A NEW book celebrating the Light Blues’ ground-breaking trip to Russia in the 60s is on sale now and all profits will go to the Rangers Former Players’ Benevolent Club.
Rangers in Russia: The Story of the 1962 Tour – written by Jeff Holmes – chronicles the quite incredible story of that unbeaten tour behind the Iron Curtain and features stunning photography taken by Ibrox legend Harold Davis.
Scot Symon’s talented squad would play three games in June of 1962 – against Locomotiv Moscow, Dynamo Tbilisi and Dynamo Kiev – and Rangers stunned their hosts by thrashing Locomotiv 3-1 in the first fixture on Russian soil.
A squad of true Rangers legends – including a youthful John Greig, wing wizard Willie Henderson, Billy Ritchie, Eric Caldow, Davie Wilson, Ralph Brand, Jimmy Millar, Bobby Shearer and Harold Davis – continued their impressive form with a 1-0 victory over Dynamo Tbilisi thanks to Henderson’s strike.
The tour concluded with a 1-1 draw against the mighty Dynamo Kiev, Brand on target, and thousands of Rangers fans flocked to Renfrew Airport upon their return to Scotland.
Rangers would also get to see the famous Moscow State Circus and meet Russian Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev during the historic visit and the new Rangers in Russia book is an ideal Christmas gift for supporters.
Available for just £5, it can be purchased from the Rangers Youth Development Company Office in Broomloan House at Ibrox Stadium now. Supporters can also email [email protected] or call 0141 427 4914 for more information.
Greatest Ever Ranger Greig commented: “It was a warm June evening in 1962 when I first discovered exactly what it means to be a Rangers player. Up to that moment all I’d known was reflected glory that comes the way of a reserve who has one or two first team appearances. But that night at Renfrew Airport things were different.
“For the first time since I’d signed for Rangers two years previously, I was one of the first team heroes – with 10,000 singing, cheering fans waiting to welcome me. They were there to salute us after our three-game whirlwind tour of Russia.
“A tour which covered thousands of miles, saw us play three of the top Soviet teams and return to Scotland undefeated. It was one of the most difficult tours Rangers had ever undertaken and at the same time it turned out to be probably the most successful.”
Recalling the trip Henderson said: “It really was an amazing experience to visit Russia and represent not just Rangers but Scotland too. We were the first British team to do it and to win two games and draw the final match against Dynamo Kiev was amazing.
“I am delighted to lend my support to the book and it is great that profits will go to help former players who didn’t earn the riches of modern day footballers.”
Colin Stewart, Director of Operations at the Rangers Youth Development Company and trustee of the Rangers Former Players’ Benevolent Club, added: “Rangers in Russia is a terrific read and the pictures taken by Harold Davis on his box brownie camera really capture just how special the trip was.
“My thanks go to author Jeff Holmes for his incredible generosity and to John Greig, Harold Davis, Willie Henderson and Davie Wilson for their support. The Former Players’ Benevolent Club will benefit from all sales and I have no doubt Rangers fans will be keen to buy copies for Christmas gifts.”