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The Pope Must Die' Rangers match programme goes under the hammer for £700The controversial programme, featuring an advert for a film starring Robbie Coltrane in 1991, was pulled by the club after it caused outrage.


15:13, 9 DEC 2016UPDATED15:13, 9 DEC 2016

The Rangers match programme that featured The Pope Must Die advert (Photo: Paul Reid)

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A rare Rangers V Aberdeen match programme from 1991 featuring an advert for the film The Pope Must Die starringRobbie Coltrane went under the hammer today at auction for £700.

The controversial programme with a full-page advert for the film was pulled by the Ibrox club ahead of their Premier Division clash against Aberdeen FC on Saturday May 11 1991.

Sporting memorabilia specialist auctioneers Sportingold Limited sold the rare programme which would have had an original cover price of just £1.


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The auction description stated: "Understandably there was outrage and Rangers arranged for them to be destroyed.

"But as usual, it is believed that the printer held some back and it is thought that only six survived.

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"The outrage was caused by a full page advert for a Robbie Coltrane film."

The film stars Coltrane as a lowly priest who is mistakenly elected Pope who then has to avoid being assassinated by the Mafia.

It received mixed reviews due to the controversial subject matter and struggled at the box office.

Robbie Coltrane stars in The Pope Must Die

It was not only Rangers FC that refused to carry advertising for the film. London Transport refused to display the posters advertising the film on their buses and in the underground.

The film's title also caused distributors problems in America and Canada. It was eventually released under the title 'The Pope Must Diet'.



Ha ha second story on their website.

Anyone would think they are trying to divert attention from some other news.....

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