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.