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Fred H Crawford

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44 500 , witnessed and contributed to one of the best atmospheres I've had the privilege of experiencing at Ibrox when we overcame a first leg deficit to knock Dynamo Kiev out the European Cup .

Ibrox was absolutely bouncing that night , IMO the best  atmosphere the remodelled Stadium had seen up to then . It was our first home game in the champions cup since the QF draw with Cologne back in 1979 , and by fuck did we let everyone know the Rangers were back ! Souness got the tactics spot on (including the width of the pitch) and the players on the park responded brilliantly but for me the support that night made the big difference , helping carry the team over the line . Kiev were always a threat and the last 10 minutes were fucking unreal .

The first leg had a reported attendance of 100 000 , probably the last time Rangers played in front of a six figure crowd , I'm sure though that the noise created by less than half that contributed to our famous win . Here's to more nights like this in the not too distant future . :uk::uk::7326::ulster::uk::uk:

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1876 - Rangers 4 (J.Campbell,Untraced) Queen's Park Juniors 1 - Scottish Cup 1st Round
1882 - Queen's Park 3 Rangers 2 (Pringle,McIntyre) - Scottish Cup 2nd Round (5,000)
1893 - Leith Athletic 2 Rangers 2 (Steel 2) - Scottish League Division One (4,000)
1905 - Third Lanark 3 Rangers 1 (Speirs) - Glasgow Cup Semi-Final (12,000)
1907 - Rangers 1 (Livingstone) Queen's Park 1 - Scottish League Division One (17,000)
1908 - Newcastle United 4 Rangers 1 (Pudan OG) - Friendly (5,000)
Unemployed Relief Fund Benefit Match
1911 - Rangers 4 (Reid 4) Third Lanark 0 - Scottish League Division One (22,000)
1912 - Rangers 3 (Parker,Hogg,Bowie) Kilmarnock 0 - Scottish League Division One (14,000)
1916 - Rangers 1 (Cairns) St.Mirren 0 - Scottish League Division One (12,000)
1918 - Queen's Park 0 Rangers 2 (Hart,Cairns) - Scottish League Division One (25,000)
1922 - Clyde 0 Rangers 0 - Glasgow Cup Final (Played at Celtic Park) (37,000)
1929 - Partick Thistle 0 Rangers 2 (Marshall,Meiklejohn Pen) - Glasgow Cup Semi-Final (48,000)
1933 - Partick Thistle 3 Rangers 4 (Main,Fleming,Brown,Stevenson) - Scottish League Division One (20,000)
1935 - Rangers 2 (Meiklejohn,Gillick) Clyde 0 - Glasgow Cup Semi-Final (15,000)
1939 - Morton 4 Rangers 2 (Thornton,Kinnear) - Friendly (5,000)
1944 - Rangers 1 (Symon) Motherwell 1 - Southern League (25,000)
1946 - Partick Thistle 3 Rangers 2 (Gillick,Duncanson) - Scottish League Division One (36,000)
1950 - Rangers 4 (Thornton 2,B.Simpson 2) Airdrieonians 1 - Scottish League Division One (20,000)
1961 - Rangers 4 (Millar 2,McMillan,Brand) Stirling Albion 1 - Scottish League Division One (30,000)
1964 - Rangers 2 (Forrest 2) Dundee United 1 - League Cup Semi-Final (Played at Hampden Park) (39,584)
1967 - Rangers 1 (A.Ferguson) Hearts 1 - Scottish League Division One (41,807)
1970 - Rangers 1 (Stein) Bayern Munich 1 - Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1st Round 2nd Leg (82,743)
Chasing a one goal deficit from the first leg,Rangers were compelled to attack,but the turning point of the game came just outside their own penalty area.Bayern were awarded a free-kick which the referee indicated was indirect,Gerd Muller's shot struck no one on its way into the net,yet the referee awarded the goal.Although Colin Stein equalised soon after,that goal thatshould never have been saw Bayern through 2-1 on aggregate
1972 - Kilmarnock 2 Rangers 1 (McLean) - Scottish League Division One (10,643)
1978 - Rangers 4 (Smith 2,McLean,Johnstone) Motherwell 1 - Scottish Premier Division (26,000)
1981 - Rangers 2 (Bett,J.McDonald) Dukla Prague 1- European Cup-Winners Cup 1st Round 2nd Leg (35,000)
1987 - Rangers 2 (Falco,McCoist) Dynamo Kiev 0 - European Champions'Cup 1st Round 2nd Leg (44,500)
A key feature of Kiev's play in the first leg had been to fully exploit the wide open space down the wing;Graeme Souness was to ensure there was no repeat by having the touch-lines brought in.The pitch conformed to UEFA's measurement requirements,but Kiev were now to be denied space.Rangers' more direct approach took them through,with Mark Falco and Ally McCoist getting the goals to ensure a 2-1 aggregate victory
1989 - Rangers 1 (Johnston) Hearts 0 - Scottish Premier Division (39,554)
1992 - Lyngby BK 0 Rangers 1 (Durrant) - European Champions' League 1st Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (4,273)
1995 - Celtic 0 Rangers 2 (Cleland,Gascoigne) - Scottish Premier Division (33,296)
Paul Gascoigne registered his first League goal for Rangers and chose the Old Firm derby in which to do it.Alec Cleland gave Rangers the lead with Gascoigne adding a second to confirm the victory at Parkhead
1997 - Rangers 1 (Gattuso) RC Strasbourg 2 - UEFA Cup 1st Round 2nd Leg (40,145)
2001 - Rangers 0 Celtic 2 - Scottish Premier League (50,097)
2004 - Rangers 1 (Prso) Maritimo 0 - AET (Rangers Won 4-2 On Penalties) - UEFA Cup 1st Round 2nd Leg (47,360) 
Gregor Vignal's penalty sent Rangers into the UEFA Cup group stage after a nail-biting 120 minutes at Ibrox. Dado Prso scored the vital goal during regulation time, collecting Vignal's cross before sweeping the ball past Oliveira after 71 minutes.
No more goals were forthcoming, so the match went to penalties. Novo, Prso and Thompson also scored from the spot and Stefan Klos's save from Chainho and Ferreira's miss meant Rangers progressed.

