Rangers Captain Tom Vallance ” Tapped”!

Here’s an article that appeared in the Blackburn Standard reporting our own Tom Vallance being tapped by English Club Darwen in 1880.

Blackburn Standard - Saturday 27 November 1880

Blackburn Standard – Saturday 27 November 1880


Obviously not to chuffed he promptly wrote a letter to paper which appeared the following week!!

Blackburn Standard - Saturday 04 December 1880

Blackburn Standard – Saturday 04 December 1880


It shows the stature of Tom at the time when they refer to him as ‘‘the best back in the world”.


Moses McNeil’s Family Will Join Us At Ibrox On Saturday…….

….To celebrate our 140th year.

Mrs Pirie outside Ibrox.

Over the last few years the research into the lives of the kids who formed our Club ,and the many others who played a vital role in establishing the Rangers, has left us at times with a sense of astonishment.

What follows is such a tale.

John and Jean McNeil had nine children.

Four boys who all played for the Rangers:


They had a further three sons who’s careers lay in other fields


And two daughters Elizabeth and Isabella.

I was contacted recently by Rangers Historian David Mason who told me that he believed that there may be a lady who had a connection of sorts with Moses McNeil. David had worked with her son a number of years ago.

I got her contact details, and very nervously rang her. Incredibly within a couple of days we found ourselves sitting in her Glasgow home for what was a jaw-dropping experience.

In Mrs. Pirie’s own words.

” I can vividly recall travelling from our home in Prestwick with my mother and aunt to visit Uncle Moses in Clynder. We would take the train to Helensburgh and then a small boat across the Loch to Clynder and walk from there along the coast to his home where we’d spend many a weekend.He was a happy, kind man who would often take me for walks around the Village and down to the local shops”.

Research has established that Moses brother James McNeil listed above is Mrs Pirie’s Grandfather and Moses Brother.

James was very successful in the Drapery and Lace trade . He worked for Stewart and McDonald who’s premises is now Frasers of Buchanan Street.

He’s buried at Craigton Cemetery alongside his parents, and brothers Peter, William and Alexander which Mrs.Pire didn’t know about.

Yesterday afternoon myself and my colleague Gordon took Mrs. Pirie around the Founders Trail by car where we visited many locations including four homes where her Grandfather lived. She visited Craigton and paid her respects at her Grandfathers and Great Uncle’s final resting place.

Mrs.Pirie has received a formal invitation from the Club to join the celebrations at Ibrox on Saturday , she’ll take her place with her son and daughter in the Directors Box.

Auction of a signed Gallant Pioneers Book for Rangers Youth Development.

Recently we managed to get our hands on a copy of the much sought after Gallant Pioneers book by Gary Ralston, a must read for all Rangers Supporters.

If you would like to place a bid for the book send us an email to pioneersauction2012@gmail.com with ‘Bid’ in subject of the email along with your name, contact phone number and your bid.

The closing bid will be at 11.00 am on Monday the 17th December.

The current highest bidder will be found here – http://www.thegallantpioneers.co.uk/Signed-Gallant-Pioneers-Book.html

The book has been signed by:

Ally McCoist

Sandy Jardine

Ian McMillan

Willie Henderson

Willie Johnston

Davie Wilson

Alex McDonald

Derek Johnstone

Alex Rae

Robbie Crawford

All proceeds will go to Rangers Youth Development.