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A Brief History of GLASGOW RANGERS FC
Glasgow Rangers are one of the two biggest football clubs in Scotland, alongside Glasgow Celtic.
Rangers were founded in 1873, and have been champions of Scotland an unprecedented 55 times. They have won the Scottish Cup 34 times, and the Scottish League Cup 27 times.
Recent History of Glasgow Rangers
After being demoted to the Scottish Third Division in 2012, Rangers have risen back up to the top of the Scottish game, being Scottish League champions in 2021, and they have become serious players in Europe. They reached the 2022 Europa League final, only to lose on penalties in Seville to Eintracht Frankfurt in an absorbing affair that finished 1-1 after extra-time. Three days later Rangers defeated Hearts 2-0 in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park to win the trophy for the first time in 13 years.
Despite Rangers dominance in Scottish football, they have found success in European competitions much harder to attain. They won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1972 in Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium, when beating Dynamo Moscow 3-2, but that has been their only major European honour to date.
Rangers play at Ibrox Stadium, which was previously called Ibrox Park. It is one of the most famous soccer stadiums in the UK, but is also remembered for one of the game's biggest tragedies, when 66 supporters lost their lives in 1971. A crowd surge at the end of a Rangers-Celtic local derby being the cause.
Notable Early Victories
The traditional colours of Rangers FC are royal blue shirts, white shorts, and black socks with a red trim. The club has several nicknames, including the Gers and the Teddy Bears. The biggest attendance for a Glasgow Rangers match is 118,567, which was reached in 1939, for a match against Celtic. Rangers biggest win in their history was a 13-0 hammering of Possilpark in a Scottish Cup match in 1877. Their biggest League win was 10-0 against Hibernian in 1898.
There has often been controversy involving Rangers and Celtic matches through religious issues. Rangers have a heavily Protestant fanbase, and Celtic's fans are mostly Catholic. Both clubs used to only sign players based on their religion as much as their ability. Though sectarian tensions remain, bringing in players of all faiths is rarely questioned now by fans of either club. Matches between the two are called Old Firm derbies.
Legends Greig and McCoist
John Greig holds the record for the most appearances for Glasgow Rangers, in peacetime matches, of 755. The Scottish international played for Rangers between 1960 to 1978. In all matches, the appearances record is held by Dougie Gray, with 857 appearances between 1925 and 1947. Ally McCoist is the club's record goalscorer, netting 355 goals in his 15 years at the club between 1983 and 1998.
In the years 1989 to 1997, Rangers were Scottish champions nine times in a row, which was something only achieved once previously in Scottish football - by Celtic. The feat was achieved under the stewardship of two of Rangers most famous managers, firstly, Graeme Souness, and then Walter Smith.
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GLASGOW RANGERS FC Books
Rangers: The Managers ~ David Mason
GLASGOW RANGERS FC DVDs
Old Firm Derbies - Glasgow Rangers [DVD] ~ Old Firm Derbies
UEFA Cup Final 2008 Glasgow Rangers v FC Zenit [DVD] ~ UEFA Cup Final 2008
Glasgow Rangers FC: 51 and Counting.. [DVD] ~ Rangers FC
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