If it wasn’t for the Rangers then Motherwell might never have been a team!!
It just isn’t the years of the Bears pouring money into the Fir Park team coffers that the Steelmen have to thank Rangers for.
In fact if it wasn’t for the Rangers they might never have existed.
Motherwell where formed after the amalgamation of two local amateur sides that were based at the industrial factories of Glencairn and Alpha.
You see, in 1886, a Motherwell Charity Cup was organised by a local hotel which would be promoted with a friendly match between the ‘Glasgow Ancients’ and a select chosen from the town’s two top teams, Alpha and Glencairn.
The Glasgow team was mainly made up of the Rangers Ancient team (that featured the retired Rangers players of the early years) and a couple of Queens Park players. In fact one of the Queens Park men Harry McNeil played as a guest in Rangers first ever match in 1872. The team was captained by the great Tom Vallance.
Such was the success of the match it was decided that the two teams would join permanently and form Motherwell FC.
‘If it wasn’t for the Rangers’