Pitch at Rangers F.C.

Pitch at Rangers F.C., Glasgow

 This morning I joined a tour of Rangers F.C.  at Ibrox, near Govan, Glasgow. Historically, Rangers has been supported by members of the Protestant community whilst the club’s arch-rival Celtic is on the Catholic side of the  city’s sectarian divide. These two Glasgow clubs dominate Scottish football and are collectively known as the ‘Old Firm’. Despite the competition the two clubs have a symbiotic relationship which proves mutually beneficial and helps propel the game forward.

A brief history of Rangers F.C.:

  • Founded with very modest beginnings in 1872 on Glasgow Green.
  • From Glasgow Green the club moved to Burnbank then Kinning Park in 1876.
  • On August 20th 1887 the first stadium at Ibrox (Govan) was opened but due to the team’s increasing popularity this proved inadequate.
  • The club moved to its present site in 1899 which has capacity for 51,000.

A brief summary of Rangers achievements on the pitch:

  • Won 54 league championships.
  • Won 27 Scottish League Cup titles.
  • Won Scottish cup 33 times.
  • Reached UEFA final in 1961.
  • Won European Cup Winners Cup in 1972.

Here are some images from today’s tour:-

Trophy Room

Tropy Cabinet at Rangers F.C.

Tropy Cabinet at Rangers F.C., Glasgow

 Members Club room

Members Club at Rangers F.C.

Members Club at Rangers F.C., Glasgow

 Blue Room (used by Directors)

Detail from Blue Room at Rangers F.C.

Detail from Blue Room at Rangers F.C., Glasgow

 Players changing room.

Players Changing Room at Glasgow F.C.

Players Changing Room at Rangers F.C., Glasgow

 Players Tactics Board

Players' Tactics Board, Rangers F.C.

Players' Tactics Board, Rangers F.C., Glasgow

 View of Ibrox Stadium

Rangers F.C.Football Stadium, Ibrox

Rangers F.C. Football Stadium, Ibrox, Glasgow

 Memorial to fan fatalities at Ibrox, 92 died in two major disasters.

Memorial to Crowd Disaster Victims, Ibrox Stadium

Memorial to Crowd Disaster Victims, Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow

 Entrance tunnel to the pitch.

Players Entrance Tunnel, Rangers F.C.

Players Entrance Tunnel, Rangers F.C., Glasgow

Overall, a worthwhile tour which I would recommend to others.

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