Glasgow Rangers Football Club
The Glasgow Rangers Football Club is one of the top teams in
Scotland. They have one of the most storied histories of any soccer
club in the world. They have more trophies and league titles than
any other club in the world. In over 130 years of play, there have
only been a dozen managers. That remarkable consistency has made the
Rangers one of the best teams in the world.
The club was formed in 1872 by a rowing team in Glasgow, Scotland.
In 1876, the team began playing a formal schedule. In 1890, the
Rangers were one of the ten founding teams of the Scottish Premier
League. Along with Celtic, the Rangers have played in the Premier
League every year of its existence. They have never faced
relegation. The Rangers shared the league title the first year,
setting the stage for their long tradition of greatness. In 1894,
the Rangers hoisted their first Scottish Cup. The Rangers won every
match during the 1898-99 season to seal another league championship.
The early part of the twentieth century saw the Rangers battle
Celtic for dominance in the English Premier League. Celtic dominated
the first decade of the century, but the Rangers started regaining
form. They scored over one hundred goals in the 1920 season, but
lost their original manager when William Wilton died. His assistant,
Bill Struth, took over the club.
Under Struth, the Rangers continued to build their reputation as an
elite force. He managed the club for 34 years, winning 18 league
titles and 10 Scottish Cups. Scot Symon took over for Struth in 1954
and continued the team's successful run. They reached the European
Cup for the first time during the 1956-57 season. Symon's era ended
after Celtic overtook the Rangers as the dominant team in Scotland
during the 1960's. Between 1964 and 1975, the Rangers failed to win
a Scottish Premier League title. Tragedy also struck the team in
1971. During a game against Celtic at Ibrox, the stadium the Rangers
have called home throughout most of their history, an incident on
the stairs led to the deaths of 66 spectators.
In 1972, the Rangers claimed their only European title. They won the
Cup Winner's Cup by defeating a team from Russia. The Rangers have
reached several international competitions since. However, they have
yet to bring home another trophy. The late 1980's and the 1990's saw
the Rangers dominate the Scottish Premier League. They won a
stunning nine titles in a row. Walter Smith was the manager for the
last six of those championships, but he left after seven years.
After a couple of other managers, Smith returned to the Rangers in
2007. He promptly led them to the final match of the UEFA Cup. They
won the Scottish Premier League title in 2009 and 2010, leading to
automatic spots in the Champion's League.
The Rangers have won 53 Scottish Premier League titles. That puts
them well ahead of their main rival Celtic and their 42 league
titles. They have also taken home 33 Scottish Cups and 26 League
Cups. That makes them the most decorated soccer club in the world.
They have played at Ibrox Stadium for over one hundred years. The
club has two huge rivalries with Celtic and Aberdeen. The record
attendance at Ibrox was over 118,000 people for a 1939 match against
Celtic. Currently, the stadium seats around 50,000 spectators.
John Greig played in over 750 games for the Rangers between 1960 and
1978. That remains the record for any player. Sandy Archibald holds
the record for most appearances in Scottish Premier League matches.
Barry Ferguson holds the record for appearances in European
competitions. Ally McCoist holds the scoring record for the Rangers.
He scored 355 goals in the 1980's and 1990's. With their storied
history and elite play, the Rangers are sure to add to their strong
legacy. Every year, they are a favorite to win another Scottish
Copyright Colin Cameron 2010