RANGERS founder Peter Campbell is to be honoured with a memorial plaque in the town where he last set foot on land.

Following in family tradition Peter, who had been employed at the Barclay Curle Yard on the Clyde , left Glasgow for a life at sea and joined the St. Columba ship.

On the January 28 1883, the vessel left Penarth Port in South Wales with a cargo of coal destined for Bombay in India.

Tragically, it ran into a storm in the Bay of Biscay and went down with all hands lost, including that of the club’s youngest founder Peter Campbell, who was aged just 25.

In January 2015, the Founders’ Trail travelled to Penarth and along with the Cardiff RSC, they met with the local council and discussed the possibility of having a memorial plaque placed at Penarth commemorating Peter Campbell’s contribution in forming Rangers Football Club and his tragic fate.

Penarth Council were touched by Peter’s story but as is so often the case our proposal had to be passed through various council departments for approval and subsequently got caught up in red tape.

Last month, however, the proposal for the Plaque, and a date for the dedication event had finally been given the go ahead.

Made of Welsh slate, the plaque is inscribed with ‘Always Ready’ and will be unveiled this Saturday, July 22 in Penarth at 11.45am.

Afterwards, the Cardiff Rangers Supporters Club will host a celebration of Peter Campbell’s life and all things Rangers.

Unveiling: The Italian Gardens, The Esplanade, Penarth, CF64 3AU.
Celebration: Canton Lib Club, 301-303 Cowbridge Road East, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1JD.

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