The Rangers Of 1877 And Where They Rest.

I think that we can safely say that the most iconic Rangers team photograph in our glorious history is that of the 1877 Scottish Cup Final Team.
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As part of our ‘Restoration of Rangers Graves Project ‘we set out to locate the final resting place of each member of the 1877 team.

Just recently our search came to a successful conclusion and we’re delighted to share with the Rangers support the following information on each individual Ranger.

George Gillespie. Although George started his career as an outfield player he is remembered more for his goalkeeping skills. He appeared for Scotland 7 times during his playing career, never on the losing side. He was a very successful business man in the license trade in Glasgow

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Location : Lambhill Cemetery Glasgow

William McNeil. Willie had a long association with the Rangers and was the older brother of Founders Peter and Moses.He played with the Club for many years and is credited with gifting the Club our first football.

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Location: Craigton Cemetery.

James Watt. Goalkeeper in the 1877 Cup Final side but was to unfortunately lose his position to George Gillespie, when George decided that playing outfield was a bit on the rough side for him! James was President of the Club from 1876-77 and also served the Club as Honorary Treasurer from 1878-1880.

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Location: Craigton Cemetry.

Sam Ricketts. Sam was a much respected administrator who became Honorary Secretary in January 1887. He was a huge influence during the growth of the Club and a steadying hand during the turbulent 1880’s.

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Location : Craigton Cemetery.

William ‘’ Daddy’’ Dunlop. A hugely influential figure who wrote the first ever account of the birth and early years of the Rangers . He was on committee and rose to become President of the Club.

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Location: Cathcart Cemetery.

 

David Hill. A dependable player who was with the Club for over a decade during which he made 3 international appearances for Scotland. Just recently we found the final resting place of David Hill in an East Kilbride cemetery.

Location: East Kilbride Cemetery.

Tom Vallance. Tom had a remarkable 60 year association with the Club as Player, Captain and President. He was made a life member of the Club in 1898 and was guest of the Rangers when the Main Stand opened in 1929 .

Mr Struth attended his funeral in 1935.

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Location : Hillfoot Cemetery Bearsden

Peter Campbell. Peter who was from the Gareloch was described as a wonderful footballer who actually played for Blackburn Rovers for a spell. He chose to follow in the family tradition of going to sea . Tragically in 1883 his ship the St Columba floundered in the Bay of Biscay on it’s way to India with a cargo of coal. Peter Campbell perished,,he was only 25.

Location: Bay of Biscay.

Moses McNeil. Moses is the name recognized by most people when talking about our Founders as he is credited with giving the Club its name of Rangers. He played with the Club for 10 years and was the first Rangers player to be capped for Scotland. He won a beautiful trophy in 1876 at Garelochead for a half mile race and it’s the oldest trophy that the Club has on display at Ibrox Stadium.

He outlived all of his fellow Founders before passing in 1938 aged 83.

Location: Rosneath Cemetery

James Watson. James, who became Head Teacher at Calder Street School, was also a member of the Rangers Committee. He became President of the Club in 1890.

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Location : Cathcart Cemetery

Sandy Marshall. Sandy played for Rangers for 3 seasons during his short career from 1877 until 1880.

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Location :Craigton Cemetery.

Two of our Founders Peter McNeil and William McBeath aren’t part of the 1877 team photograph as Peter found his strength lay more in the administration of the Club rather than playing and William had left for England in 1876 to pursue a business venture.

Peter McNeil passed in 1901 and is buried with his brother and fellow Rangers William and his parent John and Jean at Craigton Cemetery.

William McBeath died in 1917 aged 60 and is buried in Lincoln Cemetery England.

Some of the final resting places are at different levels of disrepair and this is what the Restoration Project aims to put right.

Details will be issued soon on how the world-wide Rangers support can get involved in giving these men who gave us so much something back.

Iain and Gordon.

The Founders Trail and Ibrox Stadium Tour Dates. August to November.

The Founders Trail and Ibrox Stadium Tour Dates. August to November.

We’re pleased to publish our Founders Trail and Ibrox Stadium Tour dates for the remainder of 2015.

The Tours will run on the following dates but may be subject to change due to our fixtures being moved.

Sunday 23rd August

Sunday 13th September

Sunday 18th October

Sunday 15th November

Join us on a journey of discovery back to 1872 when The Rangers were just the dream of a group of young kids who gathered on Fleshers Haugh. They had no ball, no football kit and used a bush on the Glasgow Green as a changing room.

Their Club, which they nurtured, was to become the world’s most successful and it all happened on the streets of Glasgow.

Our journey takes us to the area of Fleshers Haugh where The Rangers played their first ever match, we also visit Glassford Street, Union Street, Berkeley Street, Burnbank, Kinning Park, Craigton Cemetery and many other places of interest before finishing off our day with a tour of our magnificent Ibrox Stadium.

During our journey we have a 30 minute break at the West of Scotland Cricket Ground in Partick which was the scene of the Rangers first ever Scottish Cup Final in 1877. It gives everyone a chance to unwind, grab a beer or soft drink and a bite to eat at a beautiful and historical setting.

Prices are as follows.

Adults : £21
Children (under 16) and Senior Citizens £16.

Group discounts are available upon request.

Please book early to avoid disappointment.

To reserve your seat just send an email to :

thegallantpioneers@googlemail.com

For further information phone : 0790 2855536

An insight into our research can be found here on our website.

www.thegallantpioneers.co.uk

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The Founders Trail Severs Link With Mike Ashley.

When the Founders Trail first took to the streets of Glasgow back in 2009 our meeting and departure point was the John Greig statue on Edmiston Drive.

Although symbolic it wasn’t ideal as the weather from time to time would ensure that our passengers were cold and wet before we had set off on our journey.

With this in mind we approached the Club and asked if we could use the Ibrox Megastore .

They were very keen on the idea and we’ve been there and enjoyed a good relationship over the last three years. This included getting those taking the Founders Trail and Ibrox Stadium Tour a 10% discount on any full priced item on the day of the Trail. We would set up a welcome desk and distribute our paperwork to the passengers on the Tour

The Megastore was getting 70 punters through it’s doors on a Sunday morning. A win win situation for all.

However,this was all to change late last year when Mike Ashley took control of our retail contract.

We were told in no uncertain terms that the 10% discount would no longer be available ( which was strange as it was encouraging people to spend ) and we would more than likely be put out of the store as ‘’ Sports Direct didn’t get involved in these type of things’’.

As we’re all aware the fiasco surrounding our retail contracts spilled into a London court last week and this has now left the Founders Trail with no alternative than to sever it’s link with Sports Direct.

We will no longer be using the Megastore as our meeting point.

Our Club was built on principles of honesty and integrity and we cannot be associated with a person such as Mike Ashley any longer.

We’ll be speaking to the Club tomorrow morning with regards to using an alternative meeting point within the Stadium for our Tours and will advise accordingly.