My hero is 77 tomorrow

MearnsUnionist

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Terrific thread @dh1963.

Unfortunately, due to my age, I was never able to see him play, but I've seen plenty of footage of him over the years, including plenty of goals, which sometimes goes under the radar a bit.

Plenty of stories from my dad about him and he never tires of talking about the 73 cup final and how Greig ran around like a man possessed in the last 10 minutes, tackling anything that moved and driving his team on to hold on to their lead.

Many Happy Returns Mr Greig.
 
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Orangeandblue

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Happy birthday Mr Rangers. Had the pleasure of speaking to him at the team hotel before the game against PSV in 1978. Mental to think he was only 36 years old then and managing Rangers.
 
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Bluegeo64

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A truly iconic player and figure at the club I was lucky to see him play although his best years were behind him-he didn't really look like a player but by christ he could get there and make things happen whether it was a crunching tackle, a nice flick, a defensive block or getting on the end of an attacking move.

Great post OP.
Good post. As I've said on here before look at his display against Bayern in 67 ECWC final and he's as good as Beckanbauer- underestimated by many in terms of being an excellent footballer on top of all the thing s we already know about his spirit and never say die attitude. Happy Birthday JG.
 

Alex Venters

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John Greig MBE epitomised what a captain of Rangers FC should be.
We've had more than our fair share of great captain's, but none greater in that role than than ol' Ham n' Egg.
 

Saudiger

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Greatest Ranger of all time is some accolade

And rightly so !!

Two great memory’s he gave me in games I attended was his goals against the scum at Ibrox and a belter against Ayr Utd down at Somerset park when Ayr were a good team !!
Would be great if someone would post the links to these goals as I dont have a clue about computers
 

Jase

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I’m surprised John Greig ain’t in a wheelchair after he carried us on his back for a few years.

Never the greatest footballer but when it came to blood, sweat and spit definitely one of the greatest Rangers.

Starred for us and starred for Scotland in the days when we had some players at International level.

No 50-50 tackles with JG, when he went in I never reckoned it less than 80% in his favour.

Happy Birthday mate and plenty more of them.
 

Grigo Yossarian

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Growing up a Rangers fan, we all have a hero. I attended my first game in 1968, and for the next decade, that hero was John Greig.

The captain. The man who refused to admit defeat, but who was always gracious and dignified when we did lose, and magnanimous and respectful when we won. Capped as a right back, a left back, a centre back and a midfielder. Leader on the pitch in our darkest ever hour, and again in our greatest triumph. Scorer of 120 Rangers competitive goals, an incredible total for a player who played the vast majority of his career as a defender, and who only briefly took penalties. Scored on his debut at 18, was captain in a treble winning Cup final at 35 in his last game.

5 league titles, 6 Scottish Cups, 4 League Cups, 44 Scotland caps with many as captain. Not to mention the Cup Winners Cup, of course. The first man to win 3 trebles as a player. 755 competitive appearances, when you include minor competitions and friendlies he wore the jersey more than 800 times.

A one club man, who was voted The Greatest Ranger by the supporters.
He may or may not have deserved that ultimate honour, but he certainly deserves to be amongst the very few we debate on the subject.

John Greig MBE, born September 11th 1942. 77 years old tomorrow.

Still my hero.

Happy birthday when it comes Sir.
Excellent tribute DH.
 

Ronnietheranger

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Great thread OP! Happy Birthday John Greig, you are quite simply The Greatest Ranger. Thanks for the wonderful memories travelling up and down the country watching you lead The Rangers to glory with passion, determination & skill second to none. Thanks for treating the Club, our fans & your opponents with the respect & the dignity that your role as Captain of Rangers demanded, in victory and in defeat. You epitomize Rangers Football Club.
 

tazzabear

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A truly iconic player and figure at the club I was lucky to see him play although his best years were behind him-he didn't really look like a player but by christ he could get there and make things happen whether it was a crunching tackle, a nice flick, a defensive block or getting on the end of an attacking move.

Great post OP.
This point may have been covered elsewhere but there’d be nothing wrong repeating it
Greig played right back, left back, right half, left half, inside right and probably inside left as well and more besides.
You could probably name half a dozen better, no, make that more talented, footballers for each position he played.
However, he’d still be the first name on your team sheet.
He’d still be your captain.
John Greig had a leadership quality you just can’t buy.
The phrase “more than the sum of the parts” was invented for John Greig.
 
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dh1963

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This point may have been covered elsewhere but there’d be nothing wrong repeating it
Greig played right back, left back, right half, left half, inside right and probably inside left as well and more besides.
You could probably name half a dozen better, no make that more talented, footballers for each position he played.
However, he’d still be the first name on your team sheet.
He’d still be your captain.
John Greig had a leadership quality you just can’t buy.
The phrase “more than the sum of the parts” was invented for John Greig.
Brilliant post.
 
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