‘There to see the Rangers’ – report of our first Scottish Cup tie in 1874.

The Sunday Post Sunday 06 February 1927 Rangers first cup tie and Tom Maley


We have found this clipping from 1927 giving a great description of our first ever Scottish cup tie against Oxford (a 2 – 0 victory for the young Rangers team).


The interesting thing about the report is it’s written by original Celtic team member Tom Maley. Does this mean Celtic’s obsession with all things Rangers started before there was a Celtic?

Historical picture rediscovered.

It has always been thought that the following picture taken in front of the pavilion at First Ibrox was that of the Rangers and Canadian teams from a match that was played in 1888.


Our research has discovered that it is in fact the Rangers Committee, and teams from the Rangers v Preston North End game played on 20th August 1887 to mark the opening of First Ibrox. We recently obtained a team picture of the Preston north End which enabled us to identify the opposition players.

Here are a couple of comparison pictures of two Preston players.





The following paragraph is from the Scottish Athletic Journal and talks about the picture being taken.

opening first iibrox


This was a huge event for the Club during our early years. We are delighted to now have a picture of such a momentous occasion.


“Mr Bell the photographer also took the picture of the Ancients v Moderns team that closed the Kinning Park ground.