RANGERS Graves Project are thrilled to provide another update on the project work being carried out at Craigton Cemetery to restore the final resting places of the men who built our club.
We are delighted to announce that a new stone was placed yesterday on the final resting place of Sam Ricketts at Craigton Cemetery. Sam’s plot was located a few months ago, it had no stone and was strewn with rubble.
An appeal went out to the Rangers support and Sam’s plot was cleared on the 4th June of this year.
Sam first appeared in the records book as a Rangers player on 7th December 1875 against Caledonian in a 4-0 at Burnbank and was also a member of the 1877 Scottish Cup Final team.
He played up until season 1881-82 then again during season 1884-85 when he made one appearance ,which was his last, on 17th January 1885 in a 4-2 win against Thistle.
Sam became honorary secretary of the Rangers and was a much respected individual who helped steer the Club through the turbulent 1880’s.
On the Gallant Pioneers’ website, there are further details of a letter Sam Ricketts wrote to the press in 1884 which is a fascinating read.
Sam Ricketts helped build our club into what we have today and deserves something more fitting than a paupers grave.
The Rangers support have given him back some dignity and respect.