All 30 September.

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2 hours ago, Fred H Crawford said:

44 500 , witnessed and contributed to one of the best atmospheres I've had the privilege of experiencing at Ibrox when we overcame a first leg deficit to knock Dynamo Kiev out the European Cup .

Ibrox was absolutely bouncing that night , IMO the best  atmosphere the remodelled Stadium had seen up to then . It was our first home game in the champions cup since the QF draw with Cologne back in 1979 , and by fuck did we let everyone know the Rangers were back ! Souness got the tactics spot on (including the width of the pitch) and the players on the park responded brilliantly but for me the support that night made the big difference , helping carry the team over the line . Kiev were always a threat and the last 10 minutes were fucking unreal .

The first leg had a reported attendance of 100 000 , probably the last time Rangers played in front of a six figure crowd , I'm sure though that the noise created by less than half that contributed to our famous win . Here's to more nights like this in the not too distant future . :uk::uk::7326::ulster::uk::uk:

Watched the first leg on the big screens in Ibrox. Did Ally not play 3 days after key hole surgery on his knee!

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Was at both games (well big screens at Ibrox for away leg) the return game was unbelievable. I've been lucky to be at lots of games with huge crowds, but the one that sticks in my mind or the shear roar was when we equalised against the scum at Ibrox after being down to 9 men, thing it was Gough who scored and the noise was just incredible.

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11 minutes ago, Courtyard Bear said:

Hope you don't mind OP

 

Cheers for that mate , just as good as I remember .

The sound of Ibrox echoing to The Billy Boys was fuckin awe inspiring that night , all 4 sides of the Stadium on their feet bouncing .While nothing can truly capture that feeling , this video gives the younger Bears a good idea what it was like back then . Forgot all about the Souness passback from well inside their half but can remember the cheers for some of the other passbacks ! 

