The Restoration Team. Guests of the Club this Saturday

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The Restoration Team. Guests of the Club this Saturday.

This Saturday at the match against Dundee the Rangers Graves Restoration Team will be special guests of the Club.

Taking their seats in the Directors Box will be:

David Calderwood and Grant McIndoe.

David and Grant are the guys who have placed new stones , repaired, cleaned and put back in place memorials that we’ve found lying on the grass of cemeteries around the country.

Ian McKay.

Ian follows on at the back of David and Grant and re-letters by hand, with great care and attention the inscriptions on stones that we’ve repaired and cleaned.

Jean and Leslie White.
Our resident gardeners…bluenoses with green fingers!

Jean and Leslie are a retired couple who travel across to Craigton Cemetery at least once a month and keep in pristine condition the plots that we’ve restored,in particular those of Peter McNeil, Mr Struth and James Wilson.

They take out weeds, cut the grass and plant new grass seed.

All do an incredible job, the majority of it in their own time, and ensure that all work carried out is done with the love, care and attention that these men who built our Club deserve.

I’d like to personally thank the Club for recognising their efforts.

Enjoy your day guys.

Our Board of Directors on the Trail of our Founders.

 

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It will be a great honour for us at the Founders Project to take our board of Directors around Glasgow this Saturday 19th November on the Founders Trail.

The suggestion was put to them a few weeks ago that it was important that they fully understood the importance and responsibility that goes with carrying the torch that’s been passed down to them by our Founders.

They agreed and said they’d be delighted to join us, then pressed us to find a suitable date!

Joining us on Saturday will be :
Paul Murray
John Gilligan
Stewart Robertson
Andrew Dickson
Graham Park
John Bennet.

Our aim is to get our unique story out to every employee at the Club and every Rangers supporter around the world to ensure that it’s passed on to the next generation.

This is another huge step in achieving that goal..

Raffle For An Exclusive Signed Jersey For The Graves Restoration Project.

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Raffle For An Exclusive Signed Jersey For The Graves Restoration Project.

Only £5 per entry.

We have this incredible signed and framed Founders Trail Polo shirt up for grabs, every penny raised will go to The Rangers Graves Restoration Project.

The Jersey is signed by an illustrious group of men past and present , Directors, Management and Players and are as follows:

Mark Warburton
Walter Smith
John Greig
David Weir
Willie Henderson
John Brown
Josh Windass
Jordan Rossiter
Matt Crooks
Andy Halliday
Joe Dodoo
Kenny Miller
Barry McKay
Wes Foderingham
Jason Holt
Phillipe Senderos
Paul Murray
John Gilligan
Stewart Robertson.

To be in with a chance of winning this wonderful jersey just donate £5 via the link below.

All names will go into a hat and the winner drawn on Friday 4th November.

Thank you.

PAYPAL LINK. – https://www.paypal.com/sendmoney
***Follow the link and add following email address along with donation – sonsofstruth@aol.co.uk

161 Years Ago Today…. Founder Moses McNeil was born.

 

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161 Years Ago Today.

On the 29th October 1855 our Founder Moses McNeil was born.

Moses was from the east side of the Gareloch , his father John was from Comrie in Perthshire and mother Jane Bain from Downpatrick in Ulster.

He was a natural athlete Powerful and of stocky build , it was said that was known for his pace and he had stamina too.

Moses is the name recognized by most people when talking about our Founders as there is a theory that he gave the Club its name of Rangers.

The name Rangers appears in CW Alcock’s English Football Annual of 1871.

The only other Club listed with the name Rangers was the Swindon Rangers Rugby Club who are still going strong today.

Clubs back in the early days of association football chose dynamic names such as Rovers and Wanderers and this is possibly why the name Rangers attracted the young Moses.

We at the Founders Trail are continuing to work on this and are hopeful of getting something more definitive soon.
In the Ibrox trophy room is a cup won by Moses for a half-mile race at the Garelochead Athletic Sports on 1 January, 1876 and it’s the oldest Trophy that the Club has. 03

Moses played for the club he helped form for ten years, playing in the 1877 and 1879 Scottish Cup Finals. He was also a member of the first Rangers side to lift a trophy, the Glasgow Merchants Charity Cup in 1879.

