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Brief History


Glasgow Rangers Football Club was formed by Peter Campbell, William McBeath and brothers, Peter and Moses McNeil. The team had no strips, money or even a football. They had their first match on Flesher's Haugh at Glasgow Green. It was against Callander Football Club and the final score was 0-0. They became established in 1873 when their first annual meeting was held and the office bearers were elected. They continued to use Flesher's Haugh as a pitch until 1875 when they moved to Burnbank. They continued to move pitches until their final move to Ibrox in 1899, where they settled and built their Stadium. It was also this year that they won the Scottish League for the first time winning 18 out of 18 matches accumulating the maximum 36 points.oints.
Glasgow Rangers Information :
David Murray
Alex McLeish
Ally McCoist
Chairman: David Murray
Manager: Walter Smith (again)
Record Ibrox Attendance:
118,567 v Celtic, 1939.
Highest goal scorer:
Ally McCoist, 335 goals.
Most capped player:
Ally McCoist, 57 caps for Scotland.
Record Victory: 14-2 v Blairgowrie, Scottish Cup, January 20th, 1934.
Ibrox Park
Ground: Ibrox Park, Glasgow
Ground Capacity: 51,114 - All Seated

Average home attendance: 49,000

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Highest achievement:
Rangers won the European Cup Winners Cup in 1972 against Moscow Dynamo where they won 3-2 in Barcelona. However John Greig (the captain) was only presented with the cup in the dressing room after the game because of crowd trouble caused by over-reaction by the Spanish police after some ecstatic Rangers fans invaded the pitch at the final whistle.
Rangers Contact Information:
Official website: www.rangers.co.uk
Telephone: 0141 427 8500
Ticket office: 0870 600 1993
Club shop: 0141 427 3710
Clubcall: 0891 121 187
Address: Ibrox Stadium, Edminston Drive, Glasgow, G51 2XD
Directions to stadium:
Car - From All Parts: exit the M8 at Junction 23. The road leads straight to the Stadium
Underground - Ibrox underground station is 2 minutes from ground
Bus - The following buses all pass within 300 yards of the Stadium and can be boarded from Glasgow city centre. Nos. 4, 9A, 23, 23A, 52, 53, 53A, 54A, 54B, 65, 89, and 91

Famous Rangers Supporters
Kenneth Branagh: Actor & Director.
Robert Carlyle: Actor (Train Spotting, The Full Monty, The World Is Not Enough).
Clive Anderson: TV presenter.
Jonathan Watson: Only An Excuse.
Alan McGhee: Creation Records.
Ian McCallum: Stiff Little Fingers guitarist.
Colin Montgomerie: Golfer (also supports Leeds United.
Carol Smillie: TV presenter of Changing Rooms.
Nick Nairn: Celebrity chef.
Gordon Ramsey: Celebrity chef.
Andy (The Viking) Fordham: Darts player.
Travis: All apart from singer.
Wet Wet Wet: Pop group.
Midge Ure: Ultravox.
Kirsty Young: News presenter.
Gary Player: Golfer.
Arnold Palmer: Golfer.
Andy Cameron: Comedian.

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CELTIC

Brief History


Celtic Football Club was formed in 1888 by Brother Walfrid Kerins, leader of the Marist Order. He had seen the benefits that Hibernian Football Club had given to Edinburgh and thought that a similar idea would work in the east end of Glasgow. He wanted the club to raise money for "The Poor Children's Dinner Table," a charity that he had set up to give food to hungry children. The population of the area was largely Irish immigrants who were still looked upon as second class citizens. He gave the club the name 'Celtic' to instill pride in the club and the people that it represented. They rented a piece of land and volunteers worked to transform it into a pitch. The first match that they played was against Glasgow Rangers and they won 5-2.
This early team won many titles including the Scottish Cup just four years after they were formed.
In 1897 they became a limited company and Willie Maley was made their first Secretary and Manager.
Glasgow Celtic Information :
Martin O'Neill
Jimmy McGrory
Paul McStay
Chairman: Brian Quinn
Manager: Gordon Strachan

Record Celtic Park Attendance:
92,000 (against Rangers 1938).

Highest goal scorer:
Jimmy McGrory, 472 goals.
Most capped player:
Paul McStay, 76 caps for Scotland.
Record victory:
11-0 against Dundee in 1895
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Celtic Park
Ground: Celtic Park, Glasgow
Ground Capacity: 60,000 all-seated

Average home attendance: 58,000

Lisbon Lions Today

Lisbon LionsHighest
Achievement:
Celtic were the first British Club to win the European Cup in 1967 when they beat Inter Milan 2-1 in Lisbon.

Celtic Contact Information:
Official website: www.celticfc.co.uk
Telephone: 0141 556 2611
Ticket office: 0141 551 8653
Club shop: 0141 551 4231
email-tickets: ticket.services@celticfc.btinternet.com
Address: Celtic Park, 95 Kerrydale Street, Glasgow, G40 3RE

Famous Celtic Supporters
Bono: Lead singer of U2.
Jim Kerr: Lead singer of Simple Minds.
Billy Connolly: Comedian & actor.
Michael Caton Jones: Film Director (Scandal, Memphis Belle, The Jackal).
Claire Grogan: Actress & singer with 80's group Altered Images.
Fran Healy: Travis lead singer.
Ardal O'Hanlon : Comedian
Alan McManus: Snooker Player.
John Higgins: Snooker Player.
Dominik Diamond: TV/radio presenter.
Steve Collins: Boxer.
Tony Roper: Actor in Rab C Nesbitt.
Sharleen Spiteri: Singer with group Texas.
Teenage Fanclub: Group.
Elaine C Smith: Comedian
Primal Scream: Group.
Rod Stewart: Singer.
Martine McCutcheon: Former actress on Eastenders turned pop star.

Why are they called the OLD FIRM???

If we had a pound for everytime we get asked that question we wouldn't be having to work in crap jobs to earn a crust. It's a question that gives us varied answers, so the best thing to do is join and ask the forum members. Answers in the past have suggested that it was because Rangers and Celtic are in themselves seen as a huge business which are dependant on each other. Decpite their well publicised differences they are infact both sides of the same leaf. Other suggestions have stated that many years ago both clubs entered into some sort of a business deal, which was at that time, a first of a kind for two rival clubs to act together in such a way. The details of which, we are unsure. Perhaps the forum members can elaborate.

ANSWER UPDATE: (taken from the Rangers site) Straight from the horses mouth if you like...

Official answer...

The nickname 'The Old Firm' originated during the early year of the 20th century when the clubs began to dominate Scottish football and the term in part referred to the financial benefits associated with their frequent meetings.

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