8 Years Ago Today - Administration

jdm1873

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I was going to see a client and just phoned to cancel and went home. Terrible day in our history.
 

DC Anchor

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Remember it like it was yesterday.
I was kinda expecting administration, so it wasn't a huge shock. I didn't expect or understand the havoc that followed once the sp ivs took control. A difficult situation made into a nightmare making the journey back longer and more difficult
We should always be grateful to King & T3B for what they did.
 

Earl of Leven

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The start of the Road to Hell....albeit we'd been on the A roads leading to the Road to Hell for years: no scouting, debt mountain, no PR, etc etc.
 

Math1eson

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A horrible feeling sat in my stomach with the delight of “friends” telling me about the administration. Fell out with a lot of people that day
That day was the end of many a ‘friendship’. The level of hatred and vitriol that was revealed by our predicament caused our support to close ranks on the personal and public levels.
 

Scoot

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It was a surreal day to say the least for us all. The only upside to it was seeing those backstabbing bastarding clubs losing revenue from us not filling their paltry stadiums twice a year.
 

VforVolunteer

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The only day I ever cried about something bad happening to our club. I genuinely thought we were finished. I'm so happy I was wrong. Life did change that day. It still hasn't fully came back to normal but things are getting better. Kinda puts Wednesday night in perspective.
 

monkey magic

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I was both dreading and half-expecting it, tbh. I knew it would also give the green light to the multitude of Rangers-hating maniacs in this country to try and destroy us. It is gut-churning to even share the same living space as those vermin. Never forgive, never forget.
 

Ticketybloo

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Remember that day as if it was yesterday.
Soul destroying ain't the word.
But. Now looking back the one Great thing to come out of the pain and hurt was to show Everyone that WE Truly have the Greatest Support in the world.
WE ARE RANGERS.
WE ARE THE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Tugay83

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There were so many people on here at the time who wilfully ignored the warning signs under Whyte and Charles Green. Pointing them out got me abuse. Same thing happens if you question the current board strategy of an unsustainable level of spending and what appears to me to be gambling on European group stage football.
 

evo14

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On another note, I had a lot of Morton fans (I'm from Greenock) slagging me off and taking delight in our problems.

Absolutely hated that club ever since despite it being my local team. It's a shame, I used to pop along to the occasional Saturday game if I was stuck for something to do.

Hope they languish in the lower leagues forever.
 

Tannhauser

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It was such a bad feeling but even then I never thought for a minute it would end in the utter carnage that it did.
This. I mean it was bad enough, but I had no idea the years of chaos it would unleash. I looked at the likes of Dundee and Motherwell etc who’d just taken the 10 point deduction and got on with it.
 

Tannhauser

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On another note, I had a lot of Morton fans (I'm from Greenock) slagging me off and taking delight in our problems.

Absolutely hated that club ever since despite it being my local team. It's a shame, I used to pop along to the occasional Saturday game if I was stuck for something to do.

Hope they languish in the lower leagues forever.
That’s another consequence of it all for me. I hate every other club, certainly in the top league. Take Hearts for instance, I like a number of Bears used to be fairly ambivalent about them. Now I lump them in with Celtic and want them to go down more than anyone else.
 

Chapman billie

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As gutted as we were on that day, I don't think any if us realised how bad it was going to get. I mean we had seen clubs like Dundee and Hearts go into admin and emerge relatively unscathed. And we thought Whyte had played a blinder by appointing Duff and Phelps rather than letting HMRC appoint administrators. We eventually got back to the top league but the reality soon hit home. Having been humiliated by us at Hampden the tarriers appointed Rodgers and signed Dembele. We signed Joey Garner. And that financial gulf is still hurting us.
 

jimbear

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As things were at the time, I was not having a particularly good week. I was walking my daughters dog while listening to Radio 5 on my headphones when I heard the news. I just could not get my head around what had happened. It is still hard to co e to terms with what then ensued.
 

The Tartan Bear

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Administration.

I remember leaving work an standing outside the main doors absolutely dumbstruck.

