On This Day (May 7th)

Sam English

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1856 - Our Founder William McBeath was born in the village of Callender. Willie's dad peter owned a general store on Callender's main street and the family home was above the store, which is now the Waverley Hotel.
William had an older sister, Jane, and an older brother, Peter. Another boy was born after William but he like so many other children of the time, died in infancy.
Tragically, his dad peter passed away in November 1864. Shortly afterwards, his wife took William and his sister Jane to Glasgow to start a new life. By the time of the 1871 census, the McBeath's were living at 17 Cleveland Street, living in the same close were five members of the McNeil family, including brothers Peter and William.
It was the following year at the beginning of 1872 the four boys had an idea to form a football team. William McBeath played in our first ever match against Callender and according to fellow Ranger, William Dunlop, "was awarded man of the match then spent a week in bed recovering from his exertions" ! William went on to become Rangers' first ever President in 1874.
1881 - Rangers 1 (Untraced) Queen's Park 3 - Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup Final Replay (Played at Kinning Park) (10,000)
1887 - Hibernian 2 Rangers 2 (Fraser 2) - Friendly
1892 - Rangers 1
(H.McCreadie) Celtic 1 - Scottish League
1894 - Rangers 1
(Gray) Clyde 1 - Friendly
1898 - Rangers 2
(Miller, Hamilton) Celtic 0 - Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup Semi-final (Played at first Cathkin Park) (20,000)
1900 - Orion 1 Rangers 4 (Untraced) - Friendly
1901 - Arbroath 5 Rangers 3
(Untraced) - Friendly
1902 - Rangers 1
(May) Hibernian 1 - Inter-City League (2,000)
1904 - Third Lanark 0 Rangers 1 (Speedie) - Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup Semi-Final (Played at Hampden Park) (17,000)
1906 - Alloa Athletic 3 Rangers 6 (Untraced) - Friendly
1910 - Rangers 0 Clyde 1 - Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup Semi-Final
(14,000)
1921 - Clyde 0 Rangers 2 (Cunningham 2) - Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup Semi-Final (Played at Hampden Park) (28,000)
1924 - Rangers 1 (Craig) Partick Thistle 0 - Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup Semi-Final (10,000)
1927 - Celtic 1 Rangers 4 (McPhail 2,Fleming, Archibald) - Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup Semi-Final (36,000)
1929 - Third Lanark 1 Rangers 2 (Buchanan, Dr.Marshall) - Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup Semi-Final (Played at Firhill) (3,175)
1930 - Rangers 5 (J.Smith 2, McPhail, Brown, Nicholson) Third Lanark 1 - Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup Semi-Final (5,000)
1932 - Rangers 3 (Dr.Marshall 3 2Pens) Queen's Park 1 - Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup Semi-Final (14,000)
1938 - Rangers 1 (J.Smith) Third Lanark 0 - Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup Semi-Final (12,000)
1947 - Rangers 4 (Williamson 3 1Pen, Gillick) Partick Thistle 0 - Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup Semi-Final (25,000)
1951 - Partick Thistle 0 Rangers 2 (Findlay 2) - Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup Final (Played at Hampden Park) (35,000)
1952 - Rangers 0 Third Lanark 1 - Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup Semi-Final (15,000)
1953 - Queen of the South 1 Rangers 1 (Waddell) - Scottish League Division One (17,000)
After two barren years when they won no major honours, Rangers bounced back with another domestic double of Scottish League and Scottish Cup. It was close run on both competitions, none more so then the League which went to the final match. Once again it was Hibernian, champions in the two proceeding seasons, who ran Rangers closest, and on the final day of the season a draw or preferably a win would take the title to Ibrox. Things didn't go quite as planned, and a Willie Waddell equaliser 15 minutes from the end gave Rangers the point required. They won the title, but only on goal average from Hibernian.
1954 - Third Lanark 1 Rangers 0 - Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup Final (Played at Hampden Park) (18,140)
1955 - Celtic 0 Rangers 1 (B.Simpson) - Glasgow Merchants' Charity Cup Semi-Final (44,400)
1960 - Rangers 1 (Wilson) Third Lanark 2 - Scottish League Division One (8,500)
1977 - Celtic 1 Rangers 0 - Scottish Cup Final (Played at Hampden Park) (54,272)
1979 - Rangers 2 (Smith, Cooper) Aberdeen 0 - Scottish Premier Division (32,000)
1980 - St.Mirren 4 Rangers 1 (A.Miller) - Scottish Premier Division (12,000)
1983 - Hibernian 1 Rangers 2 (Cooper 2) - Scottish Premier Division (10,500)
1987 - Celtic 0 Rangers 1 (Baillie OG) - Glasgow Cup Final (15,109)
1988 - Falkirk 0 Rangers 5 (Walters 2, McCoist 2 1Pen,Derek Ferguson) - Scottish Premier Division (14,500)
1994 - Kilmarnock 1 Rangers 0 - Scottish Premier Division (18,012)
1995 - Celtic 3 Rangers 0 - Scottish Premier Division (Played at Hampden Park) (31,025)
1997 - Dundee United 0 Rangers 1 (Laudrup) - Scottish Premier Division (12,180)
Brian Laudrup scored the all-important goal to clinch nine-in-a-row, their 1-0 win at Tannadice making it impossible for them to be caught. Defeat in the final game of the season (away to Hearts) meant Rangers finished the season five points ahead of Celtic and six goals to the good
2000 - Kilmarnock 0 Rangers 2 (Reyna, Albertz) - Scottish Premier League (13,284)
2005 - Rangers 2 (Buffel, Andrews) Hearts 1 - Scottish Premier League (49,342)
2006 - Rangers 2 (Boyd 2) Hearts 0 - Scottish Premier League (49,792)
2008 - Rangers 1 (Ferguson) Motherwell 0 - Scottish Premier League (48,238)
2011 - Rangers 4 (Jelavic, Lafferty, Davis, Stevenson OG) Hearts 0 - Scottish Premier League (46,178)
2012 - Linfield 0 Rangers 2 (Bedoya, McKay) - Friendly (7,000)
2017 - Partick Thistle 1 Rangers 2 (McKay, Garner) - Scottish Premiership (6,799)
 

