If you’re a football fan, no doubt you’ll know lots about Glasgow Rangers FC, but I’m sure there’s loads more you don’t know about this Scottish Premier League team! Get to know the Gers better with these footie facts!
Did you know?:
Rangers were first established in 1873 by the Moses brothers, William McBeath, Peter Campbell and Peter McNeil.
Their team name was copied from an English rugby club by the same name after they found it in a book.
The first match Rangers ever played was against Callander FC on Glasgow Green. It was a friendly and no goals were scored by either side.
Their second ever match scored a momentous win, with Rangers beating Clyde (not the current Clyde team) 11-0.
Rangers were one of the first ten teams to join the Scottish Football League in the 1890-91 season. Their first league match was played on 16th August in 1890.
Their stadium is the Ibrox and it has a seating capacity to hold more than 50,000 rowdy football fans.
Rangers won the European Cup Winners Cup in 1972 when they thrashed Dynamo Moscow 3-2.
The most capped played Rangers has managed to turn out was Ally McCoist who collected 57 caps for Scotland.
Ally McCoist was also the highest goal scorer in Rangers’ history, clocking up a spectacular 335 goals.
Glasgow Rangers is not to be confused with Glasgow Celtic, formed in 1888 by Brother Walfrid Kerins who were set up to give something back to Irish immigrants in the community.
The average home attendance at a Rangers match is around 49,000 fans.
Rangers’ team mascot is Broxi Bear, a brown teddy bear with blue ears and nose.
Sir Alex Ferguson played for Glasgow Rangers between 1967 and 1969, where he scored 44 goals.
The Rangers stadium was the location of the Ibrox disaster on 5th April 1902 when the West Tribune Stand collapsed due to heavy rainfall and killed 25 people and injured over 500.
From the 1988-89 season to the 1996-7 season Rangers won the league title every year, with a staggering nine in a row by the end. The team was managed by Graham Souness and Walter Smith.
Rangers’ strip is light blue and white.
The current chairman of Rangers FC Glasgow offices is David Murray.
Famous Rangers supporters include chef Gordon Ramsey, Ultravox star Midge Ure, news presenter Kirsty Young, golfer Colin Montgomerie and actors Kenneth Branagh and Robert Carlyle.
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