A Painting By Tom Vallance. An Appeal.

A few weeks ago we were contacted by a fellow supporter who said he had in his possession a painting that was signed by a T Vallance.

Tom Vallance we know had two Paintings accepted by the Royal Scottish Academy . He also kept dogs.

We’re 99% certain the above Painting is by our Tom but before we publish it as such we’re appealing for more information.

The background is :

The Supporter is a Dougie Campbell.

His mother, who found the Painting in the back of another in the family home knew nothing about the history of it except that Mr. Struth attended her father’s funeral.

Dougie’s mother is from Dumbarton, Tom of course was from Renton.

Her father’s name was Daniel Grainger , he was a member of a Masonic Lodge in Rutherglen.Mr. Struth of course was with Clyde for a while.

We know that upon the passing of Tom Vallance in 1935 his wife Marion donated another of Tom’s Paintings The Charge to Cawder Gold Club.Did she perhaps gift the above painting to Bill Struth who passed it to Dougie’s Grandfather or did it pass directly to Daniel Grainger ?

We’re going to post this appeal on various outlets in the hope that it triggers something with someone.

It would be incredible , on the week that Tom Vallance’s Portrait was unveiled at Ibrox, that we get confirmation that a Painting by his own hand has now surfaced .

If you can help email us at thegallantpioneers@googlemail.com


Tom Vallance Painting unveiling at Ibrox.

Tom Vallance painting.

Over the years during our research into the Founders of our great Club one name has continually jumped out at us from the history books.

Tom Vallance. A Gallant Pioneer.

Those who have taken the Founders Trail will appreciate how his influence, and steady hand steered the Club away from many a rock through our early years.

Tom’s friendship with his fellow Founders wasn’t forged on the streets of Glasgow, no this band of brothers were friends from the age of 10 on the shores of the Gareloch.

Tom Vallance was present on Fleshers Haugh

Tom was Club Captain and President for many years.

He was a very successful business man, and his link with the Viceroy Bar has been covered on here recently.

Tom had Rangers results wired to his restaurants for his patrons during the 1890’s.

Tom was regularly seen working the turnstiles at 1st Ibrox while President.

Tom was present at the Club’s Dinner in 1923.

Tom was present at the ceremony in 1929 when the Main Stand opened.

Tom was a guest of the Club when we faced Sporting Club of Vienna at Ibrox in 1933. The lad who was present on Fleshers Haugh was now watching his Club play in front of crowds touching 100,00.

Mr. Struth , Chairman James Bowie and players from the Vale of Leven team whom he faced in our first Scottish Cup Final in 1877 were present at his funeral in 1935.

A few weeks ago we approached artist Helen Runcimen and asked her once again to put a Rangers Legend onto canvas and what an incredible job she has done once again.

Thank you Helen.

Today at Ibrox Stadium after our Founders Trail , a ceremony was held to unveil a painting of Tom Vallance.

Tom Vallance has now been reunited with his friends at Ibrox and has taken his rightful place at the top of The Marble Staircase.

Limited edition of 72 A3 sized prints are being published in association with Rangers Youth Development. Prints are £100 each and full details and enquiry form are atwww.grailpr.com/sportingart

Tom Vallance Painting unveiling