RabSpackman

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1988/2008 - can’t be often that 2 brothers have scored goals on the same day, for the same teams but 2 decades apart.

The 2008 game was midweek and quite tense with a late goal as I remember it - is that right?

1994 and the Hateley “experiment” :eek:
 

RabSpackman

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1995 - Celtic 3 Rangers 0 - Scottish Premier Division (Played at Hampden Park) (31,025)

I was thinking that there can’t be many matches between Rangers & Celtic where the attendance has been under 35,000 but had a look at the period and the games at Hampden and Parkhead were all sound 30-35,000 for a couple of seasons.

Did they not have Hampden fully in use while Celtic were using it?
I can understand the reduced numbers at the Piggery up to 1997 or so as they were building stands but 30-odd thousand at Hampden seems really low.
 

wiggy_rfc

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1995 - Celtic 3 Rangers 0 - Scottish Premier Division (Played at Hampden Park) (31,025)

I was thinking that there can’t be many matches between Rangers & Celtic where the attendance has been under 35,000 but had a look at the period and the games at Hampden and Parkhead were all sound 30-35,000 for a couple of seasons.

Did they not have Hampden fully in use while Celtic were using it?
I can understand the reduced numbers at the Piggery up to 1997 or so as they were building stands but 30-odd thousand at Hampden seems really low.
The scum never sold all there tickets that day empty spaces everywhere that’s why attendance was low
 

dh1963

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1977 What a rotten day that was. Bucketing down, Bob Valentine giving a non existent penalty and seeing an ex hero in Alfie Conn celebrating in his Celtic strip.

That season was one disaster after another, in between 2 glorious trebles.
 

Dwight-Schrute

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2008 was a late Ferguson goal, everyone very excited for Manchester the following week, pretty much all you heard all night!
 

Carltonblue

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1977 What a rotten day that was. Bucketing down, Bob Valentine giving a non existent penalty and seeing an ex hero in Alfie Conn celebrating in his Celtic strip.

That season was one disaster after another, in between 2 glorious trebles.
I went to that match after defying my parents when I shoulD have been studying for my Highers, think it was Maths exam on the Monday. The loss on a terrible day pretty much summed up my mood.
 

RabSpackman

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The scum never sold all there tickets that day empty spaces everywhere that’s why attendance was low
It was the deadest of dead rubbers.

For some reason I watched it in the Rosevale and the old boy who sat in front of my in the Enclosure that drank in there saw me and clearly wondering WTF I was doing there!
 

Damask_Rose

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In the 1995 game at Hampden, I remember Bomber Brown going off injured and realising it was a lost cause after that.
 
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