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When my research into the lives of our Founders began in earnest back in 2006, little did I or anyone else know the incredible story that was about to unfold.

It’s been well documented and is published for all to enjoy on these pages as are the related projects. Most notably The Founders Trail.

Gary Ralston’s extensive research has also been published in the fabulous book ‘The Gallant Pioneers’

It was always the intention to reach out to not only as many Rangers supporters as possible and share this wonderful story of how the Founders determination to succeed would ensure that their Club, The Rangers would be accepted and be allowed to flourish but also to reach the public in general.

The Founders Trail has exceeded all of our expectations and we’re confident that it will continue to grow as our research into our early years continues.

Every few weeks more locations are identified.

With this in mind we approached the people at Visit Scotland with a view to taking the Founders Story out into the ever increasing Scottish Tourist Market.

At the beginning of August we presented our project to them taking them on our journey that seen the young Rangers Club grow in tandem with the City of Glasgow, which in the 1870’s was expanding at an alarming rate due to Industrialisation.

We emphasised that this isn’t just a story about a Football Club, it’s an insight into Victorian Glasgow, how the landscape of Glasgow has changed so dramatically over the years, yet how so much remains the same as when the four boys formed the Club, how the kids lived their lives where they played football, where they worked and were ultimately laid to rest and the incredible legacy that they’ve left behind for us to enjoy.

Visit Scotland is more than delighted to have The Founders Trail included in their brochure and on their website for Spring/Summer 2011.

Their words were, ” We are delighted to support this project as it promotes Glasgow in a positive manner’’

Friday 20th August 2010 saw our Founders Trail leaflets go on display in the Tourist Office on George Square.

This will give every visitor to the city of Glasgow, and our own citizens the opportunity to enjoy our story.

It is unique.

Those kids deserve it.

Sam Ricketts letter

Sam Ricketts

In the 1880’s, two newspapers fought for the readership of the sportsman and sports watcher of the day. They were “The Scottish Umpire” (SU) and “The Scottish Athletic Journal” (SAJ). The editor of the SU was John Wallace Mackay. He was also match secretary of Rangers Football Club. Unfortunately, Mr Mackay wielded power to the detriment of the Club, destroying much of the popularity gained by the exciting young footballers of the previous decade. more

Peter’s medal

Our Founder Peter Campbell was part on the victorious Rangers side in 1879 which won the Club’s first ever Trophy (The Glasgow Merchants Charity Cup) in a thrilling encounter with our old foes Vale of Leven.
Here now is an account of a quite incredible story that brings our Founders directly into our lives today.

At recent Rangers Supporters Trust meeting the subject of a Rangers F.C. museum was discussed; that sparked my interest in a medal I have been aware of for many years. It is an 1879 Glasgow Charity Cup medal, Ranger’s first ever trophy, won by Peter M. Campbell. It belongs to a friend of mine named Stephen. When Stephen was a schoolboy in the late sixties he found the medal in an East Kilbride park while walking to school one morning. Stephen handed the medal into the local police and after a certain length of time (he thinks it was a year) as no claim or report had been made about it, the medal was returned to him.
Stephen made contact with Rangers at the time in order, if possible, to return the medal to Peter Campbell’s family; Davie White was the Rangers manager at the time. Rangers could only find out some of the basic information and were unable to trace any surviving family.
I started working with Stephen about ten years ago and as we both are Rangers supporters the subject of the medal naturally came up. Stephen knew very little of the medal’s history but after some research this medal has turned out to have major significance in Rangers F.C. history as well as the tragedy of Peter Campbell’s drowning.
To my limited knowledge, and I am willing to stand corrected, this medal is unique. In conversations with Stephen his preferred choice was to retain ownership of the medal but loan it to Rangers F.C. to display it in the Trophy Room and in any future Ranger’s museum, instead as he has said ‘gathering dust in a drawer’. It is now on display in the Ibrox Blue Room.

William Mason

Peter Campbell’s page

The Spirit of 2010

If a show of hands was ever asked for among the Founders Team as to the most striking image that we’ve encountered during our research then the immortal words of Willie ‘Daddy’ Dunlop* and Peter McNeil standing guard over our ground at Fleshers Haugh would be a winner by the length of the River Clyde.

Peter’s fearless deeds had us approach the artist Helen Runciman who put the image on to canvas for many more thousands to enjoy.

Helens picture

Now here’s a tale to gladden the heart.

During our recent Founders Trail on Sunday 18th July 2010 a young supporter Derek Muir and his family took the journey of discovery with us and upon returning home was, according to his mum Liz, enthusing about his adventure for days afterwards.

It transpires that the tale we tell at Fleshers Haugh had really struck a cord with young Derek so he sat himself down and etched a quite incredible image.

Dereks Picture

Liz sent this to us and we immediately passed it on to Helen Runciman who said the following:

”I am very moved and impressed with Derek’s work and love the fact he has captured the movement and made his own changes which personalizes the drawing for him”.

We at the Founders Team are delighted that a youngster from this generation has been inspired by our Founders as it will be down to them to carry our story forward.

‘Nice One Derek’ !

* True Blue article