106 Years Ago Today. George Goudie

106 Years Ago Today. George Goudie
On the 24th February 1911 Rangers President George Goudie Died Aged 52.

The Man Who Saved The Rangers.

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President 1882 – 1883

Vice President 1883 – 1885

Club records would suggest that in terms of length of service to Rangers Football Club, George Goudie would not readily be thought of as one of the great figures in our history.

It was for one act, though, we are forever, literally, in his debt.

George Goudie was a Paisley “Buddie”, born at 2, Hamilton Street in the town on 9 April, 1859 to Humphrey, an engine-fitter (although later records would state he was a marine engineer), and his wife Anne.

It would appear young George spent his formative years overseas. There is no trace of the family in the census of 1861 or in that of 1871. They do appear in the 1881 census.

By then the family home was at 14 Union Street in Leith. The census records twenty-one year-old George had three siblings. Eighteen year-old Matthew and sixteen year-old William had been born in Greece. The youngest of the four sons, fourteen year-old Henry, had been born in Turkey. George’s occupation was given as “clerk”.

Research has, as yet, failed to reveal how the young clerk from Leith became, within a year, vice-president of Rangers Football Club!

Goudie’s first appearance in the Glasgow PO directory was not until 1886/87. We do know, though, that he was an accomplished athlete, being successful at distances ranging from 100 yards to 880 yards. It is not an unfair assumption that George became friends with Tom Vallance on the athletics circuit and he was brought into the Rangers’ circle through Tom.

When Archie Harkness died so tragically young in November, 1882, Vice-president George Goudie assumed the presidency of the club. These were not good times for the Rangers. Peter McNeil had left to concentrate on business and his steady hand on the rudder had been missed.

There had been no attempt to build up the club membership. The club was in such financial straits, the committee approached President Goudie requesting he provide a loan of £30 (just under £3,000 in today’s terms). This he did. Would Rangers Football Club have survived if Goudie had not agreed to provide the loan?

We have to assume that without it, the end may have been nigh. By the summer of 1883, the club was £100 in debt. George served just a matter of months as president. He stood down at the annual general meeting in May, 1883, held at the Athole Hotel. Tom Vallance became president. George served as his vice-president for the next two years.
The fact the committee felt they could approach George Goudie for a loan would suggest he had already established his business as a produce merchant with some success.

George married Jane Currie on 14 April, 1887 at her family home at 20 Kelvingrove Street. George had been living at 89 Grant Street, a short distance from Rangers’ old Burnbank ground.

The first marital home would appear to have been at Sandyford Street. By 1891, the family, now augmented by George, Jnr had moved to 20 Kelvingrove Street. George had had offices in Waterloo Street and York Street. Such was the success of his business, the family could afford to employ a domestic servant.

By the time of the 1901 census, George, Jnr had been joined by sister Jane and brothers Alexander and James. Five years later, the Goudies had moved to Pollokshields, the family home being “Dunard” at 14 Leslie Street.

George had retained his sporting competitive spirit, turning his hand to bowls. He had been a member of the St Vincent Club, then, on moving south of the river, Titwood Bowling Club. His final business address was in Howard Street.
George suffered from heart disease for the last eighteen months or so of his life. He died, aged only fifty-one, on 24 February, 1911. His funeral took place at Lambhill Cemetery in the north of Glasgow it was attended by his “wide circle of friends”. IMG_0237

A couple of years ago we located Mr Goudies’s final resting place but unfortunately the headstone was off it’s plinth and lying on the grass.

Since then our Restoration team have re-erected ,blast cleaned and polished Mr Goudie’s stone.

We do not have a great record of George Goudie’s time on the Rangers committee. That one act, however, the granting of a loan of £30, will ensure his place in our history will live for ever.

82 Years Ago Today. Tom Vallance

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On the 16th February 1935 Rangers legend Tom Vallance died at the family home at 83 Pitt Street Glasgow aged 78.

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Tom is buried in Hillfoot Cemetery in Bearsden and his funeral was attended by Mr. Struth, Chairman James Bowie and his old team-mate James McIntyre who both took a cord. Incredibly, players from the Vale of Leven team whom Tom had faced 60 years earlier in 1877 were also in attendance.

That will give you an indication as to how highly regarded Tom Vallance was.

Tom was paid the ultimate accolade by the Club in May 1898 when he was made a life member. In 2012 we had Tom put on to canvas by way of a painting by artist Helen Runciman which was unveiled at Ibrox Stadium at the end of our Founders Trail.
Tom Vallance took his rightful place at the top of the Marble Staircase alongside his friends and fellow Founders.

Some facts on Tom Vallance:

Tom had an incredible 60 year association with the Club.

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He was a master oarsman, a champion athlete (he set a Scottish long jump record of over 21 feet), he studied at the Glasgow School of Art, had paintings accepted by the Royal Scottish Academy and was Rangers Club Captain and President for many years.

While President of the Club it was not uncommon to find Tom Vallance working the turnstiles on match day at First Ibrox.

We have recorded details of Tom Vallance being present at the ceremony held on 1st January 1929 which saw the opening of the Main Stand at Ibrox and also at a Dinner held in the old St.Enoch’s Hotel after a Rangers match in 1933, he was also a guest of the Club that year for the New Year’s day game against Celtic.

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So, the lad who was present at Fleshers Haugh in 1872 was still attending Ibrox some 60 years later where the Club that he’d helped form and nurture were now playing in front of crowds touching 100,000.

Tom Vallance.

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The Staff of Rangers Football Club on the Trail of our Founders.

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The Staff of Rangers Football Club on the Trail of our Founders.

Since the Founders Trail first took to the streets of Glasgow in 2009 our primary objective has been to get our wonderful story out to as many people as possible and in turn safe guard the real Rangers story for future generations.

Last November our Board of Directors took the journey with us and it was then that we discussed with them our aim to take every Club employee around on the Founders Trail to give them an understanding of the foundations upon which our unique Club was built, and why it means so much today to so many.

We’re delighted to say that this coming Monday 6th February we’ll be taking a minimum of 33 office staff from the Club around on the Founders Trail.

Craig Mulholland has also said that he wants our Under 17’s and Under 20’s to take the Founders Trail with us as part of their education into what Rangers Football Club is.

We’re currently trying to pinpoint a date for this.

These are significant and positive steps being taken by our Club.

We at the Founders Trail are honoured and delighted to be playing a part in this process.