THE Directors of Rangers and Stranraer will take part in the traditional Loving Cup ceremony in the Blue Room ahead of today’s match.

Found within the Ibrox Trophy Room, the Cup is one of only thirty cast from a unique mould to commemorate the coronation in May 1937 of Their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

The story of how it came into Rangers’ possession is part of the club’s folklore.

Identical Loving Cups were presented to the 22 English First Division clubs of the time, with the others going to the British Museum and various organisations.

Back then, as now, Rangers were recognised as one of the world’s great clubs and so it was that they were asked to participate in a special match to raise funds for the dependents of the miners who lost their lives in the Holditch Colliery Disaster in the Stoke area.

Manager Bill Struth accepted the invitation immediately and Stoke City President, Sir Francis Joseph, presented Rangers with the last of the Loving Cups after the match which finished goalless.

His one request was that the vessel should be used in perpetuity to drink to the health of the reigning monarch prior to the club’s first home match of every year.

So it is to this day, the New Year toast is celebrated in the Blue Room by the assembled directors and guests of Rangers and the visiting team at the first home game of the year.

Behind The Scenes Ibrox Tour

THE LOVING CUP is one of many interesting items that you can see if you come and follow follow in the footsteps of Rangers legends past and present with your very own ‘access all areas’ pass.

A Stadium Tour will provide a fascinating insight into a day in the life of your Light Blue heroes and offers exclusive behind the scenes access to the inner sanctum of the world famous Ibrox Stadium. You will be escorted by a Guide who will talk you through the history of the Club and the stadium.

Stadium Tours run every Friday, Saturday* and Sunday* and are priced at just £5 for kids, £15 for adults and £35 for a family group (2 adults and 2 children). Children aged 5 and under go free with a full paying adult.

You can book your Stadium Tour online HERE or call 0871 702 1972 (calls cost 13ppm plus network extras) or visit the Rangers Ticket Centre.

*non-matchdays only.

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