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Rangers press release - 1,200 soldiers to attend Champions League game

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PRESS INFORMATION

on behalf of

RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB

RANGERS SUPPORT TROOPS WITH TICKET GIVEAWAY

In a UK first, Rangers Football Club has donated over 1,200 tickets to members of the Armed Forces for the Club’s Champions League tie against Unirea Urziceni at Ibrox Stadium next Tuesday. (20 October, 2009)

Having received confirmation from the Romanian side that they would not be taking up their allocation in the traditional away section, the Club has taken the unprecedented decision to offer this area of the ground to soldiers from The Army in Scotland in honour of their service to their country.

Rangers Chief Executive Martin Bain joined Manager Walter Smith, Brigadier David Allfrey, Commander 51 (Scottish) Brigade and soldiers from 51 (Scottish) Brigade, at Ibrox today (Thursday, 15 October 2009) to hand over the Champions League tickets worth almost £50,000.

The initiative is believed to be the first time a UK football club has donated an entire section of its ground to serving members of the Armed Forces and it follows a number of previous visits to Ibrox and Murray Park by members of the Army and Royal Marines.

Martin Bain commented: “This football club is totally committed to supporting and recognising these brave individuals. Once we learned Unirea would not be taking up their allocation in the away section at Ibrox we immediately thought of donating the tickets to The Army in Scotland. We all owe the members of the Armed Forces a huge debt of gratitude and our fans will give them a wonderful and deserved reception when they attend our European tie next Tuesday."

Walter Smith commented: “Footballers are often regarded as heroes but the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces are the true heroes in life and it will be our pleasure to welcome them to Ibrox."

Brigadier David Allfrey, Commander 51 (Scottish) Brigade, commented: “Wow! This is an extraordinary gesture by any standards! Football is a major passion across the Army and Scottish soldiers all have strong allegiances. Even Celtic fans across the Brigade have been taken aback by Rangers generosity!

“An evening at Ibrox is a wonderful opportunity for Rangers fans in the Army – along with many others who just enjoy the game or perhaps those who have never seen a game at this level before – to watch two of the best teams in Europe in an iconic stadium. We are all hugely appreciative of Rangers generosity and wish them well representing Scotland in the Champions League."

Andy Kerr, President of the Rangers Supporters Assembly, commented: “I am delighted that the Club has made this generous gesture to our Armed Forces personnel. The soldiers that attend the match will receive a fantastic welcome from the Rangers fans."

In recent months, the Rangers Charity Foundation has worked closely with veterans’ charities Poppyscotland and Erskine while the Club invited members of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland and Royal Marines from 45 Commando – who had just returned from front line duty in Afghanistan - to SPL matches at Ibrox.

In addition, Scottish soldiers based in Germany have been invited to Rangers training sessions both during pre-season tours and before European matches in the last couple of years.

Ok we know it wasn't going to be sold out, but a great gesture nonetheless.

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Yeah, it is a good gesture.

I'd like to see the type of thing extended so other worthy recipients are given the chance to attend the odd game. The club could set aside 100 or so seats for every home game where people could nominate others to receive a day out. I'm sure there are plenty of people who would deserve such a free gift.

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The fact that they have given them tickets for the away section actually shows that this isn't just to fill seats. Altough i'm sure the club will be hoping it will help attract a few thousand more fans to buy tickets.

Great gesture, and Rangers once again lead the way in honouring our troops. (tu)

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Rangers press release - 1,200 soldiers to attend Champions League game

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PRESS INFORMATION

on behalf of

RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB

RANGERS SUPPORT TROOPS WITH TICKET GIVEAWAY

In a UK first, Rangers Football Club has donated over 1,200 tickets to members of the Armed Forces for the Club’s Champions League tie against Unirea Urziceni at Ibrox Stadium next Tuesday. (20 October, 2009)

Having received confirmation from the Romanian side that they would not be taking up their allocation in the traditional away section, the Club has taken the unprecedented decision to offer this area of the ground to soldiers from The Army in Scotland in honour of their service to their country.

Rangers Chief Executive Martin Bain joined Manager Walter Smith, Brigadier David Allfrey, Commander 51 (Scottish) Brigade and soldiers from 51 (Scottish) Brigade, at Ibrox today (Thursday, 15 October 2009) to hand over the Champions League tickets worth almost £50,000.

