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Dunno if anybody's posted this on here, from Ayrshire Billy Boy over at the other place. I'm sure it'll interest a few anoraks stattos budding Rangers historians:

“The greatest rags to riches story in the history of sport.” That is a quote which has been applied to Rangers by a number of different writers and Rangers fans and there is little in there that can be argued with. When the four young men who founded Rangers did so in 1872, it is impossible not to ponder on where they saw their vision going. Would they have dreamed that they were the founding force behind a football team that would grow into not just a football team but an institution that took a special place at the heart of Scottish society and which became a focal point for Scots and Ulster-Scots even after they had emigrated? Would they dream that their creation would reach out and establish roots in all four corners of the world? Would they dream that their creation would become the most successful football Club in the world? We can only speculate as to what the Gallant Pioneers were thinking when they first kicked a ball all those years ago; but we can and will promote their dream, their ethics, their drive and determination to succeed, their character, a word synonymous with all true Rangers.

The reasons behind the project to commemorate the Founders are many, but essentially, it has been felt among a circle of Rangers supporters that not enough is known about them, nor is enough done to promote them. This, we hope to rectify through a series of events and promotions which, it is hoped, will spread the word about the origins of our great and proud institution and also to introduce the names of the young boys who founded Rangers to younger Rangers fans worldwide, in the hope that the reputation of the pioneers is given the audience it deserves.

There might not seem an obvious date to launch this campaign as it does not correspond with an anniversary that is immediately familiar; however, the campaign is the culmination of a lot of behind the scenes work that has been going on over the past few years and is now on the verge of coming to fruition.

As will become evident in the coming weeks and months, there are a number of exciting projects planned, participation in which will be open to all Rangers supporters in the interests of fundraising. Possibly, the most prominent ones will be a plaque that will be put on permanent display at Glasgow Green (which is what the fundraising will be directed towards), a banner and a book which will be released later on in the year. It is also hoped that the Club’s participation will involve having a Founders’ Day at Ibrox, coinciding with a home fixture next season. There will also be a dinner, a sponsored walk and a football tournament which will undoubtedly be popular. People can make contact with the committee either on here or by e-mailing gallantpioneers@hotmail.co.uk

Further details and prices will be released in due course and fans can also make donations via the following link https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/websc...ton_id=5012396 in order to help see everything come to fruition. The story of Rangers is a long and wonderful one – you can play your part in getting it told.

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I can't wait to see the look on the Council's collective face when the committie approach them looking to erect a plaque to the Rangers on Glasgow Green.

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I can't wait to see the look on the Council's collective face when the committie approach them looking to erect a plaque to the Rangers on Glasgow Green.

IIRC it's already been done and after some toing and froing permission was given.

By one Bridget McConnell in fact :craphead:

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I can't wait to see the look on the Council's collective face when the committie approach them looking to erect a plaque to the Rangers on Glasgow Green.

IIRC it's already been done and after some toing and froing permission was given.

By one Bridget McConnell in fact :craphead:

GIP :craphead:

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I'm not sure if people missed this at the time but what a disappointing response. Nine replies whilst one about farting at games gets 25. :rolleyes: Things are really starting to move with this project and a book called The Gallant Pioneers by Gary Ralston is due to be published within the next few weeks (available to pre-order on Amazon). The unveiling of the plaque will take place in September, there will be a banner and there are lots of other events planned. It's a sad fact that many Rangers supporters wouldn't be able to name the four young men who founded our club yet they will know who founded Celtic. These four guys, without the backing of a Church or businesses, founded what became the world's most successful club. Their stories are poignant, tragic and heart-breaking. We owe these guys a debt of gratitude that we can never repay. Get involved folks, even if it's just a small donation.

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