WE look at some of the memorable moments that have happened on this day in the remarkable history of Rangers Football Club.
1941 Rangers 4-2 Hearts – Two years into the Second World War Rangers played Hearts in the Southern League Cup Final replay. The Gers won 4-2 as 70,000 watched Bill Struth’s side at Hampden Park as they lifted the trophy. Willie Thornton, Jimmy Smith, Alex Venters and Charlie Johnston scored as the Light Blues won their first of four Southern League Cup’s in six seasons.
The Southern League Cup was a regional Scottish football competition held during the Second World War, due to the suspension of national competitions. As the war ended, regular league football returned in 1946, with the regional leagues and cups disbanded.
Rangers dominated the tournament, appearing in every final and winning four out of the six. Two times the winners were decided by which team had more corner kicks after the finals ended in draws.
1961 Rangers 0-2 Fiorentina – Rangers suffered defeat in the first leg of their European Cup Winners Cup Final at Ibrox. 80,000 fans packed out the stadium to watch the first leg game as Scott Symon’s side failed to score; Luigi Milan netted a brace for the Viola. The Gers went on to lose in Florence too as the Italian side lifted the title with a 4-1 aggregate win, Alex Scott scored for Rangers away from home.