Harry McNeil, the older brother of our Founders Moses and Peter.


Harry McNeil

Harry McNeil was the older brother of our Founders Moses and Peter.

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”.

Donations to the Restoration Project can be made here.

PAYPAL LINK. – https://www.paypal.com/sendmoney

***Follow the link and add following email address along with donation – sonsofstruth@aol.co.uk

We were honoured and delighted to be joined on the Founders Trail on Sunday 26th September by the Great Grandchildren of Harry McNeil.
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We Will Follow in the Footsteps of our Founders.



We Will Follow in the Footsteps of our Founders.

Saturday 17th October.

Fleshers Haugh-Burnbank-Kinning Park-Ibrox

As part of the Restoration of Rangers Graves Project we’ll be holding a sponsored walk on Saturday 17th October.

Rangers host Queen of the South that day at Ibrox kick off 3pm.

We will take the same historic journey around Glasgow that our Founders did during the Club’s early years from :
Fleshers Haugh – Burnbank-Kinning Park – Ibrox.

It’s a journey of 7.2 miles and should take around 2.5 hours.

We will meet at the Glasgow Green Football Centre 28 Kings Drive Glasgow at 10am and depart at 10.30. Our expected arrival time at Ibrox is 1pm which leaves plenty of time to refresh ourselves before kick off.

Sponsorship forms are available and will be posted out to those wishing to participate.

If you’d like to join us on the day and help raise funds, every penny of which will go to the Restoration project, please send an email to :
thegallantpioneers@googlemail.com or call 0790 2855536.