He has the distinction of having played for the Rangers in that first ever game v Callander in May 1872 on Fleshers Haugh.
He would play for the Club again during the 1880’s and was a member of the Rangers Ancients team, along with the likes of Tom Vallance,who played many exhibition and charitable matches.
Harry would go into a business partnership with his brother Peter , their H+ P McNeil sports good premises were a feature on both Union Street and Renfield Street Glasgow from the mid 1870’s until 1896.
Once he’d hung up his boots Harry was to run the Royal Hotel in Bangor County Down.
He was still attending Ibrox cheering on his beloved Rangers in the early 1920’s with his grandchildren.
Harry McNeil passed in 1924 and is buried in an unmarked grave in Rutherglen.
Recently, with the assistance of Gary Ralston, we made contact with Harry’s family in Glasgow and spoke to them about the Restoration of Rangers Graves Project.
It is our intention, using funds raised via the project , to have a stone placed on Harry’s final resting place , the family will of course be consulted on all aspects as we take this forward.
They have since been to visit the site Harry’s final resting place.
When i rang the family on Tuesday the reaction of Harry’s Great Niece was a joy ” We’re all still Rangers daft in the family”.
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