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''Thus Ended Their First Match Played At The Latter End Of May 1872''


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The poetic words of Ranger William Dunlop who played in the series of games that was the 1877 Scottish Cup Final.

William is pictured sitting on the left with our Founders and his team-mates.

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William, using the pen name ' True Blue' had written an account of our early days on Fleshers Haugh and the Rangers first few years for the SFA Handbook of 1881.

Fleshers Haugh.

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He wrote :

'' Genial Peter McNeil would travel on a Saturday morning to a desirable part of the Green, set up the noted standards, and stand guard until the classic hour came in the afternoon when he'd be joined by his friends''

He wrote about our first ever match v Callander which 0-0.

''Their first game was a terrible spectacle with the ball suffering a terrible amount of abuse. William McBeath was given man of the match then spent a week in bed recovering due to his exertions. Thus ended their first match played at the latter end of 1872 some two months after the inauguration of the Club''.

Here's the incredible article in full.

http://www.thegallantpioneers.co.uk/...ue-Page-1.html

Our Club is 140 years old this month. It's more than likely 140 years ago this weekend that we first kicked a ball.

We owe those kids, our founders, who fought hard to establish the Club's name, and preserve it, everything.

Here's to the next 140 years.

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