How big are Rangers in the UK?

Gheorghe_Hagi

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to be fair there is a couple of generations now who think The EPL is the be all and end all in football. Scottish Football is better than many give it credit for. Our big two teams have punched above weight for a while considering the huge gap in finance over the bigger leagues
Agree with you there but the English generally see it as comparable to League 2.
 

AndythephotoDr

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I think the point about away fans is very important, I can’t think of many club side who will have as big an away following as Rangers have
 

coplandrearl36

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IMO a section of our European away support comes from English based clubs who never play in Europe but Rangers are their Scottish Club.
I know this may not sit well with some but it was something I observed during my frequent trips abroad.
They get tickets while over there.
 

Treble Kings

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At a friendly or testimonial in a shitkicking town like Barrow in Furness in 1994 we took thousands down. A local told me that Man United visited in pre season and won 1-0 with a Roy Keane goal, but they had nowhere near our numbers.
 

OohAhHuistra

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IMO a section of our European away support comes from English based clubs who never play in Europe but Rangers are their Scottish Club.
I know this may not sit well with some but it was something I observed during my frequent trips abroad.
They get tickets while over there.
Not sure I agree with that mate
 

RoyalBurghGer72

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IMO a section of our European away support comes from English based clubs who never play in Europe but Rangers are their Scottish Club.
I know this may not sit well with some but it was something I observed during my frequent trips abroad.
They get tickets while over there.
Tbf to the English guys, its not just away euro games they go to. See quite a few at most games
 

colin stein 9

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you see the videos of the young lad that tours the ground with his father, Thogden or something is his user name on YouTube, that lad is mesmerised by Rangers and Ibrox.
How often do you hear someone mention the sheer noise of the place as well as the way the stadium jumps when it’s in full bouncy mode
Here’s the one he did for Rangers V Braga last week.

 

The Golden God

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In a numbers sense, we're massive. We have supporters clubs and fans coming up from all over England, people who make it all the way from the south of England.
 

bjorklund-by-the-sea

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Yep, undoubtedly true. But the English generally don't seem to particularly care about that due to their perception of the standard of Scottish football (in my experience at least).
That’s correct but there are massive teams that play in smaller leagues doesn’t make their club any less ‘big’ - the amount of football tourism and plastic fans in the EPL overstates these clubs appeal - ibrox and Celtic park both have infinitely better atmospheres than anywhere in England - Anfield and Old Trafford are myths build up by the media.
 

The Blue Viper

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Massive. That's why they don't won't us or them. Both would be top 5 within matter of years and would blow the likes of Chelsea, City, Arsenal and Spurs out the water. Would eventually both be in top 8 clubs in the world.
Never gonna happen though.
 

NS1688

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Before sky killed our gan
I also live in England so I've ended up talking about it with the locals on a number of occasions. When I say I support Rangers they'll take a bit of interest but it's more around the Old Firm. I can't stress enough just how unseriously the English take Scottish football. Say something like Rangers have won more leagues than any other club and they'll laugh it off and say, "Yeah but in a shit league" or something to that effect.
Before sky killed our game up here we regularly beat England's top teams mate.
This is new generation bullshit.
 

Laudrups Barnet

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Depends if you mean football clubs or brands.

I’m sorry but despite Man Uniteds rich history they’re a brand now. A tourist trap. We’re a football club and a way of life for many people. We pack out stadiums home and away without the poison of Sky TV money.

Liverpool probably bigger than us and the filth. possibly arsenal as well but that’s it.
 

MearnsUnionist

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Not saying your argument is incorrect, but its not like everyone in London is a football fan. I couldn't/cant believe how many of my colleagues down south couldn't care about football.

London has the lowest percentage, per head of population, of people who actually go to professional football matches, out of all the cities in the UK.
 

stevie221

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It's really dependent on what point in history you look at it. For decades, no football club in the world could match our attendances. For the last 20 years we have been constrained by stadium size, as have a few clubs down South.

For me, it takes something like Manchester to show just how big a club can be. As well as the supporters in Manchester, Blackpool and surrounding, and a packed Ibrox on the night, hundreds of pubs around Scotland and beyond were ticket only to watch the game and of course many watched at home on TV. Rangers pubs in holiday spots were heaving. The scale of that has never been matched and probably won't be again.
 