He actually left Rangers to join his brother Harry at Queen’s Park for a few months at the end of 1875 but quickly returned to the Light Blues.

He was the first Ranger to play for his country, in a 4-0 victory over Wales at Hamilton Crescent Partick in 1876 and was capped again, when Scotland defeated England 5-4 at First Hampden Park in 1880.

For a great deal of his playing career, he formed the Rangers’ left wing with his old friend and fellow Pioneer, Peter Campbell.

Although being a member of committee during his playing days, he had little involvement after his football career was over. He did feature, though, on a number of occasions with his old pals in the Rangers “Ancients” team who played many exhibition and charitable matches.

Moses led a nomadic lifestyle mainly due to his 20 year employment with the company Langs whose name was synonymous with the famous brand of whisky.

Their premises which Moses worked from was on Union Street in Glasgow.

During his time in Glasgow Moses lived at 169 Berkeley Street and 333 Dumbarton Road.

These locations are among many others that we cover during the Founders Trail.

During research for the Gallant Pioneers book an elderly lady was interviewed who until her recent passing still lived next door to Moses old house at Clynder on the shores of the Gareloch .04

As a little girl back in the early 1930’s she could recall him being known around the village as “The Rangers man’’, and that he was always very dapper in his suit and bowler hat. It was said that Moses would travel to Glasgow once a month to collect his pension, most likely from the Club, and then return later in the day with a spring in his step and a slur on his speech!

He spent the last few years of his life living with his sister, Isabella, in Clynder at Craig Cottage. She died in 1935, to be followed by her brother, the last of the siblings, in 1938.

They lie together with their sister Elizabeth and Isabella’s husband, Duncan Gray, in the lovely churchyard at Rosneath.

But sadly for the man who gave Rangers their name his own wasn’t inscribed on the family headstone. This was due to Moses being the last of the family in the area and there wouldn’t have been anyone around to add his name to the stone.01

The late Sandy Jardine was a great supporter of the Founders project. We knew that Sandy had been working on having a plaque with Moses name on it placed at the churchyard at Rosneath.

On Sunday 28th June 2015 as part of the Rangers Graves Restoration Project a plaque bearing the name of Moses McNeil was unveiled at Rosneath Cemtery at a dedication ceremony conducted by Parish Minister Christine Murdoch.

Rangers Football Club was represented by former captain Ally Dawson.

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A memorial is now in place for a lad who fought so hard to establish the Rangers during those turbulent early years.]

Moses McNeil packed a bag in 1871, left Rosneath, and headed to industrial Glasgow seeking employment.

What he actually did was help form a football club that was to become the world’s most successful and would affect the lives of millions worldwide for generations to come….that continues to this day.

The Founders Trail and Ibrox Stadium Tour 2017 Tour Dates.

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The Founders Trail and Ibrox Stadium Tour 2017 Tour Dates.

We’re delighted to launch our first batch of Founders Trail and Ibrox Stadium Tour dates for 2017.

This is our eighth year and the popularity of the Trail continues to soar!

Since we first took to the streets of Glasgow in 2009 we’ve taken over 6,000 people on the Trail of our Founders and through the doors of Ibrox Stadium ,many for the first time.

Through the education process of the Founders Trail our objective is to safeguard our unique and wonderful history for future generations.

So let us Follow Follow in the Footsteps of our Founders.

The Founders Trail and Ibrox Stadium Tour dates are as follows:

SUNDAY 19TH FEBRUARY
SATURDAY 25TH MARCH
SUNDAY 16TH APRIL
SUNDAY 21ST MAY
SUNDAY 11TH JUNE
SATURDAY 15TH JULY.

***Tour dates may be subject to change due to football fixtures***

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 day begins at the Founders Trail welcome desk which is located within Bar 72 at Ibrox Stadium from 11.15am on the day of the Tour prior to our 12pm departure from outside of the Ibrox Megastore.

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 Partick Bowling Club which is in the shadow of the historic West of Scotland Cricket Ground which was the scene of the Rangers first ever Scottish Cup Final in 1877. This gives everyone a chance to unwind, grab a beer or soft drink and a bite to eat at a beautiful and historical setting.

Due to an increase in price of the Ibrox Stadium Tour we’ve unfortunately had to adjust our Tour price accordingly.

