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A Memorial To Founder Peter Campbell. Penarth South Wales Saturday 22nd July.

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Today we’re  delighted to announce that after a lengthy period of negotiation with Penarth Council a Memorial Plaque dedicated to our Founder Peter Campbell will be unveiled at :

The Italian Gardens The Esplanade Penarth CF64 3AU on Saturday 22nd July  at 11.45.

The plaque is made of Welsh Slate.

The inscription at the bottom reads ALWAYS READY.


The Italian Gardens overlook the estuary where Peter’s ship  began that fateful voyage and it’s a  popular area with tourists.

After the dedication the Cardiff Rangers Supporters Club will host a celebration of Peter Campbell’s life and all things Rangers at the:

Canton Lib Club 301-303 Cowbridge Road East , Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1JD.

Everyone is welcome.

Peter Campbell.


Following in family tradition Peter ,who had been employed at the Barclay Curle Yard on the Clyde , left Glasgow for a life at sea and joined a ship the St. Columba.

On the 28th January 1883 the vessel left Penarth Port in South Wales with a cargo of coal destined for Bombay in India.

Tragically, it ran into a storm in the Bay of Biscay and went down with all hands lost, including that of our 25 year old Founder Peter Campbell.

The youngest of our Pioneers was taken from us.

In the January of 2015 I travelled to Penarth and along with the Cardiff RSC met with the local  Council and discussed the possibility of having a memorial plaque placed at Penarth commemorating Peter Campbell’s   contribution in forming Rangers Football Club and his tragic fate.

Penarth Council were touched by Peter’s story but as is so often the case our proposal had to be passed through various council departments for approval and subsequently got caught up in red tape.

Last Friday I was delighted  to receive notification from Russell Calderwood of the Cardiff RSC, who has played a huge part in this project, that the proposal for the Plaque, and a  date for the dedication event had finally been given the go ahead.

This dedication is a thank you from the worldwide Rangers support to our Founder Peter Campbell.

Placing these memorials and restoring others around the country will help to ensure that those kids who formed our wonderful Club and many others will never be forgotten.

Further details will be posted over the coming weeks.

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From the Cardiff True Blues.

If you are planning to attend the unveiling of the memorial to Peter Campbell at Penarth, near Cardiff, on 22 July, it would help us to plan the day if you let us know your are coming along.

You can send us an email via the 'Contact Us' page at www.rangers.wales

This will be a unique event, and we hope as many Bears as possible will be able to attend the ceremony, which will be followed by a celebration of Peter Campbell’s life and all things Rangers, at Canton Liberal Club, the meeting place of Cardiff True Blues RSC.

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