RANGERS Directors Paul Murray, John Gilligan, John Bennett and Graeme Park, as well as Managing Director Stewart Robertson took part in the Founders’ Trail on Saturday morning ahead of the club’s match with Dundee.
The Founders Trail has been massively successful and popular among ‘Gers fans for a number of years now, but never before had the Directors of the club taken their place on what is becoming a ‘must-do’ excursion for all supporters.
Beginning at Ibrox Stadium, the tour then moves by coach to Fleshers’ Haugh, better known today as Glasgow Green Football Centre, and that, of course, was the venue for Rangers’ first-ever game of football back in 1872.
The story of the club’s founders is told throughout, and from Fleshers’ Haugh, it’s back on the coach and through the City Centre, where various locations of note are pointed out and discussed in quite incredible detail. Indeed, any participant who thinks they know the centre of Glasgow will look at it in a completely different light in the future with the knowledge that is imparted upon them by guides Iain McColl and Gordon Bell.
After the tour of the city is complete, it’s out to the West End and the West of Scotland Cricket Club – known also as Hamilton Crescent, and that’s where Rangers played their first-ever Scottish Cup final in 1877.
A tour of various locations on the Southside of the River Clyde then follows before a visit to Craigton Cemetery and the resting place of founder Peter McNeil as well as that of legendary manager Bill Struth.
Despite the freezing conditions, all the Directors commented on their enjoyment of the morning, and of how impressed they were by the work put in by the Founders’ Trail team.