To avoid disappointment please reserve your seat early as the Founders Trail does sell out very quickly.

Prices are as follows.

Adults £25

Children (under 16) and Senior Citizens £18

Group discounts are available upon request.

To reserve your seat just send an email to :

[email]thegallantpioneers@gmail.com[/email]

For further information phone : 0790 2855536.

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

http://www.thegallantpioneers.co.uk/

A Thank You To Our Club From The Founders Trail.

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A Thank You To Our Club From The Founders Trail.

As a token of our appreciation for the support the Founders project has received from the Club since March 2015 and in particular from Robert Boyle and his team at the Club’s media office, the Founders team presented the Directors of Rangers with this Partnership Award before Saturday’s game at Ibrox.

The board of Directors and staff at our Club will join us on the Founders Trail before the end of the year.

The Restoration of Rangers Graves Project Update 23/9/16.

 

The Restoration of Rangers Graves Project Update 23/9/16.

We’re delighted today to provide a further update on the project work being carried out at Craigton Cemetery Glasgow to restore the final resting places of those men who built our Club.

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James Wilson.

Late last year our research, gleamed from the records at the Mitchell Library, confirmed that a James Wilson who was trainer at Rangers from 1897 , and a respected individual who also worked tirelessly with the building process of our great Club, had died suddenly due to a bout of double pneumonia in 1914 at 21 Princes Street in Govan aged 52 and was buried at Craigton Cemetery.

Mr Struth who was trainer at Clyde at this time was offered Mr Wilson’s job at Rangers but refused to take another man’s place at our Club.

That changed upon the sudden passing of Mr Wilson.

The Club had actually organised a benefit match for Mr Wilson against Everton at Ibrox only a week before he passed.

We recently discovered Mr Wilson’s stone at Craigton and were incredibly fortunate that although sadly it was off it’s base it was lying on the grass inscription side up.jw

A real chill went through us as we cleared the earth and moss from James Wilson’s stone and the words ‘’Late Trainer Rangers FC ’’ emerged.

Craigton Cemetery had given up another gem.

Just recently Mr Wilson’s stone was re-erected and cleaned

14446208_1098653240218712_5728454395378421396_nYesterday afternoon the final touch was added when the re-lettering was complete.

Mr James Wilson is once again standing tall.14445989_1098653156885387_1088235685438053746_n

We’d like to thank ……

14379864_1093687334048636_1598700838961581998_o We’d like to thank everyone who attended yesterday’s service and to the worldwide Rangers support who through their donations made the dedication to Mr Struth, and the continuation of the Rangers Graves Restoration Project, possible.

The service was conducted by Rangers Chaplin Stuart McQuarrie and Ross County Chaplain Iain McCaskill.

Johnny Hubbard who of course was signed as a player by Mr.Struth laid the wreath.

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As i highlighted yesterday, we have a wonderful thread running through our Club from Fleshers Haugh to the current day.

Caught in this photograph at Mr Struth’s graveside yesterday is the Great Grandson of Harry McNeil who played in that first ever match v Callander in 1872.

The Restoration of Rangers Graves Project George Goudie and George Gillespie.

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The Restoration of Rangers Graves Project George Goudie and George Gillespie.

The plots of both George Goudie and George Gillespie are at Lambhill Cemetery Glasgow.

Thanks to your donations both men’s final resting places will undergo restoration work over the next few weeks and updates will be posted.

14265024_1278300318860788_4575446257951532343_n George Goudie . The Man Who Saved The Rangers.

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……

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George Gillespie.

George was a member of the legendary 1877 Scottish Cup Final team and gave great service to the Rangers. gillespie

He started his career as an outfield player but 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 and owned what is now the Neighbourhood Room and Kitchen Bar in the Finnieston Area of Glasgow.

George lived at Radnor Street facing Kelvingrove Park and sadly passed away there in 1900.

http://www.thegallantpioneers.co.uk/George-Gillespie-(Goalk…

These men gave us everything that we still enjoy today and this is us giving them back a little bit of dignity and respect.

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14292367_1278300252194128_1459601606124432863_n If you can, please donate using the link below.
Every penny counts.

PAYPAL LINK. – https://www.paypal.com/sendmoney
***Follow the link and add following email address along with donation – sonsofstruth@aol.co.uk