The Lone Ranger

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I also live in England so I've ended up talking about it with the locals on a number of occasions. When I say I support Rangers they'll take a bit of interest but it's more around the Old Firm. I can't stress enough just how unseriously the English take Scottish football. Say something like Rangers have won more leagues than any other club and they'll laugh it off and say, "Yeah but in a shit league" or something to that effect.
Completely agree. In England people really dont care and have no respect for any scottish team. Shit leahue, shit teams seems to be the general opinion
 

GeordieRanger

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when I was young I’m sure it was always Man U, Liverpool, Rangers, Celtic, Arsenal, Leeds that we’re considered to be the historically big clubs

Just remember that the old firm teams tended to have some if the largest crowds in the who of the UK and Scotland has always punched above its size in regards people attending footbal. It’s games in Scotland that hold the British records to this day.

I still maintain if Rangers and Celtic played against better opponents week I week out say in the EPL the demand for tickets would be huge, you would perhaps have to add another 10,000 or more seats on to both grounds.

Rangers as still a massive name. Wasn’t it said that the 2008 UEFA cup final was thought to be the biggest mass movement of people since WW2.

it’s one thing they always seem to skirt round when talking about joining the EPL, it’s not how good the clubs are now it’s the potential and easily with the increase in revenue Rangers would be one if the top 3 epl clubs as we would have that fanbase to warrant expansion.
Leeds aren't a big club, that's just a myth. Maybe 4 or 5 major trophies in their entire history, spent more time outside the top division than in it and have never averaged over 40k in a season before.
 

superallythe2nd

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Historically, we're probably still behind Man U and Liverpool.

Always find it funny how Scottish football is dismissed as a pub league from down south from folk that have only really known the EPL. Then they actually come up here and are blown away with the intensity of our support - and I'm not talking about YouTube videos.

Always remember talking to a couple on holiday a few years back and during the conversation the football came up. Guy was quite pleased to hear we were Rangers and that point he just turned to his wife and said "if you think Man United and Liverpool is a big rivalry then wait to you see Rangers and Celtc"

Felt a wee bit proud after that tbh :))
*obviously not the association with them part though..
 

Dugsy

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Completely agree. In England people really dont care and have no respect for any scottish team. Shit leahue, shit teams seems to be the general opinion
Lived in the East London/Essex area for over thirty years.

Your statement is certainly true of some people but definitely not true of them all.
 

Treble Kings

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Maybe it's me, but I couldn't give a f#ck what English folk think. I stroll about on holiday with my Gers shirts on, and I know we're up there with the best. 50,000 at a bottom tier league game? Come back to me, Nigel, when you can match that...
 

trueblue77

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Much bigger than a lot of English realise. We were arguably the biggest club in the country in the early 90's before Sky. Old trafford was still a little dump and we horsed the English champions twice on our way to the Champions league. Chelsea/City etc were minnows compared to us. I'm not sure if this is something they've forgotten or chose to ignore.
 

Big Blue Bear

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you see the videos of the young lad that tours the ground with his father, Thogden or something is his user name on YouTube, that lad is mesmerised by Rangers and Ibrox.
How often do you hear someone mention the sheer noise of the place as well as the way the stadium jumps when it’s in full bouncy mode
The noise at the 3rd goal against Braga nearly broke his phone it was that loud.
 

mcbeath1872

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In terms of exposure, English media outlets (including the biggest channels -- on television, radio and in print) regularly report on Rangers' results and activities.

Despite the explosion of finance in the EPL, I am very sure that Rangers are still regarded as one of the biggest and most prestigious clubs in the UK.

One day, it is my hope that Rangers have access to the EPL, but that could be some time away. For me, Rangers are "massive" now, but would be "ridiculously massive" if that happened.
 
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The Lone Ranger

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Lived in the East London/Essex area for over thirty years.

Your statement is certainly true of some people but definitely not true of them all.
Yes true, i live on the south coast now and the majority here think that way. At least the ones i speak to. They are complimentary but i think thats more so they do not appear rude but they dont really care
 

Dugsy

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Yes true, i live on the south coast now and the majority here think that way. At least the ones i speak to. They are complimentary but i think thats more so they do not appear rude but they dont really care
Yes true, i live on the south coast now and the majority here think that way. At least the ones i speak to. They are complimentary but i think thats more so they do not appear rude but they dont really care
Yes, there‘s definitely an element of that!

I have mates that support the various London teams and they all have Rangers leanings and that was before I knew many of them.

Im involved in grassroots football and I’m always ‘pushing the good word!’

In fact a couple of the u13 boys that I coach were up with their dads for the Braga game last week, it was their first time at Ibrox. They were absolutely blown away by the experience, hooked for life now. They are Spurs and West Ham fans.
 

TwoBadMice

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Working in England ive been stopped all day long

Out of the Arsenal, Wolves and Man Utd fans it's Wolves who fancy us in the next round

We are a Huge club in a shitty league always been the opinion of the English IMO
 
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