This game , the decider v the sheep , Leeds and big Gough's equalizer with 9 men were the best examples of the inspirational effect the crowd could have on our team when the Stadium was open at the corners .

I'm confident they days will return .

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Remember it well Fred, absolutely rocking it was, that Kiev team I'm sure had just won either the euefa or cwc the previous season and consisted of 9 of the ussr team......formidable opponents to say the least, my previous experiences of European nights were shamrock rovers, valletta and Inter, the Inter game was a great atmosphere but the Kiev game was just amazing.

Hopefully as you say it won't be long till the European nights return to Ibrox.

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3 hours ago, Fred H Crawford said:

44 500 , witnessed and contributed to one of the best atmospheres I've had the privilege of experiencing at Ibrox when we overcame a first leg deficit to knock Dynamo Kiev out the European Cup .

Ibrox was absolutely bouncing that night , IMO the best  atmosphere the remodelled Stadium had seen up to then . It was our first home game in the champions cup since the QF draw with Cologne back in 1979 , and by fuck did we let everyone know the Rangers were back ! Souness got the tactics spot on (including the width of the pitch) and the players on the park responded brilliantly but for me the support that night made the big difference , helping carry the team over the line . Kiev were always a threat and the last 10 minutes were fucking unreal .

The first leg had a reported attendance of 100 000 , probably the last time Rangers played in front of a six figure crowd , I'm sure though that the noise created by less than half that contributed to our famous win . Here's to more nights like this in the not too distant future . :uk::uk::7326::ulster::uk::uk:

Remember it well, the noise that night was absolutely incredible.:uk:

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24 minutes ago, hammer93 said:

Remember it well Fred, absolutely rocking it was, that Kiev team I'm sure had just won either the euefa or cwc the previous season and consisted of 9 of the ussr team......formidable opponents to say the least, my previous experiences of European nights were shamrock rovers, valletta and Inter, the Inter game was a great atmosphere but the Kiev game was just amazing.

Hopefully as you say it won't be long till the European nights return to Ibrox.

I remember the Inter game well , Only about 30 000 there that night but a night to remember all the same . IIRC , Ally missed a sitter in the San Siro that could have made the 2nd leg even more interesting . 

I was supposed to be night shift that night and had arranged to go in a bit late , but when Iain Ferguson scored that went out the window ! Big Jock played a blinder that night with his selection of John McClelland up front and we were close to pulling off an unbelievable turn around . Inter were a very good side at that time as well .

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2 minutes ago, Fred H Crawford said:

I remember the Inter game well , Only about 30 000 there that night but a night to remember all the same . IIRC , Ally missed a sitter in the San Siro that could have made the 2nd leg even more interesting . 

I was supposed to be night shift that night and had arranged to go in a bit late , but when Iain Ferguson scored that went out the window ! Big Jock played a blinder that night with his selection of John McClelland up front and we were close to pulling off an unbelievable turn around . Inter were a very good side at that time as well .

Did big McClelland score wae a diving header ? Or am I getting mixed up?

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1 hour ago, hammer93 said:

Remember it well Fred, absolutely rocking it was, that Kiev team I'm sure had just won either the euefa or cwc the previous season and consisted of 9 of the ussr team......formidable opponents to say the least, my previous experiences of European nights were shamrock rovers, valletta and Inter, the Inter game was a great atmosphere but the Kiev game was just amazing.

Hopefully as you say it won't be long till the European nights return to Ibrox.

Missed the Kiev game, but was at this one, right up the back corner of the Copland. 

could only find it in Italian. :lol: 

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38 minutes ago, Fred H Crawford said:

I remember the Inter game well , Only about 30 000 there that night but a night to remember all the same . IIRC , Ally missed a sitter in the San Siro that could have made the 2nd leg even more interesting . 

I was supposed to be night shift that night and had arranged to go in a bit late , but when Iain Ferguson scored that went out the window ! Big Jock played a blinder that night with his selection of John McClelland up front and we were close to pulling off an unbelievable turn around . Inter were a very good side at that time as well .

Yeah he headed over from 4yards if I remember, I think it was 2-0 at the time and they scored late on to make it 3

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