James ”Tuck’’ McIntyre.
James McIntyre, second from the left with the proud Rangers committee in 1894.
Work is now complete on the final resting place of Ranger James ”Tuck’’ McIntyre.
A few weeks back while researching at Craigton Cemetery Gordon and I noticed that flowers were being left regularly on the plot of former Rangers player James McIntyre.
In an attempt to make contact with what we hoped would be a family member we left on the gravestone a note in a waterproof bag with our contact details and briefly explaining the background to the Restoration project.
It was a wonderful moment the following week when we received a phone call from the Grand-daughter of James McIntyre .
We arranged to meet with her and asked for her permission to commence with the restoration work on her Grand-father’s plot.
During subsequent discussions with her she gave us some wonderful little gems about James which we’re delighted to share with our fellow supporters.
Back in the 1890’s James McIntyre was the previous owner of what is now The Angel Bar at Paisley Road Toll which he sadly lost due to ‘’cash flow problems’’. ”Well if he wasn’t so keen on giving the Rangers supporters so much whiskey on tick then it could’ve stayed in the family hands ” said Vivien.
In his later years James lived at 13 Walmer Terrace which today is 407 Paisley Road, a stone’s throw from Ibrox Stadium .
Due to his contribution to the Club over many years a supporter offered to buy James and his family a house in Largs which James turned down as it would take him too far away from the Rangers.
Vivien said ”He would often sit at the window of the flat on Paisley Road and the supporters on their way to Ibrox would shout and wave up to him which brought him great comfort’’.
She also informed us that the name ”Tuck’’ came about because of his portly figure.
It will be an honour for us to welcome the family of James McIntyre on to the Founders Trail on Sunday 10th July.
James ”Tuck ”McIntyre.
James played for Alexandria Athletic for three years before joining Rangers in 1880.
He played for Rangers for 12 years and was Club captain for a spell.
He represented Glasgow against Sheffield, London, Lancashire, Edinburgh and Birmingham.
He was capped for Scotland against Wales in 1884.
He was Convenor of the ground and was also on team selection committee’s.
James ”Tuck’’ McIntyre was awarded life membership of the Rangers.
He passed on 17th March 1943.
James played a huge role in the early years of our Club and won’t ever be forgotten.
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