The previous 8 years have been chaotic,emotional,lots of anger,fear and absolutely its played a part in my own personal health but never enough to stop me travelling home an away (though I won’t be there tomorrow due to having the flu an it’s a million times worse being type 1 diabetic)

The club is in a great place right now an it was never going to be easy.

They didn’t want us.

Results like the other night hamper people.

Don’t forget where we are folks.

Stick with it.
We're the club that refused to die!

As much as we are down at the moment I will never surrender
 

Kwodman

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Had taken the day off work, slept in till about lunchtime. I put sky sports news on in the kitchen while sorting a coffee.
That feeling as i watched on and the enormity of what was unfolding before me. Will never leave me absolutely horrible.
 

Morpheus

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One of a handful of Rangers fans in work that day, with about the same amount of tarriers.
worst day of my footballing life.
us bears looked at each other in shock, disbelief, heartbreak, totally lost.
Some tarriers cheered and whooped like they'd just won the league, one of two of the older ones didn't know what to say other than "we know how you feel and exactly what you're going through!"

people wonder why these days a Rangers defeat doesn't affect me as much as it used to, the fact I was wondering if I'd have a club to support at all is the very reason . I no longer take the club for granted.
 

Dave Angell

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Think I've managed to blot that day out of my head, thankfully.

Just remember going to the first home game after we went into administration - Kilmarnock beat us 1-0. Never cared less about a game or result in my entire life.
 

Damsidebear

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Horrible, horrible day and what I remember of it I was honestly just numb not knowing what was going to happen to my Rangers that I had been introduced to by my oldest brother as a youngster and fell in love with straight away.

The heartache, pain and struggles should never be forgotten also the hard work that so many put in over the years to get us back to where we belong, top flight silverware is the next step in that journey.
 

dublinbluenose

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Agreed. Rangers have never fully recovered from those days. Financially, the club has never been in a better place, but off the park we have a board who really couldn't care less about the average fan. The only department I can really see Rangers progressing in is Commercial, James Bisgrove has proven that with his deals. The board couldn't care less about defending the club, Jim Traynor is all for Jim Traynor. On the park, we are missing a Scottish core of players who would have died for the badge. Mike Ashley and Sports Direct still massively hindering us as well. Still problems with the Tartan Army and the Rangers support which I hope mends over time as it is horrific for us to be the biggest and most Scottish club there is in the country, yet it makes it difficult for us to support the National Team. The SNP and Glasgow City Council have fucked us over time and time again as well, not to mention the media.

So many problems our board actually need to address.
If it wasn’t for this board and Dave King and the three bears.our club would have been dead as we know it.yes we all have gripes about the board but without them the Ashley and his two goons the easdales would still be in charge and rangers would be a mid table also ran and tens of thousands would have walked away and refused to come back until the rats were gone.
 

dublinbluenose

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Remember ff being all worried in case hmrc got the administrators they wanted appointed.instead whyte got his wish and we were landed with duff&phelps and from that minute we were fucked
 

NDC bear forever

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Agreed. Rangers have never fully recovered from those days. Financially, the club has never been in a better place, but off the park we have a board who really couldn't care less about the average fan. The only department I can really see Rangers progressing in is Commercial, James Bisgrove has proven that with his deals. The board couldn't care less about defending the club, Jim Traynor is all for Jim Traynor. On the park, we are missing a Scottish core of players who would have died for the badge. Mike Ashley and Sports Direct still massively hindering us as well. Still problems with the Tartan Army and the Rangers support which I hope mends over time as it is horrific for us to be the biggest and most Scottish club there is in the country, yet it makes it difficult for us to support the National Team. The SNP and Glasgow City Council have fucked us over time and time again as well, not to mention the media.

