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Glasgow Rangers The Teddy Bears

Updated on September 8, 2011


Ibrox Stadium

Ibrox Trophy Room

rangers shirt 2006-2007

The Scottish Cup

The Boys In Blue

Glasgow Rangers

Founded in 1872,by brothers Peter and Moses McNeil,Peter Cambell and William McBeath,Rangers have become the biggest team in Scotland,and are followed by millions of fans world wide.

The first ever Rangers match was played against Callendar Fc at Fleshers Haugh on Glasgow green.

The home team played in their street clothes with the exception of 4 guests,invited from other clubs who wore their own strips,the pitch was open to all-comers so too get a game, you had to get there early because it was first come first served.

Of course the ball they played with was second hand.

The final score was 0-0 but that didn't matter,Glasgow Rangers had been born and the history of Scottish footballs greatest ever team began.

The name Rangers was taken from an English Rugby club,and by the time of their second and only game that year,the famous light blue strip had been chosen,the next time they played the team was well organised and they beat Clyde 11-0.

The following year 1873 saw the official founding of Glasgow Rangers,the club held their first annual general meeting,officers were elected.

Rangers could not play any competitive football in 1873 apart from friendly games because they had left it too late to registerfor the S.F.A (Scottish Football Association) and were ineligible to play in the first ever Scottish cup,which was won by Queens Park.

In 1877 Rangers made their breaktrhough reaching the Scottish Cup Final, it took 3 games to find the evential winner though after a 0-0 draw and a 1-1 draw they eventualy lost to Vale of Leven by 3 goals to 2.

In 1879 Rangers faced Vale of Leven again in the Finals ,the match ended 1-1 but Rangers unhappy at having a goal disallowed refused to show up at the replay and Leven were awarded the Cup by Default.

It took 10 years for Rangers to win their first Senior Trophy although the came pretty close to winning the English F.A Cup in 1887 they reached the semi-finals of the competition losing to the eventual winners Aston Villa.

Season 1890-91 was the start of the Scottish league Championship the first game was played on AUG 16TH and Rangers beat Hearts 5-2 the season finished with Rangers and Dumbarton both on 29 points after a play off the score was tied at 2-2 and for the only time in history the championship was shared.

In seasons 1892-93, 1895-96 and 1896-97 Rangers finished 2nd in the championship, but in 1894,1897 and 1898 they won the Scottish cup.

Since those early years Rangers have won more Trophies than any other football club world wide.

53 Scottish League Championships.

33 Scottish Cups.

26 Scottish League Cups.

Rangers greatest achievement though came in 1972 when they won the European cup winners cup.

The highest attendance at Ibrox was in 1939 against celtic, 118,557 people watched the match.


Roll of Honour

European Cup Winners Cup 1972 (1)

Scottish League 1891, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1918, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1939, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010(53)

Scottish Cup 1894, 1897, 1898, 1903, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1953, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2008,2009 (33)

Scottish League Cup 1946, 1948, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005,2008,2010 (26)

The Ibrox Disaster

The Ibrox Disaster

On January 2nd 1971 Disaster struck at Ibrox 66 supporters died .

from bbc news that day : "1971: Sixty-six die in Scottish football disaster

Sixty-six football supporters have been killed following a match between Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers at the Ibrox Park stadium in Glasgow.

The disaster occurred when crush barriers collapsed as thousands of fans made their way out of the stadium.

Initial reports suggest the tragedy, which happened on stairway 13 of the stadium, was caused when hundreds of Rangers fans began leaving the match early believing Celtic had won.

Jimmy Johnstone had scored for Celtic with just a minute to go, but Colin Stein scored an equalising goal for Rangers during injury time causing a huge roar to erupt inside the stadium.

According to eye-witnesses, fans attempting to get back up the stairs after hearing the roar, collided head-on with those coming down the stairs.".

Rescuers, who were on the scene within minutes, tried to force their way through the crowds, but their efforts were mostly in vain. One man who managed to struggle out of the crush, described the scene.

"I was making my way out of the stadium down the stairs when suddenly everything seemed to stop," he said.

"The lads at the back just kept coming forward down the stairs.

"I went down with the rest of the crowd, being pushed and pulled onto the ground.

"Everyone was struggling to get out, suffocating - it was essentially a fight for survival. After 10 or 15 minutes I was dragged out by a policeman and brought to hospital by ambulance."

Eighteen-year-old Margaret Ferguson was the only female fan to be killed in the tragedy.

Alick Buchanan-Smith, Scottish minister for Home Affairs, has called for an immediate inquiry into the disaster.

A public inquiry later discounted the initial version of events which suggested fans had been attempting to go back up the stairway.

It is now believed the crush was caused simply by the downward force of so many supporters leaving at the same time.

The momentum of the crowd meant that once people started to fall, there was no way of holding the mass of bodies back.

The disaster remains the worst in the history of Scottish football and is surpassed only by the Hillsborough tragedy in British football.


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      alan sharpe 7 years ago

      another double for 2010 WE ARE THE PEOPLE............

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      selrach 7 years ago

      Time to update the bears roll of honour.I was at the game the day of the disaster.A sad day in rangers history

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      perfumelover 8 years ago

      Wow extensive rundown for all Rangers fans to enjoy. Good work. Any love for Hibs?

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      Gordon Hamilton 9 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Great Hub, great information and great photos.