The initiative is believed to be the first time a UK football club has donated an entire section of its ground to serving members of the Armed Forces and it follows a number of previous visits to Ibrox and Murray Park by members of the Army and Royal Marines.

Martin Bain commented: “This football club is totally committed to supporting and recognising these brave individuals. Once we learned Unirea would not be taking up their allocation in the away section at Ibrox we immediately thought of donating the tickets to The Army in Scotland. We all owe the members of the Armed Forces a huge debt of gratitude and our fans will give them a wonderful and deserved reception when they attend our European tie next Tuesday."

Walter Smith commented: “Footballers are often regarded as heroes but the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces are the true heroes in life and it will be our pleasure to welcome them to Ibrox."

Brigadier David Allfrey, Commander 51 (Scottish) Brigade, commented: “Wow! This is an extraordinary gesture by any standards! Football is a major passion across the Army and Scottish soldiers all have strong allegiances. Even Celtic fans across the Brigade have been taken aback by Rangers generosity!

“An evening at Ibrox is a wonderful opportunity for Rangers fans in the Army – along with many others who just enjoy the game or perhaps those who have never seen a game at this level before – to watch two of the best teams in Europe in an iconic stadium. We are all hugely appreciative of Rangers generosity and wish them well representing Scotland in the Champions League."

Andy Kerr, President of the Rangers Supporters Assembly, commented: “I am delighted that the Club has made this generous gesture to our Armed Forces personnel. The soldiers that attend the match will receive a fantastic welcome from the Rangers fans."

In recent months, the Rangers Charity Foundation has worked closely with veterans’ charities Poppyscotland and Erskine while the Club invited members of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland and Royal Marines from 45 Commando – who had just returned from front line duty in Afghanistan - to SPL matches at Ibrox.

In addition, Scottish soldiers based in Germany have been invited to Rangers training sessions both during pre-season tours and before European matches in the last couple of years.

Ok we know it wasn't going to be sold out, but a great gesture nonetheless.

Those will be the same Celtic supporters that the Tims will be booing against falkirk. makes them look even more idiotic. great gesture by the club

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Since ra shellick are playing a European home tie next week as well, I heard they made a similar gesture, inviting a number of veterans along to thank them for their efforts in the war.

It'll be a mixture of Waffen SS and regular Wehrmacht.

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Wouldn't it be great if the celtic fans among the soldiers came to our CL game with their celtic scarves on and were applauded?

Wonder how that would go down with the scum?

Me thinks this would be brilliant, PR wise for us!

Then again, it's mibee no such a guid idea.

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Wouldn't it be great if the celtic fans among the soldiers came to our CL game with their celtic scarves on and were applauded?

Wonder how that would go down with the scum?

Me thinks this would be brilliant, PR wise for us!

Then again, it's mibee no such a guid idea.

As pretty a light as that would shine on us mate, i think the celtic supporters amongst them would think better of it...

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Sky Sports reporting on it and Bain talking shortly ! :sherlock:

Al need tae stoap comin oan here!

Av been goan tae ma bed for 3 oors noo and the wxcitement is keepin me awake!

Whit a fukcin week for The Gers.

Aw we need noo is tae thrash St. Johnstone and nab 3 points on Tuesday tae round of a very good week for us.

Happy as fukc so a am.

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Sky Sports reporting on it and Bain talking shortly ! :sherlock:

Al need tae stoap comin oan here!

Av been goan tae ma bed for 3 oors noo and the wxcitement is keepin me awake!

Whit a fukcin week for The Gers.

Aw we need noo is tae thrash St. Johnstone and nab 3 points on Tuesday tae round of a very good week for us.

Happy as fukc so a am.

Seen it, done it, ate it, drank it, shagged it Mate, am the same, fell asleep here at times, only when am readin boabs stuff right enough ! ;):sherlock:

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I wouldn't involve Celtic FC in any of this.

If they have Celtic-supporting troops at Ibrox that night, all well and good - they at least are serving their country on foreign fields, not booing their country in places like Falkirk and Parkhead.

I thinks you are spot on, in my e-mails have concentrated on their fans ! (tu):sherlock:

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