So many problems our board actually need to address.
What Scottish players are out there that could improve us out there that we can afford? Not to detract from the original point of the thread and I think you’re post for the most part is valid but I’d rather have players who are good and care for the club, they don’t need to be Scottish.
 

snoopyboymason

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I remember driving and listening to the radio and feeling somewhat relived that whyte had managed to get his preferred choice of administrators in, how wrong was I?
Same here I remember thinking he must have a plan to save us very naive and stupid looking back
 

Ricksen

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The absolute worst feeling as a football supporter I have ever felt. I genuinely felt like just leaving Scotland for about 2 years after it too. I'd go so far as to say I've never ever got over it. I don't think we as a support have ever recovered either. We lost our trust in everything that day
It finished us imo. Combined with the rise of nationalism and the EBT tax scandal, it has sunk us into a dark age which will destroy even the legacy of our 9iar team.
 

Paulski54

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You know the worst thing about the whole day, and for every other year afterwards. The bheasts shake eachothers hands and wish each other a happy administration day. They cheer and whoop that the Huns are deid Etc.
And now, I’m in work at the moment. A dirty Tim scumbag has just received a parcel and in said parcel is a copy of that bastards book.
he gleefully shows me the book and starts reading it in front of me. Needless to say I walked off and told him to %^*& off!!! I certainly wont be Party to their dirty tim porn fest reading that bastards book.
 

monkey magic

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That’s another consequence of it all for me. I hate every other club, certainly in the top league. Take Hearts for instance, I like a number of Bears used to be fairly ambivalent about them. Now I lump them in with Celtic and want them to go down more than anyone else.
I'd piss myself if those Lundy cants from Hearts were relegated.
 
Was only 16 so I didn't really understand the gravity of the situation until I saw my dad when he got in from work. The first time in my life I had seen him on the verge of breaking down in tears.
 

Barryhopez

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In the lead up to administration a friend I play football with who is a pal of Alastair Johnston mentioned admin and I laughed at it.

I was genuinely stunned when it happened and with hindsight there was always something not quite right with Craig Whyte.

As much as administration was painful/shameful I never once believed at any stage we would be no more.
 

joseph

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We nearly lost our club that's why you should treat every game you go to as your last never forget they wanted us gone but we are still standing.to bears thinking of missing tomorrow because of Wednesday's result we nearly didn't have a club to follow follow.
And sadly a lot of our fans are not concerned about where we have been in the past 8 years and expect us to win every game before the rebuilding of the club is complete.
 

Renfrew@UKGB&NI

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People should read this post.

The reaction when we lose is pathetic. Gerrard is committed to the long haul here until the job is done.

The playing field is not even in this challenge. Let's support him and his team.
Nailed it mate. Memories seem to be very short. The fact that we're actually still in Europe, fans enjoying the big nights again home and away to places like Rotterdam, Porto and Warsaw. These events were nearly gone forever.

Time to stop throwing the toys out the pram when things dont go well and really ask yourself where or what you would be doing now. No club, no banter with fellow fans, making new friends, especially on euro travels. A way of life gone for good and maybe a few forums of us older geezers reliving our memories.

Yes, that's how bad it could have been.
 

niktbelfast

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My dad was a broken man when he heard, he was in tears, and he isn’t a crier.

we have came a long way since then.
 

Haining84

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The writing was on the wall for months leading up to it.There was a horrible fog around the club where no one really knew what was going on and what exactly Whyte was up to.

The whole administration period then being thrown out the SPL and dropping into the bottom league after the club had finally been saved was utter chaos.Every day something new was thrown up.

I genuinely felt like as an individual supporter and a collective supporter,we were in the middle of a battle every morning we woke up.

Thankfully Rangers Football Club survived it all and we’ll celebrate our 150th birthday in 2 years time.
 

Ayrforce1

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Just remember looking at my 8yr old son and thinking we may never have the special moments that you dream of with a son. (he wasn't into football then and didn't understand)
At his first OF a couple of years ago when Windass put us 1 nil up I held him, I cried and I went momentarily back to that seat on the sofa and watching the news.
Right now we are down, some bad results but we are here and we will be where we belong again and I will never take any win for granted again.
 

Willger

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Put on a brave face in front of all the Tims who I worked with at the time, but later sat in the car numb. Couldn't believe it.
I was desperately disappointed at the result on Wednesday but looking back at how far we have come gives it some perspective.
 

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