviously that is bullshit, I couldn't believe it when I first read that when researching the accident.  

I know the waters around Gourock really well and it does seem a strange place to die, it's not exactly the high seas but the fishermen who died there a couple of years back and the overturned boat that still sticks out the water to this day prove that it's a very dangerous piece of water despite not looking like if is. 

All water is dangerous, no matter your experience.  All it takes is a lack of judgement or complacency and you can have an accident which can easily kill you. 

Always be careful when on the water, never underestimate its power. 

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William Wilton and  club director J.P. Buchanan were guest of James Marr, a former Rangers committee member, on Marr's boat,  the Caltha which was moored in Gourock.  In the early hours of Sunday 2nd of May 1920 the boat was torn from it's moorings, Buchanan, Marr and the boats skipper managed to jump to safety but Wilton, while managing to climb onto the mast of the boat was swept into the water, Marr dived in to try and save him and apparently got hold of him but the force of the wave pulled them apart whereby Wilton tragically perished.   About 25 years ago a sickening story was put out by the moronic followers of the East End hovel dwellers that Struth had murdered Wilton in order to gain the managers job, that is how deluded and sickening fans of that club are, Struth not even being in Gourock that weekend never mind being on the boat.

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